“As a long-standing supplier of architectural design services to Primark, we were delighted to work alongside the team to join the dots of existing data sources, resulting in the automation of the store planning and equipment counting process.”
Guy Moates, Director, CADS
Joining the dots between equipment and planning
CADS developers created an AutoCAD block library that uses Guru’s equipment data as a ‘Single Source of Truth’ so that any updates to the equipment in Guru are automatically reflected within StoreSpace®, removing the costs of human error.
Joining the dots between the comprehensive specs and standards data with the space planning, StoreSpace® also provides a streamlined drawing process. This delivers an instantaneous equipment call-off report that previously took 4 hours to manually count. The process also means that no excess equipment is delivered to site, eliminating the significant cost of returns.
Easy in-store access to floor plans and equipment profiles
Guru overcomes international language barriers and internal jargon by connecting all equipment through the universally understood store floor plan.
Store staff can use this to double-check equipment details while in-store by clicking through from the floorplan to the equipment profiles held on Guru, using a tablet or smartphone.
Model stores are the future
As part of the implementation, CADS hosted a number of workshops with the Primark team and their architects to ensure the process was simplified and all parties were fully trained on the system.
Primark’s smart digital working continues with the aim of using StoreSpace® model store functionality to inform the planning process and moving beyond the central floor equipment to bring in the detail of the architectural shell. There are also plans to use StoreSpace® functionality to improve procurement efficiencies.
Quentin Bossom, Design Manager, Primark
We knew there had to be a way of linking together our equipment specifications and architectural standard details with our floor planning processes. Our internal teams working with CADS and Prosper has made this happen. Now we can efficiently count and report on space usage within Primark stores, including linear merchandising capacities at store and floor level. As a result, StoreSpace® is facilitating savings in time, cost and waste throughout the planning and loose equipment procurement process, contributing to the creation of profitable store layouts.