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Spartan partners with SofTechnics to initiate computer-automated ordering system


AKRON, Ohio SofTechnics, a provider of integrated retail enterprise software solutions, on Tuesday announced that Spartan Stores is rolling out Perpetual Inventory and Computer Automated Ordering. The solution is comprised of Online Ordering and Perpetual Inventory applications developed by SofTechnics, which is integrated with a field-proven Demand Forecasting and Inventory On-Hand Optimization application from SAF-AG, a Swiss software firm.

“Spartan Stores is very pleased with the results from our solution partnership with SofTechnics and the Perpetual Inventory and Computer Automated Order applications,” stated Dave Couch, Spartan Stores vice president information technology. “[We] will move in an exciting new direction as the result of the CAO / PI project. Our objective is to implement a CAO system that provides forecasted orders that are optimal and accurate.”

“In the current economic environment, retailers need increased focus on their key corporate metrics,” said Guy Dille, global business unit leader, retail software and integration for Mettler-Toledo. “Whether it's reducing out-of-stocks, improving inventory levels, or controlling slow moving items, all these are improved with the SofTechnics/SAF solution.”

The Grand Rapids, Michigan-based grocery wholesale distributor and retail operator is utilizing Perpetual Inventory and Computer Automated Ordering for improved management of product selection, reduction of out-of-stocks, better forecasting, profitability at SKU level, and reduction of costs. Results from the pilot have been very positive.

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