Almost half of UK grocery retail directors say replenishment is still driven by gut feel, according to research by Blue Yonder, which supplies predictive applications of retail. It said that interviews with 750 grocery managers and directors in the USA, UK, Germany and France, showed that despite a rise in accurate machine learning algorithms for automated replenishment and demand planning, 46 per cent of surveyed directors in the UK say replenishment is still an entirely manual process. Some 85 per cent of respondents identified automation as a key tool for making the fast decisions needed to meet customer demand. The research also identified that 31 per cent of directors in the UK feel there are now too many decisions to be made manually, with the same number stating that gut feel is slowing them down. The research also found that 62 per cent of UK directors say they have invested in replenishment optimisation in the last two years; 31 per cent say they will be investing further in replenishment optimisation in the next two years.
WBOC-TV reports the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' website now lists June 1 as the start date for the first stage of the project, at Bethany Beach. In February, Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Steve Rochette said a limited number of dredges nationwide had delayed the schedule for work in Bethany Beach, South Bethany Beach, and Fenwick Island.
Amazon said it added 50 new brands to its Dash Button program, including Campbell's Soup, Cascade, Clif Bar, Dial and Nerf (for those elusive darts). According to Amazon, Prime members are big fans of the Dash Button. Users of the service place an order about twice a minute, and overall Dash Button orders have increased 70 percent over the last three months. But according to market research firm Slice Intelligence, fewer than 50 percent of people who bought a Dash Button actually made an order. The most pushed Dash Button is Tide, followed by Bounty, Cottonelle and Glad.
Body size determines total reproductive-energy output. Most theories assume reproductive output is a fixed proportion of size, with respect to mass, but formal macroecological tests are lacking. Management based on that assumption risks underestimating the contribution of larger mothers to replenishment, hindering sustainable harvesting. We test this assumption in marine fishes with a phylogenetically controlled meta-analysis of the intraspecific mass scaling of reproductive-energy output. We show that larger mothers reproduce disproportionately more than smaller mothers in not only fecundity but also total reproductive energy.