Nicolas, the French wine retailer with 450 stores in France, England and Belgium, has turned to TXT e-solutions, an international player in the field of supply chain technology, for managing the replenishment of products between its distribution centres and stores.
Given that Nicolas offers a wide range of over 1200 wines, champagnes and alcoholic brands, selecting the right product to meet the local consumer tastes means undergoing a strict selection process according to quality and price for each location.
Nicolas is about to go-live with TXTDEMAND software, giving the retailer greater visibility of local demand and the ability to allocate product ranges in line with more accurate sales forecasts. Automated replenishment also means that shelves and warehouses should be kept fully stocked with the right products, especially during busy promotions and sales periods when revenue can otherwise be lost through under- or over-stocking.
During a later stage, the project will be rolled-out to include replenishment plans and increased collaboration between sales, marketing and buying activities in its Thiais-based distribution centre, leading to improved service levels both for retail and multi-channel sales. TXTDEMAND allows us to provide our customers with the right product at the right time, at the right place and at the right price, said Christian Fouasse, Director of Information Systems at Nicolas. As a result of using the new technology, we anticipate a reduction in merchandise in our distribution centres, as well as cutting down on the bulky reserve stocks sometimes required by our stores.
Among the reasons that convinced us to turn to TXT was the shared belief of proceeding towards a rapid and pragmatic solution to our supply chain needs, and TXTs high level of competence in the field. Weve been impressed by the flexibility and completeness of the solution from a functional viewpoint, as well as its ergonomic features, very much loved by our users, he added. TXT is proud to name Nicolas among its retail clients and the project is perfectly in line with our research and development goals of supplying solutions that respond to the specific needs of each sector, said Gilles Alais, TXTs Sales Director, France.