Innovative Retail Technologies

JAN-FEB 2017

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The Paper Store A s The Paper Store (TPS) grew, management there under- stood that in order to main- tain a high customer service level, unique and diverse assortment, and convenient fulfillment options, it would have to bring world-class technology and innovation to its supply chain processes. With an ERP system from Aptos and integration of Retalon's predictive analytics platform, TPS is now able to calculate demand at the store, DC, and e-commerce levels. The merchant has integrated demand forecasting with pur- chasing, replenishment, and promotions on one predictive analytics platform, al- lowing automatic and proactive account- ing when calculating optimal purchasing and replenishment quantities across the business. TPS is a highly seasonal, event-driven retailer with many high peaks and low valleys in demand. To mitigate the ill ef- fects of seasonality, the merchant has im- plemented a system to account for all sea- sonal peaks, moving events, promotions, and even weather changes. This allows TPS to maintain a high in-stock position on hot items during all seasonal peaks while avoiding overstocks and carrying costs. winner supply chain Fields Canada Project Lead: Dean Petruk, President/COO, Fields Canada Fields turned its Vancouver logistics DC "green" by eliminat- ing paper consumption using RF technology. Its Magstar platform and wireless mobile devices from Zebra/Motorola allowed an 80 percent reduction in cycle time, freed up ten hours per week for store managers, and shaved 14 days from its previous time-to- store metric. The Sportsman's Warehouse Project Lead: Jeremy Williams, General Manager, The Sportsman's Warehouse Sportsman's Warehouse gives partial credit to a HighJump WMS implementation for the double-digit growth of its e-com- merce business and addition of several new stores. The merchant took advantage of adaptability tools inside the WMS to move from solely retail store fulfillment to omni-channel fulfillment. Tractor Supply Project Lead: Rob Mills, Sr. Vice President & CIO, Tractor Supply Company Recognizing that its supply chain and fulfillment efforts run on mobility, Tractor Supply took steps to reduce labor and inven- tory costs by implementing a Mobile Power Management sys- tem from GTS. The system allows the merchant to quickly identify bad mobile batteries, remove them from its fleet of devices, and optimize operations. Project Leads: Tom Anderson, CEO; Craig Hewitt, VP Operations; Linda Thatcher, VP Planning; Brian McGinty, VP IT, The Paper Store The addition of 20 new stores represents 30 percent store growth at TPS. Finalists Prior to bringing increased automa- tion to its supply chain, TPS was manually reviewing almost every SKU/store combi- nation for DC replenishment and purchas- ing order quantities. As part of the innova- tive technology TPS implemented across its supply chain, many of these processes are now automated. The work that TPS has invested into bringing world-class predictive analytics technology to their supply chain has creat- ed many benefits, including: • Reporting time efficiency im- provements, from several days and multiple associates to mere minutes • A decrease in inventory carrying costs, marked by a reduction from 40 weeks of supply to just 12 with- out losing any sales • 30 percent store growth through the addition of 20 new stores in less than two years R e t a i l e r i n n o v a t i o n a w a r d s JAN/FEB 2017 12

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