One Stop, the Tesco-owned convenience store chain, has chosen Barloworld Supply Chain Software (BWSCS) to deliver a demand, inventory and supply planning solution to help drive further efficiencies and support its low-cost operating and distribution model. According to One Stop, the decision is part of an overall commitment to providing customers with good value products and regular promotions.
Under the terms of the deal BWSCS will implement its latest version of OPTIMIZA, its advanced demand, inventory and supply planning software application. This will enable One Stop to enhance its existing practices substantially by improving distribution centre and store stock replenishment; and improving the inventory mix and product availability to customers in stores by using advanced forecasting techniques, Barloworld said.
Management and tracking of regular promotional forecasts will also be a key element.
Geoff Flegg, the head of ambient supply chain at One Stop, said: “We selected Barloworld’s solution after considering a variety of solutions. The company has worked closely with us and successfully demonstrated that their latest version of OPTIMIZA, not only offers all the development of this package, as well as offering advanced functionality as standard, but can be highly customised to the unique needs of our business. This, coupled with an excellent reputation for customer support seen elsewhere, was a key element in our decision.”
Kevin Boake, managing director at BWSCS, said: “The grocery retail market is undergoing real change and the number of convenience stores in the UK is set to significantly increase. It remains a highly competitive market and our OPTIMIZA solution is unrivalled in its ability to address the key challenge within this sector of how to maximise sales across multi stores with the optimal amount of stock. It manages the complex promotional management processes and reduces the amount of waste for many of our clients by between 30-40%.”
The installation is due to be completed by the end of April 2014.