With 400 stores and growing, DSW is constantly challenged with providing the right selection of shoes for every shopper. Adding a series of smaller format stores to the mix has heightened the challenge.
“These [smaller format] stores are 8,000 to 12,000 square feet so the precision of the assortment has to be right,” said Linda Canada, SVP of Planning and Allocation of the shoe retailer. A typical DSW store is approximately 20,000 square feet, she explained.
Today's shoppers have access to more information and options than ever before. As a result, retailers are tasked to differentiate the shopping experience by tailoring offers and even inventory assortment to customer wants and needs.
Linda Canada, SVP of Planning and Allocation at DSW, shares with Retail TouchPoints how the retailer is revising its assortment planning processes to keep place with the empowered consumer.
Over the past decade, a new breed of store associate has emerged on the retail scene: empowered Millennials.
Today’s new store associates are confident in their ability to put technology — particularly mobile devices — to work to enrich their daily lives.
With 80 million Millennials now in the workforce, retailers must rethink how they connect, engage and empower their employees.
Consumers’ growing expectations for a seamless shopping process across all channels has put a strain on the supply chain for both retailers and their supplier partners. To address this challenge and deliver an omnichannel brand experience, both groups are re-focusing on collaboration.
Kraft Foods Group, the grocery manufacturing and processing conglomerate, is working with retail partners to optimize inventory management and product fulfillment. The company leverages JDA Collaborative Flowcasting & Shelf Analytics, a cloud-based service designed to improve visibility across the entire supply chain. As a result, Kraft can analyze store data and better respond to product demand across all locations.
While retailers have been swift to adopt mobile technology to satisfy the always-on consumer, they have been much slower to embrace mobility for their workforce. With more than 80 million millennials rapidly emerging as the face of the retail workforce, retailers must adapt and evolve their management practices to stay relevant to this challenging generation. Mobility, and technology in general, will play a critical role in the retail evolution.
A recent survey of more than 100 retailers revealed how retailers are prioritizing workforce technology, scheduling, mobility and management strategies. In this webinar, you will learn how to build a smarter and more efficient workforce with next-generation technology and mobility to ensure better staffing, productivity, compliance and employee satisfaction. To learn more, register for the webinar, titled: Workforce in Motion: Recruiting, Retaining and Engaging the Millennial Workforce.
Today's tech-savvy and empowered consumer are changing the rules of retail. Dave Bruno, Director of Marketing at JDA Software, discusses how these shoppers have transformed the "moment of truth" into six "moments of influence" throughout the browsing and buying journey. Bruno shares how retailers can embrace specific strategies and technologies, such as mobility and fulfillment flexibility, to create a more seamless experience for consumers.
Today’s web- and mobile-enabled shoppers are demanding more relevant and customized brand choices. From marketing channels and messaging to item selection and technology implementations, consumers are moving to the center of business decisions. To drive traffic and purchases to store locations, retailers are utilizing more sophisticated assortment planning and optimization solutions, and are tapping into the browsing and buying behaviors of targeted audiences to make better inventory choices.
Dick’s Sporting Goods, an outdoor apparel and merchandise retailer, implemented JDA’s Assortment Optimization solution to localize inventory more effectively based on customer preferences and demand. Murrey Wolff, Senior Business Analyst at Dick’s Sporting Goods, shared insights into the retailer’s implementation during the JDA FOCUS conference. The event took place April 29 to May 1, 2012, at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
Meg Whitman, former President and CEO of eBay, discussed the difficulties of managing innovation across large organizations ― and what leaders need to know to foster an environment where good ideas are cultivated, developed and executed during JDA’s annual conference in Orlando this week. During the conference she also will discuss the importance of looking outside traditional avenues to put organizations on the path to sustainable growth.
JDA Software Group’s FOCUS 2011 drew nearly 2,000 attendees to Orlando, Florida this week. FOCUS 2011 is featuring more than 200 sessions with speakers from companies including Dell, eBay, Lowe’s Companies and Meijer, among others.
Centered on the theme “Anticipate And Deliver Your Promise,” FOCUS 2011 was kicked off with a keynote from President and CEO Hamish Brewer who presented a “state of the company” address, outlining JDA’s vision for the future as “The Supply Chain Company.” Brewer discussed JDA’s growth strategy to position itself as an end-to-end supply chain solutions provider, with offerings that range from the manufacturer to the retail shelf.
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