The Co-operative Group has rolled out an electronic system of distributing planograms to stores after successful trials in Northern Ireland.
The new paperless multicat system allows the society to e-mail planograms to stores as PDF files which can be read on Acrobat reader software, said central merchandising manager Andy Clayton.
“This is a major change. It used to take three or four people the best part of two days to fill envelopes with planograms and mail them out to stores. Now we just send them at the click of a button.
“The system also improves compliance as stores have to send an electronic confirmation when they have implemented the planograms.”
Last year the society sent out more than seven million pieces of paper that had to be manually collated and mailed out in line with the range review calendar, said Clayton.