CADS helps UK’s largest SPAR wholesaler evolve its retail space planning processes

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Retail Insight by CADS Media team 06/06/2024

StoreSpace® - retail space planning software from CADS - has helped the UK’s largest SPAR wholesaler AF Blakemore & Son transform its processes, leading to more optimised space planning, boosted operational efficiency and more informed decision-making backed with accurate data.

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CADS helps UK’s largest SPAR wholesaler evolve its retail space planning processes

Streamlining AF Blakemore's retail space planning operations

AF Blakemore is a family-owned business in the UK, operating over 260 stores and supplying over 900. Prior to StoreSpace®, AF Blakemore used individual flat CAD files and multiple different systems and processes for space planning, which was time-consuming and no longer fit for purpose.

The business sought to streamline operations, centralise store data and gain additional insights into store planning, so enlisted the help of retail space planning expert CADS – and its intuitive StoreSpace® software.

“StoreSpace® has provided AF Blakemore with an easy-to-use planning platform which eliminates many of the sticking points the company previously experienced. The whole business now enjoys easy access to a comprehensive, up-to-date data repository, coupled with a more streamlined and efficient process!”

says Richard Burford, Customer Success Specialist at CADS.

StoreSpace® and Nielsen integration

Integrated macro and micro space data

StoreSpace® is an intuitive space planning platform from CADS which allows space planning teams to plan category space for boosted profitability. Plus, it can be integrated with planograms for a fully optimised space planning process.

One of the biggest transformational changes StoreSpace® facilitated for AF Blakemore was access to a comprehensive repository of integrated macro and micro space data. StoreSpace® works seamlessly with Nielsen IQ’s my.Spaceman micro space planning software, and the integration of both technologies led to a more optimised store planning process.

Improving operational efficiency with StoreSpace®

The adoption of StoreSpace® also enabled teams across the business to obtain category location data, sales data and more. Also, it has saved time for head office planners and in-store implementation teams alike, resulting in an improvement in overall operational efficiency.

“The information that we’re now able to provide to the whole business in terms of space, and how our space strategy can be formulated going forward, is a huge step from where we were prior to StoreSpace®. I very much see it as a core tool.”

says Nicola Hobson, Head of Category Development and Innovation at AF Blakemore & Son.

Transforming AF Blakemore & Son’s retail space planning process with StoreSpace®

Read how StoreSpace® has streamlined AF Blakemore & Son’s retail space planning processes, ensuring easy access to a comprehensive, up-to-date data repository for informed decision-making across the business.

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StoreSpace® fosters two-way collaboration

Collaboration and communication are also areas in which AF Blakemore has seen improvements, with StoreSpace®’s two-way messaging service and intuitive block feature fostering improved communication and better store engagement.

Plus, store insights – including sales reports and heat maps – have enabled AF Blakemore to make future space planning decisions informed by accurate data.

“StoreSpace® has given us more information to make better decisions. We’ve now got so much more rich data to mine in terms of our store performance and the changes that we can and should be making. It’s led to better decisions and better store layouts.”

adds Nicola.

Customer Success Programme provides additional support and tailored StoreSpace® training

CADS’ AutoCAD-based StoreSpace® software is used by retailers across the world – including Shell, Sainsbury’s and Primark – to help them optimise their physical retail space.

CADS also delivers a Customer Success Programme, which provides tailored training to help its clients get the most from StoreSpace®’s offering.

“As part of our ongoing training with AF Blakemore, we’ll be meeting with the team to provide additional support, ensuring they continue to get the best results from StoreSpace®. We’ve already seen excellent results and we’re looking forward to helping the business develop its space planning even further in the future.”

concludes Richard.

Helping our clients thrive with our customer training programmes

The information that we’re now able to provide to the whole business in terms of space, and how our space strategy can be formulated going forward, is a huge step from where we were prior to StoreSpace®. I very much see it as a core tool.

Nicola Hobson Head of Category Development and Innovation at AF Blakemore & Son