Tuesday Jan 15, 2013

Oracle Retail Exchange: Daily Review of Activities on Tuesday, 15th January

The Oracle Retail Exchange (REX) began early this morning with a unique store experience at the UGG Australia store at 600 Madison Avenue, New York, part of the Deckers Outdoor business. Delegates heard about the journey Deckers is taking to develop a globally consistent consumer-direct operating model that unifies the customer experience across all touch points, streamlines operations, drives sales and improves profitability. The group learnt how Deckers is using Oracle Retail Point-of-Service, in addition to Oracle Retail Merchandise Operations Management and Oracle Retail Merchandise Planning and Optimization.

The second morning of Customer Showcases started with Dimitrios Bairaktaris, General Manager Merchandise and Logistics at Coles, who presented on the Easy Ordering project undertaken to achieve operational efficiencies across Coles' 741 stores across Australia. The implementation of Oracle Retail solutions, which completed last year, has optimised replenishment processes and improved inventory management and availability to deliver more strategic and tactical decisions across the business. Bairaktaris also divulged how Coles has recently leveraged upgrades of Oracle Retail Demand Forecasting and Advanced Inventory Planning, as well as the use of Oracle Exadata to improve analytics and identify further operational efficiencies for the business.

The next Oracle and Customer Showcase session focused on the changing role of Oracle Retail Consulting (OCS) in supporting customer deployments in EMEA, with a focus on the grocery retailer Ahold. Jeremy Spencer, Regional Vice President Consulting, Oracle Retail EMEA led the session, with support from Mario Torres, Head of Delivery, Oracle Retail EMEA Consulting; Andre Weigandt, CEO and Founder, Weigandt Consulting.

The presentation covered the range of service offers provided by Oracle Retail and, with reference to Delivery Ownership engagements, how OCS works with partners, such as Weigandt Consulting, to provide a cost-effective deployment approach combining the strengths of Oracle and the SI community. Marion Marees, Program Manager Retailbox Core, Senior Business Consultant, Ahold IM Europe provided her insight into how OCS has worked with Ahold in Europe to support the design of Ahold’s iBox transformation programme, which recently implemented Oracle Retail Merchandise Operations Management and Oracle Retail Store Solutions.

A Grocery roundtable enabled our grocery customers and prospects, including Morrisons, Panda and Konzum, to convene for animated discussion on the issues facing one of the most competitive retail sectors and where opportunities for growth and differentiation can be found.

After spending time at the NRF Big Show, or participating in one of several store tour programmes to see further examples of best practice retailing around New York, attendees are now set to come together for an exclusive event at the American Museum of Natural History, where Mike Webster, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Oracle Retail, will introduce new research entitled “The Evolution of Experience Retailing”.

See the press release for more details on this global research which examines the views of consumers on the global marketplace and what this means in terms of meeting their needs, to help retailers to define their strategies and key business imperatives and enable them to compete more effectively.

Access the research now and understand the results gathered. You can download a range of resources including a comprehensive whitepaper.

Monday Jan 14, 2013

Oracle Retail Exchange: Review of Activities on Monday 14th January

This year’s Oracle Retail Exchange (REX) opened on Sunday night with a welcome reception hosted by Mike Webster, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Oracle Retail and attended by over 130 customers and prospects from around the world. The Oracle Retail Exchange programme, which runs alongside the NRF Big Show in New York, includes a series of best practice presentations and roundtables from Oracle’s retail customers, along with visits to leading New York retail outlets, and access to a number of other networking and discussion events.

Day two began with the first in our series of Customer Showcases with a presentation from Simon Russell, Director Retail Operations Development of John Lewis, the UK's largest department store retailer with 39 stores, and an online and catalogue business which is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the country.

Russell shared details on the omni-channel journey that John Lewis has been on and the part the Oracle ATG Commerce solutions is playing in that journey. He also discussed the strategic approach to selecting the solution and why it was the best fit in future proofing the business in terms of managing developments around mobile web technologies, social media and search functionality.

The second Customer Showcase was presented by Chris Mangham, CIO of M.Video, Russia’s largest consumer electronics retailer and the first and only company in its sector in Russia to be publicly traded. The company started operations in 1993 in Moscow and runs more than 280 stores in 120 Russian cities, as well as 17 online sites.

Mangham, along with colleague Ray Fowler, talked about M.Video’s focus on the customer experience and ensuring that customer interactions are engaged across its web, call centre, mobile and social channels, referencing the role that Oracle Commerce has played in creating a strategic platform to deliver a personalised and consistent experience across all touch points. Take a look at the Oracle release announced today with details on M.Video’s Selection of Oracle Commerce Solutions to Support Growth and Develop a Complete Customer Experience.

A roundtable discussion followed these customer presentations focused on department store retailing, where attendees, including those from Axstores, Myer, Computer Plaza, John Lewis and M.Video, discussed the issues facing their particular industry in the current retail environment.

After spending time at the NRF Big Show, Oracle Retail Exchange attendees then gathered for dinner at 21 Club in New York, grouping into Commerce, Planning or Merchandise communities, providing further opportunities for delegates to better understand the Oracle Retail and Oracle Commerce solutions and share best practice with their peers.

The day will end later tonight with the “Red Hot Party” at 230 FIFTH, offering one of the best views of New York in the heart of Midtown.

Join the Oracle Retail Exchange LinkedIn Group for details of future events, and news about today’s REX activities including Oracle’s Evolution of Experience Retailing global consumer research, set to be launched tomorrow evening.


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