Helping Retail Allocators Adjust to Changing Merchandise Strategies

With latest version of allocation solution, AIS aims to tackle retailers' biggest merchandising challenges

New Features Target Three Areas

  • Improved Allocation Strategy. AllocationXpert replicates the decision-making patterns of top allocators to better place merchandise in stores. With new, automated methods and filtering tools, the software was designed to assist users in assessing factors essential to improving store presentation, optimizing inventory levels and eliminating over-shipments.

  • Enhanced Analytical Tools. The solution features a graphical user interface (GUI) designed to assist users in viewing final allocation distribution. The interface also gives users the ability to examine multiple allocation scenarios, allowing them to compare and analyze allocation decisions in greater detail.

  • Data Management Tools. AllocationXpert's Virtual Store Clusters and Electronic Notes are among the data management tools designed to assist users in adjusting to changing market conditions. With the ability to build and manage store groups on-the-fly, users have the power to improve placement decisions and ultimately drive higher revenues. Electronic Notes also give users quick access to store comments or instructions and preserve the "allocation history" of store anomalies to be used in future allocations.

Additional Articles of Interest

The focus in the retail sector has shifted from managing the movement of goods to managing the information about goods. Read more in "Ramping Up the Retail Supply Chain," in the February/March 2005 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

For a look at how Canadian company McCain Foods is overcoming data synchronization challenges in its supply and demand chain, see the article "Building a 'Trusted Source'" in the April/May 2004 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive