Tuesday Jul 29, 2014

Ermenegildo Zegna Integrates Operations and Drives Expansion with Oracle Retail

Ermenegildo Zegna, the well-known global Italian menswear fashion and accessories brand, has invested in Oracle to optimise its global merchandising and financial planning operations. This investment will ensure that the Group's daily operational decisions are correctly aligned with its key business objectives for growth.

Ermenegildo Zegna is using Oracle Retail Merchandise Financial Planning to support the integration of global merchandising and financial planning operations. This deployment provides the retailer better integration between its financial and commercial planning operations and will make it easier to quickly identify opportunities across its market segments and maximise the profitability of its inventory investment decisions.

Ermenegildo Zegna plans to roll-out the new Oracle solutions across all of its branches, to ensure that the Group stays true to its ongoing commitment to driving innovation throughout the company.

Friday Jul 25, 2014

Daphne, Leading Footwear Retailer in China, Joins ORIF Europe 2014 Speaker Programme

We are happy to announce that Michael Hu, Chief Operating Officer of Daphne International Holdings, has joined the speaker programme for the Oracle Retail Industry Forum (ORIF) Europe 2014.

Daphne is one of the largest women’s footwear retailers in China and has implemented Oracle’s optimization solutions. Michael will discuss how Oracle Retail solutions have enabled the company to better manage strategy, plans and execution for its retail operations, allowing more profitable and strategic decisions on its inventory.

Michael is responsible for the company’s R&D, Supply Chain, Manufacturing as well as Merchandising & Operations at Daphne. He brings 22 years of experience in Chinese supply chain and production management to ORIF Europe, and we are excited to welcome him in London in September!

To register for ORIF and join over 150 retail delegates at this annual community event please visit the ORIF Europe Website.

Friday Jul 18, 2014

A World Cup Lesson For Retailers

Congratulations to Germany - winners of the ultimate football prize!

Last Sunday's World Cup final saw Germany win THE football accolade for the 4th time - and we now want to take lessons from Germany's success and apply them to the retail world! 

Just like World Cup successes, truly outstanding retail experiences are achieved by businesses that align their systems, people and processes and work together with a goal of creating exuberant, delighted fans (otherwise known as customers). Keep your eye on the prize, and your minds open to your customers' needs.

You can learn more about how to make your fans/customers happy with Oracle Retail's latest study.

World Cup Lesson For Retailers

Tuesday Jul 01, 2014

Guest Blog: Becoming a World Class Digital Retailer – by Shop Direct

I am delighted to present our first customer guest blog, written by Shop Direct's Head of Site Management, Rhys Billington. 

At the 2014 BT Retail Week Technology Awards, Shop Direct was awarded for their progress in becoming a world class digital retailer. Rhys Billington has now written about their journey with Oracle.

Many congratulations to the team at Shop Direct from us all at Oracle!

Now over to Rhys...

Becoming a World Class Digital Retailer
Rhys Billington, Head of Site Management, Shop Direct

A couple of weeks ago, Shop Direct received four awards at the 2014 BT Retail Week Technology Awards for our progress on our journey to becoming a world class digital retailer. We won the awards for BT Grand Prix Winner of Winners, Best IT Operations, Supply Chain and Fulfilment Excellence and Payment Project of the Year. Needless to say, the entire team at Shop Direct is delighted. This topped off a great financial year for us and is fantastic recognition of the work that's gone into shaping the future of the business and the retail sector as a whole.

Being awarded for the progress we've made over the last year is great, and also offers us an opportunity to reflect on how we've done it. In addition to all of the work put in by our own talented people, one of the other key factors in our success has been the partners we've carefully selected to support our business transformation. One of the key strategic partnerships we've developed is with Oracle and we've enjoyed their support at every step of our journey to world class.

In 2008, we outlined our plans to upgrade our technology to support our transition into a digital retailer. From our roots as a catalogue business, we've always stuck true to what makes us special in the fact that we make good things easily accessible to more people through our department store range and unique financial services offer. When evolving from catalogue to digital, we had to find the right kind of technology and the right kind of partnerships that would allow us to continue to deliver that customer promise while maintaining our brand values and driving future growth.

As a business, we've become truly customer-centric and are confident that our uniquely rich data set and the skill we have in analysing and using that data means we're extremely well placed to provide shoppers with the best possible digital shopping experience, no matter how, when or where they choose to shop with us. But it's only with partners like Oracle, who have the right level of technology and market experience to support us, that we're on track to achieving our world class ambitions.

We selected Oracle to provide the core technology infrastructure for our retail operations, investing in a variety of solutions including Oracle Retail Merchandising and Planning applications and Oracle Commerce to replace our legacy systems. These investments have allowed us to increase visitor numbers, improve conversion rates, enhance business visibility and optimise our department store websites for mobile commerce. This in turn has supported the expansion of our experimentation and personalisation programmes and driven continued innovation in the business.

Using advanced technology to drive our digital strategy has helped us to gain market share and grow profitability over the last couple of years. Investing in proven and advanced Oracle technology has placed Shop Direct in a better position to continue to drive innovation and hopefully to continue being recognised for our successes.

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