Winning hearts and minds

Sobeys Inc. puts customer focus first with SAS® for grocery analytics

For a national grocer operating in such a geographically and ethnically diverse country as Canada, taking a local neighborhood approach to providing the right products, to the right customers, in the right place is a sure way to win hearts and minds – and gain a competitive advantage over big-box stores that are slowly eating into the market share of traditional grocery retailers.

"Customer insight and intimacy is one of Sobeys' strategic pillars," says Clinton Keay, CFO. "With SAS Analytics we can understand who our key customers are, as well as understand the different types of customer we have by individual market."

Our goal is to be widely recognized as the best food retailer in Canada. In order to achieve that, we need strategic partners to support us in that goal. SAS is one of those strategic partners, providing our users with the tools to do their jobs well.
Clinton Keay

Clinton Keay
CFO

"We're a locally driven organization, with resources dedicated to providing customer service that is tailored to the markets they serve. Unless you can get it down to the operations of the individual store level, it's not going to add any value."

"We can help each store use information to create customer intimacy through one-to-one contact," adds Dave Eddy, Director of Decision Support Systems. "Customer insight allows Sobeys to recognize loyal shoppers , and helps us provide better offerings to our customers so that they're happy with their shopping experience".

Unique approach to the market

This customer-focused strategy has served Sobeys well since its inception a century ago in Stellarton, Nova Scotia. In the last 25 years alone, this leading Canadian grocer has expanded its presence outside of Atlantic Canada to become a CAD $15.8 billion national brand.

To increase its level of customer service, satisfaction and profitability, the grocer is also using analytics to analyze customer data derived from its loyalty card programs.

“One thing we use SAS for is to generate the insight that informs better one-to-one communications,” explains Eddy. We’re tailoring offers directly to shoppers based on their purchase history, which has increased the effectiveness of communications sent out by the marketing department.”

Integrated retail analytics

Along with Sobeys' phenomenal growth over the years came a vast amount of customer and business data, which the grocer needed to harness together to support a variety of analytical applications, such as customer insight, pricing and promotion optimization, and merchandise intelligence.

"We can now manage data in one location for more consistency, which supports better decisions at the store level," says Keay. "In retail, there are a number of areas you have to focus on, such as merchandising, the supply chain and store operations. You need to look at everything holistically, so having all the data available to make the decisions that will improve customer focus is key; customer first and then you can succeed."

Strategic analytics partner

According to Keay, taking an integrated approach, with a strategically aligned software partner, is critical to successfully building a retail analytics foundation.

"We were looking for a strategic business analytics partner that could provide us with an integrated suite of tools to manage and analyze data from multiple sources, such as our merchandising, point of sales and logistics systems," explains Keay. "We have to make sure the pricing and promotion optimization engines are linked with our customer insight foundation. SAS is the integrator that helps pull this all together. So rather than just looking at the science of pricing in isolation, we can make more informed pricing decisions for our customers in the markets we serve.

"Our goal is to be widely recognized as the best food retailer in Canada," Keay concludes. "In order to achieve that, we need strategic partners to support us in that goal. SAS is one of those key strategic partners, providing our users with the tools to do their jobs well."

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Challenge

Put its customers first and use advanced retail analytics and data integration to gain customer insight, continue building customer relationships and loyalty, and drive results.

Solution

SAS® for grocery

Benefits

Sobeys has a complete view of its business and customer data, allowing the grocer to use analytics to offer the right products, in the right stores, for each individual market it serves, as well as target loyal customers with one-to-one communications.

본 문서에 나오는 결과는 본 문서에 설명된 특정 상황, 비즈니스 모델, 데이터 입력 및 컴퓨팅 환경에 적합하게 되어 있습니다. 각 SAS 고객의 경험은 고유한 것으로, 비즈니스 및 기술적 변수에 따라 달라집니다. 따라서 모든 서술은 비전형적인 것이라는 점을 고려해야 합니다. 실제 절약, 결과 및 성능 특성은 개별 고객의 구성 및 조건에 따라 달라질 수 있습니다. SAS는 모든 고객이 비슷한 결과를 달성할 수 있다고 보증하거나 진술하지 않습니다. SAS 제품과 서비스에 대한 유일한 보증은 해당 제품 및 서비스에 대한 서면 계약의 보증서에 명시되어 있습니다. 본 문서의 어떠한 내용도 추가 보증을 구성하는 것으로 해석될 수 없습니다. 고객은 SAS 소프트웨어의 성공적인 구현에 따라 합의된 계약적 교환 또는 프로젝트 성공 요약의 일환으로 성공 사례를 SAS와 공유했습니다. 브랜드 및 제품 명칭은 각 기업의 상표입니다.

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