Resources

At RELEX, we’ve accumulated a great deal of retail expertise from among the ranks of our more than 800 retail planning specialists. Pick our brains by diving into the resources our experts have authored — from blogs and whitepapers to guides, reports, and videos.

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Stochastic Planning for More Resilient and Cost-Effective Supply Chains

Stochastic planning has been presented as a result for tackling uncertainty in supply chains. Our whitepaper explains what it is and when and how to use it.

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Machine Learning in the Context of Retail Demand Forecasting

Retail is impacted by many factors, such as weather and cannibalization, that can be taken into account with the help of machine learning.

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Mastering Demand Forecasting of Short Lifecycle Products

This white paper shows how accurately forecasting for short lifecycle products is possible through intelligent statistical modeling that uses data from previous product introductions.

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Are You Wasting Time and Money on a Poorly Integrated Supply Chain?

16 % of large US grocery retailers still base their distribution center forecasts on historical data on outbound deliveries from these distribution centers. This is akin to driving a car while looking into the rearview...

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The Importance of Accurate Forecasts in Omnichannel Grocery Retail

Accurate forecasting is at the core of increased operational efficiency as it is key to accurately match resources, such as stock and personnel, with demand.

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Benefit from Forecast Data in Your Planograms

During my almost seven years working with space planning, I’ve faced almost every question there is to ask around the topic. One, however, seems to come up constantly “Can we use forecast data when making...

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Best Practices in Weather-based Sales Forecasting

Predicting weather is not easy and rapid changes in weather can cause consumers to suddenly shop or cease to shop for specific products, which can quickly become costly for a retailer.

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Considering Cannibalization and Halo Effects to Improve Demand Forecasts

Sales promotion of one product impacts not only the sales of that product, but also products not in promotion.

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What is a Good Level of Forecast Accuracy?

“What would you consider a good level of forecast accuracy in our business?” is probably the single most frequent question we get from customers, consultants and other business experts alike.

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Towards a Weather-proactive Supply Chain

Weather is a source of significant fluctuations in consumer demand. In this whitepaper, we’ll look at how retailers can optimally prepare for them.

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Fresh Forecasting & Replenishment: Running an Efficient Omnichannel Grocery Retail Operation

Moving to omni-channel grocery retail adds new aspects to demand forecasting that need to be considered, e.g. how to forecast per sales and fulfillment channel, how to react to out-of-stocks, and how to optimize operations.

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Measuring Forecast Accuracy: The Complete Guide

This complete guide explains the facets of forecasting and why forecast accuracy is a good servant but a poor master.

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More Accurate Promotion Forecasting with Causal Modeling

Moving from a traditional category-based model to using causal methods increases promotion forecasting accuracy and supports promotion planning.

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Expanding Into New Territories – What Should a Retailer’s Supply Chain Look Like?

With any new market a retailer has to understand how the supply chain will evolve and differ from their usual operation.

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RELEX’s Forecasting Approaches

RELEX combines time-series, regression and machine learning forecasts to achieve great levels of accuracy in diverse situations.

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Food Waste – With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

In February 2016, France became the first country in the world to ban supermarkets from throwing away or destroying unsold food.

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Forecasting and Replenishment

Why Do Forecasting and Replenishment Have to Be Such a Pain?

Over the years almost every single retail initiative has had forecasting and replenishment at its core.

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Easter – a Movable Feast

Easter is great, but for retail planners in particular Easter is also one of the most annoying annual events as its date moves every year.

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Better Promotion Management in 4 Steps

Ask managers what causes them the most problems in the consumer product supply chain – and the most common answer you’ll get is “promotion management”.

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The Three Challenges of Freight-free Limits

Sometime it can seem as though your suppliers are going out of their way to making buying their stuff unnecessarily difficult. 

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The Best Kept Secret for a Merry Christmas in Retail

The challenges of Christmas vary from sector to sector. Here’s the big secret: think of Christmas as a process, not an event. 

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Beat Your Suppliers to Better Performance – Master the Bullwhip!

The basic idea of bullwhip effect is that most supply chains have internal dynamics that enforce demand volatility.

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“How can I make my supply chain planning worse?”

Why thinking about how to make your supply chain planning worse can help you make it much, much better.

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Can the Retail Supply Chain Be Truly Prepared for Rollercoaster Sale Peaks?

Coping with changes in the rate of sale is a must in the current retail environment.

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