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

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

In our 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?  The first part of the series can be found here.    1. Does Planogram Generator support cluster and store-specific planograms? Yes. Regardless of how granular you want to go with your … Read More

JDA’s Planogram Generator: Frequently Asked Questions, Part 1

Welcome to the first installment of a five-part series exploring the most frequently asked questions about JDA’s Planogram Generator. This blog series, written by Vaco Supply Chain Solutions’ Practice Director for Category Management, Eric Bachrach, will be updated weekly. Now, on to your burning Planogram Generator questions! Your customers continue to drive the need for a better localized and curated … Read More

C-Stores: Not Just for Fueling Cars

By Todd McCourtie, Director of Engagement Not long ago, when I would think about my local convenience store, it would remind me to buy gas for the car, or maybe pick up a bottled water, coffee, or a snack.  That’s certainly not the case anymore—convenience stores have evolved into much more than just a fuel stop. The world of the … Read More

Maximizing Planogram Generator, or “Learning to Fish”

By Kent Smith, Director of Business Development, Category Management When I think of adoption rates for complex software, the popular proverb about fishing comes to mind (“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime”). While there is a temptation to hire experts, as you … 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

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