A.C. Moore Uses Oracle® Retail Applications to Help Improve Operational Efficiencies and Support Long-Term Growth
Specialty Retailer Turns to Oracle and OLR for Hosted Oracle Retail Merchandising Solution on Linux Platform
NRF 98th ANNUAL CONVENTION & EXPO, NEW YORK – January 12, 2009
A.C. Moore Arts & Craft, Inc. has gone live with Oracle® Retail merchandising applications to help create value and support long-term growth across its more than 130 stores.
A.C. Moore is leveraging the Oracle Retail applications as part of a broader business transformation that is helping the company increase sell-through of seasonal merchandise, preserve margins and derive more value from the business. A typical A. C. Moore store offers more than 60,000 SKUs across 40 merchandise categories during the course of a year, with more than 45,000 SKUs offered at any one time.
The specialty retailer is using the Oracle Retail applications to gain insight to store, inventory and merchandising operations as well as to more quickly adapt to changes in customer buying patterns and seasonal inventory demand.
To help save money as well as reduce risk and complexity, A.C. Moore selected OLR’s hosted and Managed Application Solution (MAS) as the delivery model. Not only did the delivery model help accelerate the implementation of the Oracle Retail applications, but it also enabled A.C. Moore's information technology group to stay focused on other strategic initiatives vital to grow the business.
OLR’s MAS model helped eliminate A.C. Moore’s need to make capital intensive purchases for its data center and offered a leveraged support model that mitigated the risks associated with finding, attracting, and keeping application support resources.
Additionally, the Oracle Retail merchandising applications were installed and managed on Oracle Enterprise Linux to help provide a more flexible, reliable, and cost effective solution. The retailer already uses Oracle Database 10g.
The Oracle Retail applications provide A.C. Moore with a foundation for making insight-driven business decisions and the retailer expects the solutions to help reduce inventory by as much as 20 percent. The retailer is leveraging core merchandising applications for category management, allocation, pricing and replenishment.
“We expect our Oracle Retail implementation to help us deliver more value to both customers and shareholders. The insight we gain from the new systems provides us with a better understanding of customer preferences and enables us to offer the right inventory at the right price,” said Dennis Hodgson, Chief Information Officer, A.C. Moore.
“We are excited about the significant cost savings we are helping A.C. Moore realize in comparison to the typical on-premise model. Now, mid-sized retailers like A.C. Moore have a proven delivery model for accepting and leveraging Oracle Retail -- applications that can provide them terrific insight into their business," said Glyn Kirby, Principal, OLR.
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