Retail space planning expert CADS sees technology as solution to Easter and other seasonal challenges in 2024

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Retail Insight by CADS Media team 16/02/2024

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Retail space planning expert CADS sees technology as solution to Easter and other seasonal challenges in 2024

Embracing technology during the retail planning process

With the new year well underway, sales have hit the shelves following extensive planning conducted by most retailers last summer. But, with Easter and other seasonal changes already firmly in their diaries, retailers can get ahead of competitors by embracing technology to support their planning.

So says retail space planning expert CADS, who believes retailers can overcome challenges and boost sales by using software solutions to help plan and implement their seasonal layouts.

Retail space planning expert CADS sees technology as solution to Easter and other seasonal challenges in 2024

Optimising retail store layouts and displays for seasonal sales success

“Seasonal ranges such as Easter are pivotal to sales but accommodating them can be tricky. Technology gives retailers the best opportunity of success when tackling the biggest challenge – where and how to lay out their stores and displays.”

says Richard Burford, Customer Success Specialist at CADS.

Data-driven decision making

The retail industry typically splits the challenge into macro and micro planning, with macro space detailing the location of product categories and the equipment which displays them.

“Seasonal changes can disrupt customer flow around the store and retailers may need to relocate core categories, reconsider adjacencies and adjust aisles or shelving. Modern software enables them to make data-driven decisions and evaluate potential layouts before making changes”

adds Richard.

Retail space planning expert CADS sees technology as solution to Easter and other seasonal challenges in 2024

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Combining Micro and Macro space

Micro space planning focuses on placing the right assortment of products (or inventory) on each individual shelf or display.

“Retailers need to anticipate increased traffic and inventory density, not least to avoid the risk of over or understocking. Planogram software can help retailers make the best choices to catch the customer’s eye, increase spend on related products and satisfy demand.”

states Richard.

CADS recommends using the latest generation of technology to combine both macro and micro space planning and believes this approach can also help address a number of other challenges.

Planning and implementing seasonal range changes

One of these challenges is providing the staff who handle seasonal ranges with additional product knowledge, customer engagement strategies and familiarity with any technology used in displays.

“Utilising tools like StoreSpace® for planning and implementing seasonal range changes helps retailers get ahead of their competitors. Information and analytics enable better data-driven decisions, particular when seamlessly integrated with planogram software.”

states Richard.

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Retail is all about customer experience, inventory management and gaining a competitive advantage. Embracing technology sooner and more comprehensively than other retailers is already becoming a sign of success on the UK Highstreet, especially when it comes to seasonal ranges.

Richard Burford Customer Success Specialist at CADS
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Macro space planning technology

StoreSpace® is CADS’ macro space planning technology which provides retailers with the tools to optimise and plan their category space. In addition, it can be easily integrated with micro space planning technology.

StoreSpace® also eases the operational delivery of new plans, by improving the workflow from product selection, to identifying the correct in-store location and providing straight-forward instructions for the store’s team to follow.

“Retail is all about customer experience, inventory management and gaining a competitive advantage. Embracing technology sooner and more comprehensively than other retailers is already becoming a sign of success on the UK Highstreet, especially when it comes to seasonal ranges.”

concludes Richard.

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CADS has one the largest teams of experienced retail planners in the UK. As well as delivering StoreSpace®, the CADS team provides expert retail space planning advice and support to retailers across the UK, Europe and beyond.

Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss your retail planning process with us.

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