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Greg Girard

Program Director, Worldwide Omni-Channel Retail Analytics Strategies

As Program Director, Worldwide Omni-Channel Retail Analytics Strategies, Greg Girard is responsible for setting and delivering IDC Retail Insights’ authoritative perspective on how retailers should use information technologies to achieve key operational, tactical, and strategic objectives in the sourcing, buying, planning, assortment, allocation, replenishment, and pricing of merchandise. IDC Retail Insights’ Merchandise Strategies program provides global, fact-based, retailer-driven research and analysis that IT buyers and merchant users can use to gain advantage. The program focuses on established areas of interest such as localization, customer-centricity, and revenue optimization as well as on emerging areas such as collective intelligence, customer co-creation, developing new products, assortments, and lines, and location intelligence.

Mr. Girard blogs in the IDC Retail Insights Community (

Mr. Girard has extensive experience in retail technology. He launched the AMR Research Retail Advisory Service and led it for several years. He was the first analyst to cover technologies that have become mainstays of today's best practices in retail; e.g., price and revenue optimization, store execution and task management, as well as advanced assortment planning, multi-echelon replenishment, and constraint-based supply chain planning.

Additionally, he has been responsible for directing and influencing various application strategies and roadmaps software vendors have brought to the retail marketplace. Beyond those already mentioned, these include store network design and advertising, marketing, and promotion (AMP) management.

Mr. Girard has covered best practice processes and technologies supporting retailer-manufacturer collaboration, trade funds management, merchandising services, product development, and supply change management.

After his first career as a management consultant, Mr. Girard cut his analyst teeth in supply chain management – his functional competency as a consultant. In that analyst capacity, his vertical industry focus extended beyond retail across the manufacture of consumer packaged goods, a.k.a. fast-moving consumer goods, apparel, and consumer electronics.

Mr. Girard holds a master’s degree in urban planning from Hunter College, City University of New York, and a BA in philosophy from Boston College. He has lived in the Middle East and worked internationally.

Mr. Girard is a frequent speaker at industry and technology vendor events and contributor to retail technology media outlets.

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JDA, Honeywell, and Blackstone — What's the Deal?

Aug 2016 - IDC Link - Doc # lcUS41688316

by: John Santagate Jr.,  Greg GirardVictoria Brown

On August 19, 2016, JDA announced that its parent company, New Mountain Capital, has partnered with Blackstone (NYSE: BX) in a $570 million equity investment. The injection of capital will be used to retire existing debt (of which JDA has o...
IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Retail 2018 Predictions

Dec 2017 - Event Proceeding - Doc # US43453417

by: Greg GirardLeslie HandIvano Ortis

This IDC Web Conference presents a discussion by the IDC Worldwide Retail team on the key predictions that will impact CIOs and IT professionals in the worldwide retail industry over the next one to three years. Senior IT leaders and line-o...
IDC MaturityScape: Curated Merchandise Orchestration 1.0

Dec 2017 - IDC MaturityScape - Doc # US43293616

by: Greg Girard

This IDC study describes the IDC MaturityScape for curated merchandise orchestration (CMO)."Traditional retail planning has run its course, overstaying its welcome," said Greg Girard, program director for Intelligent Product Merchandising a...
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