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PITTSBURGH -- In a bid to facilitate its drive toward supply chain excellence, Giant Eagle based here has tapped Chicago-based Galleria Retail Technology Solutions to provide assortment-planning and space optimization solutions. Giant Eagle will use Galleria's Automated Micro Assortment Planner and Automated Micro Space Planner solutions to deliver customer-centric assortments, communicated through tailored, automated planograms, to the retailer's entire enterprise.
Stephanie White, Giant Eagle's v.p. of sales systems and operations, said the new technology will "provide our merchandising teams with an advanced solution that enables the creation of customer-centric assortments. In addition, the ability to create automated store-specific planograms ensures that product inventories are optimized based on each store's unique sales patterns, improving availability and sales within each of our stores."
White added that the chain is "driven to finding optimum ways to satisfy our customers while simultaneously improving inventory at the store level. That way we can continue to lower prices and offer continued better value to our customers."
The company's goal is to increase the regularity with which category assortments are reviewed, ensuring that they're optimized for sales and profitability, and that they deliver against the strategies for each category and for the organization as a whole. Items within the assortments will better match customer requirements, resulting in improved sales and higher levels of customer satisfaction.
"Giant Eagle is a retailer that intends to be at the forefront of assortment planning and space optimization," said Shaun Bossons, e.v.p. of Global Sales for Galleria, "and we are excited that they have teamed up with Galleria to deliver these initiatives. We are confident that the result will bring significant ROI, together with superior customer-centric results and a competitive edge."
Giant Eagle operates 158 corporate and 65 independently owned and operated supermarkets, in addition to 138 fuel and c-stores throughout western Pennsylvania, Ohio, north central West Virginia and Maryland.