Warehouse management

BEFORE! Predictive Analytics

ACT Operations Research

1) Predict demand down to store and SKU level 2) Predict promotional campaign affect in the store, transportation and warehouse operations 3) Buy optimal quantities 4) Manage the risk associated with stock outs vs promotional campaigns and waste 5) considers assortment constraints and category efficiency 6) simulate store queuing for capacity analysis purposes and cost reduction purposes.  REVENUE, SALES & PROMOTION Revenue management and price optimization is a core-activity in any market oriented company operating in different industries (Retails, Fast Fashion, Chain Store, Car Rentals, Web Business, etc.). The goal of our suite is to provide, to the revenue managers, advanced analytics, using a unique combination and integration of predictive, optimization and simulation models. While the analytics tools are complex the results are always presented in an intuitive way. The core products included in the Revenue, Sale, Price & Promotion (RSP&P) suite are: Dynamic Price Optimizer (DPO), the multi-paradigm predictive paltform - Before! Predictive Analytics with Before! Sales Campaign -, the customers and market profiling analytics (CMP), the promotion optimization and what-if analysis platform - Before! Promo.  Before! Sales Campaign Before! Sales Campaign software addresses the needs of industries where the products and the merchandise assortments, have a fast renewal  dynamics, even during the same season, like the case of fashion and  fast-fashion channels, electronics or several web-business  Before! Promo Before!Promo, is a complete multi-paradigm analytical tool by ACTOR, developed for scaling enterprise companies. In the current competitive scenario the consumers pay high attention to the promotions, on the other hand promotions exposed retailers and vendors to higher risks in terms of image, in case of stock-out or costs in case of over-stock. When products are fresh-food or fast fashion for example, the risks become even higher.  Before! Predictive Analytics  Before! Predictive Analytics or simply Before!, is a complete multi-paradigm demand forecasting platform by ACTOR, developed for scaling enterprise companies. Before! provides you the capability to forecast the demand while gaining control of the related organization processes such as; planning, procurement, inventory optimization, store replenishments, etc..  Dynamic Price Optimization  Dynamic Price Optimization (DPO) is a capacity and revenue management software based on sophisticated analytical algorithms. It permits users to optimize the prices of products, assets and commodities over the time based on the expected demand, the competitor’s prices and other key-information like, for example, price elasticity.   +MORE

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Pseudo Customer Centricity: Fool’s Gold

Gary Hawkins on Winsight Grocery Business, CART

Retailers must employ a customer-first philosophy into organizational culture Many regional retailers are (at last!) intent on becoming customer-centric, more than a decade after The Kroger Co. led the way and more than two decades after early loyalty pioneers proved the value of a true customer focus. But too many retailers believe that customer centricity can simply be bolted on to their organizations without realizing that true customer centricity is far more involved. Like the intrepid gold miners of the 1840s, these retailers awaken to the realization that what they’ve taken for retail gold is in actuality a false promise, seduced by the fools gold of pseudo customer centricity. I can recount meetings with senior executives from well-known retailers who espouse their customer centricity efforts; spending massive sums on consultants and solutions powered by a decade’s old approach based on customer segments integrated to the retailer’s category planning processes, and even personalized offers to shoppers. Countless of these retailers remain anchored in a product-focused world, even those who tout using technology to discover what products should be put on offer to their customers rather than starting with a vendor-funded offer pool.  True disciples of customer centricity deeply embed a customer-first philosophy into their organizational culture, extending it to every part of the enterprise. These companies realize that providing savings on products relevant to the shopper is only the beginning. Leading companies such as Amazon and Kroger are investing heavily in taking customer centricity to the next level: comprehensive, seamless user experiences across channels and devices, integrating personalized product recommendations with an understanding of the individual shopper’s specific health conditions, and laying the technology foundation for immersive shopping experiences melding the physical and digital worlds. Customer first disciples understand the dynamic flow of customers and their shopping behavior over time, putting in place capabilities and processes attuned to providing contextual relevancy inside and outside the store. And personalization—driven by past purchases and recommendation algorithms—is fast evolving to what I think of as strategic hyper-personalization, leveraging vast intelligence about each individual shopper to power a mix of recommendations to win the shopping trip, grow baskets, maximize retention, and foster customer advocacy—one customer at a time, in real time. Many regional retailers are based in more rural areas where company executives believe their shoppers are less tech savvy, relieving pressure on digital imperatives. According to Pew Research, 95% of Americans own a cellphone in 2018, with 77% of Americans owning a smartphone. Pew also calls out that in 2018, 89% of Americans use the internet. Location is no longer a proxy for customer technology illiteracy.  This year, Amazon is projected to realize over $258 billion in U.S. retail sales, an estimated 49% of all online retail spending in the United States. With this kind of penetration, and the ability to ship products anywhere overnight, traditional supermarket retailers would do well to remember that their shoppers are increasingly expecting (demanding!) the seamless and comprehensive user experience provided by Amazon, and increasingly by Kroger and Walmart. Yet, too many retailers remain mired in digital purgatory, constrained by capability silos and the inability to bring piecemeal capabilities together in a seamless fashion for shoppers.  Lastly, many seasoned grocery executives have spent their careers being rewarded for following, letting someone else bring innovation to market and only following when it has been proven successful. Years ago IT executives would buy IBM, even if it wasn’t the best choice, but because it was the "safe" choice. This practice continues today as retailers sign deals with "established" providers because they believe it is the safe choice, failing to understand that today’s environment rewards fresh, forward-looking thinking. Retail executives need to look beyond yesterday’s approach to customer centricity to capabilities and platforms that actually position the retailer for future success. The cost of failing to provide a seamless shopping experience, for failing to provide true individual shopper personalization, and failing to provide real time contextual relevancy, can rapidly obliterate any savings or security from yesterday’s "proven" approach. Tom Furphy, a former Amazon executive and the originator of Amazon Fresh, in a recent interviewspeaking to the challenges retailers face today, especially a reliance on past practices, says it all: “What seems safe is actually destructive. That’s a recipe for longer term disaster.” This article originally appeared on Winsight Grocery Business and can be viewed here +MORE

The Top Five Ways Retailers Benefit from Industry Trade Shows

Courtney Muller, Chief Corporate Development & Strategy Officer, Clarion UX

When was the last time you attended a retail or food and beverage trade show? If you have to pause to think of the answer – or know immediately that the answer is, “Never” – then it might be time to find a show or expo near you. Trade shows are the best places for those within the industry to get out of their stores and network; find new products and stay abreast of the cutting edge technology offerings; and gain invaluable education in the areas you need it most. In short, even if you spend time every day trying to stay current, you could never see it all – or know what to search for. There is no better place than a trade show … from seeing new products, meeting new people, becoming educated on a new way to engage your customers, or finding out about technology … this is the place to find what you don’t know!   Here are some of the top reasons you should attend a trade show this year: Network with Decision Makers When you think of networking, perhaps the typical “mixer” scenario comes to mind with people you don’t know awkwardly milling about a bar or restaurant, trying to strike up conversations with random people in the hopes that you might be able to benefit one another in some way. Networking at a trade show couldn’t be any more different. As an attendee, you can specifically find exhibitors with the products you seek; attend educational sessions that pertain to topics you are interested in, therefore attracting other audience members who share the same challenges; and be assured that your peers in the same industry as you are seeking similar solutions as you.  And you might even run into a colleague you haven’t seen in years! Find New Products and Foods You subscribe to industry periodicals and get Google Alerts in your inbox every day, but have you seen that new robot that identifies out of stock items and potential slip and fall hazards? Have you read about leveraging data to establish loyalty and trust with food delivery customers? A trade show is the perfect venue to scope out all that is new in the retail world from tech products to new foods and services – all in one place – to help you use technology to create a seamless customer experience. As you look for new technology innovation to keep you competitive, you may find the perfect partner for online ordering, rapid delivery, or rapid checkout through customer’s smartphones.  No matter what you want to go to a trade show to find, you will likely be pleasantly surprised by discovering even more than you thought along the aisles. See New Trends in Action Are vegan offerings a must-have? Should you offer chef demonstrations to showcase meal ideas? Are international flavors high on consumer’s minds? What chef dishes are they trying replicate at home? Be on the front line of this year’s and next year’s trends so you can bank on what your customers will be looking for in the near future. You’ll walk away with new products and great ideas you can implement immediately in your store operations. You may even realize that you are on the verge of creating an entirely different trend yourself that has yet to appear on the market – good information that you can capitalize on in the year to come. Receive Best in Class Education If school is a distant memory – or perhaps you learned hands-on in a family business and worked your way up the ranks – one of the best perks of most trade shows is the educational content provided to attendees and exhibitors alike. Whether you’re interested in operational excellence, developing your workforce, building bigger baskets, or sessions dedicated to those hot new tech trends we previously mentioned, trade shows like The NGA Show (presented by the National Grocers Association) in San Diego this coming February will have you covered on all fronts. What’s more, you can connect with presenting industry specialists to gain even more valuable insight into the topics that interest you most. Gain Immediate, Actionable Ideas The bottom line … your time is valuable and you want to spend any time out of your store obtaining the cream of the crop ideas - from new products, growth strategies and tech trends. Hear what the experts have to share, sample emerging products, uncover new technology, and refresh your enthusiasm for the business. You’ll walk away with a plan to bring all of these new ideas and initiatives into your store operation to drive profits, growth and innovation.   No matter where you are in your retail career, a trade show will no doubt provide you with opportunities, education and inspiration as you progress in the business. Interested in learning more? Check out the upcoming NGA show: National Grocers Association Show, San Diego, CA, February 24-27, 2019, www.thengashow.com  Each year, The NGA Show brings together independent retailers and wholesalers, food retail industry executives, food/CPG manufacturers and service providers for unparalleled opportunities to learn, engage, share, network, and innovate.  Given today’s ever-changing marketplace and evolving advancements in innovation occurring in the food retail industry, The NGA Show is a must-attend event, providing over 40 educational workshops, an expo floor featuring innovative and game-changing products and solutions and countless networking opportunities.  Registration is open at www.thengashow.com – early bird registration rates in effect through December 10, 2018.  +MORE

NGA Show 2019: The Epicenter of Grocery Industry Innovation

CART, Advancing Retail

In a special event leading up to the opening of the new NGA Show 2019, CART will bring together unique education, an impressive line up of speakers, and cutting edge innovation to make San Diego the epicenter of grocery industry innovation during Feb. 24-27, 2019. With a focus on regional retailers and dynamic independent operators, the CART team will present an innovation tour de force designed to help attendees not only stay in the game but help them win. CART is coming together with leading retailers through-out the industry to provide attendees a new worldview for the future of retail where transformation and disruption are the new normal: iRetail. Focused on five ‘i’s, iRetail will give attending executives a framework for evaluating their existing capabilities and provide a roadmap to closing the innovation gap. In a time of declining and disappearing industry events, the NGA Show has become a beacon of light for the industry as it has grown each year, even outgrowing its longtime home in Las Vegas, spurring the move to San Diego this coming February. CART has had a long time partnership with NGA and is taking the relationship to a new level this year, building on the success of CART’s Innovation Event at last year’s show.  Make sure to put Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, on your calendar and plan to attend the CART special event at the new NGA Show! +MORE

Technology's Profound Impact on the Supermarket Industry

Peter Larkin, President & CEO, National Grocers Association

Often cited as the one of the greatest catalyst of change within the retail grocery industry, technology is an area that independent supermarket operators must understand, and embrace.  Technology continues to have a profound impact, where virtually every detail of the supermarket industry is being touched by new solutions and platforms. I see three technology threads, each entwined with the other. One is the explosion of mobile applications and programs that are turning grocery shoppers into high information consumers. According to Pew research, smart phone adoption among Americans has more than doubled since 2011. Not only are shoppers becoming more sophisticated, but they are using technology as a way to gain more information, transparency, and convenience. At the touch of a mobile screen, consumers can instantly access to updated information on locally sourced perishables, competitive promotions, price checks and recipe ingredient lists. In turn, this migration to the digital space is shaping customer relationships with retailers. Today’s shopper does not want to be talked to but instead wants to be a part of the conversation. Consumer product manufacturers and marketers make up a second technology thread. By analyzing large chunks of customer data and retail sales, manufacturers, retailers and service suppliers are exploring innovative ways to touch their target audiences. Big data though can be vast and hard to harness. Whether it’s social media, a mobile payment system, or loyalty programs, technology can effectively create many new opportunities for savvy retailers to learn about and to connect with their shoppers to better serve their needs. A good place to see and learn about a number of these innovative solutions is right here at www.advancingretail.org. The third thread is in the store itself, where technology is increasingly employed to improve overall store productivity to program more effective lighting, to boost checkout efficiency, to track shopper traffic flows to improve layout and sales per square foot, or to offer customers immediate cost savings via real time wifi connections as they shop. A great, and very recent, example of this is Sedano's Supermarkets launch of a “robotic supermarket,” which entails an automated fulfillment center where AI-enabled robots will assemble full supermarket orders of up to 60 items. While the landscape is quickly evolving, many independent grocers are taking advantage of cutting-edge technologies to engage with their shoppers, find efficiencies, and reach new and existing customers where, how, and when they want. Independents have been making their move into digital. They are hiring dedicated staff, dedicating marketing budgets to digital initiatives, more effectively leveraging social media platforms, and integrating the latest technologies into their business strategies.  With the dramatic pace in which new apps and tech solutions are coming on to the market, it can all seem a bit overwhelming, but technology will play a defining role in the supermarket industry.  Those retailers that are on the forefront of implementing new technology and embrace the hyper-connected, tech-savvy consumer are positioning themselves for success. I’m one who is convinced that these threads will weave into a pattern of rising sales and profits. And that’s why the 2019 NGA Show will kick-off with a new educational event, spearheaded by our partners at CART, entitled “iRetail: Technology Innovation Reshaping the Grocery Industry.” The event is designed to give supermarket operators a framework for navigating fast-paced innovation while maintaining a focus on the importance of people and physical stores as we move into the future. Despite increased competition from all angles, it is an exciting time for the supermarket industry – and we at NGA are bullish about what the future holds for the independent grocers! Known as the true entrepreneurs of the industry, independents are nimble enough to quickly overcome obstacles, and are finding innovative ways to respond to changing consumer preferences, which is something they’ve always been good at given their close ties to their communities and the consumers they serve. +MORE

Locai Solutions

Locai Solutions Inc

locai is the first company to offer a full suite of software that integrates an e-commerce platform with a fulfillment management system. locai provides a flexible set of solutions including a turn-key eCommerce website, as well as access to great UX features - such as product recommendations, meal planning, and endless aisles - via APIs for easy integration into your existing eCommerce platform. These features have been proven to drive higher basket sizes, and create greater customer engagement, satisfaction, and retention. The locai platform is also the first eCommerce solution for grocers to be built on a cloud based architecture that enables order execution via the full spectrum of fulfillment formats. The locai Fulfillment Management System is versatile and capable of supporting numerous operating footprints, from warerooms to dark stores and/or dedicated distribution centers, and while fully integrated with locai's eCommerce Platform, the FMS can easily integrate with other eCommerce platforms and order management systems to create a unique solution for your brand. Embedded with real-time operating metrics, intelligent pick cart building logic and order verification, the locai Fulfillment Management System is proven to reduce operating cost per order while improving order accuracy. +MORE

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Upping the In-store Technology Game in Grocery: A Do-or-Die Proposition

Alex Goodwin, Aila Technologies

“The grocery business truly is at a digital tipping point, where every aspect of the shopper’s journey will soon be influenced by digital, and increasingly enabled by digital platforms.”                                                                                     — Chris Morley, President of U.S. CPG & Retail, Nielsen, January 2017 The summer of 2017 has seen retailers making moves to add new digital capabilities at a frenzied pace. Albertsons is revamping its e-commerce systems. Publix has declared that it will offer home delivery at all locations by 2020. Kroger is piloting “digital shelf-edge” technology that it hopes will enhance efficiencies in pricing and data collection. And that’s just to name a few. Spurred by Amazon’s surprise announcement that it would acquire Whole Foods in June, grocers and mass retailers in the food and beverage space have been racing to get a leg up on the competition by investing in technology that can capture data, create enhanced customer experiences, and activate new processes such as delivery and in-store online ordering. Amazon is a real threat to existing grocery chains, but it’s not the only one: Target is expanding its commitment to food and beverage, and the nation’s biggest retailer, Walmart, is “gaining [grocery] market share at an accelerating pace.”  With so much at stake in what amounts to a technology arms race, grocers must be strategic in the experiences they craft and the processes they enable. On the other hand, an overly cautious approach may also prove costly: as digital-first consumers are increasingly influenced by technologically sophisticated industry giants, retailers who fail to act decisively risk losing hardfought market share in this ultra-competitive industry. As the grocery world braces for increasing demands for e-commerce capabilities, grocers would be well served to consider enhancing those in tandem with their in-store digital offerings.  The Online Challenge To date, online ordering only accounts for roughly 3% of grocery sales in the US, according to the Shelby Report, although that number is expected to grow significantly in the coming years. While the last-mile logistical hurdles continue to be problematic, the one big edge that e-commerce gives retailers comes in the realm of data collection.  Every digital transaction provides a wealth of sortable data about shopping habits such as purchase history and frequency. It also provides an array of opportunities for personalizing the interaction. For instance, digital platforms offer numerous options for delivering product recommendations based on past purchases or to pair with products already in the virtual shopping cart. In addition to creating a more pleasant shopping experience, these are proven ways to drive revenue: a recent Mckinsey report indicated that cross-selling can increase sales by 20% and profits by 30%. Similarly, Amazon admitted way back in 2006 that 35% of its revenues come from its cross-sales and upselling efforts. While simple apps can provide automated cross-selling capabilities online, grocers must find ways to bring these and other revenue-generating opportunities into their brick-and-mortar locations. A Seamless Buying Experience, Online and In-Store With 97% of the reported $600 billion in grocery transactions each year taking place in physical locations, it is imperative that grocers provide a seamless experience across all shopping channels. Brick-and-mortar stores must be able to deliver the same capabilities that customers are increasingly expecting when they order online — ever smoother and more efficient transactions, as well as product recommendations, loyalty rewards and discounts, and enhanced brand interactions.  The future of grocery will be built upon an in-store digital infrastructure made up of a series of connected devices capable of bringing the convenience and personalization of the digital world into the supermarket aisle. This infrastructure can solve discrete problems for consumers — wayfinding, detailed product information, line-busting, product recommendations, couponing, and more. At the same time, it will serve more broadly as a platform for innovation for retailers, to experiment with exciting new brand experiences and digital efficiencies.  The traditional, bulky, custom-built legacy hardware systems simply don’t have the versatility to keep up. Furthermore, in an industry in the midst of transformational changes, investing in expensive, single-purpose devices risks locking companies into operational workflows that might soon be obsolete. Instead, the infrastructure of the future will likely be built upon powerful consumer-oriented mobile devices. Today’s tablets and smartphones possess the features and functionality to enable solutions that solve current needs, such as in-store price checking kiosks, ordering stations, and POS systems, while also providing the hardware capabilities and flexibility to enable a nearly limitless array of future experiences and use cases.  Retail stores today must act as showroom, warehouse, and fulfillment center, providing both product and information wherever and however their customers need it. To enable this, retailers will be well suited to have the following components in place:  A digital infrastructure (from price checkers to point-of-sale terminals to associate handheld tools) that delivers a seamless digital experience throughout the store, while also tracking data for analysis and optimization of the customer experience, inventory management, store layout, product location, and more. Smart handheld devices that empower associates with full access to product information and customer needs, improving efficiency and productivity. In-store kiosks that offer a branded, user-friendly interface that will make the in-store experience as convenient as shopping online, maximizing next-gen technologies. These tools are available now, and the grocery tech race is already well underway. To maintain the status quo or move slowly is to sink into obsolescence. Bold, decisive action to infuse brick-and-mortar supermarkets with the best elements of the digital experience will be critical to surviving grocery’s ongoing transformation. +MORE

Pace of Innovation -- Shattering the Status Quo

Gary Hawkins, CART

Retailers are shellshocked by the increasing pace of technology fueled innovation that is transforming and disrupting the industry. It seems not a week goes by that we don’t read about yet another new competitor entering the grocery space or some new innovation being rolled out by an existing competitor. Case in point: Kroger’s recent announcement that it is deploying its Shop, Scan, and Bag self-shopping solution at 400+ stores. This in response to Amazon’s cashier-less Go store pilot and Walmart’s similar self-shopping solution. Supermarket retailers are challenged on several fronts relative to innovation. It is nearly impossible for a retailer to be aware of all the new innovation entering the market. As an example, CART reviews an estimated 100 new solutions each month. Beyond awareness though is the challenge of deciding what areas to focus on (supply chain, distribution, marketing, store operations, etc.) and deciding what specific solution to pilot. And then having to decide what new capabilities to deploy across operating stores. Having efficient operations, quality foods, and great pricing and service is simply the cost of entry to supermarket retail. The new battleground is innovation. This is a new world for retailers to navigate. As an example, we see too many retailers implementing different digital capabilities in a piecemeal fashion rather than working towards a cohesive and comprehensive platform. The self-shopping capability mentioned earlier is a great example. Some retailers are trying to implement this kind of capability through a third-party app or a separate app rather than bundling it into one mobile app for their customers. Shoppers are after an omni-channel, seamless experience, not being forced to interact with different apps or systems to do business with a retailer. CART is here to help. We’re able to leverage our strong retail experience, industry knowledge, and unique insight to new capabilities and innovation flowing into the market to help retailers understand where they are today relative to their competitors and best-in-class retailers. Developing an innovation roadmap is important to help in prioritizing what new innovation to focus on and to create a foundation capable of adapting to new capabilities and technologies as they come into the market. +MORE

Interactive Kiosk

Aila Technologies, Inc.

INTERACTIVE KIOSK With scanning technology that’s second-to-none and customization that caters to any retail environment, Aila’s Interactive Kiosk is the industry standard for tablet kiosk solutions. ADDITIONAL FEATURES TrueScan™ Technology: The industry's best integrated image-capturing solution Wi-Fi Transparent: No matter where you place it in your store, the Interactive Kiosk is designed to maximize signal transmission Compatible: Designed for seamless compatibility with Apple's suite of iPad devices +MORE

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Warehouse Automation

IAM Robotics

IAM Robotics Has Built the World’s First Mobile, Autonomous Piece Picking Robot Mobile Picking Robot: Introducing Swift, an autonomous robot that navigates your warehouse aisles to pick products or retrieve goods. Online grocery shopping is poised to take off. Automation is making it cost effective for grocers, and morme importantly, consumers are finally ready to adopt online grocery shopping on a larger scale. Grocery items have a high percentage of SKUs that can be easily picked by our robots. Race past your competition and delight your community of e-grocery shoppers with IAM Robotics solutions. +MORE

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BRdata Host

BRdata Software Solutions

BRdata Host™ is a powerful, flexible, feature-rich host support system. Retailers need to retrieve sales movement while controlling price and cost information from one central database daily or weekly to achieve a competitive advantage.  BRdata Host makes this all possible at an affordable price.  It is a multi-user graphical system built on Microsoft Windows technology, which provides retailers and wholesalers with the tools they need for effective item and category management.  Gain the advantage of easy integration to existing systems as well as tight integration to all of BRdata’s software product lines. Host Support Includes interfaces to most POS systems including the Standard Interchange Language (SIL).  One consolidated database for all item information.  Item prices can be broken down into multiple zones by store department or vendor.  Sales and promos are date-driven with unlimited future prices.  Host to store compare utility checks for price and item discrepancies between BRdata Host and store POS file, with an option to modify and automatically import the discrepancy batch. +MORE

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Direct Store Delivery (DSD)

BRdata Software Solutions

Maintaining control over product received at the store backdoor is crucial.  Using the BRdata DSD (Direct Store Delivery) system, users can instantly and easily verify that the costs, allowances, quantities, and products received are what is expected from the vendor. Smooth flow of DSD will increase the speed of receiving for both the store and vendor, ensure accurate inventories and correct cost/retail maintenance.  Allowing you to know exactly what is being received and at what cost at the time of delivery is an essential tool that will contribute significantly to the profitability of your retail grocery operations. +MORE

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Inventory Module

BRdata Software Solutions

The BRdata inventory module gives users the resources needed to easily track perpetual inventory by updating item quantities with automated retrieval of POS sales movement and in-store received items. Take control over inventory replenishment and prevent under/over ordering. Monitor and report on stock levels, costs and averages to gain a clear view into your true inventory costing and profitability. Gain control over your inventory with the BRdata Inventory module which gives users the resources needed to easily manage stock levels.  Eliminate uncertainty by better managing inventory and costs while ensuring you have sufficient on-hand stock to fill anticipated store sales and avoiding overstock. +MORE

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Datalogic Suite of Services

Datalogic ADC

Revolutionizing Retail Improving the In-Store Experience Delivering a valuable and relevant in-store shopping experience for today’s sophisticated and digitally connected consumer is the most difficult challenge in retail. Datalogic is applying new advanced technology to products and solutions that allow the retailer and key system integrator partners around the world to reinvent and improve the in-store shopping experience. Datalogic provides Retail Solutions for... POS Checkout, Assisted Sales, Loss Prevention - Reducing Produce Shrink / Loss, Loss Prevention – EAS Deactivation, Loss Prevention -Reducing Bottom-of-Basket (BOB) Loss, Identity / Age Verification, Form Automation, Mobile Marketing, Host Download, Cashier Training, Diagnostic and Productivity Reporting, Queue Busting, Self-Checkout and Personal Shopping. +MORE

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Warehouse Management System

BRdata Software Solutions

Maintaining inventory is key for any warehouse. BRdata’s Warehouse module can help you track your inventory through reporting, slotting, order management and inventory extraction. Track and maintain items from the point of being received at host level, right down to the point of consumer sale at store level. Our Warehouse Management solution has been placed in numerous locations across the country and is constantly adapting and developing to new environments. It has been used for Grocery Warehouses, Distribution Centers, Production Warehouses, Produce Warehouses, and Commissaries. +MORE

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Simplista

Simplista

The product listing process: simplified at last. Get products to consumers in a fraction of the time with significant and trackable savings. It’s time to fully digitize your retail operation with Simplista, a cloud-based B2B product listing platform that can radically improve your business. Maximize efficiency.Currently, retail product listing and upkeep is overly time-consuming with inaccuracies and delays that lead to lost revenue and unnecessary costs. By automating product listing and change management processes, Simplista produces efficiencies that impact your bottom line. Automate. Validate. Simplify.Collaboration, speed, and accuracy are the pillars of the Simplista platform. You’ll get product data right the first time and reap the benefits: transformative savings and increased revenues for both retailers and suppliers. A cloud-based platform that's secure.Simplista allows both traditional and digital retailers and their suppliers to collaborate for rapid product intake and upkeep in a secure manner - all in real time. +MORE

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Swisslog Warehouse & Distribution Solutions

Swisslog

Automated storage & retrieval systems to increase efficiency and quality in warehousing  From the traditional high bay warehouse to innovative robot-based storage solutions. Swisslog offers you a wide range of traditional and advanced technologies for automated storage and retrieval of pallets and smaller goods, such as cartons or bins. These fully automated systems boost warehouse quality, flexibility and efficiency. Modular, flexible and software-driven ASRS for maximum efficiency Are you looking for an effective automated storage and retrieval system to overcome your warehousing challenge? Limited space, an awkward warehouse building, increasing inventory or turnover in unusual shapes or sizes can all make it difficult to find the right ASRS solution. Multiple factors need to be considered when choosing the right solution. Automated storage solutions need to be scalable while maximizing space and performance. Staying flexible enough to respond to changing market requirements is also essential, as when new products launch, demand increases and regulations change. Space costs you money! Swisslog always finds the most effective solution with the best price-to-performance ratio, transparent processes, and the greatest flexibility. You can respond to changing business conditions at any time by adjusting capacities when you need to accommodate increasing throughput.  Flexible and scalable transport systems for your automated warehouse  From conveyor systems to innovative automated guided vehicles, Swisslog offers a wide range of traditional and advanced technologies for the transportation of pallets, cartons, bins, trays and even odd-sized loads. These fully automated systems guarantee 100% integration with your warehouse to optimize the flow of materials. Smart transport systems easily adapt to your warehousing needs Looking for an integrated automated transport system to overcome your warehousing challenge?  Choosing the right transportation system doesn’t just depend on the type of products you want to transport. The storage system you want to use, throughput and the flexiblity that is required in your business are all key factors.  At Swisslog we take your unique requirements into account and design the automated transport system that meets your exact needs. Whether it’s an AGV, monorail or conveyor based system, we take the best from our technology portfolio to offer the most flexible and cost-effective solution for your business.  Picking & palletizing solutions that minimize costs  Swisslog’s picking and palletizing solutions are based on proven technology and operational principles. They are customized to meet each customer’s specific needs and designed to adapt to ever-changing requirements. Flexible picking and palletizing for maximum efficiency Picking and palletizing make up to 60% of warehouse operational costs. New technologies are changing boundaries all the time and with robots being able to take over more and more tasks from operators, it is possible to increase throughput in goods-to-person (GTP) picking, for example.  Swisslog always selects the most effective solution for the unique needs of your business with the best price-performance ratio, transparent processes, and greatest flexibility. This allows you to respond to changing business conditions, adjust capacity and increase throughput as needed. Reduce costs and increase productivity with picking and palletizing solutions from Swisslog  SynQ: Modular warehouse management system for optimized logistics processes  SynQ stands for Synchronized Intelligence and is a modular, service-oriented software platformfor warehouse management and material flow orchestration. SynQ gives you the precise functionality you need to optimize your warehouse operations. It literally embeds intelligence in the operation and synchronizes the performance of your automated and manual warehouse equipment in the best possible way. It encompasses warehouse management (WMS), material flow (MFC/WCS), and automation control systems (ACS) functionality, along with an array of business intelligence tools to boost your warehouse performance. SynQ will help your company to embrace the era of digitalization and stay ahead of your competition. +MORE

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Dematic Solutions for Grocery

Dematic

Dematic provides order fulfilment solutions for grocery retailers, ranging from small regional food chains to large national grocers, and can support low, medium, or high volume distribution requirements. These solutions are engineered to accommodate the specific distribution requirements of items sold in a grocery store, such as dry goods, fresh product, frozen, beverage, pharmacy and other merchandise. These system configurations can support retail store replenishment and e-commerce order fulfilment for pick up or home delivery. These intra-logistics systems often accommodate strategies for order assembly by store planogram, temperature controlled storage, peaks/valleys in order volume, controlled access to inventory, product tracking, order/inventory accuracy, and first-expired, first-out processing. Typical solutions are designed to optimise the processes involved with receiving, storage, put-away, replenishment, case and piece picking, consolidation, order packing, and truck loading, along with the ability to handle a variety of load types: cartons, trays, totes, bins, and poly bags.   Automated Mixed Case Palletising (AMCAP) The Ultimate in Automated Grocery Mixed Case Palletising Automated Container Storage/Dynamic Replenishment Maximum Capacity with Minimum Footprint Automated Mixed Case Order Fulfilment Rapid Fulfillment of Mixed Case Orders Automated Pallet Transport and/or Storage (AGV) Flexible, Scaleable and Real-Time Pallet Transportation and Storage Batch Pick to Putwall / Sorter High Volume Item Picking For Small to Medium Size Orders Case Pick to Conveyor / Sorter Reducing Your Cost per Case, One Case at a Time Cross Docking Fast, Accurate and Real-time Sortation of Inbound Goods Directed Split Case Picking Accurate and Efficient Piece Picking Goods-to-Person Item Picking Maximize Picker Efficiency with Over 1,000 Picks per Hour High-Density Pallet ASRS Optimised Storage and Throughput in Minimum Footprint Layer Order Fulfilment Layer Picking Made Easy Item Picking to Conveyor (Zone Route) Accurate and Efficient Piece Picking Receiving & Putaway Real-Time Inventory Visibility Shipping Fast, Accurate Shipping with Real-Time Visibility Voice Directed Pick-to-Pallet Hands Free Case Picking Ensures Speed, Accuracy and Increased Safety +MORE

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Transformational Retail

Transformtional Retail Technologies, Inc.

SOLUTIONS FOR RETAILERS:  Explore our best-of-breed portfolio of innovative softwared solutions designed specifically for retailers.  Learn how we empower your transformtion from brick & mortar to digitally-enabled, shopper-centric retailing. Make Connections for Success Transformational Retail Technologies links solution providers and retailers through a sales agency-based approach with expert retail-focused sales professionals. Identifying the right technology solution providers can be a complex and time-consuming process, made more challenging by … Transformational Retail’s Comprehensive Vetting Exceptional customer satisfaction Architectural review for scalability and security Financial viability and capitalization Robust functionality Implementation capabilities Digital and cloud-readiness Strong management and team Technology Strategy Development or Validation and Prioritization > Technology Vendor Selection (RFP Process) >  Vendor Due Diligence, ROI & Deal Terms > Pre-Project Implementation Integration Planning  Minimize Risk and Secure Advantageous Terms We help retailers make better decisions by distinguishing vendor rhetoric from actual capabilities. We know the tricks of the trade and can help retailers avoid risky situations and establish better contract terms. Reach the Finish Line Successful implementation is obtained by pursuing a methodical path with advisory talent that understands the process. FOR RETAIL PROVIDERS: Expert direction for strategy creation, product positioning and go-to-market success.  Learn more aobut our Sales-as-a-Service agency-based sales approach for retail solution providers.  Sales as a Service Emerging retail technology companies quite often develop technical excellence ahead of their business development capabilities. Transformational Retail helps high-potential companies navigate this transition with professional support in the following essential areas: Create effective go-to-market strategies and plans Develop, execute successful sales techniques Develop product battle plans Establish effective partnerships and alliances Develop Software-as-a-Service or Cloud models Refine product roadmaps and solution messaging Develop competitive intelligence and differentiation Facilitate introductions with key prospective clients Evaluate new verticals or markets As a value-added intermediary, we help solution providers go to market more successfully by crafting and implementing a sales strategy rooted in deep experience in the retail technology realm. Management Advisory Technology innovators benefit from collaborative general business strategy and management support that is tuned to each company’s particular needs. Define or refine business strategies Mentor executives as advisors or board members Serve as an Interim CEO / COO Establish a U.S. presence for global providers Provide introductions to potential investors whether Angels, VCs or Private Equity Conduct due diligence on mergers or acquisitions Project Management and Governance + Application Development and Consulting = Maximizing Results for Retailers  Match with Retailers Transformational Retail Technologies links solution providers and retailers through a sales-agency-based approach with expert, retail-focused sales professionals. Successful implementation is obtained by pursuing a methodical path with advisory talent that understands and can guide the process. +MORE

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LIFT-RITE

LIFT-RITE

STANDARD HAND PALLET TRUCKS  For Heavy Loads and High Throughput. Lift-Rite manual pallet jack and hand truck models get the job done right. Right for your operation. And your bottom line. Our reliable Altra Lift and Titan hand pallet truck Series provide reliable performance for every day use in handling standard size pallets and skids.  MOTORIZED PALLET JACKS User-friendly, Budget-friendly Solutions. Lift-Rite's motorized pallet trucks make it easy and affordable to experience the enhanced productivity of powered pallet jacks. From our Power Start Plus that provides self-propelled convenience for easy maneuvering to our rugged and reliable LRW35 Walkie Pallet Truck, we're confident these pallet trucks will provide you with an ergonomic and economic solution. WAREHOUSE LIFTS  Rising to the Occasion, In Every Application Durable yet simply designed, Lift-Rite's SpinGo and Sprint offer both rugged, reliable performance and quick, easy maintenance. Engineered with quality components and materials, these platforms offer sturdy operation with an array of features that simplify upkeep and optimize uptime.  WINCH LIFTERS The Easy-Lift. An Easy Decision. With the Lift-Rite Easy-Lift winch lifter, increase your productivity by doing it the easy way. Utilize the Easy-Lift for load lifting, work positioning and moving products. Our winch lift provides an affordable solution to your load handling needs. +MORE

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Loomo Enterprise

Segway Robotics Inc.

Loomo Enterprise - For product divisions and R&D centers of companies ​ RETAIL AND WAREHOUSE Robotics technology can help retail industry and automate, standardize and personalize business processes. Loomo's technologies, including learning, computer vision, mobility, and voice interaction can activate many opportunities for optimization. By building Loomo-based applications, you can improve your retail business through many use cases.  Shopping Experience Improvement You can build Loomo-based application to provide the customers in your stores with convenience and delight. Provide professional and informative answers to customers who have questions (i.e. price, discount, reviews, etc) Help customers to plan out their shopping routes and, lead customers to identify goods that they are looking for on the respective shelf Service as a smart carrying assistant for customers Data collection for customers’ shopping behaviors to derive consumer insights  Inventory Management Loomo-based applications can help retail managers to correct the wrong price tags and relocate items to right places. This will improve sales and reduce labor costs. A typical Loomo-based application in this use case could be: Autonomously navigate around the store to scan and analyze the item placement Provide information to retail managers to make adjustments Error analysis and report generation to guide display design optimization  Warehouse Automation In warehouses, a large amount of goods need to be moved everyday. Loomo-based application can help with those transportation tasks with both rider mode and autonomous robot mode. Some Loomo-based applications could be: Assisted goods picking where Loomo serves as a follow-me robot that carries the items for the human operators Smart transporter for human worker to get to locations in the warehouse Autonomous and reliable goods movement between way points SECURITY AND SAFETY Traditional security system sees great room for improvement to become more intelligent, driven by: A large proportion of security work is repetitive and boring for human Again population presents a gap in labor supply Being an important part of modern, intelligent security, robotics creates unique values including: Flexibility: to accommodate changing priority in security Dynamic system: enable automatic patrolling than statics camera positions  Safety Compliance Assistance In warehouses and factories, safety rule monitoring and enforcement can be improved by Loomo-based application, because: Robots can diligently perform repetive tasks of identifying non-compliance and going up to people to remind them of rules Robots do not feel the reluctance as a human may feel when repeatedly pointing out non-compliance behavior of a colleague Therefore, some useful Loomo-based applications may include: Establish a system to identify Integration with our systems for non-compliance reporting and real-time corrections Carry about security training CARE FOR THE ELDERLY  New models in elderly care are emerging responding to the increasing health management need, especially for aging in place. Robotics technology can improve quality of care, reduce social economic costs, and reassure family members, enabled by: Multimodal human-computer interactions Environment & context understanding Autonomous navigation Intelligent decision-making Loomo provides a reliable, extenable robotic platform that allows you to build robots that fulfill your customized needs in your use cases in the space of elderly care.  Remote Monitoring for Aging in Place Nowadays, many elderly live alone at home. Many of them have chronic conditions that need to be managed. How do we collect the data about his or her health condition and the information about living environment? How do we send these data and information to their children, doctors or hospitals to realize need-based, real-time monitoring for the elderly? You can build Loomo-based applications to: Video live streaming and conferencing Real time data sharing with care takers and family Members through cloud services Detect accident and provide health alert messages Home service and daily supply ordering                                                                                                                                                                                Health Data Management for the Elderly Robotics technology can improve quality of care, reduce social economic costs, and reassure family members, enabled by: Directly collect healthcare information by establishing connections between healthcare related sensors and the robot; Assess the elderly's health condition automatically and regularly Provide reminder services for drug compliance and preventive interventions Generate comprehensive and timely health report as a port of total health management solution with combined inputs of at home data and in hospital data  Smart Community-based Elderly Care As the life expectancy grows, the retired elderly spends substantial time in their neighborhoods. Building a smart community can play a critical role in improving the quality of life for the elderly. You can build Loomo-based applications to: Motivate and accompany elderly to maintain an active lifestyle for longer time Serve as a moving protal of social network for elderly to keep the elderly connected with friends and family Provide entertainment (i.e. interactive games) and companionship Assistance of daily tasks such as item carrying assistance +MORE

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Aquifi

Aquifi, Inc

3D VISION FOR MANUFACTURING AND LOGISTICS  AQUIFI FLUID VISION SOLUTIONS Aquifi's Fluid Vision combines 3D vision and deep learning for improving accuracy and quality of high throughput enterprise processes.  LOGISTICS Find box, item or pallet dimensions in real time using Aquifi’s IIoT or handheld 3D vision scanner. Or automatically count boxes in a pallet for fast and accurate inventory counts. QUALITY CONTROL Inspect shape, color, configuration, quality and other physical attributes. Or scan objects in full-color 3D to identify products for sorting and packing, validate labeling or locate defects. 3D SCANNING Create color 3D models with accurate dimensions of objects and spaces. Include these models as photo-realistic media in business communication, documentation, or e-commerce sites.  3D VISION SENSORS Purpose-built, low cost, IIoT and mobile hand-held 3D Color Depth (RGB-D) devices for industrial environments.  IIoT 3D SENSOR Color 3D self-calibrating sensor with integrated quad core IoT processor, and IEEE 802.3at PoE connectivity.  HANDHELD MOBILE 3D SCANNER Rechargeable battery-operated color 3D self-calibrating sensor with integrated quad core IoT processor and IEEE 802.11ac WiFi connectivity.  +MORE

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Adroit™

Gravity Jack

ADROIT TECHNOLOGY AND BUSINESS GROUP The Adroit Technology and Business Group is engaging with a select group of industry leaders that have been tackling challenging use cases for AR object detection and robotic machine vision. We are focused on solving complex problems with progressive partners -- ones who see AR coupled with 6DOF (6 Degrees of Freedom) object intelligence as offering a transformative competitive advantage. The near-term focus will be on developing select, targeted and custom solutions that employ Adroit to solve high value problems. We welcome you to reach out to us for consideration as a foundational partner, as we build this portfolio of solutions.  AR ASSISTED MAINTENANCE Adroit identifies complex components within larger systems, in varying lighting conditions -- even if visibility is impacted by dirt and oil. Adroit was developed with real world industrial use cases in mind, including field maintenance of critical industrial machinery.  AR ENABLES RETAIL SALES Adroit enhances the showroom sales process, allowing customization or feature exploration of physical products with customers. For instance, Adroit can assist a salesperson in helping customers select and visualize a range of wheels, features and colors of a car in real time.  AR POWERED PRODUCTION LINES Assist front-line workers with clear and timely processes, with only a glance. Adroit can identify and understand 3D objects at 30 frames per second with 6DOF, allowing the system to help workers pick correct parts, products and more - meaning costly error reduction, elimination of line stoppages and increased quality assurance.  ADVANCED MACHINE VISION FOR AUTONOMOUS ROBOTICS The next industrial revolution is coming. Robots and drones will solve problems and perform tasks the way that we humans do. The key to this revolution is getting robots to ‘see’ and have an intelligence of the real world and objects within it. Not simply recognizing them, but understanding these objects in ways similar to the human brain. Adroit enables robots to understand how potential multi-modal objects fit and work together independently, as well as holistically. Applications for this class of robotics span food production, building and construction, search and rescue, and defense/security. The technology will be essential to autonomous remote robotic missions, accessing areas and objects inhospitable for humans - from deep-sea drilling to Mars.  AUGMENTED REALITY  In addition to fully-custom solutions, our proprietary Adroit™ technology detects the precise pose any real world, 3D object -- regardless of size, moving parts, texture, lighting conditions & more.  VIRTUAL REALITY  Immerse users in a 360º, fully-virtual experience. We create one of a kind VR experiences for every headset available – including Google Cardboard, Oculus, HTC Vive, Samsung GearVR and more. We even offer video and 3D services.  MOBILE APPS  From iOS to Android and everything in between, our expert team has been creating some of the world's most powerful, innovative and beautiful mobile applications for nearly a decade.  360º VIDEO PRODUCTION  Give the whole picture, with immersive 360º videos. Our team of experts direct, shoot and produce beautiful, high-quality experiences that guarantee to wow from every angle.  WEB & DATA  When it comes to web, a responsive, professional and secure presence is absolutely critical. From front-end work, to custom content (CMS) and database management, our team has the full stack of skills to make sure you're solid. +MORE

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NAVii®

Fellow Robots

Optimizing your inventory with robotics. Discover consistent accurate & never-before-seen insights of your inventory.  STORE MAP Autonomously creates a store map & product planogram INVENTORY SCANNING Planogram compliance - Real-time insights to improve in-store execution Improve inventory accuracy and consistency Determines out-of-stocks, price discrepancies, and misplaced items by using machine learning and AI EMPLOYEE ACTION Instantly manage data anytime on any device Dashboard to notify discrepancies to employees to make store changes in matter of minutes, instead of weeks. +MORE

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Venzee

Venzee, Inc.

Get rid of spreadsheets forever - Let the power of AI get your products to market faster with vendor to retailer automation.  Vendors Retailers like Amazon and Walmart need your product information customized to meet their needs. Venzee takes your existing product information and prepares it to meet the requirements of all of your retailers, avoiding delays and human error.  Retailers Thanks to spreadsheets, millions of retailers struggle to grow. Let Venzee do the work of turning vendor product information into enriched, error-free updates. It’s as simple as signing up and sharing your Venzee email address with your vendors. +MORE

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CommonSense Robotics

CommonSense Robotics

CommonSense Robotics is building on-demand supply-chains that enable sustainable, 1-hour delivery to online customers. +MORE

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Orderbot

Orderbot Software Inc.

ORDER MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE FROM BEGINNING TO END  An operation management platform based around the life cycle of an order. Also includes: Marketplace, EDI, Multi-Warehouse and Purchasing  PREVENT ERRORS: Use logical workflows which prevent you from missing steps.  INCREASE AWARENESS: Have a robust perspective of all your areas of operations.  ELIMINATE STEPS: Do everything with one click and integrated automation.  Ability to track and report on inventory in multiple locations/warehouses/storefronts  A centralized data entry point for multiple systems  Detailed reporting for sales and operational insights  Manage ecommerce platforms shipping notices and inventory with our ecommerce integrations including Workarea, Shopify, Magento, BigCommerce, Spree and more  Multiple tools including ones for taking sales orders, purchasing, receiving, picking, packing, labeling and shipping  Ability to adjust costs  Take payments  Integrates with leading accounting platforms such as Quickbooks, Sage 50 and Xero  Receive and convert payments in any currency Create multiple bills of materials with manufacturing tools  Multichannel vendor and seller integrations  Pricing controls via customer, amounts or events +MORE

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Zest Labs

Zest Labs

Zest Fresh Pallet-level Quality Management from Harvest to Store Empower workers with Zest real-time tools and alerts that improve efficiency while driving quality consistency through best practice adherence on every pallet. Pallet-level Time and Temperature Tracking Pre-Cool Prioritization & Monitoring Zest Intelligent Pallet Routing Real-time In-transit Monitoring Remote Visibility Freshness Quality Management Zest Delivery Dispatcher Monitoring Pre-staging Meals for On-demand Delivery Customer Satisfaction Delivery Food Safety   +MORE

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REVERSE LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Optoro Inc.

FUTURE-PROOF CLOUD PLATFORM Our scalable cloud platform deploys within weeks with automatic updates that enable teams to focus on forward supply chain demands.  MAXIMUM INVENTORY VALUE Predictive machine learning actively routes returns and excess to the highest value disposition channel every time.  STREAMLINED REVERSE LOGISTICS Intuitive tools built uniquely for reverse logistics enable efficient end-to-end warehouse processing for every disposition channel.  UNPARALLELED VISIBILITY & CONTROL Portfolio tools provide supply chain teams with real-time visibility and control to continuously optimize your reverse logistics. +MORE

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MULTI-CHANNEL REMARKETING

Optoro Inc.

Optoro’s multi-channel remarketing solution enables retailers to achieve higher recovery and velocity with a suite of remarketing channels that simultaneously reach millions of consumers and businesses.  Reach millions of customers through BLINQ, our direct-to-consumer brand. Simultaneous, real-time product listings across BLINQ and our network of marketplaces extend your market reach and drive greater recovery. Our automated pricing engine dynamically generates optimized pricing, utilizing a variety of inputs, including historical sales data, client business goals, product attributes and sku depth.  Sell direct to businesses through BULQ, our business-to-business brand. Drive sell-through and target smaller resellers with our B2B eCommerce site, BULQ. Our mobile app specifically caters to customers on-the-go, supporting a frequent loyal buyer base. Partner with our experienced BULQ Direct sales to sell to enterprise buyers in the U.S. and abroad. Directed sorting algorithms optimize inventory assortment to drive higher recovery and velocity. +MORE

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