Retail is a dynamic and complex industry: the number of product introductions is increasing, the promotional pressure is high, and turnover is fragmented across multiple locations and channels. Slimstock Retail focuses on specific retail issues in the area of inventory optimisation within the Food, Fashion, and Non-Food industry. The focus is on the central warehouse, the webshop(s), and automatic store replenishment. The inventory optimisation software Slim4, combined with our years of retail experience, ensures that we reach our goal: the right stock at the right time in the right shop.
Slim4 automatically generates a forecast and the right inventory level per article, and per location (DC, store, and webshop) on a daily basis. During the forecasting process, the software takes the type of demand pattern, seasons, trends, and promotions into account. When calculating the right stock, it always looks at the whimsicality of demand, the requested service level, and the product life cycle phase. That way, the inventory is always in balance.
A retail environment is characterised by many locations and sales channels. This is particularly relevant within an omnichannel environment where turnover is fragmented; in this instance it is very important to plan the inventory centrally. Slim4 continuously looks at the whole chain; based on the expected sales opportunity combined with the margin that has to be realised, it can determine where to best place a product. Especially important at the end of the life cycle, but also in case of scarcity of product this results into optimal efficiency.
Slim4 is standard software, which can be maximally configured and parameterised so it exactly fits the requested retail processes. To penetrate (and challenge) these processes, extensive retail experience is an important key to success. In 2010 Slimstock Retail was chosen as the winner of the ING Retail Year Award in the category 'Best Retail Excellence Idea'.
Implementation processes are short and lead to direct results. Proven results at our customers are: