Fast, Accurate Merchandising
Sport Chalet is a growing specialty chain that wanted to do a better job with assortments, pricing, promotions, space plans and allocations. SAS® Merchandise Intelligence Solutions makes that happen by churning through volumes of data quickly to create information the company's buyers and merchandisers need to drive revenue.
Need scuba gear, rental skis, a package of golf lessons or mountain climbing gear? For 45 years Sport Chalet has been Southern California's premier retailer of specialty sports equipment. In the past decade, the chain's growth has taken off as it has branched out to other parts of California, Nevada and Arizona. To accommodate growth and stave off competition from bigger sporting goods chains and niche sports retailers, Sport Chalet sought better ways to select and manage inventory.
In the past, Sport Chalet cobbled together numerous "best of breed" software packages to do everything from gauge customer demand to control inventory. Often, different people used different formulas to calculate results. There was no one version of the truth, it took too long to run reports and there was no fast, accurate way to customize product by store.
SAS' key advantage was its strategic vision and sound financial footing coupled with its ability to deliver all the products in an integrated database.
This has also freed the buyers to focus on finding the best and most desirable products. This is particularly critical for Sport Chalet as some of their specialty sports gear has very long lead times for placing orders. SAS allows buyers to make strategic and product life cycle plans.
The company has also been able to make better decisions about what items to put on sale or put on clearance and when to do that. It is now much easier to spot trends in sales, especially as they relate to regional differences.
The standard data doesn't cramp what Jackson terms the "arty" side of a merchandiser's job. "It still leaves room for merchandisers to do different types of analysis and approach problems differently based on their business experience. It is the best of both worlds."
It is also an experience that saves a tremendous amount of time. One report involved gathering detailed information from every store. It typically took a day or more to process. With SAS, the query was built and had the answer received eight minutes.
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Chief Information Officer
Sport Chalet needs to better allocate merchandise and track sales by category as it increases its store counts.
SAS® Merchandise Intelligence Solutions help Sport Chalet stock its stores with the right mix appropriate for each region.
Reports that typically took a day or more to produce now take only minutes, saving time and money.
“ SAS was the only company that shared with us their vision of how we could grow together. SAS gives us a real partnership. ”
Chief Information Officer