I currently plan all my assortments in Excel. How easy is it for me to migrate to your solution?
Research indicates that over 80% of retailers today use Excel for assortment planning, including those who already have a merchandise planning application tool. For this reason, daVinci Retail created an interface specifically for Excel users. The baseline daVinci functionality provides Excel users a solution that is, at a minimum, what they have today, only exponentially richer in functionality. A comprehensive planning tool specifically designed for buying, assortment planning, and merchandise planning, daVinci incorporates all planning elements necessary to support your merchandise strategy.
My organization is just now embarking on customer-centric strategies. We are not yet positioned to take advantage of daVinci’s customer-centric aspect of planning assortments. Can we still use daVinci?
Yes. At daVinci Retail, we recognized retailers vary as much in the type of business and strategy as they do in their evolution of customer-centricity. daVinci’s Buy Management System is designed to help each retailer evolve irrespective of where they are in this evolutionary process. Start with what you have today using daVinci Buying or Merchandise Financial Planning; as data mining and business intelligence become available, daVinci is ready to take that knowledge and help you leverage it to execute your strategy.
I use a merchandise planning enterprise solution. Will daVinci work with other merchandising applications?
Yes. One of daVinci’s fundamental philosophies is that planning is at the center of many merchandise processes. For our solutions to be effective, it must integrate seamlessly with other in-house systems such as financial planning, design, purchasing, and allocation. At daVinci Retail, we believe the key to a successful buy management system is to plan concurrently and communicate dynamically with other stakeholders in the planning process, including financial planning. As such, daVinci provides merchants with best-of-breed buying and assortment planning solutions that integrate into your financial planning tool, whether it be Arthur, Oracle, or any other tool.
Can daVinci take sales curves, history and forecasts to help get me started?
Of course. daVinci will seed your plans with any relevant history or forecast to ensure you get the best start possible. For new items, daVinci also gives you the ability to map like-style history or forecast curves. You can read more about our solutions here.
Can I get vendor reports from daVinci?
Yes. daVinci has a wide range of management reporting capabilities. Vendor reporting is a standard report from daVinci, as are many other critical performance monitoring reports. Also, daVinci gives you comprehensive and interactive ad hoc reporting, data consolidation, and visibility across the organization, plus exception monitoring and management reporting capabilities.
We don’t have a lot of IT support. Is daVinci hard to implement?
No. daVinci’s modular application architecture gives retailers of any size the flexibility to implement buying and merchandise planning at their own pace. daVinci’s powerful solutions are grouped into tiers that can be added one layer at a time. Gain immediate ROI and increase buyer and planner productivity without the risk and high upfront cost of the enterprise solution. Start small with daVinci, and add to it as time, resources, and planning sophistication grow.
What databases does daVinci support?
The daVinci Buy Management System suite of products are built using a modular and multi-layered technical architecture to allow for maximum flexibility and scalability. The data layer is database agnostic, which can utilize any of the major relational databases.
As our Technology Strategist, Derek works with the leadership team on daVinci Retail technology direction. In addition, Derek plays a pivotal role in fostering our cultivation and team collaboration culture by mentoring and coaching our technical team. Derek is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Director of Software Engineering, and is cross-appointed to the School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo. He received his Ph.D. from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Derek’s deep technology expertise and access to leading-edge research and technologies are excellent pairings of academia and innovative retail planning software solutions.
Leah is responsible for the successful implementation and deployment of daVinci products to our customers. From business process diagnostic to project management, Leah works alongside clients, project team members, and partners to execute and implement agile delivery of daVinci solutions. Leah is an active partner with the organization’s leadership to achieve long-term results and maximize ROI for our customers. Leah has over 20 years of experience in merchandise and assortment planning, buying, and allocation in retail. Prior to joining daVinci, Leah served in various senior management roles at retailers including Walmart Canada, Danier Leather, and the Bentley/Agnew Group. She brings unique insight and experience, having been a customer of daVinci, and now responsible for daVinci solution implementations and retail business consulting.
With over 20 years of experience in the retail technology industry as a Director of Consulting and Project Manager with both JDA Arthur and Oracle Retek, Melanie has held various positions in leadership. Her experience has been invaluable in application implementations, user training, project planning, methodology development, consulting, and managing the central US services team. Additionally, Melanie spent over 10 years in retail planning and merchandising with retailers including Montgomery Ward, Wet Seal, Lens Crafters, and Contempo Casuals. Her responsibilities spanned the breadth of the merchandising spectrum: accountability for the development of sales, inventory, and margin plans, creating and managing assortment and financial merchandise plans, negotiation of contracts, distribution of apparel lines, and allocation of goods to stores based on demographics and sales budgets. Melanie has been part of the daVinci team from the beginning, guiding the business analysis and assisting in the design of daVinci’s signature product, Assortment Planning.
As the business solutions architect, Bill is responsible for ensuring that the suite of daVinci products supports the company’s overall strategy and goals. He leads the team in both product planning and execution throughout the Product Lifecycle, including: gathering and prioritizing product and customer requirements, defining the product vision, and working closely with engineering, sales, marketing, and support to ensure revenue and customer satisfaction goals are met. Prior to joining daVinci, Bill served in various senior management roles including Gloria Jeans and Northern Group Retail. Bill further draws from his experience in buying and planning from Kinney Shoes, Walmart, and Footlocker. Bill has more than 30 years of merchandise and assortment planning, allocation, supply chain, and system implementation experience in retail.
Prior to founding daVinci, Ning’s extensive experience spanned both the retail and the retail technology industry. A 25-year veteran of the retail technology industry with experience at Oracle, JDA Arthur, and Comshare, Ning was responsible for conceiving and implementing the hugely successful Arthur Merchandise Planning Implementation Methodology and Rapid Application Deployment (RAD) packs, better known today as Arthur RAPID. Under her leadership as VP of Global Consulting at JDA Arthur, the group experienced exponential growth, responsible for 200 Arthur implementations worldwide. Ning is constantly tapped for her experience in strategic management and organizational consulting, including providing direction to technology leaders such as Oracle Retek for recommendations in setting up a new Retail Merchandising Planning and Predictive Analytics consulting division, along with retailers seeking organizational improvement in merchandising and planning effectiveness. Ning has been the driving force in daVinci’s laser focus to bring merchant-centric specialized application solutions to meet the challenges retail merchandising teams face today.