Category Management Consulting
Our expertise is creating value for retailers and manufacturers alike. We help align your space and category management processes to the applications you use and help your team realize their highest potential, through knowledge transfer from some of the leading consultants in the field.
Whether you need to identify areas of opportunity in unused functionality in the applications you currently use, or are looking for some “quick hits” for immediate ROI, by working with Vaco’s Advisory team, you’ll leverage the knowledge of our entire consulting force, comprising decades of experience in space and category management.
We utilize a holistic approach which encompasses people, process, and technology to address to full picture, maximizing your success in change management activities, strategic planning, and tactical execution.
We provide project definition, budgeting, planning, resource allocation, and project tracking with the added benefit of deep experience across space and category management in multiple industries.
Does your planning organization rank among the best in the business? We provide a thorough assessment of your team’s capabilities and create a plan to ensure adoption so that your organization is performing at the highest-possible level.
Good training is key to the successful rollout of any new category management software or process. Our goal is to ensure self-sufficiency and build internal expertise in order to lessen the length, duration, and necessity of future consulting engagements.
One of the largest risks of a new software implementation is a lack of user adoption and regression to old practices. Our category management consultants can develop and lead change management programs separately, or as part of your implementation, to ensure that new technologies and processes aren’t just learned, but understood and adopted.
Understanding your business requirements before selecting a new technology solution can make or break an investment in planning applications. Vaco consultants may lead your requirements gathering process from an objective perspective, or lend a second eye to your existing requirements to augment industry best practices and help you to “know what you don’t know.”
Business Case Creation
Forecasting business benefit and ROI from IT transformation can be difficult. After over 170 successful projects, our category management consultants know what metrics to measure for success. An assessment of your current process and business can help to understand how much your organization stands to benefit by making a new investment in your process or technology, helping you to make informed decisions about ‘where’ and ‘why’ to invest.
Business Process Design
The most challenging aspect of any system implementation is merging your business process with your new software. Our process experts combine creativity, functional knowledge, and industry-specific insight to deliver a tailored business process that allows you to realize the greatest ROI from your software investment.
The software market is rife with space and category management solutions, each with their own set of advantages and drawbacks. Determining the best software investment for your business can be challenging process, but we’ll help determine which offering best suits your specific goals, challenges, budget, and timeline based on our experience with multiple technologies and your industry’s best practices.