Wednesday Dec 17, 2014

Weather The Storm: Data and Insight for Successful Fashion Planning

As changing weather continues to play havoc with expected retail forecasts, it becomes clear that retailers need science and analytics, flexibility and dynamic management of information in order to understand the wants and behaviour of their customers.

The 2014 Forrester Wave report on Retail Planning Solutions states that “the number of new product introductions and line extensions of promotional variants continues to grow at a furious pace, with apparel brands like Zara managing 22 collections each year rather than the more leisurely four seasons of yesterday’s couturiers.”

Meeting this challenge is the key to success amid the rapid turnover of collections in fashion retailers’ product lines - accurate forecasting and assortment decisions as well as making the right in-season adjustments are critical. Why? 92% of consumers polled in our 2014 research ‘The New Retail Democracy’ indicated they will simply not wait for the desired products to come into stock.

Retailers need to make it a priority to understand and track demand origination via all touchpoints: store, online, social, mobile, kiosk, and catalogue. Especially social and mobile channels are driving the ever increasing pace of changing trends, and are incredibly valuable channels to gain insight from. Most merchants however do not possess the tools to gather and make sense of these huge quantities of data.

We can help. Watch out for what's new in Oracle Retail Planning solutions with our upcoming V14.1 release, announced at the NRF BIG Show 2015 in New York.

Tuesday May 20, 2014

Oliver Guy Demonstrates Oracle Retail Forecasting

At the NRF Big Show in New York, held in January 2014, Oracle Retail Senior Consulting Manager Oliver Guy demonstrated Demand Forecasting and the impact it can have on a retailer’s operations.

The Oracle Retail Demand Forecasting solution provides retailers with a single forecast to drive profitable planning and operations that reflect consumer preferences. The solution is designed to handle the challenges of real-world retail forecasting, incorporating the variety of customer interactions that impact sales, such as web site launches, new store openings, new product introductions, price and assortment changes, promotions and discontinuation of products.

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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.


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