Annual BRdata World Conference to Highlight the Role of Technology in Helping Grocers Maintain Competitiveness and Preserve Margins

Attendees will get a firsthand look at how BRdata technology solutions can help them participate in the latest retail trends and exceed customer expectations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Melville, N.Y., September 10, 2018 – BRdata World 2018 gives attendees the opportunity to explore ways to use cloud, mobile, and in-store technology solutions to streamline their operations, increase profits, and access actionable analytics, while enhancing the customer’s shopping experience and connection to their brand. Registration is still open for the conference which will take place at the Fox Hollow in Woodbury, New York, from September 23rd to 25th. The event, hosted by enterprise software company, BRdata, will comprise more than 50 presentations and panel discussions featuring industry experts and peers. The conference agenda is developed by the BRdata User Group and will include sessions on e-commerce, cloud-based reporting solutions, the release of the vendor portal, top of the line Corporate Hosting and Price Optimization, and many other grocery retail technology trends.

Each afternoon, following inspirational and informative presentations from thought leaders like John O’Malley, Professor of Marketing at New York University, and Greg Ferrara, Executive Vice President Advocacy, Public Relations and Member Services, National Grocers Association (NGA), grocery professionals will be invited to choose from a wide variety of technical breakout sessions and get a closer look at how BRdata solutions can work for their store. The main keynote speaker, John Coyle, one of the world’s leading experts in Design Thinking as well as an Olympic silver medalist, Stanford and Kellogg MBA graduate, NBC Sports analyst, and Professor of Innovation, will share his intriguing expertise on the perceived acceleration of time, the cognitive biases and errors that govern “experiential time” and potential ways to slow the ticking of the clock.

Conference attendees can also look forward to case studies during which leaders in the independent grocery retail and wholesale industry will share their experiences and provide best practices for using and implementing BRdata technologies, including consumer apps and digital coupons, inventory management, Computer Generated Ordering (CGO) and effective utilization of cloud reporting and derivative analytics.

“BRdata World is designed to enlighten participants with best practices to ensure they are maximizing the use and investment in their back-office technology,” said John Abbene, president, BRdata. “In addition to getting an inside look at the rapidly changing and newest BRdata technology, attendees will hear success stories from leaders in the grocery industry, attend deep-dive sessions, and connect with fellow business and tech peers. The demonstrated cloud technology gives decision makers easy access to their consolidated data and insights, empowering them with information to grow sales and retain loyal customers.”

BRdata offers an extensive range of back-office software solutions and cloud-capable tools, including:

  • BRdata Cloud: enables grocers to track financials, item movement, basket analysis, loyalty and competitive pricing
  • BRdata Connect: a branded consumer app that allows retailers to engage directly with consumers through a variety of features, such as recipes, targeted deals, store locator and push notifications
  • BRdata E-commerce: a shopping service that allows customers to order groceries online
  • BRdata Back Office: an enterprise back-office solution for wholesalers, retailers and grocery store chains.

At the conference, BRdata will unveil its new cloud-based vendor portal which enables users to grow strategic partnerships with suppliers by increasing the accuracy of item data while lowering operating costs, cost errors, and supplier fraud. Attendees will also hear about the latest features and functionalities from BRdata, including how the BRdata E-commerce platform can quickly provide an online marketplace while avoiding integration issues and unwarranted high fees, how BRdata Cloud can provide meaningful business intelligence anywhere via a web browser or mobile device utilizing data that grocers already have in their system, how BRdata’s loyalty offerings can drive customer engagement and loyalty, and how BRdata’s back office modules streamline grocers’ business operations.

Attendees can register for the conference and book rooms at a discounted rate here: http://brdata.com/brdata-world-2018/

About BRdata

BRdata is the company that grocery retailers and wholesalers know and trust and a leading provider of end-to-end enterprise software solutions.  Applications include master item management, hosting, inventory, automated intelligent ordering, price optimization, DSD/DEX receiving, ad planning/deal tracking, merchandising, fresh item management, and warehouse management system (WMS).  BRdata Cloud services include dashboards, basket analysis, financials, item movement, vendor portal, customer loyalty, digital coupons, loss prevention, production planning, item image management, and meat grind-log tracking.  BRdata e-commerce is an easy, affordable, online shopping solution.  BRdata Connect is a white-label consumer app to reach customers, before, during, and after they shop.  BRdata supports over 6,500 installations through 2,500 customers, and over 150,000 app users.  8 out of the top 10 and 11 out of the top 14 independent grocery wholesalers either use, resell, or endorse BRdata solutions.

BRdata World 2018

BRdata World 2018 is a little more than three weeks away and we are excited to share our lineup of industry experts, guest speakers, user experience sessions, and vendor partners.  There are multiple sessions scheduled which feature our retail and wholesale customers’ use of the BRdata Cloud platform.  User experiences from leaders in the independent grocery industry will focus on easily accessible enterprise business intelligence, e-commerce, automated store inventory replenishment, consumer engagement, digital coupons, loyalty, and store automation.  Greg Ferrara, Executive VP of the National Grocers Association (NGA), will provide an update on key legislative and regulatory issues affecting the supermarket industry.  John O’Malley, marketing professor at New York University, discusses the imperativeness of change in the marketplace.  And John K. Coyle, one of the world’s leading experts in Design Thinking, as well as an Olympian and innovation expert, presents his brain twisting “CounterClockWise” session on how to stop time from accelerating by designing your life to include more meaning and memories.  

The conference takes place at the Fox Hollow in Woodbury, New York, from September 23 to 25 and there’s still time to register. Guests arriving early on Sunday can start their networking by either taking a trip to NYC — complete with LIRR and subway experience – to visit Greenwich Village and the New York High Line – ranked as one of the top ten places to visit in the country.  They also have the option of playing in the BRdata golf tournament on the Red Course at Bethpage State Park – the location of the world-renowned Black Course.  If the big city or golf is not their thing, attendees can enjoy a leisurely day fishing the Great South Bay.

Attendees looking for additional hands-on training are welcome to join us at our advanced, technical, or beginners’ training after the conference on September 26 and 27.  

The BRdata family looks forward to greeting our conference guests and partners.  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

Boyer’s Food Implements Fully Integrated BRdata E-Commerce System

The BRdata E-Commerce platform is live in Boyer’s Orwigsburg and Fleetwood stores

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Melville, N.Y., July 17, 2018– Customers at Boyer’s Food are now able to order their groceries online for pick-up at their local store. The new service is supported by technology from enterprise software company BRdata and is fully integrated with Boyer’s back-office system, which is also driven by BRdata software. The complete solution enables live pricing updates and simplified item-by-store selection in the new e-commerce site, as well as seamless maintenance across the system. BRdata’s ability to tailor the e-commerce solution to Boyer’s needs provides a smooth integration as Boyer’s brings this convenient service to consumers in its eighteen locations.

Over the past couple of years, Boyer’s noticed an increase in the number of national and regional chains implementing online shopping as consumers embraced the trend. Boyer’s knew it was critical to get ahead of the competition with e-commerce, but first had to find a solution that would meet the needs of store managers, employees and customers without complicating operations or comprising service.

“We’ve been using BRdata’s back-office solution for the past year, so when it came to selecting a partner for e-commerce, BRdata was the clear choice for the integration, service and features they provide,” said Dean Walker, president, Boyer’s Foods. “In watching the e-commerce trend unfold, we’ve noted the features that we wanted to incorporate. BRdata was receptive and responsive to feedback about the look and feel of our site so we can be confident in both the front-end and the back-end.”

BRdata E-Commerce supports Boyer’s Food’s brand and business objectives as the retailer branches out online. The solution operates through the Boyer’s website and is fully integrated, thus pricing, inventory, coupons, loyalty, rewards, and more come together to create an ideal consumer experience.  It also provides store directors with a robust site management platform within BRdata Cloud.

“Online shopping is a service that consumers now expect when deciding where to purchase their groceries, but it can be a major undertaking for retailers to implement e-commerce effectively,” said John Abbene, president, BRdata. “With the right software, integration and analytics, this service will fit seamlessly into Boyer’s operations and website. Done right, e-commerce can keep existing customers satisfied and bring in new customers who want to grocery shop online”

Visit http://brdata.com/collect/ to learn more about BRdata E-Commerce.

About BRdata

BRdata is a leading provider of end-to-end enterprise software solutions for the grocery retail and wholesale industry. Applications include master item management, hosting, inventory, ordering (CAO/CGO), price optimization, DSD/DEX receiving, ad planning/deal tracking, merchandising, fresh item management, and warehouse management system (WMS). BRdata Cloud services include dashboards, basket analysis, financials, item movement, customer loyalty, digital coupons, loss prevention, production planning, and meat grind-log tracking. BRdata Collect is an easy, affordable, online shopping/e-commerce solution. BRdata Connect is a white-label consumer app to reach customers, before, during, and after they shop. BRdata supports over 6,500 installations through 2,500 customers, and over 100,000 app users. 8 out of the top 10 and 11 out of the top 14 independent grocery wholesalers either use, resell, or endorse BRdata solutions.

BRdata Cloud Vendor Portal and Scan Promotion Tracking

BRdata Cloud continues its rapid growth with two new major offerings: Cloud Vendor Portal and Scan Promotion Tracking.  Grocery retailers and wholesalers can now add seamless communications to their Master Data Management (MDM) systems by allowing their vendors and brokers to upload item, cost, and promotional information to BRdata Cloud Vendor Portal.  Vendors like this solution because their single uploads can support hundreds of stores depending on the region. Through this platform, all parties can potentially reduce costs and increase efficiencies.  These systems will undoubtedly integrate into existing BRdata databases effortlessly, however, using BRdata in the Store or HQ is not a requirement to utilize the Cloud Vendor portal. 

Affiliated Foods Inc, based out of Amarillo, is implementing BRdata Cloud to track scan-based promotions throughout their 428-store co-operative.  Through Scan Promotion Tracking, BRdata Cloud processes the transaction log data from the stores to track the number of times promotional items were purchased.  At the end of the promotion, BRdata Cloud generates invoices for the vendors and brokers, in addition to providing the necessary data feeds for validation.   

BRdata World is a little more than twelve weeks away.  We’re excited to report that the attendee registration is more than double the pace of last year’s conference and as a result, the conference hotel is filling up quickly.  If you plan on attending, please register soon to ensure your spot at the event hotel.

Please email sales@brdata.com if you would like more information on BRdata Cloud Vendor Portal or Scan Promotion Tracking.

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

E-commerce, Inventory, and Cloud App

One of the many advantages for BRdata e-commerce retailers is the ability to track inventory to reduce consumer frustration caused by out-of-stocks. Version 8.09 of BRdata Enterprise Host and Store includes the ability to track inventory back to a master UPC. For example, we may sell several UPCs for strawberries or blueberries, but all we’re concerned about is the total amount sold and available inventory – whether in the store or online. With this new feature, it does not matter how many UPCs are linked to the item when all purchasing and sales link back to the master item for reporting and inventory.

Many retailers are implementing e-commerce solutions, but with high subscription and transaction fees, are these sales profitable?  The good news is that cost-effective e-commerce sales are within reach.  For anyone who has not seen our vastly enhanced e-commerce platform, I encourage them to look at the recent hour-long webinar at their leisure, which demonstrates all the new features and enhancements – the link to the webinar is in the knowledgebase.  Additionally, there are a few other ways to keep up with this fast-moving development.  Users can subscribe to our monthly e-commerce update email – which details all the enhancements, attend a focus group meeting – to suggest an enhancement, or simply schedule a demo.  Please contact Mike Abbene, at mikea@brdata.com, for more information on BRdata e-commerce, to subscribe to the newsletter or focus group, or for credentials to test-drive the demo site. 

BRdata Cloud App users now have date-driven store and department sales comparison dashboards available at their fingertips.  Grocery retail executives, directors, and managers rely on this app daily to quickly identify growth and decline within the store.  Cloud users can simply download this app from the App Store or Google Play and login using their existing credentials.

Sincerely,

John Abbene
President
BRdata | johna@brdata.com

BRdata E-commerce Webinar / Transaction Analyzer

As the number of retailers offering e-commerce expands exponentially to match the growing customer demand, having an e-commerce site is now a necessity to remain competitive in this already competitive market.  Unfortunately, the per transaction, additional labor, and high annual fees of some of the leading platforms are making e-commerce an unprofitable venture for most.  For those of you who do not know, BRdata offers an easy-to-use, affordable solution, which is seamlessly integrated to your existing data.  Please join us on May 15, at 2:00 pm ET, as we are hosting a webinar for anyone who would like to learn how to leverage BRdata E-Commerce to quickly be a part of the online grocery shopping movement, while maintaining your margins.  Our reasonably priced, transaction fee free solution offers a sleek customer facing website with a robust site management platform (order management, picking, and site customization).  Please email Mike Abbene, at mikea@brdata.com, if you’re interested in attending the webinar.

BRdata Cloud users can now easily drill-down to a specific store in their enterprise to analyze basket transactions.  An optimized search is provided to identify the queried transactions, utilizing several filters – such as date, time, tender, cashier, register, UPC, and transaction amount.  Check out this month’s feature spotlight to learn more about this powerful query utility.

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

Conference Early Registration Extended / Cloud Additions

The initial conference session agenda has been established.  Once it’s approved by the user group board of directors, BRdata will begin the “calling all speakers” process to assign the user experience case studies.  Please contact me if you’re interested in presenting one of the planned case studies.  In anticipation of another conference attendance record and partner participation, we have extended the early registration rate two weeks.

There are three noteworthy recent additions to BRdata Cloud.  The basket analysis reporting now has an Affinity Analysis report.  This utility allows you to track which items commonly sell with specific UPC.  Merchandisers and marketers can use this report for promoting sales through UPC likeness.  For example, when processing the report for hummus, it will indicate which items most often sold with the inquired UPC.  Additionally, the customer loyalty reports were enhanced to select quartiles of customers, indicating group ranking by customer.  Time is traditionally spent targeting the top 25% of customers in the first quartile, but the second, third, and fourth quartile can also use some attention.  This feature will quickly identify the desired customers to be queried.  We also added a transaction lookup report in the loss prevention section, which enables you to query for transactions that meet one or multiple criteria.  You can then drill down to see the details of each of the transactions.

Lastly, those of you who are familiar with the reporting from BRdata Profit Analyzer should be happy to learn that by popular demand, this functionality will soon be available in BRdata Cloud.  The groundwork has been completed to present the drill-down of store, department, category, sub-category, and item views of sales and profits.  These customary Profit Analyzer analytics will be accessible in web-based reports and dashboards – stay tuned.

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 2018 Registration is Open

BRdata is pleased to announce that registration is now open for our next user’s conference, a three-day event occurring September 23-25, 2018. We are also excited to be moving the conference to a new location – The Fox Hollow, which is an exclusive Long Island conference facility, located in Woodbury, NY.

Business and IT professionals from our user group community gather each year at BRdata World to enhance their knowledge of BRdata enterprise technology, streamline complex processes, and respond to industry disruption. Attendees listen firsthand to success stories from leaders in the independent grocery industry. With more than twelve customer speakers, you’re guaranteed to gain significant insights, as they discuss best practices, while illuminating their journey to success. Hear inspiring keynotes from industry experts in marketing, digital technology, and governmental affairs affecting the grocery industry.

As technology progresses faster than ever, grocery retailers and wholesalers cannot afford to be left behind. You and your team need to stay ahead of the curve, so you can create, support, and advance the technology which gives your company a competitive edge. As more and more users adopt BRdata Cloud technology, they are thrilled about how they can effortlessly retrieve daily department sales comparisons and item movement query results from all stores in their enterprise, using an Apple or Android app. Releases are pushed every two weeks from our agile development department – ensure you are benefitting from everything that BRdata Cloud has to offer.

Learn how you can promote your brand, while increasing customer engagement, and loyalty with a consumer app in your chain or store to target your customers before, during, and after they shop. In today’s marketplace, it is imperative to implement an e-commerce solution to provide consumers the option to order groceries online for pickup or delivery, while mitigating the risks of lost sales to a growing number of competitors in the online grocery space. See how retailers have avoided integration issues and unwarranted high fees by choosing the BRdata e-commerce platform.

While at the conference, attendees can visit the Tech Pavilion, where you can experience the newest and most powerful technology from our partners and BRdata. We have a great lineup of extensive and interactive technical and product sessions, as well as fun events for you to take advantage of the invaluable networking with your peers.

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

Top Six Trends For Independent Grocers In 2018

by Adam Abbene, Sales Manager, BRdata

In today’s hyper-competitive grocery market, independent grocers need to utilize every tool and technology available to optimize every aspect of their operation. In the months ahead, that means independent grocers will rely more than ever on cloud-based systems to enhance and complement their capabilities in customer service, inventory management, data analysis and more.

Real-time, cloud-based consumer data and store analytics can help owners and managers of independent grocers make informed decisions quickly by making it easier and more convenient than ever to recognize and react to insights related to practically every aspect of the store.

Here are six trends that are among the reasons 2018 is the year of the cloud for independent grocers.

Read more here

Save the Date – BRdata World 2018 – September 23-25

It’s a new year, which brings planning for our next user’s conference. We are set to open the conference registration within the next 45 days, but want to give our attendees and business partners as much advanced notice on the dates as possible. BRdata World 2018, our 11th annual user’s conference, will once again be in New York, on Long Island. As our cloud, app, e-commerce, store, and enterprise solutions continue to rapidly expand, we will have another educational and networking packed agenda. And with the BRdata User Group community size at an all-time high, we expect this conference to be our most well attended to date.

The NGA trade show, at the Mirage in Las Vegas, is less than two weeks away. If you plan on attending, we hope to see you at our booth, or in attendance at our user group meeting on Monday, February 12th at 5:00 pm – after the show floor closes. Stop by our booth to test drive our solutions, including our revamped e-commerce platform, and for the user group meeting details.

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