Co-op turns to JDA Software Group for transformation of retail IT strategy


JDA Software Group, Inc., today announced that leading UK convenience food retailer the Co-op has chosen to implement a broad spectrum of JDA’s space planning and assortment solutions as part of its Retail Transformation Programme. The Co-op’s implementation of JDA Floor Planning Plus, JDA Assortment Optimization, JDA  Assortment Generator, JDA Category Knowledge Base, JDA Planogram Generator, JDA Space Automation Professional andJDA Channel Clustering, will enable the company to offer shopper-centric range planning to drive sales and increase efficiency while boosting customer satisfaction.

The Co-op operates 2,500 convenience stores across the UK, and its Retail Transformation Programme is powering its drive to cement its position as the country’s number one convenience food retailer. In order to support aggressive growth plans, the Co-op required a next generation space planning and assortment solution and chose JDA to be implemented alongside SAP, to meet its needs. Through creating better localised ranges, improving on-shelf availability, and increasing in-store stock levels, JDA will enable the Co-op to deliver on its local ranging strategy, while meeting shoppers’ in-store requirements, maintaining profitability and increasing sales. The implementation will start in February 2017.

Cheryl Marshall, Co-op retail chief information officer at the Co-op, said: “JDA’s best-in-class space planning and assortment management solutions will play a key role in our next phase of renewing the Co-op, as we continue to invest in the business. Localised store ranges and improved stock levels will allow us to further our growth and ensure that our customers feel confident their local store can meet their grocery shopping needs.”

“We are excited to be part of the Co-op’s business transformation journey,” said Franck Lheureux, regional vice president, sales, EMEA, at JDA. “The UK convenience food store market is extremely competitive, so it is vital that retailers can offer their local customers the right goods at the right time. Combined with the digital transformation underway and the age of ‘me’ commerce, retailers need to keep one step ahead of customer expectations. With our space planning and assortment management solutions, the Co-op will be able to successfully deliver an advanced space localisation strategy to remain competitive and profitable in today’s fast paced consumer-driven market.”