Which software should be tops on retailers’ shopping list?

There was a recent RetailWire discussion about developments in retail software intended to improve stores’ and websites’ logistics management. I felt that perhaps the most important — because it has the most impact on merchandise content — was missing from the conversation. Here’s my brief comment about location-based allocation software:

I don’t see it on the list, but I’m hearing more about the importance of software that improves localized allocations and assortment planning. “My Macy’s” has been the leader here, and several of its national competitors are playing catch-up. It’s not enough any more to capture regional/climate differences if two stores ten miles apart appeal to completely different demographic and lifestyle profiles. The advance of this kind of software makes the process less “manual” on the retailer’s part, and might eliminate some of the need for markdown optimization if the goods are getting to the right stores in the first place.

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