January 17, 2005, 12:00 AM

New .Net-based JDA software helps Meijer improve replenishment

Using web technology to better integrate retail systems, a new JDA software suite running on Microsoft’s .Net platform is making Meijer’s portfolio of retail management applications more effective within a simpler IT infrastructure, Meijer says.

Kurt Peters

Executive Editor

 

Using web technology to better integrate retail systems, a new JDA Software Group Inc. software suite running on Microsoft Corp.’s .Net platform is making grocer and general merchandise retailer Meijer Inc.’s portfolio of retail management applications more effective within a simpler IT infrastructure, says William S. Noakes Jr., Meijer senior vice president, general counsel and CIO.

"JDA permits us to move our merchandising system and our entire portfolio of applications to a new generation," Noakes says. "By moving to that environment, we can be more efficient, more effective, and actually gain a simpler IT infrastructure."

JDA released last week the first in a new series of JDA PortfolioEnabled applications built on .Net to provide strong integration among software, making it simpler to integrate with a retailer’s multiple software applications regardless of whether they’re in a packaged suite or a best-of-breed configuration, says JDA CEO Hamish Brewer.

"By truly connecting the disciplines of planning, forecasting, allocation, category management, replenishment, merchandising, distribution and in-store operations, PortfolioEnabled will offer the global demand chain market a new class of industry specific solutions that promise huge business benefit," Brewer says.

“Today many retailers have a replenishment system for refilling shelves, and have people in store operations and marketing departments generating store planograms to show how to lay out inventory in stores,” Brewer adds. “The problem in almost every case is that those systems are disconnected. But the decision on how to place products on shelves should be linked with how they’re replenished, so the retailer has the right amount of replenishment products to fill the shelves. That’s addressed by the .Net platform.”

The .Net platform will also support better integration in other ways, he adds. For example, it can support a common presentation of advertising across multiple channels, so that online advertising closely coincides with what is being advertising in stores.

 

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