July 28, 2023

Mastering Retail Allocation Strategies: Key Takeaways for Success



Peter Leith
VP of Product

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In the ever-evolving world of retail, effective allocation strategies are critical to meeting customer demands, maximizing sales potential, and minimizing stock inefficiencies. This blog recaps our webinar hosted by Toolio’s VP of Product, Peter Leith, about our allocation module which empowers retailers to make data-driven decisions and optimize their supply chain management.

For the full webinar replay, watch it now on YouTube.

1. Enhanced Flexibility and Customization

The allocation module offers a diverse range of customizable views, enabling retailers to gain valuable insights into product performance. With color-coded visualizations and data manipulation capabilities, users can tailor timelines, assortment views, color mixes, and matrix views to understand the allocation plans comprehensively.

2. Adaptive Retraining and AI Endpoint

A standout feature of the module is its adaptive retraining functionality. By continuously adjusting allocation forecasts based on actual sales performance, retailers can make informed decisions to optimize stock levels and meet changing demand. The AI endpoint adds further value by enabling advanced statistical calculations and promising more AI-driven enhancements, such as markdown optimization.

3. Optimal Allocation for New Store Locations

Retailers can confidently allocate products to new store locations by anticipating traffic fluctuations and overriding productivity levels in the location curve. By adjusting expectations based on historical trends and retraining, retailers can ensure optimal allocation plans for new stores, setting them up for success from the start.

Read more about new store planning methods here.

4. Seamless Integration with Assortment Planning

For core items, the allocation process seamlessly integrates with assortment planning. Retailers can leverage the item plan generated during assortment planning to maintain accurate stock levels and align allocation with forecasted demand. This integration streamlines operations and enhances overall retail efficiency.

5. Comprehensive Product Life Cycle Management

From initial product launches to handling seasonality and making informed decisions on markdowns, the allocation module empowers retailers to project stock levels and sales throughout the product's life cycle. By utilizing historic sales data and AI-driven retraining, the system adapts to changes and optimizes stock allocation at every stage.

6. Accurate Projections and Data-Driven Decision Making

With the ability to project stock levels, sales, and inventory at any given point in time, retailers can make data-driven decisions to optimize allocation strategies. The module provides valuable insights into product performance, enabling retailers to proactively address stock-outs and avoid overstock situations.

7. Time and Resource Optimization

By allowing retailers to set up allocation strategies well in advance, the module saves valuable time and resources. Retailers can plan their allocation strategies months ahead, leveraging past performance data, and projecting future sales trends to optimize inventory management.

The Future of Retail is Smarter Allocation

The allocation module represents a game-changing solution for retailers seeking to enhance their supply chain management and maximize sales. With advanced customization, AI-driven retraining, and seamless integration with assortment planning, retailers can stay ahead of the competition and deliver an exceptional shopping experience to their customers. Embrace the power of modern allocation strategies to achieve retail success in today's fast-paced and dynamic market.