Safety Stock Is No Accident

By Rob Heidt, Practice Director, Supply Chain Planning Safety stock amount is at best an afterthought, and at worst something rarely planned appropriately. The fact is, safety stock is one of the most important settings in any supply chain.  Not only does it mitigate risk, it’s also the best opportunity to increase your customer service while simultaneously reducing your inventory … Read More

Real Results with JDA’s MyPG

By Eric Bachrach, Practice Director, Category Management JDA Planogram Generator Enterprise Edition is used by many leading retailers and CPG companies to produce a large volume of store-specific planograms using consumer-centric data, with both minimal effort and extraordinary speed.  As powerful a tool as JDA Planogram Generator Enterprise is, it requires a significant investment, as it necessitates the purchase and … Read More

Retailers: Know Your Competition

By Rob Heidt, Practice Director Know your competition.  It’s an imperative that rings true today more so than ever before.  The speed of communication has created the opportunity for a business to turn on a dime.   A retailer’s competition used to be the brick-and-mortar down the street or across the plaza in the local mall.  Today it’s the internet giants … Read More

Retail Supply Chain: A Customer Shift

By Todd McCourtie, Solution Strategy Director While attending this year’s Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Conference in Phoenix, it was apparent that the future of retail analytics, predictive technology, and a consumer-driven supply chain is here.  Many of the conference’s presentations focused on the importance of predictive analytics, automation of tasks (fulfillment, merchandising, and store operations), and artificial Intelligence (AI) … Read More

JDA Enterprise Planning v. 2018.1: What to Expect

By Violet Jaramillo, Senior Solution Architect New and exciting updates are coming with the next release of JDA Enterprise Planning. The following are the enhancements that are slated to be introduced in this release: Platform Support: JDA EP 2018.1 will support Oracle 12.2, as well as Windows Server 2016. Support for Windows Server 2012 will continue, as well as Windows … Read More

Vaco Supply Chain Solutions Named Selling Partner of the Year by JDA Software

By Will Mrotek, Managing Partner  We’re excited to announce that we’ve been named the North America Selling Partner of the Year by JDA Software. We’re thrilled to be honored with this award, which shows our continued commitment to bringing JDA’s industry-leading software solutions to retailers and consumer packaged goods companies seeking to optimize their end-to-end supply chain. This award comes … Read More

JDA’s Planogram Generator: Frequently Asked Questions, Part V

In the final part of our series, Vaco’s Eric Bachrach, Practice Director for Category Management, answers the last batch of most frequently asked questions about JDA’s Planogram Generator tool.  Missed out on previous posts?  You can find last week’s post here, or you can start from the beginning here.  On to the final part of our Planogram Generator Q&A:   1. What … Read More

JDA 2017.2: Supporting Category Management in an Omni-Channel World

By Todd McCourtie, Director of Engagement Category Management has changed since its inception in the early 1990’s.  While the core principles of the category management model remain the same, customer insight is now driving strategy and assortment direction.  It’s not about the product, but about fulfilling the needs for the consumer.  How do we better equip our vendor partners and … Read More

JDA’s Planogram Generator: Frequently Asked Questions, Part IV

In the penultimate part of an ongoing series, Vaco’s Eric Bachrach, Practice Director for Category Management, tackles some of the most frequently asked questions about JDA’s Planogram Generator tool.  Missed out on previous posts?  You can find last week’s post here, or you can start from the beginning here. Without any further ado, here’s this week’s Planogram Generator Q&A:   1. What … Read More

JDA’s Planogram Generator: Frequently Asked Questions, Part III

In the third part of an ongoing series, Vaco’s Eric Bachrach, Practice Director for Category Management, tackles some of the most frequently asked questions about JDA’s Planogram Generator tool.  Want to catch up?  You can find last week’s post here, or you can start from the beginning here. Now, on to the good stuff:        1. How does … Read More