BRdata World 2017

July 31, 2017

BRdata World is September 17-20 and less than seven weeks away!  We hope you can join us at this exciting event.  By attending, you will spend three days listening, learning, and connecting with the best in the independent grocery industry.  With over 100 attendees representing several thousand grocery stores, 15 customer case studies, hands-on workshops, and a Tech Pavilion showcasing the latest in cutting-edge technology – BRdata World will fundamentally change the way your organization does business.

Discover how your peers are competing in the continuously changing landscape of grocery retail.  Our case studies focus on cloud reporting, loyalty, e-commerce, mobile apps, automated ordering/receiving, loss prevention, markdowns, marketing, digital coupons, and competitor price capturing.  Education sessions are offered for executives, IT professionals, business analysts, price coordinators, or marketing professionals.  Please visit our website to register or for the latest listing of the sessions, case studies, and networking activities.

As always, thank you for choosing BRdata for your retail technology needs and for your continued support.

Sincerely,

John Abbene
President
BRdata | johna@brdata.com

BRdata E-commerce Platform

June 30, 2017

With the recent announcements in the grocery retail industry, every retailer should be considering implementing an e-commerce platform for customers to shop at their store online.  There are many options to choose from, but the biggest challenge is providing accurate data to your e-commerce website.  Our e-commerce solution, BRdata Collect, solves this difficult problem.

Several retailers have adopted BRdata Collect.  The prevalent reason is gaining peace of mind knowing that your essential item, price, location, inventory, and point of sale data will be seamlessly integrated to your online store.   There is no reason to stress over integrating your data to another third party provider.  You are already maintaining most of the information to quickly launch your brand online in your BRdata database.  In addition to an integrated loyalty system and a consumer app, we also can offer digital manufacturer coupons.  BRdata Collect is a complete end to end solution, provided by the company you know and trust.  You will be assured of a solution that will be enhanced and supported well into the future, as BRdata has been developing retail software since 1979.  Please contact BRdata sales when you are ready to get started with your e-commerce platform.

Now is a good time to register and book your travel if you are planning on attending our next user’s conference.  BRdata World 2017 is September 17-20, at the Melville Marriot, on Long Island.  Please visit our website to register or for the latest listing of the sessionscase studies, and networking activities.

As always, thank you for choosing BRdata for your retail technology needs and for your continued support.

Sincerely,

John Abbene
President
BRdata | johna@brdata.com

Scan Based Trading

May 31, 2017

Our grocery retail customers are more frequently participating in scan based trading with their vendor partners.  With scan based trading, the vendor owns the product in the grocery retailer’s store until it is sold to the consumer, therefore, they are paid based on item movement instead of purchases.  Benefits of this exchange include reduced cost of inventory and reduction in non-sellable products.  BRdata Host or Store can automate sales data transmissions to vendors and the creation of receipts for vendor payment.  The process is most commonly used with perishable items, such as bread and ice cream provided by direct bakery and dairy vendors.  Other common items are newspapers and magazines.  Please contact your BRdata helpdesk if you would like to get started or learn more about this program.

The BRdata Cloud app had several updates during the month of May and has received positive feedback from customers.  Now authorized users can easily access consolidated item movement for their chain or store, with the latest iOS release supporting financial dashboard views.  Retailers are easily obtaining their cloud data from their iPhone, iPads, and Android devices with the BRdata Cloud app.

BRdata World 2017 is rapidly approaching and is only a little more than three months away.  The conference is packed with education, case studies from your peers, and networking activities.  Please visit our website to register or for a listing of the sessions.

As always, thank you for choosing BRdata for your retail technology needs and for your continued support.

Sincerely,

John Abbene
President
BRdata | johna@brdata.com

Production Planning

April 28, 2017

Our newest addition to BRdata Cloud reporting can assist you with sales building and shrink management.  Woods Supermarkets, a twelve store supermarket chain with two c-stores based in Missouri, requested this report to use in their Deli and Bakery departments.  According to Sam Blaiss, Woods’ COO, “the new tool should help us increase sales on our feature items and have significant positive impact on reducing shrink.  We’ll be able to identify the items that are causing the shrink as opposed to hurting sales caused by an associate cutting back on everything to fix shrink.”  The cloud based report projects sales by day based on the last time the item was on sale with an option to add a lift factor if necessary.

Blaiss further explains, “Once high offending shrink items are identified, the tool will forecast the proper production amount by day.  The report has columns to track the amount staled from prior days and how many are left over that are saleable for the current day.  The tool tells how many to build to, the associate would subtract the amount that are still good to sell that day from the build to and you have the amount you need to produce.  The adjustment by item column will allow us to produce a minimum regardless of movement for presentation.  We also have the ability to adjust by lift.”

The BRdata Cloud app was released on both the iOS and Android platforms earlier this month and has been receiving positive feedback.  Now anyone in the organization can easily track item information, including item movement for all stores.  Future updates in May will include a dashboard view on sales and purchases.

As always, thank you for choosing BRdata for your retail technology needs and for your continued support.

Sincerely,

John Abbene
President
BRdata | johna@brdata.com

BRdata Cloud App

March 31, 2017

We’re pleased to announce the release of the BRdata Cloud App.  Now BRdata Cloud retailers can query item sales information for their store or entire chain with an intuitive app.  This release is just the beginning as we envision the BRdata Cloud App replacing the functionality of the traditional Windows handheld store devices.  Retailers are no longer confined to their network, as the potential exists for any information available in BRdata Host or Store databases to be made available on any Apple or Android device.  The app is available today in Google Play for Android and pending release in the App Store for iOS devices.  Current BRdata Cloud users can log into the app with their existing credentials.  We look forward to your feedback and suggestions.

This month we are starting a new user focus group for current and potentials users of our e-commerce platform, BRdata Collect.  E-commerce best practices, features, functionality, and future development will be discussed.  Please email me to attend the commencement meeting on Thursday, April 27th, if you are a current BRdata Collect user or interested in learning more on how your store can quickly compete in today’s online shopping environment.

We are presenting an information and user experience packed session list for BRdata World 2017 to the BRUG Board of Directors on April 13th.  The conference agenda will be posted once approved by your peers on the BRUG board.  The early bird rate ends May 1st, so please register early and save if you plan on attending.

As always, thank you for choosing BRdata for your retail technology needs and for your continued support.

Sincerely,

John Abbene
President
BRdata | johna@brdata.com

Digital Coupons

February 28, 2017

As many retailers and wholesalers continue to entrust their cloud, e-commerce, consumer app, and loyalty needs to BRdata, we are pleased to expand our end to end solution by now offering digital coupons.  Our digital coupons are supplied by Quotient, who delivers personalized digital grocery coupons and targeted media every day from their unmatched shopper data and network of more than 60,000 stores.  Independent grocery retailers can engage their customers, build on their relationships, and create value by providing targeted digital manufacturer coupons in their BRdata engineered branded consumer apps and e-commerce solutions.  Retailers using the RORC point of sale system can offer coupons to their shoppers, who can clip them in the aisles and at the checkout lanes.  Our e-commerce solution, BRdata Collect, will provide these digital coupons for all platforms.  Please contact sales@brdata.com if you are interested in a BRdata e-commerce or app demo.

Also, I’d like to remind you that registration for BRdata World 2017 is open.  We have extended the extra-early bird rate to March 22nd.  Register early and save if you plan on attending.

As always, thank you for choosing BRdata for your retail technology needs and for your continued support.

Sincerely,

John Abbene
President
BRdata | johna@brdata.com

BRdata World 2017 Registration is Open

January, 31, 2017

We are delighted to open up registration for our next user’s conference, which takes place September 17-19th in Melville, NY. The BRdata community of customers and partners gather from around the U.S. each year at BRdata World for strategic insights and professional networking. BRdata World 2017, our 10th user’s conference, is an inspiring three-day event that features success stories from top independent grocery retailers and wholesalers, gives you access to the experts behind our solutions, and connects you to your peers that are facing similar business challenges.

If they haven’t already done so, all grocery retailers should be thinking about implementing an e-commerce system.  Compete against the massive marketing machine that is relentlessly pushing to increase their market share in the grocery industry, while seizing a share of your sales and profits. Discover how with BRdata Collect, you can easily promote your brand, build customer loyalty, and enter into the e-commerce realm at your pace. There’s no need to worry about integrating to a third party provider, as your existing database can easily be transferred to your online store. Whether you plan on doing delivery, pickup, or both, there will be several case studies and deep dive sessions to learn best practices.

One of the tremendous values of BRdata World is the onsite interaction between attendees. Join us in New York and see how your colleagues are leveraging technology to produce great business results.

Come see why numerous retailers and wholesalers have signed up for BRdata Cloud, BRdata Connect, and now, BRdata Collect. Learn how you can create a branded consumer app for your chain or store to target your customers before, during, and after they shop. With this technology, stores can implement digital manufacturer coupons, digital punch cards, and online shopping, among several other features.

See how other retailers are accessing cloud based reporting and dashboards anywhere, anytime, on any device. Basket analysis, item movement, financials, loyalty, voids/refunds/returns, transaction lookup, production planning, out-of-stocks, cashier balancing, inventory shrink, and promotion effectiveness are a few of the reports/solutions available today.

Meet with the elected BRdata User Group (BRUG) board of directors, which is comprised of retailers, wholesalers, and our business partners. The president of BRUG will be presenting and discussing all of the great things that the user group has done for the application and how they are involved with guiding the direction of the solutions. In order to address the needs and requests of independent grocery retail industry, most of the education and sessions on the conference agenda are requested by and approved by the user group – your peers in the grocery retail and wholesale industry.

You’re sure to come away from this conference inspired about the possibilities available to enhance your business using BRdata software solutions.

Attendees will find value in thought-provoking keynote presentations and success studies, in-depth and interactive technical and product sessions, as well as fun networking events. Conference attendees will be able to engage with BRdata executives, customers, industry analysts and strategic partners.
Thank you for your business and for your support. We hope to see you at this year’s conference to welcome your ideas and suggestions as always.

Sincerely,

John Abbene
President
BRdata | johna@brdata.com