RELEX Solutions‘ SCM software implementation project with Rossmann, Germany’s second-largest drugstore chain, has sparked wide interest in Germany: Lebensmittel Zeitung, the leading national food and retail newspaper, published a comprehensive article about the two companies’ new partnership in a recent special print edition (11/9/15). According to Lebensmittel Zeitung, Rossmann’s decision to use RELEX “shakes up the national market for demand forecasting systems, and a new competitor for SAP is rising”. Rossmann is partly owned by minority shareholder A.S. Watson group.
“A new competitor for SAP”
Having run tests to benchmark RELEX against Rossmann’s old E3 system by JDA, the drugstore chain decided to implement RELEX’s SCM system. It will replace a complex array of legacy systems and manage replenishment for the chain’s 1,950 stores across Germany, Rossmann’s central warehouse, and its six distribution centres. Handling some 50 million stock keeping units efficiently is made possible by RELEX’s proprietary supply-chain-optimised, columnar, in-memory database, which helps execute calculations between 5 and 200 times faster than rival SCM systems.
“Even fewer out-of-stocks and a significantly reduced store inventory“
Managing Director, IT and Logistics, Michael Rybak, told Lebensmittel Zeitung that Rossmann expects „even fewer out-of-stocks and a significantly reduced store inventory“ using the RELEX system. Apart from the test results, Rybak also praised RELEX’s highly pro-active support and customer service.