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Family Express enhances inventory management with Retalix software

BY Marianne Wilson

Dallas — Family Express has improved its inventory management operations significantly by deploying Retalix Ltd.’s demand-driven replenishment solution across its convenience stores in Northwestern Indiana, Retalix said.

By using this demand forecasting and inventory replenishment system, Family Express reduced its tobacco order size by 21% while increasing its average monthly inventory turnover per store by 2.5 turns. The software application has also helped decrease the retailer’s average inventory days on hand for tobacco products by 2.4 days.

In addition, the solution has given Family Express the option to automatically re-order a significant percentage of all items in its stores, effectively reducing inventory management labor, and thus increasing customer face time. The convenience retailer is also experiencing a much reduced out-of-stock rate.

“Retalix and its Demand-Driven Replenishment solution have helped us optimize our inventory management and elevated our operations to a higher, more sophisticated level,” said Bill Nolan, VP of marketing for Family Express, Valparaiso, Ind. “The sales, turnover and inventory-on-hand improvements that we’ve witnessed illustrate that the Retalix solution accurately forecasts demand for each store and keeps our inventory at an optimal level, which ultimately impacts our bottom line.”

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Ascenta Retail Group uses Esri GIS analysis tools

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Redlands, Calif. — Ascena Retail Group, whose brands include Dressbarn, Maurices, and Justice, is integrating Esri GIS analysis tools, demographic data, and map visualization into its business processes.

Esri technology helps Ascena follow a customer centric approach for store development and market planning. It also helps the company identify key demographics and store profiles for each location to stratify and segment the brands. Ascena uses GIS to quickly assess the suitability of sites and market potential, streamlining the development process and reducing the cost and time to bring projects to completion.

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Wawa goes live with newest version of PDS’ Vista HR software application

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Blue Bell, Pa. — PDS, a developer of human resource, benefits, recruiting, and payroll systems, announced that convenience store operator Wawa has gone live with PDS’ Vista HRMS 4.1 application. The chain has been a customer of PDS since 1987.

“We were on a highly customized version of PDS’ software for 15 years,” explained Todd Lombardi, director of compensation and benefits at Wawa. “Before moving to the newest version, we evaluated other options and selected PDS again because they continued to be the best fit and partner for us. They have a level of familiarity with us, we have comfort with their product and their price point made good financial sense for us.”

Vista HRMS handles the weekly payroll processing for Wawa’s 18,000+ associates, processes more than 30,000 W-2s annually for the chain, and tracks vital information, such as benefits eligibility and retirement plan contributions. Vista also serves as a data repository for associate information (i.e. emergency contacts, benefits, compensation, and demographic information.

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