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SAS Retail Space Management Facilitates Assortment Localization

January 11, 2011

SAS Retail Space Management comes as a boon for those looking to localize merchandise assortments and successfully execute at the store-shelf level tops—every retail executive’s agenda. This streamlined, browser-based planogramming software helps in improving the use of selling space.

Moreover, the company adds, it also enhances inventory productivity and extends space planning power so store managers can easily collaborate with associates, including category managers and vendors.

SAS Retail Space Management is a scalable, end-to-end retail space management and optimization solution that supports comprehensive space planning. This new suite of retail solutions from a provider of business analytics software and services encompasses SAS Space Optimization, SAS Space Planning, SAS Collaborative Planogramming and SAS StoreCAD Plus.

With more than 900 stores nationwide, S-Group has a dominant presence in the Finnish grocery market. The company has significantly increased space productivity since licensing SAS Space Optimization in 2004, and now creates specific planograms for each store, according to the company.

“With stores spread throughout the country, tastes and preferences can vary drastically,” said Irja Simola, CIO, Grocery Retail, S-Group, in a press release. “Because SAS Space Optimization is based on store-specific sales, the system allows us to allocate more space to the products our local customers want in each region to meet their needs and avoid stock-outs. This has only become possible with SAS software.”

“Integrated space planning and optimization is a real last-mile challenge for retailers,” said Brian Kilcourse, Managing Partner, RSR, in a statement. “Although many companies have used space planning tools for a long time, they often are not well integrated into inventory management systems, and that makes it hard to match strategic goals, inventories and profitability at the detailed physical space level. It’s an area ripe for innovation, and that’s what makes SAS Retail Space Management so timely. SAS aims to help retailers collaborate within the organization to effectively execute optimized physical space and inventory management.”

Rahul Arora is a unified communications contributor. He has worked as an editor and freelance writer for several reputed organizations in India. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

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