Strategic Planning

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Strategic Planning


Axle is a true end-to-end solution which brings effective planning processes to your entire organization. It extends beyond the four key areas – strategic, location, merchandise, and assortment planning for the retailer – to link to markdown planning, style management, purchasing, and allocation capabilities. By connecting these planning and execution processes, our customers are ideally placed to maximize profits and adapt quickly to changing market conditions.

Axle empowers you with the ability to consolidate branch information at head office without any recapturing or reconciliation, which means that planning information is truly real-time and from a single source, providing top management with the insights they need to make profitable decisions. Management can now create long-term, company-wide and/or channel-specific strategic plans using quantitative performance measures such as market share, sales growth, and overall profitability targets.Axle truly closes the gaps between analysis, simulation, planning, and execution. We provide comprehensive real-time performance metrics with powerful planning and simulation capabilities and the ability to execute these on the fly.


 

Product Mix


Today’s retailers need to plan and manage thousands of products. Axle helps ensure that the right products are in the right stores at the right time, and at the right price. This means anticipating your customer demandfor building a product mix that attracts new business. In order to present localized, customer-centric assortments, merchandisers need to start from localized, customer-centric plans.

Axle includes powerful, easy-to-use functions for product attributes, and product plans according to regional, demographic, capacity, and price variations. Your planners can run standard assortment assessment reports to evaluate the mix and performance of each assortment before it is approved. Assortment plans are continuously compared with in-season sales and inventory performance to prevent overstocks and forecast under-stocks.

Axle includes powerful, easy-to-use functions for product attributes, and product plans according to regional, demographic, capacity, and price variations. Your planners can run standard assortment assessment reports to evaluate the mix and performance of each assortment before it is approved. Assortment plans are continuously compared with in-season sales and inventory performance to prevent overstocks and forecast under-stocks.

Assortments based on local customer preferences are easy to build and analyse, and you can profitably balance your most controllable investment – your inventory. The result is that finance, merchandising and branch operations are all planned and executed according to common objectives.