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Merchandising fundamentally is about getting the right mix of products on the shelves. For many retailers & manufacturers this can be a cumbersome process. Some retailers still employ the concept
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October 13, 2014 | Joe Catella | Assortment Optimization, Merchandising, Planograms

Previously I discussed Assortment Optimization, and how too much breadth can actually be quite harmful to a retailer. Many retailers sometimes misguidedly stretch assortment to too high a level in
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October 6, 2014 | Gerald | Assortment Optimization

One of the key factors in measuring the success of a retailer today is the ‘same store sales increase year over year’. This measure is an indicator of improved consumer
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September 15, 2014 | Gerald | Assortment Optimization

Businesses continue to wrap focus around their mobile strategy and c-stores are not being left behind. Bringing together point-of-sale, inventory, planograms and market data, into a  customized tablet app technology
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August 25, 2014 | Tricia | Assortment Optimization, Planograms

Have you ever wondered why stores sometimes have so much inventory left over from certain seasons? Us too! With proper seasonal management practices this should be avoided. Too often retailers
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July 28, 2014 | Gerald | Assortment Optimization, Category Management

Believe it or not, there are still retailers and manufacturers out there that do not create or maintain planograms. If you are one of them, you’re missing out on a
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July 21, 2014 | Michael | Assortment Optimization, Merchandising, Planograms

One of the many challenges that retailers face on an ongoing basis lies in assessing the right balance of products to present to shoppers. Assortment optimization is how retailers can
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The choice of assortment that is carried for a category (category management) is the largest factor in determining the overall performance achieved for the majority of categories.  Often, there is
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The process that is followed to determine assortment planing and assortment optimization for a retailer can seem like a daunting task but if broken down into a series of steps the
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July 2, 2013 | Micheal O | Assortment Optimization, Merchandising

Managing variety and assortment planning is a key issue for the retail industry.  Poor variety management can result in out-of-stocks, excess inventory, and unsalables. There are a huge number of new
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June 24, 2013 | Micheal O | Assortment Optimization, Merchandising