Northern Ireland Spar wholesaler John Henderson is rolling out new replenishment optimisation software that it claims will slash inventory and significantly boost service levels to stores.
The warehouse system from JDA Software, which is in the process of being rolled out to all four warehouses, will help create more accurate demand forecasts through an increase in effective analysis of historical data, seasonality and the impact of weather on the business, said group information services director Andrew Logan.
“The system also helps us develop more profitable ordering cycles by working more intelligently with suppliers to get the best terms. We do this by analysing our buying history and planning ordering for promotions more effectively.
“It doesn’t necessarily follow that you have to order in enormous quantities to get better terms, it’s more a question of planning our ordering more intelligently around full trunkers - perhaps of mixed products from one supplier for example.”