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How to automate replenishment in the retail industry?
How to automate replenishment in the retail industry?
DATE: 07.12.2020 READING TIME: 3 min

Automation becomes crucial when it comes to optimal replenishment dozens of points of sale with an assortment of thousands of items on a daily basis, based on the latest data. Most retailers engage their employees in the process of replenishment at an operational level. However optimization by increasing automation is more effective.

Statistical models are trained daily on the basis of current sales data. As a result, sales forecasts are generated for each product and store individually. Based on the forecasts, orders are created to replenish stock in each store. The entire process, from collecting receipts from cash registers, through model teaching, to generating orders for warehousemen, runs automatically, limiting people’s involvement to an absolute minimum.

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Kamil Folkert
Chief Technology Officer
3Soft S.A.

From my perspective, advanced data analysis in business is not a futuristic curiosity reserved for technological leaders, but a necessity and natural stage of development.

The implementation of the Data-Driven Retail industry involves analyzing large amount of receipt data, information about thousands of products and dozens of retail-specific factors in order to predict future business events. Thanks to the use of advanced statistical methods on a large scale, it is highly probable that:

  • trends can be identified,
  • demand for individual products can be predicted,
  • marketing activities can be optimized,
  • sales can be increased by adjusting the offer to individual customer needs “just in time”.
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Michał Koziara
Chief Executive Officer
3Soft S.A.

The pandemic, or rather the effects it has caused, has shown that the Data-Driven Retail approach is the right direction.

Machine learning models are able to “learn” a new reality within two weeks, i.e. react to changes in an automatic way. In-depth statistical analysis supported by expert knowledge gives the business a new perspective on the current market situation.