Atlanta, Georgia – Feb 13, 2018 – Data Profits Inc. (www.Data-Profits.com), a leading provider of mid-market retail forecasting and replenishment software, is proud to announce that they have been included in the prestigious Gartner Inc. 2017 Market Guide for Retail Forecasting and Replenishment Solutions. This Guide was compiled by Gartner Research VP, Mike Griswold, who has worked at Gartner for 12 years and has 32 years of industry experience. One of the Key Trends highlighted in 2017 Guide by Mr. Griswold is the growing importance of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence(AI) in forecasting and replenishment systems.
ATLANTA, July 20, 2017 – Data Profits, a mid-tier retail and wholesale demand forecasting and replenishment SaaS system, releases a new video: “P’s of Retail”. This video highlights four ideas that need focus in replenishment software for retail/ wholesale business to thrive in the digital age. Data Profits, highly popular blog has argued against several publications that claim retail ‘brick and mortar’ is dead. Explanations for the death of ‘brick and mortar’ point to the failure of retail technologies to adapt the digital age. Legacy forecasting and replenishment systems do not have the technology needed to adapt fast enough to the market shift brought in by digital technology.
Powerful SaaS Software Provides Retailers with Superior ROI via Unique Forecasting & Replenishment Business Intelligence Capability
Atlanta, Georgia – February 2, 2017 – Data Profits Inc. (www.Data-Profits.com), a leading provider of mid-market retail forecasting and replenishment software, is proud to announce that they have been included in the prestigious Gartner Inc. 2016 Market Guide for Retail Forecasting and Replenishment Solutions for the fifth time. Vendors included in the 2016 Market Guide are scored on an array of capabilities including customer size, geographic area served, being hosted on a common technology platform, as well as multi-channel planning capability, solution quality and accuracy. Read More
Can you find new ideas to improve your inventory replenishment and / or supply chain in under three minutes? Do you find training materials and great ideas shared on the web by your software and other supply chain companies? Does your software support site provide a full offering of concepts and ideas that utilize support documents, template checklists, white board animation, and slide shares to support their product and your business? Read More
“Omni-channel” is a big buzz word in retail right now. Everyone wants to be “Omni-Channel”. The reasoning for an omni-channel approach is sound. For marketing and merchandising, customers see the same messaging, items, and pricing across all platforms. For inventory and order fulfillment, customers have access to all of your inventory, from stores to DCs.
Omni-Channel is No Cure, Is it Even Symptom Relief?
There are so many advantages to Omni-Channel retailing. But while omni-channel order fulfillment can help you take care of your customers and clear some inventory problems, it can also hide flaws in your demand forecasting system and in your supply chain. Much like over-the-counter cold medicine, omni-channel fulfillment can relieve the symptoms of an ailing replenishment system temporarily, but it can’t cure the underlying problem. Like the common cold, there are many with the ‘magical’ cure but the question you should ask is how did they make the cure if they wrote their base code more than 5 years ago…98% of software is in that category…and all most software does is relieve the symptoms, not a real cure.
Promotions are Huge, That Doesn’t Mean Inventory Should Be
You’re very familiar with the importance of promotions, how they can make or break sales figures for the quarter or even the year. But an extremely successful promotion brings to light a challenge: Inventory Replenishment. While we often think of general retail for sales events to model, it is the grocery industry and their weekly promotions that highlight the pain in the promotion link of a supply chain. Let’s take a look at the root of the problem, and how the challenge can be overcome with ingenuity and technology to give you an edge over your competition.
Inventory Replenishment Checklist
Knowledge is power, as the old saying goes, and that’s certainly true about Inventory Replenishment. Let’s review this critical link in your supply chain and identify where you need to tighten down your processes. Inventory replenishment is ultimately about knowing what to order where, when and how many to meet demand for service while maintaining the lowest operating cost (inventory optimization) to maximize your profits.
How close are your Inventory Replenishment processes to your end customers? Inventory Replenishment controls your largest dollar investment; is it the strongest link in your chain or is it time to tighten this link in your chain? Today’s smart phones have created smarter customers with higher service expectations for their retail stores. The information super highway has shortened a retailer’s corporate decision timeline for demand planning and inventory replenishment responses to market changes. The challenge is how to become more customer centric. How do you provide higher service for your customers with the right products, in the right quantity, at the right location, all in less time?
Inventory replenishment: Can you see the future of retail?
Inventory replenishment is the essence of your bottom line. It is the critical link in your supply chain that everyone needs to review and tighten.
You don’t need a crystal ball to utilize the principles of demand forecasting and inventory replenishment. But, you do need a crystal-clear game plan to ensure that you can deliver today what the customer dreamed about the night before.
Inventory Replenishment Software Needs Updates
The retail landscape has changed widely over the last 15 years; How about your inventory replenishment? Today’s customers demand more choices and have higher expectations.. Customers want personalization; such things as on-demand product information, access to best price deals, express shipments and exceptional customer service as part of their experience. For companies to be successful in the marketplace, they must adapt the way they do business to accommodate today’s customer demands. To find success in the marketplace; they need to focus on their customer and become demand driven. The problem for many of you is your technology is as old as the phone in this picture and you stubbornly believe it doesn’t matter… bet the same folks who say it doesn’t matter have a $200+ smart phone in their pocket now…