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Meijer Inc. has selected QuantiSense to manage its retail-specific business intelligence (BI) and data warehousing application.
The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based supercenter pioneer will kick off the QuantiSense implementation with its merchandising team, and expects to complete the initial phase in less than 100 days, according to QuantiSense.
QuantiSense said it will provide Meijer's merchandising staff with role-based dashboards that present the most relevant information for each user's department and unique responsibilities in a simple, user-friendly format.
After the initial merchandising roll-out, Meijer plans to expand QuantiSense into other areas of business such as supply chain services, executive management reporting, and consumer insight.
"QuantiSense provides Meijer with a strategic platform for transforming the way we disseminate, report and act on information, and it will enable us to link the IT team's operational objectives with the business team's strategic and tactical decision making," said John Agnew, Meijer's director of merchandising services.
Alongside the rollout of core reporting and dashboard functionalities, Meijer will also engage in the new "Developing Your Playbook" management consulting offering from QuantiSense Professional Services, which will map out the retailer's unique roles and responsibilities and determine which "plays," or action-based guided analytics, are most important for users to have at their fingertips every day.
The "playbook program" -- a hybrid of technology and management consulting -- is designed as a short engagement to refresh an organization's use of data and to ensure that it is capitalizing on opportunities and correcting recurring problems as part of its everyday analysis and decision-making.
"Our objective is to refine what our end users see, enable them to improve their business decision-making, and ultimately expand these concepts and processes to other relevant areas of our operation," said Dennis Mullahy, Meijer's group v.p. of merchandise planning and supply chain management.
As one of the largest privately held retailers in the U.S., Meijer operates 181 supercenters throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky.