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Interested in technology futures? Some interesting links.
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Julian Josem has been appointed to the Victorian ICT Health Ministerial Advisory Council.
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ARTS (Association for Retail Technology Standards) has released V7 of its Data Model.
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Link to 2013 NRF presentations
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Productivity Commission report links - Here are the links to the source materials - makes for interesting reading.
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Retail Merchandising, Planning, and OTB

Merchandise planning is a fundamental retailing application.

At Josem Consulting, we find it difficult to imagine a retail business that would not need to implement a merchandise plan.  And further, why they wouldn't use technology to help them do it.

For the smallest of retailers, we have supplied, implemented, and trained people in the use of Strata-G - an integrated Merch Planning, Cash Flow forecasting, and Open-To-Buy tool.  We have even provided proven Microsoft spreadsheets for this purpose.

For around $500, this tool brings together the fundamentals of running a retail business in a simple-to-use PC program.

For larger retailers, our consultants has been involved in the selection and use of more sophisticated tools such as JDA's Enterprise Planning solutions (EP), Buyers Tool Box, Island Pacific Planning, NSB, Oracle, Maple Lake, and SAP.

Questions we ask you to consider:

  • Which categories need an improvement in GMROII?
  • Are you happy with your level of markdowns?
  • Are there sufficient controls on your buying process to prevent cash-flow issues and to maximise your best overall dollar margin performance?
  • Are you optimising the allocation of stock across your stores?

Our team at Josem Consulting has extraordinary depth of experience in all aspects of buying.  Our consultants have been planners and buyers, and are continually advising retailers in this vital area.

Contact us for an obligation-free discussion.



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