What Makes Shoppers Frustrated?

Trends & Insights

It’s a lot easier to keep a customer happy than it is to recover them after a negative experience. That’s always been true, but it’s even more critically important now that customers have an unprecedented

How Much Are Assortment Planning Mistakes Costing You?

Retail planning/

At daVinci, we make assortment planning software to help retailers solve a few problems. Among other things – like automating manual tasks and providing a central hub for all the information the merchandise team uses

How To Buy Based On Customer Demand

Retail planning

Your customers have a lot in common. They all like your brand and enjoy your products, and a lot of them are wearing your fashion right now. But your customers aren’t a single uniform

Three Ways To Improve Your Assortment Planning Process

Retail planning

Assortment planning is the process of choosing which items to buy, and in what quantities by location, to ensure you have the best chances of retailing them profitably. Most retailers have their own unique ways

What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You

Retail planning

No matter what function you perform in your buying office, information is key to getting the job done right. Managers, planners, buyers and allocators all need to have the right information to piece together the

Is Sales Volume The Right Metric For Clustering?

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Clustering can be a tricky subject to wrap your mind around, but it doesn’t need to be. In the simplest of terms, clustering is just the process of grouping stores by their ability to

Why You Need a Better Tool Than Spreadsheets for Assortment Planning

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Chances are, your company has been using spreadsheets to plan assortments for the last 20 years or longer. It’s pretty much the industry standard. You give buyers their templates, they punch in the numbers, and

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Why Should I Upgrade From Excel For Assortment Planning?

Retail Technology

The tried and trusted tool of buyers everywhere has long been Excel spreadsheets. They’re cheap, malleable and they get the job done. But are spreadsheets the best tools for the job? No. There are lots

How Much Are Assortment Planning Mistakes Costing You?

Retail planning/

At daVinci, we make assortment planning software to help retailers solve a few problems. Among other things – like automating manual tasks and providing a central hub for all the information the merchandise team uses

Why You Need a Better Tool Than Spreadsheets for Assortment Planning

Retail planning/

Chances are, your company has been using spreadsheets to plan assortments for the last 20 years or longer. It’s pretty much the industry standard. You give buyers their templates, they punch in the numbers, and

Why Novelty Technology Is a Waste of Money

Retail Technology/

As retailers look for new and innovative ways to engage customers, they are turning more and more toward technology. Even though much of this action has been out of desperation to attract customers, it’s a

7 Things You Need To Automate For Your Buyers Right Now

Retail Technology

In retail, buyers are queen and king. They create the compelling assortments that make brands what they are. They have a keen eye for fashion, and they can spot the trends. And they know how

Why Do I Need Assortment Planning?

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Arguably the most important function in a retail organization is buying. Everything a retailer does is built around it. From IT and finance, to real estate, marketing and even legal – every department’s role is

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What Makes Shoppers Frustrated?

Trends & Insights

It’s a lot easier to keep a customer happy than it is to recover them after a negative experience. That’s always been true, but it’s even more critically important now that customers have an unprecedented

You’re Too Slow To Compete (And What To Do About It)

Trends & Insights

Fast fashion has never been a more loaded term. Customers see styles on social media and want to buy them immediately. The biggest in the business, like H&M and Zara, count their time from concept

Are You Training Your Customers To Expect Markdowns?

Trends & Insights

Since the great recession of 2008-2009, retail customers haven’t been the same. While millions were out of work and losing their homes, paying full price at retailers fell out of style. The same attitude toward

Is Sales Volume The Right Metric For Clustering?

Retail planning/

Clustering can be a tricky subject to wrap your mind around, but it doesn’t need to be. In the simplest of terms, clustering is just the process of grouping stores by their ability to

What Did You Order Too Many Of?

Trends & Insights

A discount grocery store at a local mall in Toronto caught attention on Instagram for this sign asserting fries are on sale, and customers have Grant to thank for ordering too many.

Why Novelty Technology Is a Waste of Money

Retail Technology/

As retailers look for new and innovative ways to engage customers, they are turning more and more toward technology. Even though much of this action has been out of desperation to attract customers, it’s a

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