Japanese convenience chain selects Aldata to manage inventory

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Seicomart: managing inventory across 1,000+ stores

Seicomart: managing inventory across 1,000+ stores

Japanese convenience store chain, Seicomart, has picked Aldata’s software solutions to optimise inventory management across its supply chain. 

Seicomart operates over 1,000 stores, served by seven distribution centres; predominantly in the northern island of Hokkaido, Japan. Established in 1971, the group claims to provide fresh and healthy food at reasonable prices, while driving innovation and growth at an employee, project and group level. 

Seicomart will be deploying Aldata’s replenishment solution for inventory forecasting and management; and its procurement solution for supplier management and buying, enabling the group to have real-time visibility and control across its retail operations.

“Our group approach is based on innovation and trust, and this extends to our choice of suppliers and technology,” said Hideki Tsutsumi, director distribution control, Seico Fresh Foods, wholesale and distribution arm for Seicomart. 

“Efficient management of inventory is the backbone of any retail operation and consequently Aldata – with its proven history – demonstrated they could support our business innovatively and effectively.”

The Aldata solutions are designed to help Seicomart increase efficiency and productivity across the business by automating many of the processes within store and warehouse replenishment.

“Convenience stores are the lifeblood of food and drink retail in Japan, but face significant challenges,” said Tsutsumi. 

“Long store hour opening, small store sizes with limited storage, diverse product ranges and high product turnover, require replenishment and procurement systems that are extremely efficient and are capable of proactively supporting our business model. 

“Aldata’s solutions will provide exactly that, reducing the amount of staff time on routine tasks and increasing staff time with our customers.”

Allan Davies, CMO & EVP optimisation Aldata, said: “Automation of warehouse and store replenishment processes not only saves time, but also results in optimal product stock levels to meet consumer demand.

“By gaining a 360˚ view on inventory and procurement, Seicomart can ensure its distribution centres and stores hold the right levels of goods, relying on technology trusted by many of the largest brands in the world, allowing them to focus on continuing to drive innovation.”