British consumer-owned co-operative The Co-operative Group (Co-op) has partnered with software and consultancy company JDA Software to deploy a wide range of JDA Category Management solutions across its 2,500 food stores.
As part of the first phase of its transformation strategy, the retailer will use these solutions to transform its category management processes as well as manage a range of products offered across its stores.
It will also upgrade to the new version of JDA Space Planning, Floor Planning and Category Knowledge Base in a move to help manage its retail stores from floor to shelf.
The Co-op retail chief commercial officer Michael Fletcher said: “The first phase of our business transformation will set the stage for our advanced, sophisticated retail supply chain strategy that will drive increased consumer experience and choice through improved availability and better decisions.
“With a goal of always delivering what our members and customers want, and getting closer to their needs, our powerful JDA Category Management solution footprint enables us to anticipate shopper demands with agility and speed. We look forward to continuing to build on this robust foundation as we continue to deliver our strategy.”
In addition, the partnership allows the retailer to automate planograms to meet localisation needs of stores as well as work collaboratively with downstream teams and suppliers enabling them to deliver accurate and early stocking information for its stores.
Co-op currently operates a range of retail businesses across various categories such as food retail, online electrical, insurance services, legal services and funeral care.