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November 3, 2023 | Premangsu Bhattacharya
Blog / Delivering Right, Not Excess: Navigating Inventory and Customer Delight this Holiday Season
Every holiday season, retailers face an age-old conundrum: predicting the unpredictable. Consumers’ tastes evolve rapidly. Here are some facets of this challenge:
Meeting demands with the right product at the right time is key to customer retention. Image Source: Holiday Outlook 2023 Report: PwC
Retailers can pull data from multiple sources: in-store sales, online traffic, social media mentions, reviews, third-party analytics, and more. Yet, the sheer volume and disparity of these data sources can become a bottleneck rather than an advantage. Here’s why:
Understanding and addressing these challenges is vital for retailers to avoid the pitfalls of excess inventory and missed customer expectations. And that’s where solutions like Planning in a Box come into play.
Planning in a Box is a decision intelligence platform powered by enterprise-grade Gen AI. Built on Google Cloud, it offers a comprehensive data platform designed to simplify and enhance inventory management, demand forecasting, and supply chain optimization. It provides real-time insights and recommendations, ensuring that businesses can make informed decisions quickly, cater to customer demands effectively, and streamline operations.
Imagine Sally, a customer based in Austin, Texas. She’s on the hunt for a unique Halloween costume, the ‘Moonlit Witch.’ Intrigued by its design, she adds the product to her online cart at ACME Retail but decides to think over her purchase.
From ACME Retail’s perspective, this scenario poses several challenges:
Unified Customer Profile: By integrating data from Sally’s online interactions, past purchases, and other touchpoints, Planning in a Box creates a holistic view of Sally’s intent and preferences.
Real-time Inventory Insights: With its advanced data capabilities, Planning in a Box provides ACME with a live snapshot of their inventory, alerting them to potential stock-outs or excess inventory situations. This means Sally’s ‘Moonlit Witch’ costume is temporarily reserved, ensuring availability.
Efficient Logistics Management: Leveraging geographical data and inventory locations, Planning in a Box identifies that dispatching Sally’s costume from Chicago would ensure quicker delivery.
Advanced Demand Forecasting: Using integrated data sets, including trends from Google and past sales data, Planning in a Box predicts a 20% surge in demand for the ‘Moonlit Witch’ costume. ACME is promptly advised to boost production to prevent stock-out situations.
The retail battleground has shifted. Success hinges on how swiftly and accurately retailers can react to changing consumer preferences, especially during peak events like Halloween. Disjointed data and slow decisions will cost dearly in unsold stock and missed opportunities. With Planning in a Box, seize the advantage: transform scattered data into actionable insights and preemptively align with customer desires. Don’t just adapt; lead. Want to see how it’s done in real-time? Request a demo now and elevate your retail strategy.