Inventory / Merchandising / Supply Chain

Supply chain challenges are mounting for many retailers, especially those operating in multiple regions of the country and abroad. Consumers expect to be able to order and purchase products via any channel, then have them delivered to their channel of choice – and quickly! New technologies are providing the ways and means for merchants to deliver on the promise of omnichannel excellence. Now retailers must find the best ways to implement new solutions to stay competitive.

AO: Bar Helps Simplify Inventory Management For Restaurants And Bars

Tracking and managing inventory can be daunting for all retail establishments, especially restaurants and bars that operate in hectic environments from open to close. Managers and employees are challenged to juggle these mandatory tasks with more customer-facing activities, such as engaging with and serving patrons. The AO: Bar application from Accucode is designed to reduce time spent on counting and ordering liquor inventory, allowing bar and restaurant managers to spend more time with customers. All product distributor and sales rep contact information also is saved within the app to help simplify the ordering process should items need to be replenished. When managers place orders, automated emails with product details are sent to sales reps.

Baynote VUE Leverages Big Data To Drive Online Sales

Retail marketers are tasked with the challenge of creating highly engaging online experiences that drive sales and revenue. However, this goal can be difficult to achieve for retailers that are stuck with obsolete and underpowered analytics tools.

Thirty-One Gifts Selects TXT To Improve Retail Planning Processes

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Thirty-One Gifts, a direct-selling retailer of lifestyle products such as stationary, wallets and tote bags, is implementing the TXT Integrated Retail Planning solution. The retailer currently is leveraging the TXT MAPLE LAKE software to manage in-season planning processes including inventory management and open-to-buy.

Most Shoppers Would Pay More For Sustainable Delivery Options

Retailers are ramping up delivery speeds to meet the demands of empowered shoppers and keep pace with online giants such as Amazon. While speed is undoubtedly paramount to the delivery experience, consumers also are looking for more “green” options. In fact, 54% of consumers are willing to pay at least 5% more for products ordered online if they are delivered sustainably. Even more consumers (76%) said they are willing to wait at least one extra day for climate-friendly transport, according to a recent study performed by West Monroe Partners.

Springfree Trampoline, Orlebar Brown Adopt NetSuite Solutions

Trampoline manufacturer Springfree Trampoline and designer swimwear retailer Orlebar Brown have selected solutions from NetSuite in order to enhance their global expansion efforts. Springfree Trampoline selected NetSuite to streamline its four separate business entities in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the U.S. on a single omnichannel platform. The manufacturer looks…

DSW Evolves To Personalized Assortment Planning

Today's shoppers have access to more information and options than ever before. As a result, retailers are tasked to differentiate the shopping experience by tailoring offers and even inventory assortment to customer wants and needs.  Linda Canada, SVP of Planning and Allocation at DSW, shares with Retail TouchPoints how the retailer is revising its assortment planning processes to keep place with the empowered consumer.    

Traceability Plus Tracks Products Throughout The Supply Chain

Retailers need an efficient supply chain to optimize their brick-and-mortar business. In some instances, though, retailers are not equipped to track the supply chain from beginning to end, preventing them from knowing what is happening to products at every step of the process. Traceability Plus is a monitoring solution designed to improve supply chain efficiency, leading to reduced waste, higher margins and more satisfied customers. Retailers can use the solution to improve decision-making and reduce costs associated with inconsistency, shrink and inefficiency, among others.

Attune Integrates Two Bauer Brands With SAP Platform

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Global solutions provider attune Consulting announced that it has partnered with Bauer Performance Sports to help implement the SAP Apparel and Footwear (AFS) 6.5 platform into the company’s two lacrosse businesses. The platform connects the two brands — Maverik and Cascade — so that they both can meet the seasonal…

Will Customer Loyalty Suffer In Light Of Amazon Prime Price Hike?

Online giant Amazon has been spotlighted as a retail innovator with its dedication to creating a seamless customer experience. While the retailer has been praised for its personalization strategies, Amazon now has an eye on the future, unveiling plans for a series of new investments, including anticipatory shipping and drone delivery. The latest news from Amazon causing a commotion, though, is the eTailer’s decision to increase its annual membership fee for Amazon Prime from $79 to $99. Amazon indicated on the web site that if a membership renews before April 17, 2014, customers will be charged the standard rate of $79. But starting April 17, 2014, all Amazon Prime members will be charged $99 on their respective renewal dates. An Amazon Prime membership offers a number of benefits, including free two-day shipping on most products, one free book rental per month via the Kindle Lending Library, and free movie and television streaming via Amazon Instant Video.

Woolworths Improves Supply Chain Sustainability With MetricStream

Woolworths, a supermarket and grocery chain with more than 450 stores in South Africa, has implemented the Sustainability Performance Management Solution from MetricStream. The Sustainability Performance Management Solution is expected to help Woolworths monitor supplier compliance with sustainability guidelines by measuring metrics and indicators around energy, water, soil and waste…
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