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Merchandise & assortment planning

Respond instantly to changes in the market, fashion or even the weather

Retailing today is an ever-changing business. To compete, you need to be able to plan at the lowest level and keep category and store plans synchronised. And in the face of competitor campaigns, unpredictable weather and changing trends, it’s even more important that you are able to re-plan swiftly.

Merchandise planning


Driven by a powerful calculation engine, our merchandise planning solution automates the time-consuming tasks associated with planning, enabling you to spend more time on the things that truly drive your business. With it, you can easily:

 

  • combine financial plans with store plans to create ideal plans and WSSIs (weekly sales, stock and intake) for your business
  • re-forecast plans based on what your customers are buying and where
  • implement plans quickly using standard rules which you can customise later
  • plan at lower levels of detail, based on customer demand with standard or user-defined calculations.

 

And by comparing plans to actuals throughout the season, planners can also stay on top of what is happening in the business.


 

Assortment planning


Assortment planning lets you create assortment plans and generate allocations and purchase orders directly from them. You can build assortments using digital images of your merchandise and simple drag and drop functionality. Assortment Planning is the science of matching financial plans with the visual in-store experience and integrates numeric, design and buying functions into one process.

 


Designed for retail


Customers expect variety and choice, so it is essential to provide them with a comprehensive range across all store groups. Variables such as colour, price point, brand and fabric can all be used to give a balanced offering. Our planning solutions are based on the fundamental merchandising practice of getting the right merchandise in the right place at the right time.

 

Oasis already runs several Connected Retailer solutions – Store, Sales Analytics, Merchandising and Sourcing. Adding BT Expedite's Planning application not only enables us to achieve our principal planning objectives, but we shall also gain major benefits from its integrated feed to our other applications.

Richard Glanville
Chief Financial Officer, Aurora Fashions