SAS is a Leader in The Forrester Wave: Retail Planning, Q1 2020

SAS optimizes your merchandising decisions with next-generation Intelligent Planning.

Optimizing assortments and developing full life-cycle pricing strategies based on precise demand forecasts are paramount for retailers in this always-on retail world. Success hinges on providing perfect assortments that delight shoppers. That’s no easy feat. But, The Forrester Wave™: Retail Planning, Q1 2020 report points to SAS as a Leader in the retail planning arena.

According to Forrester report, SAS "proved its ability to tackle hard optimization issues by demonstrating above-par application architecture, assortment optimization, and aggregate demand management. It has potential to improve customer segmentation and merchandise financial planning.” The analyst firm also cited SAS as a “best fit for brands and retailers that need the security of a large vendor with a massive ecosystem of implementers, but that also have the ability to extend retail planning applications using a proven platform to deploy sophisticated applications, without disrupting on premise infrastructure.”

“Intelligent planning analytics from SAS gives retailers an edge for synchronizing merchandise plans with marketing and supply chain plans so a shopper is always satisfied,” said Dan Mitchell, Global Business Director for SAS’ Retail Practice. “Powerful analytics used strategically can help a retailer or consumer goods manufacturer stay ahead of demand, localize the merchandise mix quickly, and reap the rewards long term from loyal customers. Retailers looking for rapid ROI recognize that applications containing purpose-built analytic models are now the must-have, next-generation technology.”

SAS'  partner ecosystem includes 1-800-Flowers, Belk, Levi Strauss, Ulta, and Very. Learn more about our Intelligent Planning Suite.

Retail planning vendors distinguish themselves by embedding advanced techniques to infer customer preferences based on their observed willingness to pay for specific features, characteristics, or attributes. The Forrester Wave: Retail Planning Q1 2020

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