A.T. Kearney
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A.T. Kearney is a leading global management consulting firm with offices in more than 40 countries. Since 1926, we have been trusted advisors to the world’s foremost organizations. A.T. Kearney is a partner-owned firm, committed to helping clients achieve immediate impact and growing advantage on their most mission-critical issues. For more information, visit www.atkearney.com.

Cotton Incorporated
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Cotton Incorporated, funded by U.S. growers of upland cotton and importers of cotton and cotton textile products, is the research and marketing company representing upland cotton. The Program is designed and operated to improve the demand for and profitability of cotton.

Company History

In 1960, cotton apparel and home fabrics accounted for about 78% of all textile products sold at retail. By 1975, that share had plummeted to an all-time low of 34%, due to the successful incursion of synthetic fibers in the marketplace, threatening the extinction of cotton as a viable commercial commodity.

Reacting to the serious erosion in cotton’s consumer market share, producers in the High Plains of Texas called for a collective national marketing and research effort. With support from regional producer organizations, the cotton growers were successful in petitioning Congress into passing the Cotton Research and Promotion Act of 1966. The act established a funding mechanism, which ultimately led to the creation of Cotton Incorporated in 1970.

From the beginning, Cotton Incorporated adopted a “push/pull” marketing strategy. The objective was to “push” cotton textile innovations into the market through product and process development, while building consumer demand, or a “pull,” through advertising and promotion.

By 1983, Cotton Incorporated succeeded in curtailing share decline, and a long steady period of increasing consumer popularity and share growth resulted. Today, cotton can be found on store shelves everywhere in most product categories, and cotton share is more than 60% of the marketplace.

The NPD Group
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The NPD Group provides market information and analytic solutions that drive better decision-making and better results. The world’s leading brands rely on us to help them get the right products in the right places for the right people. Practice areas include apparel, appliances, automotive, beauty, consumer electronics, diamonds, e-commerce, entertainment, fashion accessories, food consumption, foodservice, footwear, home, mobile, office supplies, retail, sports, technology, toys, video games, and watches / jewelry.

With Checkout Tracking(SM) the first service that provides detailed information on consumer buying behavior at the market basket level, based on receipts for both online and brick-and-mortar retail purchases from the same consumers over time. Checkout Tracking delivers precise category, brand, and item-level purchase detail linked to buyers and their demographics, useful for analyzing competitive market baskets and identifying purchase patterns.

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Retail Next

RetailNext is the world-wide market leader and expert in retail analytics for brick-and-mortar stores. Its technology delivers comprehensive, real-time analytics that empowers worldwide retailers, shopping centers, and manufacturers to collect, analyze, and visualize in-store data. Using best-in-class video analytics, Wi-Fi detection, Bluetooth, and data from point-of-sale systems and other sources, the patented technology instantly informs retailers about how shoppers engage with their stores. The highly scalable RetailNext platform easily integrates with promotional calendars, staffing systems, and even weather services to calculate how internal and external factors impact customer shopping patterns. With the platform’s sophisticated yet intuitive tools, retailers can identify opportunities for growth, implement change, and evaluate success. RetailNext measures the behavior of more than 1 billion shoppers every year by collecting data from tens of thousands of sensors in retail stores and analyzing trillions of data points. Headquartered in San Jose, CA, RetailNext is a growing global brand operating in 40 countries.

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CohnReznick LLP is one of the top accounting, tax, and advisory firms in the United States, combining the resources and technical expertise of a national firm with the hands-on, entrepreneurial approach that today's dynamic business environment demands. Headquartered in New York, NY, and with offices nationwide, CohnReznick serves a large number of diverse industries and offers specialized services for middle market and Fortune 1000 companies and private equity firms, including an industry practice dedicated to retail and consumer products companies.

CohnReznick understands the challenges of retail innovation, so we’ve developed world-class capability – innovation engineers, a state-of-the-art innovation lab, and best-in-class methodologies to help clients strengthen customer engagement, create more efficient operations, and transform business models to create competitive advantage and market disruption. We have professionals who are not only experts in accounting, financial reporting, and taxation matters but also on operational matters such as logistics, cost efficiencies, IT systems and digital strategies. In addition, CohnReznick’s CFO Advisory team helps retail CFOs create enterprise value by enhancing corporate performance and strategic risk management and building efficient financial operations.

The Firm, with origins dating back to 1919, has more than 2,700 employees including nearly 300 partners and is a member of Nexia International, a global network of independent accountancy, tax, and business advisors. For more information, visit www.cohnreznick.com.

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SAP is the leading provider of application solutions for the retail industry. Real-time retail has been reimagined with the SAP HANA(r) platform. Innovation is the core of the next-generation applications from SAP. Every function is integrated, cloud first, and on a common platform to drive insights across channels based on a unified, comprehensive view of customers and inventory. SAP HANA delivers the consistent, personalized shopping experience customers demand and improves operational efficiency and margins. SAP helps retailers of all sizes to understand, anticipate and inspire their shoppers by providing a compelling shopping experience. The SAP(r) for Retail solution portfolio also provides specific solutions for retail companies in the food, fashion and hardlines businesses. Learn more about SAP at www.sap.com/retail.

Goldman Sachs
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Our Consumer Retail and Healthcare group serves clients across a wide range of consumer and retail industries, including apparel, drug stores, education, e-commerce, branded and processed foods, beverages, home and personal care products, restaurants, specialty and hardline retailers, department stores and supermarkets as well as healthcare industries including biotechnology, healthcare services, healthcare information technology, life sciences, diagnostics, medical technology and pharmaceuticals.
With offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific, the Consumer Retail and Healthcare group draws on resources throughout Goldman Sachs, providing advice and services related to a wide range of transaction types, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, equity and debt financing, risk management, restructuring, corporate defense against hostile takeovers and other unsolicited approaches.
We work with clients of all sizes, include corporations, families and founders, financial sponsors, government organizations and nonprofit groups.

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