Technology Strategy

Retail Technology Selection

Javelin Group helps retailers select retail technology solutions, including eCommerce, marketing, contact centre, order management (OMS), 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
  • CRM & Marketing
  • Order Management (OMS)
  • POS
  • Product lifecycle management (new product development)
  • Merchandise planning
  • ERP
  • Merchandise Management (MMS)
  • Master Data Management (MDM) and Product Information Management (PIM)
  • Warehouse Management (WMS)
  • Transport Management (TMS)
  • Forecasting, allocations 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 missing or weak applications in their architecture.

We help retailers to understand which solutions can fill these gaps and go on to shortlist and then select the right package(s) from the right vendor(s) and develop full implementation plans, timetable and implementation team structure. Our proven software selection process fully involves business & technology stakeholders, ensuring solutions are aligned to business goals and your technology / architecture principles. We help you select implementation services either alongside the software selection, or as a separate step, depending on technology type and your preference.

Retail technology selection questions we address

Key questions to consider when selecting 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?
Contact  Anthony
Technology & Systems Integration

Contact Practice Director

Anthony Farrow

Director, Technology & Systems Integration

Anthony Farrow runs our Systems Integration practice. He joined Javelin Group in 2001 and has many years of experience advising the world’s leading retailers, brands and B2Bs on retail and digital technology strategies. Anthony specialises in both consulting and delivery of complex global technology solutions including ecommerce, order management and product information management systems.