Technology Consulting Practice

Retail Technology Selection

Javelin Group helps retailers select core retail technology solutions for their businesses, including POS, merchandise management (MMS), merchandise planning, warehouse management (WMS) and logistics applications, as well as ERP and financial accounting systems.

We have recently run selections for retailers in all the following business areas:

  • eCommerce
  • POS
  • Merchandise Management (MMS)
  • Warehouse Management (WMS)
  • Merchandise planning
  • Master Data Management (MDM) and Product Information Management (PIM)
  • Product lifecycle management (often called new product development)
  • Forecasting and replenishment

We select the retail technology and vendors, and develop implementation plans

A typical project starts after a retailer has completed a significant update to their technology strategy and identified one or more applications in their architecture that is missing or weak.

We help retailers to understand which solutions can fill these gaps and go on to select the right package(s) from the right vendor(s) and develop full implementation plans, timetable and project team structure.

Retail technology selection questions we address

Key questions to consider when selecting core retail systems include:

  • Are the systems suitable for the long-term?
  • Do vendor roadmaps align with the retailer’s long-term goals?
  • How will the systems integrate with existing applications and what changes may be required to ensure successful integration?
  • What is the most appropriate implementation and transition plan (e.g. big bang versus various phased approaches)?
  • What is the impact on the business teams during the implementation and rollout programme?
  • What are the costs of implementation, support and ongoing enhancement?
  • What is the split between internal and external costs and between capex and opex?

Please see below for retail technology selection clients, or contact Martin Ryan at martin.ryan@javelingroup.com or on +44 (0)20 7961 3200 to discuss your requirements.

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Technology Consulting Practice

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Martin Ryan

Director, Technology Consulting

Martin Ryan runs our Technology Consulting practice. He has 20 years of experience in the consulting industry and has worked with some of the world’s largest retailers and brands, including Walgreens Boots Alliance, C&A, Delhaize, H&M, Marks & Spencer, OTTO, Primark, Urban Outfitters and Woolworths Australia. Martin started his career with IBM in the 1990s and has a degree in Physics from Oxford University.