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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Webinar Recap – Managing the Shift to Ecommerce

In our June webinar, our retail advisors discussed what retailers can do now to manage the growing ecommerce side of their business and how to prepare for the future.

Markdown Optimization: How Retailers Can Clear Stock While Maximizing Margin

This whitepaper lists the benefits of automated markdown optimization, as well as introduces a five-step guide for a well-planned markdown process.

Webinar Recap – Make Better Use of Your Inventory and Maximize Your Sales

Now that the new phase of COVID-19 is starting with stores reopening and customer demand sifting retailers need to start thinking their markdown strategies.

Aligning the Management of Fresh and Ambient Products

This post provides ways to manage fresh and ambient inventory that can cut costs, streamline supply chain management, and improve both efficiency and capacity.

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.

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Six Improvement Areas Before the Next Supply Chain Crisis

The COVID-19 crisis has made clear that retailers, almost without exception, must make supply chain improvement an urgent priority going forward.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.