Thursday Feb 20, 2014

Case Study: Mr Price’s Story – Transforming A Business Across Africa

Mr Price Group is a South African retailer of apparel, homewares and sportswear and one of the fast growing retailers in the country. The business is seeing rapid growth not only in South Africa but internationally, with Mr Price’s global online offering and opening of further stores in other African countries.

Mr Price implemented the Oracle Commerce solution to support its multi-channel ecommerce offering, going live in 2012. The launch of its online store turned Mr Price into a multi-channel retailer, giving customers access to the complete range of Mr Price products, which previously had only been available in stores.

In this video, Andrew Kenny, Deputy Managing Director of Mr Price Group, talks about how Oracle Retail has supported the retailer through a period of growth and development, and how Oracle Retail Merchandising solutions have allowed the retailer to operate across multiple countries. He also looks at the impact on the customer in terms of the experience enjoyed through multiple engagement channels.

Friday Dec 13, 2013

Kamal Osman Jamjoom: A Journey to Enable Growth

At Oracle Retail CrossTalk in Chicago in June, Thameem Rizvon, IT Director of KOJ Group, talked about how the company’s IT strategy enables this Middle East retail powerhouse to have double-digit growth each year.

Access the presentation to learn how the alignment between KOJ IT, KOJ business, and Oracle has resulted in rapid implementations, minimal customizations, and smooth change management. Because IT projects implemented at KOJ have the added complexity of being multilingual, an even closer alignment with business users is necessary.

In 2006, the KOJ Group had about 280 stores with 50 IT staff. Today, it has more than 650 stores and runs stable IT operations with just 32 IT staff. The presentation also included details on how KOJ Group rolled out Oracle Retail Point-of-Service and Oracle Retail Stores Inventory Management in over 625 stores in six countries in just 90 days.

Through the years, the KOJ Group has implemented a variety of Oracle hardware and software solutions including Oracle Retail Merchandising System, Oracle Retail Warehouse Management System, Oracle Retail Business Intelligence, Oracle Retail Application Server, Oracle E-Business Suite, and Oracle Fusion Performance Management.

Access the presentation here.

Monday Sep 09, 2013

Abercrombie & Fitch Chooses Oracle as Partner in Global Expansion

Abercrombie & Fitch, an American fashion retailer focused on high quality casual wear for consumers aged 18 to 22, chose Oracle Retail Merchandising in order to support its goal of high-growth and globalisation.

The company is on a focused path – and as a consequence needed support from a system and technology standpoint that enables and not hinders business processes, says A&F CIO, John Deane.

“Oracle is a member of a very select club of vendors that we are dependent on to make things work – a key member to help us enable what the business wants to do,” Deane said.

Oracle Retail was selected for a number of reasons, namely the maturity of the solutions, the global footprint Oracle Retail has, and the fact that the platform is solid, dependable and scalable.

In the below video, listen to Abercrombie & Fitch CIO John Deane discuss how the retailer has leveraged the Oracle Retail Merchandising Solution to speed the rollout of new stores and supported expansion of their global footprint.

The video is available on the Oracle Media Network.

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.

Tuesday Jun 04, 2013

Oracle Retail Supports Australia’s Newest Home Improvement Offering from Masters

Home improvement retailer Masters completed a 13 month implementation of a broad set of Oracle Retail Merchandising, Supply Chain and Stores solutions in 2012. A new venture between Woolworths, Australia’s largest retail group, and US home improvement chain Lowe’s, Masters needed end-to-end solutions to underpin its new operation and enable it to launch in the market competitively and effectively.

As a start-up business, Masters identified Oracle Retail applications as providing the flexibility and scalability required to grow its organisation quickly. The solutions selected provided a solid foundation for the business launch, but is also supporting an aggressive expansion plan of over 100 stores over a five year period.

This video features Masters' Business Technology Manager, Warwick Jones, who shares how Oracle Retail provides both business solutions for running the backend operations and also within the store providing the point-of-service systems in place today.

Video also available at Oracle Media Network.

Further information on the Oracle Retail solutions utilised by Masters can be found on the Oracle Retail website:

Tuesday Apr 03, 2012

Interview with Al-Sorayai Group’s Managing Director on the Oracle Retail deployment

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with Sheik Al Sorayai, Managing Director of the Saudi Arabian carpet and rug manufacturer, the Al-Sorayai Group. His business has recently implemented Oracle® Retail Merchandising and Stores applications in only six months to support the launch of its new furniture retail concept, HomeStyle.

With an aggressive growth strategy for the new business in place, the Oracle Retail solutions are enabling Al-Sorayai to coordinate merchandising and store operations and improve decision-making and insight to optimise margins, reduce inventory costs and provide a consistent customer experience.

Monday Sep 05, 2011

The Big Opportunity: Connecting e-Marketing, Retail Analytics and Merchandising

Guest post by Willy Rotstein from Oracle Retail - click here to email Willy for more information.

Providing a great cross-channel experience is of course one of the key challenges retailers face today.  It is easier said than done though.  A good example of these challenges is the integration of the world of e-marketing (i.e. attracting people to your website/store) and merchandising (i.e. what you buy/hold and offer to your customers). 
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Friday Jul 29, 2011

Latest News from Oracle Retail

Over the last few weeks, Oracle has made several announcements confirming it continues to deliver measurable business value to customers around the world and engineer their businesses for success.

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Wednesday Jul 20, 2011

Fashion Retail Academy Alumni Interview - Tesco

We recently visited Tesco head office to speak to a graduate of the Fashion Retail Academy about her role as a Trainee Merchandiser.

In the video below, Emma Rodwell discusses how she uses Oracle Retail technology on a day-to-day basis in the fashion department at Tesco and her aspirations for the future.  Many thanks to Tesco and to the Fashion Retail Academy for making our visit possible and special thanks to Emma for taking the time out to speak to us.

For more information about the Fashion Retail academy, visit:

http://www.fashionretailacademy.ac.uk/

Thursday Jul 14, 2011

Oracle and the Fashion Retail Academy - Interview with Karen Dennison

We recently visited the Fashion Retail Academy to see how they were teaching students about the technology they would be encountering in their day to day roles in the fashion retail industry.  While there we spoke to Karen Dennison - the principal of the Fashion Retail Academy - about the importance of technology skills in fashion retail, and how Oracle Retail is helping the academy to prepare students for using retail technology in the future.

Many thanks to Karen for taking the time out to speak to us. 

Friday Jun 24, 2011

Skechers Leverages Oracle Applications, Business Intelligence and On Demand Offerings to Drive Long-Term Growth

This month Oracle Retail in the USA announced that Skechers - a world leading lifestyle footwear retailer - would be adopting several Oracle Retail products as part of their global growth strategy and to maximise business efficiency. 

While based primarily in the USA, Skechers is a respected retailer across the world and has been an Oracle customer since 1997. 

The key information about the announcement is below.  To find out more about Skechers visit their website: https://www.skechers.com/ 

  • Skechers U.S.A. Inc., an award-winning global leader in the lifestyle footwear industry, has upgraded and expanded its Oracle® Applications investment, implemented Oracle Database and moved to Oracle On Demand, Oracle’s premier cloud service to support rapid growth across its retail and wholesale channels.
  • The new business information systems are part of a larger initiative for the billion-dollar-plus footwear company to fuel growth, reduce total cost of ownership and enable the business to respond faster to market opportunities.
  • With more than 3,000 styles of shoes to design, develop and market, Skechers upgraded to Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise Financial Management and PeopleSoft Supply Chain Management to increase operational efficiencies and improve controls by establishing an integrated, industry-specific platform.
  • An Oracle customer since 1997, Skechers implemented PeopleSoft Enterprise Real Estate Management to meet the rapid growth of its retail stores worldwide. The company is the first customer to go live on the Real Estate Management module and worked closely with Oracle to provide development insight.
  • Skechers also implemented Oracle Fusion Governance, Risk, and Compliance applications. This deployment enabled the company to leverage its existing corporate governance and compliance efforts throughout the global enterprise and more effectively manage the audit processes across multiple business units, processes and systems while reducing audit costs.
  • Next, Skechers leveraged Oracle Financial Analytics, a pre-built Oracle Business Intelligence Application and PeopleSoft Enterprise Project Costing and PeopleSoft Enterprise Contracts to develop a custom Royalty Management dashboard, providing managers with better financial visibility to the company’s licensing contracts.
  • The company switched to Oracle Database and moved database hosting and management to Oracle On Demand to reduce maintenance, implementation and system administration costs. As a result, Skechers is also achieving a better response time and is delivering a higher level of 24x7 support.
  • OSI Consulting, a Platinum partner in Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), provided implementation and integration services to Skechers.

 

To view the full announcement please click here

Thursday Jun 09, 2011

Introducing Oracle Retail Merchandising Analytics

This month we introduced the first in a series of new data analytics tools.  Oracle Retail Merchandising Analytics is a new tool to help merchandisers and retail managers to see at a glance how well their stores and products are doing and get a real insight into how they can better manage their stock and planning.  Below is a video to introduce the software.  For more information, visit Oracle Retail Merchandising Analytics

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