Improving Demand Forecast Accuracy Series: Categorizing and Managing Forecast Accuracy Objectives

By Jeff VanDeursen, Sr. Solution Architect CHALLENGE Many organizations assign a product to a category or group, either at product introduction or solution Go-Live, depending on the age of the solution. As items move through the product lifecycle, they can encounter a change in characterization of sales volume and inventory movements. If an organizations neglects to identify and update the categorization … Read More

Advancing Your Space & Category Management Capabilities

By Kent Smith VP, Business Development Both traditional and emerging forces in retailing compel us to become both more efficient and more precise in how we merchandise.   Advanced capabilities will enable you to deliver on precision merchandising while achieving efficiencies across the supply chain. What capabilities do you need? The answer stems from your company’s overarching strategy and goals. … Read More

When To Upgrade Your Space Planning Software

By Nathan Matthews Sr. Functional Consultant, Space & Category Management Technology is continually evolving and for optimal efficiency, it’s necessary to upgrade your space planning suite on a timely basis.  If you’re  using an outdated system, you’re risking business productivity, security, and overall customer satisfaction.  Knowing when to upgrade is like knowing when you need a new pair of glasses—you … Read More

What’s New in JDA Enterprise Planning v. 8.1

Change is good. In technology, it often means things are improving for the better (of course, there are some notable exceptions (looking at you, Windows Vista). Even those of us with a finger on the metaphorical pulse of technological innovation can have a touch time keeping up with the rapid pace of change.  Getting left behind is all too easy. … Read More

How to Improve Demand Forecast Accuracy

By Jeff VanDueusen, Senior Solution Architect CHALLENGE At one point or another, nearly all organizations struggle with forecast accuracy and the role it plays in the organization.  There are many different ways to measure and interpret forecast accuracy across an organization, and different segments of the organization can view and perceive a forecast accuracy measure in different ways.  This is … Read More

Quick Tips for Store Specific Plans and Layouts

Are you struggling to create store-specific plans? The desire to be both more local and operationally efficient has rekindled efforts to become more granular with planograms. Customers want the right product available; shareholders want to maximize sales and ROI; operations wants to efficiently execute and manage the display. Well done, store-specific plans sell more and incorporate better inventory that’s easier … Read More

7 Factors To Consider For Your Retail Localization Strategy

Retail: Seven Levers of Localization As retailers vie for market share in an increasingly complex environment, “local” is on everyone’s mind.  Adapting the brand to fit the local neighborhood seems a plausible means to build loyalty. However, many are discovering “going local” is anything but a straightforward journey. Gone are the Days… For 95% of retail history, the sole proprietor … Read More

A Quick-Hit Case Study: CPG Warehouse Consolidation Planning

CHALLENGE A key component of a top tier supply chain is an efficient warehouse network that places the right product at the right place at the right time to meet customer demand.  Balancing the available space in multiple small regional warehouses against the forecasted order pattern and the minimum production batches on slow moving items creates a perfect storm of … Read More

The Fantastic Four: Superheroes of JDA’s Retail Planning Suite: Version 8+!

Summer is finally, FINALLY almost over. T-minus 13 days.  Some people thrive in the summertime. The sun loves you; you get a nice tan and you probably mourn the loss of the warm summer days as we roll into autumn. Me? I spend the summer slowly melting into some nightmarish pile of sunburn, sweat, and melted cosmetics, feeling my sanity … Read More

Planning Environment Manager (PEM): Don’t Be Late

Look, we’re all late at some point or another.  I was late to a call yesterday because I couldn’t find the end of a brand new roll of toilet paper and just ended up batting at it like a cat for an embarrassingly long amount of time before finally just ripping the roll to shreds like a kid tearing into … Read More