Connected planning in retail: the opportunities are dazzling


Amid the incredible innovation shown by retailers at National Retail Federation’s (NRF) 2017 conference in New York earlier this year was this realization: The disruption in retail over the last several years has been nothing short of spectacular. Traditional brick and mortar retailers are more expertly weaving in mobile and online channels to meet consumer demands for that “channel-less” buying experience. But delivering that experience requires planning and readiness for any combination of in-store or online research, selection, purchase, and pickup or delivery. Innovation is relentless and retailers are driven to be both nimble and responsive.

This has set in motion incredibly challenging demands on supply chains to ensure that retailers are able to deliver differentiated products and services across channels profitably, while ensuring in-stock inventory levels. Planning, merchandising, and inventory execution organizations must be in sync—and aligned with people, suppliers, processes, and technology—to surface the right information as needed and respond accordingly. Getting this connected retail and supply chain planning system right can mean the difference between winning and losing in a hyper-competitive and challenging environment.


Anaplan as a solution for retail and supply chain planning has enjoyed strong growth in a relatively short period of time. We’re working with world-class retailers to successfully navigate incredibly challenging planning demands required for the buying experience that customers today demand. We have a great lineup of breakout sessions at our global user conference, Hub17, that apply to retailers and consumer packaged goods companies:

CPG and Retail Customer Panel: Trends and Challenges
Enric Cid Xaubet (LVMH), Nadia El-Houari (ECCO Shoes), and Wade Latham (Carter’s) share trends in their segements of the retail market, and discuss how they are navigating this market using people, process, and technology.

Commodity Sensitivity Planning to Improve Performance and Mitigate Risk
Accenture’s Michelle Turner and Marco Limito share how Accenture helps companies use Anaplan to analyze the impact of commodities’ price fluctuations on company performance by merging financial, supply chain, and external market data in a real-time predictive analytics and forecasting model.

ECCO Shoes: Innovative Supply Chain
Learn directly from Nadia El-Houari, supply chain leader at ECCO, about how the company runs its global supply chain to drive innovation through process and technology.

Creating Value Through Cost Savings With Zero-Based Budgeting at Kellogg
Eric Tabor, Director Global Information Technology for Finance, explains why Kellogg Company implemented ZBB, why Anaplan was selected as the solution to deploy ZBB, and the benefits Kellogg Company achieved.

Achieving Operational Excellence With Integrated Business Planning
Hear firsthand from Dairy Farmers of America as they describe their integrated business planning journey that enabled them to leapfrog a decade of obsolete technology and land on the Anaplan platform. Learn how they achieved the scalability required to support the critical math needed to optimize their supply chain and provide the critical financial impacts of their production decisions.

Bacardi Takes on Agile, Connected Planning
Join Nin Kaur, Bacardi’s IBP program lead in Europe, to hear how the Anaplan platform bridged the gap in Bacardi’s commercial planning to drive more value across its business. Follow Bacardi’s journey of discovery from strategy to agile implementation of connected planning on a global scale.

Thriving in Sales Operations Complexity: Staples
Join Staples to discover how the company has gone deep with Anaplan in a complex organizational environment. Learn how to achieve product-level quota-setting by customer account, as well as handle large-scale complexity in commissions with high transaction volumes.

Optimizing Supply Chain Inventory at Carter’s
Business at Carter’s has grown rapidly, but complexity has been increasing even faster. The company needed to streamline and improve their Excel- and Access-based process—and needed to do it quickly. Carter’s implemented a custom inventory procurement model in 14 weeks (on time and on budget), with initial business results indicating a significantly higher-than-expected ROI.

Retailers see the flexibility, scalability, and real-time information availability of the Anaplan platform as a powerful answer to their need for a connected retail planning system; one that connects from the extended supply chain, merchandise planning, and store operations, to finance and HR. Register for Hub and see for yourself. There’s still time—Hub17 breakout sessions begin March 28 in San Francisco.

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