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One of the sessions at the 2019 Food Marketing Institute Midwinter Executive Conference reminded me of an ‘80s perfume commercial: Between physical and digital lies obsession … with the customer …

With the rapid rise of digital retail disrupting the market, the past few confabs came across to me as perhaps a bit panicky, arms waving in the air, warning all to jump aboard the online express or be ground under its wheels.



Every winter, food retailing executives jet off to a sunny resort city to meet and discuss the most pressing issues facing their industry. Rain and colder-than-average temperatures, unfortunately, greeted conference goers for much of this year’s Food Marketing Institute’s Midwinter Executive Conference in Miami — a development that seemed appropriate, in one way, given the dark clouds hanging over the industry.

But the gloomy weather didn’t put a damper on the lively exchange of ideas. Indeed, whereas last year’s conference seemed to focus on the doom and gloom surrounding Amazon’s takeover of Whole Foods and the daunting prospect of digital transformation, this year’s conference centered on solutions to the many challenges retailers face.



Technology provider Retail Solutions Inc. (RSi) and sales and marketing services company Crossmark have teamed up to launch OSA360, which they say is the first end-to-end offering enabling CPG manufacturers and retailers to solve their out-of-stocks (OOS) issues. OSA360 combines the two companies’ retail industry experience, global footprint and technology expertise to create a one-of-a-kind, “closed loop” offering. The new product is designed to help CPGs and retailers maximize their on-shelf availability (OSA) and recapture millions in sales that are lost each year to OOS and inefficient in-store execution. Retail industry benchmarks consistently cite OOS rates of 8 to 10 » Read More…



OSA360 Represents One-of-a-Kind Offering, Combining RSi’s Industry-Leading Alerting Technology Solutions with CROSSMARK’s Unmatched In-Store Executional Services

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA and PLANO, TX – January 24, 2019 – Retail Solutions, Inc. (RSi), the global technology provider for CPG manufacturers and retailers, and CROSSMARK, a leading sales and marketing services company, today announced the launch of OSA360, the first end-to-end offering enabling CPG manufacturers and retailers to solve the massive out-of-stocks (OOS) problem. OSA360 combines the two companies’ significant retail industry experience, (more…)



Partnership Provides CPG Brands Real-Time Access to Marketing Performance Data, Maximizing Return on Mobile Ad Spend

NEW YORK, December 4, 2018 — Kargo, the mobile brand advertiser that puts the art in ad tech, and RSi, the leading provider of technology solutions that enable CPG manufacturers and retailers to grow and profit, today announced a partnership that’s taking another step toward eliminating ad fraud. The strategic collaboration provides CPG brands with the ability to seamlessly measure the performance and efficacy of their Kargo mobile ad campaigns. As a result of this partnership, Kargo customers can now receive direct measurement capability through RSi, delivering the statistics they know and trust. (more…)



As the World’s Most Deployed and Used OSA Solution, IRIS Allows CPGs and Retailers to Recapture Millions in Lost Sales While Driving Increased Profitability and Consumer Engagement MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – Nov. 6, 2018 – Retail Solutions, Inc. (RSi), the leading provider of technology solutions that enable CPG manufacturers and retailers to grow and profit, today announced the global availability of IRIS, the world’s most deployed and used on-shelf availability (OSA) platform. IRIS enables CPG manufacturers and retailers to prevent and recapture billions of lost sales each year due to OSA problems, while driving increased profitability and improved consumer engagement » Read More…



Global Technology Leader Retail Solutions, Inc. Names Amit Jain as Chief Technology Officer and Patrick Di Chiro as Chief Marketing Officer  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif./PRWeb/ – Sept. 13, 2018 – Retail Solutions, Inc. (RSi), the leading provider of technology solutions that enable CPG manufacturers and retailers to grow and profit, today announced the naming of Amit Jain as Chief Technology Officer and Patrick U. Di Chiro as Chief Marketing Officer. Jain reports to RSi Chief Executive Officer Bert Clement, and Di Chiro reports to Kirk W. Wheeler, Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing for RSi. Jain joined RSi in » Read More…



CPG icon joins global leader in real-time data intelligence solutions in an exclusive webinar focused on Retail Shelf Alerting for increased sales and profitability. MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Retail Solutions Inc. (RSi) which powers IRIS – the world’s #1 on-shelf availability (OSA) platform – will host an exclusive webinar featuring Tracey Plumleigh, Colgate-Palmolive’s Retail Manager Walmart Team. Plumleigh will discuss how she and her team at Colgate are combining their drive for successful item availability with actionable insights to help protect their hard-earned shelf space – and how that OSA improvement now correlates to increased sales. “By taking advantage of » Read More…



The world’s #1 OSA solution, IRIS enables retail and CPG partners to substantially improve sales and shopper satisfaction, optimize market position, and drive growth. MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — RSi (Retail Solutions Inc.), the leading technology company enabling CPG manufacturers and retailers to drive greater profitability, today announced that it is launching its newly expanded IRIS on-shelf availability (OSA) platform during the NACDS Annual, which kicks off today at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla. As the world’s #1 OSA platform (with more installs than any other OSA solution), IRIS combines RSi’s unparalleled industry knowledge, digital technology innovations, and data expertise to » Read More…



Audience to learn how the usage of in-store data can develop more efficient shopper media campaigns to drive sales. MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — RSi’s Ansa automated analytics solution and Mindshare Shop+ are teaching a masterclass at WPP Checkout, Faena Forum, Miami Beach, Florida. Joe Migliozzi, Global Lead for Shop+ at Mindshare North America, will be joined by Meredith Williams, Director of Digital Business Development for Ansa at RSi, to lead this class. This is a premier event for WPP clients who want to learn all about latest trends and most disruptive solutions currently on the market. “We are thrilled to partner with » Read More…

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