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Greg Wilson

VP Sales and Field Strategy, RELEX Solutions
25+ years of experience, with in-depth exposure to problem solving in both the business and technology dimensions of retail, including: • Retail Planning • Inventory Management & Optimization • Allocation • Replenishment • Logistics • Applied Retail Analytics and Business Intelligence and other related strategic and tactical areas. Specialties: Retail Planning, Inventory Management & Optimization, Allocation, Replenishment, Analytics & Sciences
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  • Posted on: 04/25/2018

    Are Americans ready for a c-store that sells only healthy foods?

    Dietary habits have changed quite significantly with larger portions of the population -- particularly within the Millennial generation -- opting for vegetarianism, veganism and similar dietary/nutritional themes. Many of these are fresh in nature and require more discipline to maintain a broadened assortment suitable to offer within their prescribed shelf lives which is one reason choices are often limited. As a frequent traveler, even with a less constrained diet, I often struggle to find healthy choices of food and drinks to consume when time is limited. I could see there being a market for healthy choice focused c-store chain(s). I would expect the market to be most welcome in more urban areas initially but as the trend toward healthy and fresh continues to grow I could see the need for current c-stores to shift to accommodate customer segments with these preferences as well. This will ultimately impose the need for better managed supply networks and systems driving them to ensure that product freshness is consistent and waste is managed accordingly.
  • Posted on: 04/02/2018

    What would an acquisition of Humana mean for Walmart and its rivals?

    There has been a growing move toward consolidation of verticals in retail goods and services recently. With the big guns like Walmart and Amazon expanding into new verticals (e.g. grocery) over the last few years, they are going after market share by expanding their footprint rather than just trying to compete on price. CVS is acquiring Aetna to do something similar while staying close to their roots of health and wellness. GM went through a similar process years ago diversifying significantly but eventually divested and pulled back. It’ll be interesting to see how far this can go and still make sense. Whether this move is a reaction to CVS or just having a common vision, I expect we’ll see this cycle of consolidation continue for some time yet. Unfortunately it’s likely we’ll see some more high-profile casualties, be they closures or acquisitions, as a result.
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