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Building Customer Intimacy for a Global Fashion Retailer with Customer Intelligence Solution

Customer experience and satisfaction have come to the forefront across industries. As such, it is now imperative for companies to create a 360-degree view of their customers to know and respond to them in real-time with a highly personalized approach. When it comes to the fashion industry, which is one of the most volatile and rapidly changing sectors, staying relevant and exciting could prove to be challenging. Brands must keep constant tabs on how consumer shopping trends are evolving and identify the gaps before it’s too late. Those brands that fall behind from doing so often fail to thrive in the long run. Furthermore, with the world going digital, consumers are rapidly integrating tablets and smartphones into shopping. This makes integrating digital into business a key to optimizing the brand experience. Top fashion retailers turn to customer intelligence solutions to gain a better idea of how their customer shopping patterns are changing and identify what they need to do in order to adapt.

By bringing together customer, sales and inventory information from siloed applications, brands can benefit from access to powerful consumer insights for better decision-making across sales, merchandising, marketing, logistics and improve customer experience. Know how we can help you achieve this.

The client

The client is one of the most iconic fashion retailers having stores set up in 50+ locations around the globe. The company has been in business for over 40 years.

Business challenges

The client recently moved to an omnichannel model of business in order to keep up with the changing trends in the fashion industry. Despite this, they noticed a constant decline in their profits from online channels and also a dip in footfalls in their brick and mortar stores. They approach our industry experts to leverage our customer intelligence solution and identify where they lacked in keeping their customers hooked on to their brand and understand ways to enhance their profit margins. Using customer intelligence services, they wanted to:

  • Gain a single view of customers (including purchase history, feedback, and preferences) across different touchpoints
  • Identify issues faced by customers both instore and on online platforms and analyze ways to resolve these issues
  • Enhance their merchandising to suit the tastes and preferences of target customers
  • Formulate strategies to avoid strategies of stock-outs of excess stocks that can have a significant impact on the profit margins

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Solution offered

As a part of the customer intelligence engagement, our experts undertook a customer segmentation analysis to group different target consumers of the brand based on the touchpoints through which they interacted or purchased from the brand. Infiniti’s experts then followed a customer need analysis to better understand the needs of the target customers and gauge their satisfaction levels. This helped identify the gaps in service and products and gave the company a fair idea of their areas of improvement.

Apart from the customer intelligence solution, the experts also used demand planning and forecasting analysis to identify the optimal stock levels that the business must maintain in order avoid situations of overstocking or understocking or avoid supply-demand mismatch.  The client also gained comprehensive insights and strategies on how they can optimize their supply chain processes to better meet the demands of target customers.  

Business impact

The customer intelligence engagement helped the client in:

customer intelligence

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A Window of Opportunity to Win Customers in Central Europe’s Retail Sector

Retail sector

Central Europe’s retail sector: An overview

Central Europe is a highly value-oriented market where consumers strive to find new ways to stretch their budget without having to compromise on quality. Consumers in this market are constantly on the lookout for the best deals that both online and offline channels in the retail sector have to offer. In fact, in most Central European countries, promotions are becoming relatively commonplace. However, for companies in the region’s retail sector, winning consumers does not only mean merely offering mediocre-quality products at entry-level prices.

The most successful retail sector companies in Central Europe are those that are successful in finding ways to provide added value while keeping prices low. This can be achieved by improving product quality, offering a larger assortment, or providing a seamless and satisfying customer experience. Although the region is going through a phase of financial insecurity due to recent recession, this does not mean that only inexpensive products attract Central Europeans. As consumers in Central Europe are increasingly becoming omnichannel shoppers, they are educating themselves more on price and on product features. Companies in the CPG and retail sector must, therefore, ensure a consistent, value-oriented presence across channels establish a brand value for themselves in the future of retail in Central Europe. In addition, they must also act on some key priorities.

Consumers in Central Europe are in the search for the best value-for-money deals. Is your business prepared to meet the changing demands of consumers in this market? Request a free proposal to learn how our advanced market intelligence solutions can help your organization effectively tap market opportunities and stay ahead of the curve.

retail sectorInvest in ‘value for money’ brands

CPG and retail sector companies are rapidly offering higher quality or even premium products at mainstream price points. Private labels have become one of the most popular retail industry trends with several retail sector companies launching premium quality private label products and heavily investing in their advertisements. Advertisements can be used as a source to communicate emotional cues to consumers in order to make private labels an everyday household name while promoting the idea of value for money.

Expanding assortments

Companies in Central Europe’s retail industry are providing broader assortments in products to appeal better to consumes. Grocers, for instance, are providing variants including vegetarian, organic, and vegan products. Following this trend will be especially useful for fresh food and prepared meals categories. Retail sector companies can also experiment with introducing newer store formats by expanding their offerings in fresh produce, ready-to-eat meals, and grab-and-go snacks.

Wonder how you can achieve consistency and successfully adopt a value-oriented approach to win over consumer trust and loyalty? Get in touch with our experts for more insights on how we help clients across the globe to effectively achieve their business goals.

Digital technology to enhance CX

Retail sector companies and CPG manufacturers alike are investing in technology to enhance their omnichannel presence. Hypermarkets are incorporating more digital technology into their stores to help shoppers explore broader online assortments. They can also incorporate the use of digital kiosk that suggests specific items, depending on the occasion, food pairings, or customer preferences. These efforts will drive customer loyalty and offer a superior customer experience.

Final thoughts

Consumers in Central Europe are a new breed of shopper. They remember the past, were affected by the recession and are quickly trying to embrace a technological revolution. Consumers in this market are characterized by their nature to seek value for money, are extremely demanding, and expect superior technology and customer experience while shopping. As Central European consumers now have much higher expectations of retail sector and CPG companies, both offline and online, companies in the region have little choice but to innovate constantly across channels. Several have risen to the challenge; the rest should act soon or risk losing out to agile competitors.

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The Reasons Behind Soaring Private Label Success in the European Retail Industry

In the European retail industry, there is currently an unprecedented prominence of private labels. According to our industry experts, the sales and market share of private label brands have climbed to an all-time high in countries including Belgium, Netherlands, Austria, Denmark, Poland, Sweden, and Norway. Our experts believe that some of the key drivers behind the success of private labels are the expansion of retailing around the world, the emergence of e-commerce, the success of discounters, and changing millennial shopping habits. Furthermore, Private labels allow companies in the retail industry to offer something distinct to their customers. With intensifying competition in the retail industry, private labels have grown to include exclusive products aimed at increasing brand loyalty.

Brands in the retail industry should always be on the lookout for opportunities to better serve their customers. Request a free proposal to know how we can help you capitalize on the right market opportunities.

retail industryThe rise of millennials

Millennials are expected to outnumber baby boomers over the next decade as the generation with the highest discretionary spending power. Millennials are known to be experimental in trying out new products and consequently, private labels are becoming increasingly popular among this group. They demand products that do more, provide greater convenience and offer a variety of lifestyle options and are known to undertake extensive research before buying products. Loyalty to established brands in FMCG cannot be expected from millennials. As a result, almost all major retailers in Europe have developed sophisticated private label programs that give tough competition to established FMCG brands.

Attractive and meaningful packaging

Modern retailers have realized the importance of attractive and meaningful packaging and generally, they have been succeeding in using packaging to get the right message across to shoppers. In the case of private label, it is mostly up to the retailer to set the specification, and there has been some heavy investment in packaging solutions. Apart from increasing the market share, private labels have also undergone stratification with the rise of premium and mid-range offerings besides the traditional bargain ones. Stratification has been in practice over several decades. Today, however, we can see stratification based on factors including organic, natural, gluten-free, and value-based.

Private label is a secret weapon for retailers today. To use it right and maximize its potential, experts at Infiniti can help you as it has done with many companies in the retail industry. Get in touch with us for more insights.

Health-conscious customers

The UK is a market where players in the retail industry use private-labels to reinforce an already-strong store equity position. The major supermarkets’ strategy has been to grow private-label sales. This can particularly be seen in fresh foods, while reducing the range of packaged goods. Retailers are gradually expanding their private-label brands to include healthier options, including for consumers with special dietary needs, and recommends looking for opportunities to remove, reduce or replace undesirable ingredients in their prepared foods. The benefits are also being prominently highlighted on packages and with in-store signage.

Ecommerce boom

Private labels are being disrupted on many various levels due to the rise of ecommerce. Several top ecommerce companies are fragmenting the path to purchase and opening new opportunities for private labels. E-commerce platforms are opening up many doors to expand the sales of private labels.

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Retail inventory management

Enhancing Customer Experience by 2X and Sales Rate by 33% for a Retail Firm – Retail Inventory Management Solution

Inventory Management Solution for a Retail Firm

Today, retail companies are under the pressure to effectively manage their stock, maintain an adequate level of inventory for the right products at each retail location, and minimize conditions of overstocks and stock-outs. However, retailers can overcome these challenges by leveraging retail inventory management solutions. Retail inventory management solution can help businesses to maintain an optimal level of inventory while dealing with fluctuating market demands.

With customers’ shipping demands growing each day, retailers are under the pressure to ship orders faster than ever. To succeed in the long run, retailers will need to leverage retail inventory management solutions. Request a FREE proposal today!

Business Challenge

The client is a retail firm based out of Central Europe. With the ongoing market changes, the company faced challenges in keeping the right amount of stock in- hand and planning for seasonal changes. In an attempt to meet the seasonal demand, the client purchased products in bulk. However, this resulted in product overstock, thereby increasing inventory holding cost for the company. Consequently, the company witnessed a huge dip in their profit margins.

The client, therefore, approached the experts at Infiniti Research to leverage their expertise in offering retail inventory management solution.

With Infiniti’s retail inventory management solution, the client also wanted to:

Enhance the accuracy of inventory orders – With Infiniti’s retail inventory management solution, the client wanted to accurately evaluate the amount of inventory on-hand to be kept. By doing so, they wanted to prevent product shortages and reduce storage cost.

Enhance retail warehouse management – By identifying the top-selling products, the client wanted to optimize their warehouse setup by placing those products together and in easily accessible places. With this, they wanted to speed up the packing and shipping processes.

Enhance inventory tracking – As the client had to deal with multiple locations, they wanted to develop a retail inventory management framework to coordinate supplies at each location.

Businesses who actively manage their inventory report 10-30% increase in sales and around 35% decrease in stock-outs. Contact us to leverage our retail inventory management solution.

Solutions Offered

To cater to the requirements of the client, the experts at Infiniti Research conducted a market intelligence study. This phase of the retail inventory management solution helped the client to gain detailed insights into the market landscape and forecast demand-supply shifts.

The experts also conducted a demand management study to help the client deal with issues relating to analyzing and estimating customers’ demands.

The inventory forecasting engagement conducted as a part of the retail inventory management solution helped the client to accurately forecast the product demand by taking into consideration the historical sales data of the company.

The last phase of the retail inventory planning involved conducting a competitive intelligence study. This phase of the retail inventory management solution helped the client to analyze their competitors’ supply chain management processes. Also, the client was able to understand the initiatives undertaken by their competitors to manage supply chain challenges. Furthermore, by analyzing the past sales data of the client’s key competitors, the experts helped the client to identify best-selling products in the European retail market.

Results Obtained

The insights obtained from Infiniti’s retail inventory management solution helped the client to accurately plan their inventory activities and develop a retail inventory management framework to enhance inventory tracking. Furthermore, warehouse optimization helped the client to speed-up the packing and shipping process, thereby enhancing the customer experience. Also, the client was able to plan for seasonal and unexpected market changes. As a result, the client was able to enhance their sales rate by 33% and CX by 2X.

Inventory Management Challenges

Inventory Management Solution for a Retail Firm

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