AI POG Scorecarding

Photo Finish The world loves racing.  With little effort, it doesn’t take long to come up with 10 different types of racing we enjoy watching.  Auto Racing, Track and Field, Horse Racing and my favorite… Baby racing (saw it during halftime of an NBA game once) to name a few.  When did humans transition from […]

Why is Vitamin Shoppe so Important?

Why is Vitamin Shoppe so Important? Finding the needles (in the proverbial haystack) Those that read my blog “Why is Erewhon so important”, here is another one- Vitamin Shoppe.  That’s right Vitamin Shoppe.  Health and wellness turned from “on trend” to “core belief”.  The next generation of shoppers and consumers have developed a capacity to […]

Why is Erewhon so important?

Why is Erewhon so important? What a show! I’ve been in the CPG industry over 26 years and my first EXPO West leaves me with only an expression of WOW!  The crowds and energy at the show were amazing.  Seems like everyone came out of their cave to tell the world “I’m here” and “What […]

AI-Image Recognition Securing Accountability

The Contract Talk “We have a problem.  I can’t pay you” One of the most uncomfortable conversations to have working with a Retailer is the one where expectations are not met for a promotional program, marketing program, shelving agreement/slotting, Point of Sale placement or new item launch compliance.   The agreement started out with the best […]

Where did we land…

The “RESET” Series Where did we land… “Can SOMEONE PLEEEASE tell me how we did on this year’s planogram?” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve asked this “simple” question.  Seeing National Account Managers sweat trying to explain the results of their sales efforts from the latest line review.   The goal was clear… gain […]

Needle in the Haystack

Needle in the Haystack “I thought I was onto something.  Then I realized I was probably on something.” Finding that nugget, diamond in the rough, needle in the haystack that delivers the ultimate insight is so gratifying.   So often, however, you realize that your brilliant insight only applies to a limited number of items or […]

Closing Data Gaps with AI-Image Recognition

What I Wish I Had Closing Data Gaps with AI- Image Recognition So, you think you can work for a start-up? It’s the dream of many “corporate entrepreneurs” from top tier companies to reap the perceived benefits of a startup.  The images of the early Silicon Valley startups working in their flat bill hats, board […]

SMSB Coronavirus Protocols and Planning

To All SMSB Employees, Like many companies, SMSB is closely monitoring the situation around the global outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). Because our top priority is the health and safety of all SMSB employees and your families, while providing you with the highest level of comfort while you are working through this unsettling time, we continue […]

COVID-19 Plans and Procedures: Learn more about how SMSB is handling the current pandemic.