Direct Store Delivery Is A Deal With The Devil

“When retailers allow a supplier to do direct store deliveries to their stores, they have made a deal with the Devil.” So says Randy Fields, the CEO of the Park City Group, and the former Chairman of Mrs. Fields Cookies. As a former retail executive ...

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Growing demand for local products leads to out-of-stocks

Inventories have ballooned nearly three-fold over the last two decades as localization has been embraced to protect market share and profitability. Yet, localization just might hasten the death of certain banners unless steps are taken to control the...

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Growing Demand for Local Products Impacts Inventory for Suppliers

Consumers have made it clear that they are looking for more local and specialty products in their supermarkets. This is the most recent – and perhaps most pronounced – phase in the evolution of consumer tastes and preferences. It is a trend that star...

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How retailers can find ways to ‘out Amazon’ Amazon

At the turn of the millennium, the retail industry was aglow with technological and opera­tional possibilities.

The internet was seen as a platform for both selling things and making merchandising and fulfillment processes more ef­ficient. Data processing power and storage capacity was grow­ing dramatically, an improve­ment that cut analysis time from weeks down to hours. Ad­ditionally, data communication speeds were accelerating so quickly that frontline associates now had access to nearly real­time insights.

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National Supplier Reduces Shrink and Enables M&A Strategy

PROBLEM Mergers and acquisitions gained this nationally recognized baker additional distribution which included independent operators. It also gained them different technology systems that didn’t communicate with each other which made keepin...

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Retailer Controls Inventory with ReposiTrak

PROBLEM A national auto parts chain wanted inventory relief on slow moving products Popular items were frequently out of stock Tracking and transferring products between DCs and stores was difficult SOLUTION Visibility &amp...

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Retailer Reduces Labor with ReposiTrak

PROBLEM This national big box retailer wanted to reduce labor at receiving and in the back room. SOLUTION Data of Record We enabled this retailer’s Direct Store Delivery (DSD) vendors to provide item and cost data electronica...

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Retailer Improves Stock Condition on Top Selling Items

PROBLEM Popular Grocer needed to replace outdated warehouse ordering system & improve stock conditions on top selling items. SOLUTION Visibility & Analytics We forecasted out-of-stocks, alerting the Category Manager w...

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In-Store Deli/Bakery Delivers Improved Analytics

PROBLEM In-store bakery and deli margins were drained by poor production planning & high shrink at over 20%. Sales were flat vs. center store. SOLUTION Fresh Market Manager We forecasted hour-by-hour, store-by-store. We e...

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In-Store Bakery Improves Quality and Assortment

PROBLEM In-store bakeries were unable to execute an assortment plan and were lacking labor to routinely bake a large variety. Quality standards were also deteriorating from managing too many products Shrink Costs were excessive and increasi...

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