CHICAGO -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- With over 25 years direct retail industry experience, leading provider of retailer and vendor category planning, automation and optimization solutions, Galleria further cements its positioning by unveiling its next generation of merchandising software. Built on Galleria’s long established merchandising experience spanning many years, the industry-leading planogram solution features advanced automation and true optimization at levels not previously seen in the marketplace. This generation signals the shift towards emerging technologies and the need to optimize all forms of retail space, fixture types and configurations without the need for fixture-specific optimization engines.
“The ability to seamlessly integrate planning, automation and optimization at all levels, including 3-D modeling and rendering abilities means that it is possible to literally optimize any custom space recommendations in line with requirements, retailers are no longer bound by the constraints of their pre-defined SKUs and end cap configurations,” said Mike Humphreys, CTO, Galleria. “The availability of this functionality enables a more efficient and interactive platform by which we are able to immediately demonstrate the implications of changes made from a consumer perspective.”
This advancement in technology facilitates greater creativity and collaboration between vendors and retailers at product, shelf, aisle, category and store-specific level. For the first time Galleria has been able to augment the reality of company strategy, localization and aesthetic definitions and preferences, providing vendors and retailers with a definitive solution for ultimate collaboration. The solution will also provide benefit by increasing cost efficiencies in the ability to virtually model an entire store layout, reducing the reliance upon set rooms and physical displays.
The next stage in merchandizing evolution includes a plethora of client driven enhancements in addition to the revolutionary flexible optimization feature; from workflow and productivity management while maintaining presentation in line with company strategy and inspired by consumer behavior, ultimately driving even greater levels of store optimization. With the flexibility to fully automate the process or make manual adjustments, it really paves the way for the future of life cycle planning tools.
“The time has come where retailers need no longer make a choice between optimization and aesthetic presentation,” states Steve Boon, Vice President of Sales, Galleria. “Galleria’s next-generation Customer Centric Merchandising (CCM) solution raises the bar to further enhance optimized aesthetic layouts, that maximize assortment while delivering the very best bottom-line performance.”
The next generation in Customer Centric Merchandising embraces additional Galleria category and space optimization solutions such as Behavioral Cluster Planning, Intelligent Store Optimization and Strategic Assortment through seamless integration with Galleria’s master data, integration and workflow planner, Galleria Foundation Services.
“Besides facilitating the simple visualization of optimized localization, the suite enables planners to identify both risk and opportunity much earlier in the planning cycle so simple yet costly concerns which can compromise value such as items not fitting in store, lack of allowance or accommodation for local produce are no longer a concern,” Humphreys said.
For more information, visit Galleria booth 3249 at NRF’s Big Show, January 13 – 14, 2014, or visit www.galleria-rts.com.
About Galleria Retail Technology Solutions
Galleria is the leading provider of retailer and vendor category planning, automation, optimization solutions and consulting services. With its comprehensive product suite, Galleria provides customer-focused solutions for data warehousing, management and insight, workflow management, clustering and the automation and optimization of assortment and space planning, all of which are supported by detailed analytics and reporting solutions, designed to meet the needs of retailers and vendors. The net result is that users realize significant benefits including: increased sales, enhanced margins, reduced waste/mark-down and accelerated inventory turns.
Galleria’s flexible solutions can be hosted by Galleria and/or operated as both desktop and integrated solutions as well as being provided as pure consultancy services. Galleria currently works with many of the world’s leading retailers and vendors including A&P, Coop Denmark, East of England Coop, Giant Eagle, Maxima, M.Video, Morrisons, One Stop, Safeway, Tesco and Unilever.
For more information about Galleria, visit www.galleria-rts.com.