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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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.

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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.

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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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Will Endless Aisles and Better Supply Chain Management Negate Amazon’s Edge?

After the 2019 holiday season, it's time to look what went right and what didn't, and take these learnings for the next season.

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Optimizing Inventory Management for Online Retail

Online retailers need to make smart, data-based decisions on what to stock and what not, to manage their large catalogues of items available.

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Food Waste Reduction Demands New Supply Chain Solutions

Where there is challenge, there is always opportunity. All grocers with waste reduction goals should take a serious look at the benefits of an integrated supply chain.

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How to Convince Your CIO to Embark on Your Retail Planning Project

We interviewed a few CIOs to see what they thought were the corner stones of new system implementations and wrote down the recurring themes concerning retail planning.

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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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Recapture Sales from Digital Players by Improving Out-of-Stocks

Traditional retailers can recapture sales from digital players who have significantly lower service levels by ensuring great availability in stores.

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Frictionless Retail and the New Grocery Supply Chain

Running a grocery business has changed fundamentally: The days of working on intuition have passed, and the days of data analytics and frictionless retail are here.

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Artificial Intelligence Drives More Efficient Goods Handling in Retail

Using AI to optimize main replenishment days enables more efficient goods handling and store operations in retail distribution.

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MIT Research: The Effects of Dynamic Safety Stocks on Inventory and Service Levels

RELEX was used to simulate the dynamic safety stock levels and their effects on inventory and service levels in MIT research.

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Overcome Challenges in Managing Product Assortment in Drug Stores

Years ago, a store may have stocked between 7,000 and 8,000 over-the-counter SKUs. Today, retailers have to account for and optimize anywhere between 15,000 and 20,000 SKUs.

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It’s Time to Rethink Availability vs. Waste in Your Grocery Supply Chain

Many assume that a focus on quality leads to a higher level of waste. It doesn't. In fact, waste and quality problems often share the same root cause.

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Winning the Food Fight: Best Practices for Managing Grocery Retail Supply Chains

This best practice guide highlights the key approaches for increasing responsiveness and efficiency in grocery retail supply chains.

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Seasonal Inventory Management – Planning for Halloween

Halloween has become a major opportunity for retailers to grow their business. In the US alone, the total spending for Halloween is expected to reach $9 billion this year.

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How to Choose a Supply Chain Planning System

Choosing a supply chain planning system isn’t easy. That's why we've listed some things to consider if you’re going to transform your supply chain planning.

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Fresh Food Replenishment Key to Improved Profitability in Grocery Retail

The biggest difference in automating replenishment of fresh products in comparison to center-store products is the increased importance of planning accuracy.

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Study Highlights Opportunities for Grocers to Reduce Food Spoilage

We surveyed leading North American grocers and compiled the key results in a study titled 'Growing and Sustaining Competitive Advantage in Grocery Retail'.

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Three High-impact Areas and Easy Wins in Grocery Retail Supply Chains

A supply chain is always a work in progress. You can optimize it so it’s running as close to perfect as possible and then circumstances change.

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The Benefits of Optimizing your Store Replenishment Process

The efficiency of a business’s store replenishment operation has a major impact on profitability. Yet, it's often overshadowed by higher profile activities such as buying, merchandising and marketing.

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Four Ways the UK Retail Supply Chain Differs From the Rest of Europe

The wide State of the Retail Supply Chain study conducted in 2017 by Martec International indicates that, in many areas, UK and Irish retailers are ahead of their European counterparts.

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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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