Reduce excess inventory holding, increase sales revenue, and maximise margins by optimising your product assortment strategy. Tailor your assortments to local shopper preferences, reduce wasted space, and spot opportunity gaps in your product assortments.
Our assortment planning service enables you to gain quick access to the expertise, software and process required to make intelligent space aware assortment decisions.
Our assortment planning experts will help you formulate an assortment planning algorithm for each sub-grouping of products to match your intended assortment strategy and category role.
Throughout the process, they will provide valuable insights and guidance around category roles, market coverage, calculations, and other important considerations.
Our team will do everything from processing the data, setting up your algorithms (plans, templates and rules) to presenting a suggested assortment and providing assistance with assortment maintenance.
We use a tried and tested business process value chain to ensure the assortments we deliver are according to your intended strategy and expectations. Our process is also designed to provide valuable insights and guidance throughout to assist you in thinking more critically about taking the growth of your categories to greater heights.
Below is a high-level overview of what you can expect from the process:
We start by meeting with you to determine the category role and high-level needs for the assortment review. A range of basic information must be confirmed, for example, the data sets to be used, rules to be included in the calculation, physical space available, existing or new cluster setup and so on.
Throughout this structured meeting, your DotActiv Assortment Planner will provide guidance and make suggestions where applicable.
The next step is to meet again to present the provisional assortment plan which contains the suggested selection of products to be ranged for the store or cluster.
The provisional assortment plan is based on the category role, data sets provided and the selection of rules included and applied to each sub-grouping of products for the category. This meeting is used to critically analyse, confirm and make final changes to the assortment strategy.
Next, your DotActiv Assortment Planner will present the final assortment for approval. The assortment delivery includes a detailed list of products to be included in the assortment, a comprehensive slide pack which details the category overview, category role, shelf space limitations, calculations used, reports, and all other supporting rationales for how the assortment was determined.
The final step is a post-implementation review and case study. During this session, we outline the results of the implementation and determine what can be improved for the next assortment review.
DotActiv Assortment Planners are helpful and easy to work with. They are certified through DotActiv Academy and are provided with regular and ongoing training, which means you can be confident that you are dealing with a subject matter expert.
Our partnerships with local universities and a strong focus on recruiting the very best talent result in us hiring for capability, knowledge, skills and attitude. Our assortment planners typically have at least a Consumer Science Degree. Many of our staff also have Honours or Masters degrees.
Consider your dedicated assortment planner a member of your team that reports to you directly except that they are based off-site. Each aspect of our assortment services can be delivered virtually.
Meetings are held through Google Meet’s Video Conferencing. Other communication methods include email, phone calls and Google’s instant chat. All assortment planners outputs are subject to senior oversight from DotActiv management to ensure quality outputs, which are based on best practices. When clients prefer for DotActiv assortment planners to be based on-site, that can be arranged.