Marks & Spencer invests in JDA software to improve availability

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Marks & Spencer is aiming to improve in-store availability and reduce end of season mark downs in non-food categories with investment in new software solutions from JDA.

The retailer has licensed a number of JDA’s supply chain management solutions to help manage the efficient flow of non-food merchandise through national and regional distribution centres to its global store network.

Marks & Spencer operates more than 1,000 stores in over 40 countries. It plans to use the new software solutions to manage product flow through a multi-tier international supply chain, supporting product categories ranging from fashion to staple products.

Andrew Skinner, merchandising director, Marks & Spencer, said: “JDA Software has the proven retail solutions that will help Marks & Spencer deliver supply chain efficiencies across a broad portfolio of brands and categories.

“By leveraging JDA’s solutions and support, Marks & Spencer expects to improve in-store availability, reduce end of-season markdowns, and increase the efficiency of our supply chain operations. JDA’s technology will provide Marks & Spencer with the inventory visibility we need to make more profitable decisions, help match our strategic and tactical plans with local customer preferences and drive overall profitability.”

Razat Gaurav, senior vice president, EMEA, JDA Software said the company’s solutions and retail expertise were an ideal match for Marks & Spencer’s long-term growth and strategic objectives.

“Our industry-leading solutions help leading retailers like Marks & Spencer streamline supply chain and category management processes and achieve tremendous bottom line results,” he said. “We look forward to helping Marks & Spencer drive consistent in-store availability and profitable replenishment to grow its core UK retail business and expand its international presence for continued success.”