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Business Projects Update

On this page we'll be providing an update on key projects taking place across the business. 

 

Central Ordering Project

The early delivery stages of A.F. Blakemore’s Commercial Project have seen a Central Ordering team set up to increase in-store availability and sales whilst reducing wastage across the company’s SPAR estate.

The team has been looking at improving how the business orders and purchases stock for its SPAR retail estate, with a focus on increasing in-store availability and sales whilst reducing wastage.

Central ordering is a process that involves the ordering of stock on behalf of stores using complex algorithms and forecasts.

The Central Ordering team, led by Central Ordering Manager Sarah Deakin, started a pilot programme in late 2017 and following a successful trial is extending the solution to all Blakemore Retail stores.

The team completed a successful pilot ordering sandwiches in a selection of Blakemore Retail stores in December and has now introduced this new approach to the rest of the stores, with a view to finalising the sandwich ordering rollout in March 2018.

In addition to Sarah, the project team consists of Central Ordering Coordinator Nathan Patel, along with Project Support Officer Ashley Howell and Operations Support Graduate Alex Dudgon, who are working closely with the IT department in developing the concept further.

As part of the Commercial Project, a major strategic IT review has been carried out across A.F. Blakemore, looking at the replacement of the company’s trading, warehouse replenishment, store replenishment and retail store solutions.

New trading, buying and retail IT solutions will be provided by Norwegian-based company VISMA, complemented by complex and effective forecasting from Portuguese-based company Profimetrics.

The Central Ordering team will ultimately become responsible for wastage across the Blakemore Retail business but will require vital support from store operations teams to succeed in making reductions.

Departments across retail, trading, buying, logistics and IT will play key roles in the success of the Commercial Project.
 

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The team completed a successful pilot ordering sandwiches in a selection of Blakemore Retail stores in December and has now introduced this new approach to the wider store estate

 

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