November 14, 2019

Sustainability: Key to Growing Consumer Loyalty

One of the most critical and essential topics today is conscious consumerism and sustainability. With the rising trend of sustainability quickly becoming tomorrow’s expectation, retailers are under pressure to become “purpose-driven” brands.

Join our experts from ACCEO Retail-1 along with our guest retailer BESTSELLER as we present,

“How to build and foster stronger consumer relationships through responsible and conscious retailing.”

Today’s consumers increasingly favor sustainable companies that minimize their impact on people and the planet. The rise of social consciousness has each generation of consumers expecting companies to take a stand on current relevant issues such as sustainability, transparency, and fair employment practices. Join us and guest speaker, Stephanie Bleau of BESTSELLER, as we discuss how to become an enduring business with positive initiatives that will impact your brand reputation and value, customer loyalty, and future best practices. Learn how BESTSELLER is driving success with its “Fashion Forward Strategy.”

“I’m so excited to share the lessons learned through BESTSELLER’s ambitious sustainability journey and hopefully help inspire some of you to take the next step in transforming our industry into becoming more ecologically and economically responsible.” – Stephanie Bleau

ACCEO Solutions is committed to supporting retailers throughout their journey to becoming a sustainable business with comprehensive software solutions designed and developed for the future of retailing.

ACCEO Solutions is also exhibiting at NRF, visit us in booth 5565 and lets discuss how our technology is making a difference.

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October 21, 2019

Seeing is believing! Software designed with the future in mind.

Join ACCEO retail solutions at one of the most exciting and anticipated retail technology events of the year – NRF2020!

Once again, ACCEO will be exhibiting our retail software solutions at NRF2020 Vision, taking place in New York at the Jacob Javits Center on January 12-14th, 2020, and we are excited to meet you!

Bring your future into focus. Join us in booth 5565 and learn how the ACCEO Retail-1 software is helping leading retailer’s respond to the complexity of today’s retail transformation!

With over 35 years of industry experience, we help thousands of retailers manage their businesses more successfully every day by leveraging a customizable unified commerce software that has been designed and developed to handle every aspect of modern retail operations in-store and online.

Why should you visit ACCEO? There are so many reasons, but we’ve managed to narrow it down to our TOP FIVE :).

1. Insight & Expertise

We know retail, and we understand the complexities of today’s industry. We innovate and develop software that responds to significant industry shifts and trends driven by new technology and consumer behaviour. We’ve been helping retailers successfully manage their business with our industry-leading retail solutions since 1983.

2. To Better your Business

Learn how ACCEO Retail-1 can transform your retail business. Gain software insight and discover how our complete Omnichannel software solution can drive your end-to-end business operations to success.

3. A Fresh Perspective

Innovation and product development are what drive our software forward. We are continuously improving and developing our product to exceed the industry norm and the expectations of our clients. Get a fresh perspective on retail software!

4. Sustainability Intelligence – Software That Cares

Discover how Retail-1 helps retailer’s in its mission to become a more sustainable business. Join us at NRF’s Exhibitor Big Ideas Session as we present alongside our client Bestseller“How to build and foster stronger consumer relationships through responsible and conscious retailing.”

5. Visionary Talent

With over 100 years of combined retail experience, our knowledgable retail software experts will be on-hand to educate, inspire, and answer all of your questions!

Request a meeting with one of our experts and discover for yourself why seeing is believing!

Survival of the Fittest: How Retail Chains Get Better Insights for Better Decisions

“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times” is not just one of the most famous opening lines in English literature, it is also a fitting description of the predicament most retailers find themselves in.

The big wave of retail bankruptcies may be over, but intense pressure from the sprawling and powerful Amazon as well as VC-funded new entrants and new business models is giving retailers little respite. Add to that the demands of want-it-all customers and it becomes clear that retailers have little or no margin for error.

Retail success today is all about making educated decisions faster. That’s where business intelligence (BI) and analytics come in. BI, quite simply, is the ability to provide the right information to the right people at the right time. Although BI is not a new concept, you could argue that too few retailers are leveraging it, but that is about to change.

First, BI is becoming more widely adopted because the volume of big data is continuing to rise and both the affordability of cloud-based data warehouses and the democratization of more sophisticated tools are making it easier and faster to analyze structured and unstructured data, which opens the door to better insights. And second, with improved data visualization and mobile access, all these insights become more actionable.

Specifically, there are at least three areas where retailers can benefit from BI: improving business agility as they respond (vs. react) to threats and opportunities, driving operational efficiency and providing an exceptional customer experience.

Meanwhile the gap between slow adopters and retail giants that are turning vast amounts of data into actionable insights is only getting wider. To find out how you can catch up, download our whitepaper The Importance of BI in an Ever-Changing Retail Landscape.

Four Key Guidelines for Smarter Inventory Control

Inventory control at its essence sounds easy enough—always have enough stock on hand to satisfy customer demand. And yet, retailers’ success (or failure) can depend on how well they can manage the balance between losing sales due to stock outs and tying up cash with too much inventory. Here are some key guidelines for inventory control that can help you stay on track and even avoid a few mistakes along the way.

1 – Maintain accurate records

When it comes to your inventory control, losing count means losing customers! Customers come into your store expecting to find what they need. If your business doesn’t fulfill that expectation, your customers will promptly find a more reliable retailer. However you decide to track your inventory, any product movement must immediately be recorded to inventory tracking system. Whether manual, spreadsheet or software, focus on which system will produce the most timely and accurate reporting for your business. Manual systems rely heavily on human-based procedures whose accuracy and effectiveness are contingent upon diverse factors going from bad math to a lack of motivation.

Inventory software combines different automated processes to collect data. A process such as scanning, instead keying in data, both reduces sources of manual errors and the time and effort involved in data collection. Finding the right combination of solutions and leveraging best practices such as cycle counts, can vastly improve your inventory control efficiency and accuracy.

2 – Be proactive with replenishment

Replenishment describes the process where new inventory is new to replace inventory which is used or sold. Where no replenishment plan is perfect, the best plan times for new supply to arrive just in time to avoid a stock out. To help manage the balance between low inventory and high availability, there are a number of inventory control tools and systems available. Using tools to plan and optimize replenishment, inventory control systems enable you to make proactive decisions and better project variations when managing inventory. Today’s market offers affordable inventory control systems that can help reduce inventory costs, while mitigating the risk of shortages.

3 – Focus on improvement over time

There are certain inescapable variability factors in inventory control that can throw off even the best projections. And while they cannot be eliminated completely, they can definitely be reduced. Understanding that lower inventory can result in shortages, what are the right levels of safety stock to offset variables like swings in demand? A robust inventory management approach that allows you reduce variability can even improve fill rate as inventory level decrease. With a multi-layered approach that targets improvements such as cutting lead time, and inventory and forecast accuracy, you can reduce variability over time. Modern integrated systems like ERP can help manage the various processes involved in this type of approach.

4 – Reduce lead times and lot sizes

Lead times cause a domino effect that impacts the entire inventory process. Longer lead times increase variability in replenishment forecasting, which requires more safety stock (to avoid stock out risks over a longer period of time), which produce larger lot sizes (to ensure availability between long delivery spans). It follows that, with shorter lead time, replenishment lot sizes can be smaller. With less lead time required, smaller quantities can be ordered more frequently, and there is inventory carried over extended periods of time.

In turn, the lowest cost replenishment order quantity for lot sizes can be determined through EOQ (economic order quantity), which can also provide cost reductions along your supply chain management processes.

Click to download our white paper: Four Strategies for Smarter Inventory Control.