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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Hurricane Management: Best Practices for DIY Retailers After Unpredictable Events

It is nearly impossible to fully automate processes for exceptional demand periods like those caused by hurricanes. Instead, planners must take a hands-on, localized approach to hurricane management.

Webinar Recap: Machine Learning in Retail Demand Forecasting

Retailers need to understand that machine learning is more than just a buzzy term – it is a tool that can be used to drive specific business benefits.

Machine Learning in Retail Demand Forecasting

In this webinar, our our data scientists and retail planning experts explain what machine learning is, what kind of challenges it solves, and why so many retailers today are transitioning toward machine learning-based demand forecasting.

The Complete Guide to Machine Learning in Retail Demand Forecasting

Retailers generate enormous amounts of data, meaning that machine learning technology quickly proves its value.

The Long-Term Strategy: Transforming Operations for Sustained Online Growth

During the coronavirus crisis many businesses saw an increase in online ordering. This trend won't go away once the crisis has passed - people are discovering the convenience of online ordering.

Store Closures and Demand Decreases: Learning from the Past to Plan for the Future

Learnings from the past crises are applied to help retailers facing store closures and demand decreases plan for the future after the pandemic.

How RELEX Has Helped Italian Customers Weather the Coronavirus Crisis

Our Italian country director shares his insights on how Italian customers faced the Coronavirus crisis and how RELEX helped them along the way.

The Short-Term Strategy: Managing an Increase in Your Online Orders

While a sudden growth in online sales presents an opportunity to recoup lost in-store sales, it also poses a significant operational and logistical challenge.

Strategies to Address Demand Variation between Essential and Nonessential Goods

RELEX’s best practices for managing demand for essential and nonessential items within a single environment during these unusual demand patterns.

Q&A: Demand Forecasting When Demand Goes Crazy

Winsight Grocery Buisness interviewed our co-founder Michael about how a lean supply chain can recover from sudden demand increases.

Strategies to Meet Coronavirus Demand Increases Despite Inventory Scarcity

Retailers must maintain transparent, proactive relationships with their suppliers if they hope to maintain availability during coronavirus demand increases.

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Effectively Managing Demand Increases from the Coronavirus

No system, no matter how advanced, can accurately automate calculations when there’s no historical precedent on which to model forecasting.

Study Highlights Four Grocery Businesses Improving Retail Sustainability

Fresh items attract customers, yet grocers lose over 1,5 percent of revenue to food waste. Waste reduction is not just about sustainability, but it also contributes to a healthier balance sheet.

Make a Difference: Cutting Food Waste and Carbon Footprint through Optimized Forecasting and Replenishment

This study outlines how our four customers have led the charge toward environmentally responsible business practices while significantly improving both operations and cost-effectiveness.

Managing the Intricacies of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables in Grocery Retail

Ultra-fresh products like fruits and vegetables have some unique challenges, but they also comprise one of the largest revenue streams and opportunity centers.

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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.

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.

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...

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.

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...

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.

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.