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Retail softlines

The Age of “never normal” is driving the Digital Transformation of retail softlines.

Common softlines
problems by role

  • “Analyzing huge amounts of historical data and trends to build hyper-localized assortments that are relevant to consumer demographics.”
  • “Challenges in new product forecasting taking into account fashion attributes."
  • “We have a lack of collaboration between various links in the supply chain, causing poor decisions leading to over/under stocks.”
  • “Efficiently flow products to stores taking into account DC/store labor, storage capacity, disruptions, and available transportation.”
  • “Our batch planning systems are not providing real-time answers to demand and supply change what-ifs.”
  • “Changing consumer preferences with the move towards sustainability, casual and leisure wear and locally sourced materials challenging selling model.”
  • “Allocation of constrained supply is often contentious and sub-optimal.”
  • “Seeing significant shifts in channel preferences with the need to support various store formats and omnichannel options.”
  • Constant introduction of new items to address changing consumer tastes.
  • “We have massive volumes of customer, supplier, product, and market data available but not being used effectively to gain insights, drive decisions and business results.”
  • “Constant changing assortments and new item launches results in excess inventory, markdowns and transfer to outlets.”
  • “Lack of integration between merchandise financial planning and assortment planning leading to lack of clarity in financial performance.”
  • “Increasing volatility of raw material / finished goods costs as well as unpredictability in transportation costs creating financial headwinds.”
  • “Our AOP / finance process is disconnected from the rolling forecasts of our S&OP process.”
  • “Our People Productivity needs to improve – Most work is offline, Low adoption of systems of engagement."

Aim big, start small, iterate rapidly.

Top 5 quick-win o9 capabilities that softlines clients are starting with

Know your customer

Market Intelligence

Know your customer

Understand what is driving purchasing patterns including  demand shaping levers, macroeconomic data, demographics, mobility, local events and weather.

Define your assortments

Assortment Planning

Define your assortments

Utilize machine learning on shopper big data to offer hyper-localized assortments that are relevant to consumer demographics.

Replenish & Flow product to maximize in-stocks

Supply Chain & Logistics

Replenish & Flow product to maximize in-stocks

Utilize advanced allocation and optimization techniques to proactively position inventory to service demand.

Ensure predictable financial performance

Merchandise Financial Planning

Ensure predictable financial performance

Align all financial, strategic, Top-down, Middle-Out and Bottom-Up planning processes to improve efficiency, quality and accuracy.

Respond to Disruptions

Supply Chain Control Tower

Respond to Disruptions

Take corrective actions to resolve unexpected network bottlenecks, supply shortages and demand disruptions.

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Optimizing pre-season and in-season plan execution with AI enabled planning

American lifestyle brand

Machine learning demand and replenishment planning to optimize new product launch, inventory and customer service

Fasion company

Next generation supply planning and collaboration to optimize decision making and product flow

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International apparel and footwear brand deploys an AI Platform to transform end to end planning processes

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Key softlines solutions
powered by the o9 Digital Brain

Market Intelligence

Assortment Planning

Supply Chain & Logistics for Retail

Supply Chain Control Tower

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