Tuesday Jul 30, 2013

JD Sports Fashion Chooses Oracle Exadata Database Machine to Leverage Fact-Driven Merchandising and Outperform Competitors

JD Sports Fashion plc. is a leading retailer of branded sportswear and fashion wear with 900 stores and online business across a number of retail locations in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, and Spain. The company owns many top brands, including Mckenzie, Carbrini, and The Duffer of St George, and sells many limited edition and exclusive designs from Adidas Originals and Nike.

JD Sports is growing fast — organically and through acquisition — and revenue increased almost 20% in 2011. The company wanted to maximize profitability in the competitive sports and fashion wear retail market by matching inventory to demand, identifying best sellers, tracking success of promotions, and being first to market in a fashion-driven business with typically short product life spans.

The goal was to enable 100 buyers, 120 merchandisers, business analysts, and country, regional and branch managers to analyze up-to-date revenue, margin, like-for-like sales, running averages and variance against plan for each of JD Sports’ 400,000 live stock-keeping units (SKUs) from any location. JD Sports wanted to scale analytical abilities to handle anticipated doubling of data volumes from 4 terabytes in 2012 to 8 terabytes in 2015 and growth in user numbers while increasing performance.

Oracle Exadata Database Machine was chosen over IBM for its lower acquisition costs, dramatically higher performance, quicker time to value and faster return on investment. The company ran proofs of concept for SQL reporting, OLAP reporting and batch processes on both platforms. JD Sports was able to build the OLAP cube four times faster using Oracle Exadata Database Machine than with IBM x Series.

"Oracle Exadata beat IBM hands-down for performance in every category,” said Barry Loftus, head of business intelligence and application development, JD Sports Fashion plc. "The combination of Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition, Oracle OLAP, and Oracle Exadata Database Machine gives us the insight and agility to continue outperforming competitors as we expand our footprint throughout Europe”.

Read the full case study here…

Monday Jul 29, 2013

Morrisons Joins Speaker Programme at Oracle Retail Industry Forum Europe

Following the recent ORIF 2013 speaker announcement of Kate Ancketill, CEO and Founder of GDR Creative Intelligence, we are delighted to announce that John Elliott, Head of Applications and Development at Wm. Morrisons Supermarkets, has also been confirmed as an event speaker.

Morrisons is the 4th largest grocery retailer in the UK, with annual sales in excess of £18bn. John Elliot leads a team of over 100 who run and maintain systems that support Morrisons Stores, Commercial, Supply Chain and Logistics functions.

The Oracle Retail Industry Forum (ORIF) Europe 2013 addresses the current challenges facing retailers across Europe, with a focus on the Evolution of Experience Retailing and Commerce Anywhere.

The event provides Oracle Retail customers and prospects with the opportunity to connect with peers and Oracle solutions experts in an informative networking environment, and will explore how Oracle can support retailers in tackling modern challenges with more effective and integrated business processes and connected consumer interactions.

To find out more and register, please visit the ORIF Europe website.

A video entitled “Retail Showcase: Morrisons”, which looks at Morrisons use of Oracle Retail solutions across the organisations’ end-to-end supply chain, is available on the Oracle Media Network.

Tuesday Jul 16, 2013

New speaker announced for Oracle Retail Industry Forum (ORIF) Europe

Oracle Retail is delighted to announce that Kate Ancketill, CEO and Founder of GDR Creative Intelligence will be joining the speaker programme for the Oracle Retail Industry Forum (ORIF) 2013, taking place on the 15th and 16th of October at the Sofitel St James Hotel in London.

Kate will be presenting on the best of transformative retail - retail that exists now but is at the leading edge, and is indicative of the varied experimental nature of the future of retail.

Kate has consulted on innovation in retail, hospitality, technology, social media, branding and packaging design for some of the world's biggest brands including: Sony, Marks & Spencer, P&G, Coty, Limited Brands, InterContinental Hotels, Hilton, LVMH, Diageo, McDonald's, Nokia, Orange, The Crown Estate, Capital One, Macy's and Sephora.

For further information, including event registration and regular updates, please visit the event microsite.

Monday Jul 15, 2013

UK’s River Island Selects Oracle Retail Planning

River Island, a leading UK-based fashion retailer, has selected Oracle Retail Planning and Optimization solutions to support its strategy for Commerce Anywhere and international expansion.

River Island will use Oracle Retail Merchandise Financial Planning, Oracle Retail Assortment Planning and Oracle Retail Item Planning to establish more consistent and accurate planning processes that manage its current and future planning and life-cycle requirements.

River Island, which has a global portfolio of over 300 stores with multiple web, franchise and wholesale operations wanted to improve planning across all channels to better support its growing business.

By capitalizing on Commerce Anywhere and cross-organizational collaboration capabilities, River Island expects to better understand merchandise performance throughout the business, using this insight to drive more profitable inventory investment decisions and improve the customer experience.

With a consolidated view of planning, River Island can reconcile all merchandise, financial, item and assortment plans to business targets, improve accuracy and optimize in-season inventory, sales and margin performance, including exception management.

River Island has recognised Oracle Retail solutions as being highly flexible and scalable, and as built on deep fashion retail expertise. Oracle Retail solutions support the needs of River Island’s growing Commerce Anywhere international fashion retail business across its various operational models.

The press release announcing this news can be found on the Oracle website.


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