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February 20, 2014

The majority of consumer packaged goods companies are failing to place analytics at the heart of their decision-making process, limiting their ability to improve the customer experience and gain business advantage, according to the findings of an Accenture study.

NEW YORK — The majority of consumer packaged goods companies are failing to place analytics at the heart of their decision-making process, limiting their ability to improve the customer experience and gain business advantage, according to the findings of an Accenture study.

Accenture's analysis also suggests that, in many cases, the problem is compounded by fragmented investment in narrow programs that are not well-coordinated and fully optimized.


February 3, 2014

Even as online shopping continues to grow, more U.S. shoppers are planning to make purchases from physical stores in 2014, according to a survey by Accenture. In the “seamless retailing” study, 21% of U.S. shoppers said they plan to increase their in-store purchasing, up from just 9% in last year’s study.

NEW YORK — Even as online shopping continues to grow, more U.S. shoppers are planning to make purchases from physical stores in 2014, according to a survey by Accenture. In the “seamless retailing” study, 21% of U.S. shoppers said they plan to increase their in-store purchasing, up from just 9% in last year’s study.

October 7, 2013

Shoppers in the United States plan on spending an average of $646 on gifts this holiday season, representing an 11% increase over the $582 they planned to spend, on average, in 2012, according to Accenture’s annual holiday shopping survey. The forecast uptick is more optimistic than other holiday surveys released to date.

Shoppers in the United States plan on spending an average of $646 on gifts this holiday season, representing an 11% increase over the $582 they planned to spend, on average, in 2012, according to Accenture’s annual holiday shopping survey. The forecast uptick is more optimistic than other holiday surveys released to date.

June 17, 2013

Consumer packaged goods companies have invested heavily in technology platforms to improve their trade promotion performance but may lack the talent or business proceeds to capitalize on those investments, according to a new study from Accenture.

NEW YORK — Consumer packaged goods companies have invested heavily in technology platforms to improve their trade promotion performance but may lack the talent or business proceeds to capitalize on those investments, according to a new study from Accenture.

June 17, 2013

A new report by Accenture ACN states that the number of U.S. retail-based health clinics will double and drive $800 in annual cost savings by 2015.

Well, it's not just DSN saying it anymore. The massive ramp up is happening and, according to Accenture, the number of retail clinics is expected to increase 20% to 25% per year between now and 2015 and double from 1,418 to 2,868 clinics in that time period.

A new report by Accenture ACN states that the number of U.S. retail-based health clinics will double and drive $800 million in annual cost savings by 2015.

Well, it's not just DSN saying it anymore. The massive ramp up is happening and, according to Accenture, the number of retail clinics is expected to increase 20% to 25% per year between now and 2015, and double from 1,418 to 2,868 clinics in that time period.

June 12, 2013

The number of U.S. retail health clinics is projected to double by 2015 because of the increasing demand of newly insured patients under healthcare reform, according to new a report released on Wednesday by Accenture ACN at the annual America's Health Insurance Plans Institute 2013 in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS — The number of U.S. retail health clinics is projected to double by 2015 because of the increasing demand of newly insured patients under healthcare reform, according to new a report released on Wednesday by Accenture ACN at the annual America's Health Insurance Plans Institute 2013 conference in Las Vegas.

April 15, 2013

If any proof was needed of the importance of omnichannel, it can be seen in a new survey of U.S. consumers.

NEW YORK — If any proof was needed of the importance of omnichannel, it can be seen in a new survey of U.S. consumers.

January 8, 2013

Natural foods retailer Whole Foods Market has appointed a former Accenture executive as its global VP and chief information officer, the company said.

AUSTIN, Texas — Natural foods retailer Whole Foods Market has appointed a former Accenture executive as its global VP and chief information officer, the company said.

Whole Foods announced the appointment of Jason Buechel, who will report directly to co-CEO Walter Robb and CFO Glenda Flanagan, overseeing the technology team in the company's Austin, Texas, headquarters and 12 regional offices in the United States and the United Kingdom.

October 24, 2012

Consumers are planning ahead for the holidays, with 51% saying they have set aside the cash needed to complete their shopping lists, according to Accenture's annual consumer holiday shopping study.

NEW YORK — Consumers are planning ahead for the holidays, with 51% saying they have set aside the cash needed to complete their shopping lists, according to Accenture's annual consumer holiday shopping study.
 

September 20, 2012

Supervalu on Thursday announced the appointment of Kathy Persian as SVP and chief information officer.

MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu on Thursday announced the appointment of Kathy Persian as SVP and chief information officer. Persian, 45, joined the company in February 2010 in the role of group VP retail and merchandising systems, and later moved to group VP corporate planning, analysis and business process. 

Persian was named to the CIO post following the decision by Wayne Shurts to accept a position with another company, Supervalu reported. In her new role as chief information officer, Persian will lead all of the company’s information technology activities.

July 10, 2012

Private label is continuing to hold its own as U.S. shoppers are reluctant to return to their old purchasing habits, according to a new Accenture study.

NEW YORK — Private label is continuing to hold its own as U.S. shoppers are reluctant to return to their old purchasing habits, according to a new Accenture study.

Accenture, which conducted an online survey using a representative sample of 500 U.S. consumers in May and June 2012, found that about two-thirds of shoppers surveyed (64%) admitted that their grocery carts were at least half full of private-label products, while 39% said they have increased their purchase of store brands in recent years as a result of the tough economic times.

August 1, 2011

Discount stores will continue to dominate as the destination for the majority of consumers’ back-to-school dollars this year, according to a survey by Accenture on parents’ back-to-school shopping plans.

NEW YORK — Discount stores will continue to dominate as the destination for the majority of consumers’ back-to-school dollars this year, according to a survey by Accenture on parents’ back-to-school shopping plans.

The majority of parents (59%) will spend between $100 and $500 on back-to-school shopping this year, with 21% of consumers saying they plan to spend more than $500 this year. That’s down from 28% in 2010, indicating a decline in spending on the big-ticket items for school.

January 5, 2011

The Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association on Wednesday announced their support for a research study about how consumers use brand websites and how the use of these websites impacts shoppers’ in-store buying behavior.

WASHINGTON — The Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association on Wednesday announced their support for a research study about how consumers use brand websites and how the use of these websites impacts shoppers’ in-store buying behavior.

December 6, 2010

Consumers see smart phones as future personal, coupon-clipping shopper assistants, a global survey released Monday by Accenture found.

NEW YORK — Consumers see smart phones as future personal, coupon-clipping shopper assistants, a global survey released Monday by Accenture found. According to the survey, 79% of smart-phone users would find it useful to download money-off coupons to their phones, and 73% of those shoppers would be receptive to being pinged with instant money-off coupons as they passed by an item in a store.

November 15, 2010

A social media go-to-market strategy is fast becoming a must-have for companies these days, especially...

CHICAGO — A social media go-to-market strategy is fast becoming a must-have for companies these days, especially those companies operating in the healthcare arena. It’s no longer enough to push patient education out through a branded online page, not with the growing prominence of social media sites. Today, companies need to seed that education across Facebook and Twitter and/or actively engage bloggers and heavy users to successfully get that education out to the masses online.