Leading SaaS Supply Chain Provider Enables Advanced Store Replenishment Even In The Absence Of POS Or Perpetual Inventory
"The mobile application revolutionizes retail store replenishment by creating the best demand-driven order for each store from just a single task...Store-specific demand forecasts for each item assure the right products are available in every location."
Blue Ridge announced today the development and release of a first ever, mobile application requiring only store counts to leverage advanced planning and forecasting for replenishing retail stores. CLARITY Mobile Connect will debut at NRF ‘Retail’s Big Show.’ The leading SaaS planning, demand forecasting, replenishment and analytics provider designed the application to simplify ordering while still providing advanced inventory replenishment to improve product availability for retail chains, co-ops, franchisors and CPG brands.
The mobile application revolutionizes retail store replenishment by creating the best demand-driven order for each store from just a single task. Store associates or brand field merchandisers can use the app to simply scan and count inventory to create accurate orders. The app accesses the advanced technology of CLARITY Replenish in the Cloud to forecast demand, create the most accurate store orders, and enable approval for the orders. Store-specific demand forecasts for each item assure the right products are available in every location, improving product availability and boosting customer loyalty.
Decades of experience in retail enlightened the Blue Ridge retail team to the many conditions chains experience that inhibit effective store stocks. From manual processes, inconsistent execution, and varying store systems, to lack of store perpetual, or varying approaches of field merchandisers, there are many situations that conspire against store effectiveness. CLARITY Mobile Connect is designed to consider all of these factors and assure common logic throughout the chain without a complex and time-consuming process in the stores.
As a former retailer himself, Greg White, CEO of Blue Ridge saw first-hand the need for such a solution, “Like many people in retail management, I was a store manager myself before moving to the corporate office, and I’ve also consulted with hundreds of retailers, so I’ve seen what they’re facing,” stated White. Continuing, White added, “Just imagine the power this gives a convenience store chain like Circle K, a co-op like Ace Hardware or franchisors like GNC who have thousands of independently owned stores and nearly as many approaches to store ordering.”
Similarly, the solution could also serve to close the gap between demand-shaping activities and effectiveness in product availability for US grocers who typically don’t have store perpetual inventory, or even chains with store operations teams that need to maintain store control of the replenishment process to respond rapidly to the market. The combination of store-level intelligence and enterprise-class forecasting and replenishment disciplines enabled by the Cloud means that both the field and the home office can coordinate and perform better.
SOURCE: Blue Ridge