There are many ways a space management system can be used by a retailer. I am sometimes surprised by the choices some retailers make in their implementations. Occasionally, they select very complicated integrations while ignoring simpler valuable features. In brief, here are 30 Things to do with a Space Management system. While it is not meant to detail every integrations and cross-functional solutions that a retailer could create. Readers could use it as a guide in creating a roadmap for future space planning initiatives. Consider it a great beginning.

    Each of these is a way to extract more value out of your current space management system investment by extending its use to solve multiple cross-company problems. This could be used by IT product managers, business leaders and CIO’s as they consider how to improve their merchandising systems integration

    Here then from the most basic to the more advanced are

    30 Things to do with a Space Management System.

    1. Planograms
    2. New store and remodeled store layouts
    3. Price Integrations
      1. Printed shelf-edge label production files
      2. Digital shelf-edge displays
    4. Store Task Management
    5. Store-level labor forecasting
    6. Merchandising Implementation & Compliance
      1. With image recognition
    7. Store execution scorecarding
    8. Vendor scorecarding
    9. Store feedback
    10. Bill of materials fixture ordering
    11. Construction integrations and project planning
    12. Initial store inventory allocations for new items
    13. As-is store capture and out of stock measurements
      1. With or without image recognition
      2. With or without robots
    14. Product attribute data capture & tagging
    15. Inventory forecasting & supply chain integration
    16. Warehouse/DC deliveries to stores pre-sorted by aisles
    17. Outdoor and “yard” merchandising planning
    18. Promotional location planning & forecasting
    19. In-store marketing integrations
    20. Macro store space optimization
    21. Real estate pro forma modeling
    22. GMROS scorecards by business line & district/region
    23. Store of the future/new prototype design
    24. Pop up store planning
    25. Shopper testing
    26. Assortment analytics
      1. Cannibalization/sales transference testing
      2. New item forecasting
    27. Promotional lift scorecards
      1. Promotional location variables
    28. Omnichannel integration
      1. Picker routing for online orders by store
      2. Consumer facing app store maps
      3. Returns routing management
    29. Artificial Intelligence integrations
      1. Opportunity searches
      2. Predictive sales forecast integrations
    30. Virtual reality stores

    Do you have another way to use your Space Planning system? Tell me what I overlooked in the comments below.