Retail Pro – Be in Sync


Okay, so you’ve got questions about your information and you’ve got all your organization’s data sources incorporated into a business intelligence platform. Now what? Retail business use of business intelligence isn’t confined to reviewing locations’ performance and checking the supply chain.

There’s room for everybody in the organization to find a distinct use for the technology. Consider these questions that each department can answer with business intelligence:


  • Are our prices consistent across all locations?
    Should they be?
  • How are my locations doing with cash on hand?
  • Are they roughly even across all locations, or are some locations
    running low regularly? Why?
  • Are there other suppliers that can get us our products cheaper,
    thereby increasing our margins?


  • Has a change in locations’ layouts affected the way customers
    receive products?
  • Have recent marketing efforts affected web or foot traffic?
  • Are product affinity strategies performing differently across


  • Are salespeople hitting targets for particular product lines?
  • Are discounts making a significant enough difference in buying
    patterns to be worth it?
  • Are there particular products that only sell to particular
    buyer types?

Supply Chain Management

  • Are your distributors meeting their delivery deadlines?
  • Do your vendors and distributors complicate or make impossible
    your online order fulfillment process?
  • How long does your inventory hang around the store room?

Human Resources

  • Is each employee generating enough revenue
    to justify their salary?
  • Need to make sure nobody is taking time off you
    can’t afford to lose?
  • Curious to see when your locations are the busiest?

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