Forbes published an article from Stephen Wunker that explores how we can leverage lessons learned from COVID-19 to develop, improve, and use scenario planning.  Leading up to 2020, executives were already grappling with rising disruptive technologies, changing business models, and rivals emerging from unexpected places. Throw in a global pandemic, and the future seems […]

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Emre Kara with Proludus. Emre is the founder of Proludus. He serves as a trainer and consultant. Emre graduated from Bilkent University with BS and MS degrees in Industrial Engineering. During his master, he also studied business and economics in Aarhus Business School in Denmark. He started his professional career […]

  David A. Fields shares a blog post on the omnipotent power of gratitude and how it can serve your consulting practice. Extra bonus tips included in the comments.  At this time of year, one word is bandied about with unusual frequency. It turns out that word can help you win more consulting business. Each […]


You might check how your professional email appears in the inbox of recipients by sending yourself an email to a personal account. Some issues I commonly see: Instead of seeing the sender’s first and last name, just see the email address Sender’s first and last name are all lower case “first name” or some odd […]


  Susan Meier Hamilton identifies the need for solitude and how to find it in a noisy world. Once upon a time, I spent 8 hours a day completely alone, working from home. I am an introvert who needs solitude to recharge my batteries and focus, and I enjoyed that. These days, the vast majority […]

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Andrew Lodge.  Andrew has been an independent consultant for a year working in financial services. He was an Associate Principal at McKinsey in London, a Head of Division in financial stability at the Bank of England and a senior policy adviser at HM Treasury in the United Kingdom. Andrew has […]

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Saad Sameer Abujubara with Impact Partners.  Saad was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey. Prior to McKinsey, he was a market planning manager  with Sunbulah group (FMCG sector). Currently is a Partner at Impact Partners local consulting firm in Riyadh. Saad has particular expertise in planning, strategy and initiatives delivery, and […]


  David Gross provides the first article in a series that illustrates the changes taking place in the US retail sector and what this means for consumers.  In this new series, “Irreversible Change in US Retail,” we explore the sweeping restructuring taking place in the retail industry. Most importantly, we explore the implications for consumers—a […]

  In this article, Abhinav Chandra explains how using AI can improve business processes and sales.  Buying and inventory management automation can help retailers and brands react quickly, reduce markdowns and liquidations, improve customer experience, and drive profit. The fashion industry has been one of the hardest hit by COVID-19. The unprecedented 32% decline in […]

  In this comprehensive report, Angela Thompson shares marketing insights on Black Friday patterning.  Retailers’ promotions during Black Friday were significantly reduced this year; both in number of promotions offered and the richness of those offers Retailers spread out their promotions for a longer period of time to reflect a lower in-store capacity and acknowledge a […]

  Robbie Kellman Baxter shares valuable advice for product managers who are ramping up operations to prepare for new subscribers to their subscription-based business. So you’ve launched your subscription app, and you have some subscribers. You’ve only scratched the surface. Now the real work begins. The key to subscription models is that the benefits keep […]


  Jesse Jacoby shares a post that illustrates the importance of story, and why the corporate story is the key to engaging employees. We all love a good story, whether our preference is for fiction or nonfiction. It doesn’t matter if you’re reading a book, watching a movie, or listening to the news, expanding your […]