Trade Secrets and the Shift to Transparency

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Each day, retailers are exposing more and more information about their respective supply chains. Details like material cost data, supplier locations, labor conditions, and environmental impact are now being overtly displayed for customer consumption by a selection of companies.

This disregard for what were previously considered trade secrets and the shift to transparency is not simply a passing marketing fad either. This trend actually makes real economic sense.

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Turning Data into Profit at Caesars Palace

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When you walk into a casino today, with every slot machine pull and roll of the dice, owners are collecting more data points in what is already one of the richest environments for tracking customer behavior. By analyzing these treasure troves of customer data, casinos can knowledgeably deliver a personalized experience to each and every customer.

It wasn’t always this way though. Before the advent of loyalty programs, the average player came and went with barely a free gin and tonic to show for the visit. There was value being left, quite literally, on the table.

So how did Caesars Entertainment go from an enterprise where operating decisions were based on intuition and experience to one built on data, analytics, and experimentation?

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1 to 10,000: Scaling the Retail Supply Chain

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In just a little over two years, high-tech clothing startup Ministry of Supply grew from a single prototype to over 10,000 customers. By integrating the latest textile manufacturing and fabric advances into their products, Ministry of Supply pioneered the “Performance Professional” category of men’s dress wear. Although customers loved the products, to the tune of $429,276 and $204,601 on Kickstarter, Ministry of Supply quickly confronted the daunting challenge of scaling up their Supply Chain to deliver all of those cutting-edge garments.

So how does a new retail startup scale from one customer to over 10,000?

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InsideOps: Alive and Kicking

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You might be asking yourself why you’re here. No seriously, last I checked there were 75,798,245 other Wordpress blogs currently in existence. Layer on to that the 77.1 billion Tumblr blog posts you could be reading right now and you really start to have second thoughts. We both know that you’ll find cuter kittens, trendier bands, and healthier recipes at any number of them.

So why one more blog? Why InsideOps?

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