Project History: Wanting to Manage and Report on Retail Space Usage
In 2012 the retailer approached CADS looking for an efficient method for estate wide reporting on store space usage by linking the AutoCAD floor plan with the space record for each of its 845 stores. This is a common issue for many retailers with large national and international estates.
Our retail space planning software StoreSpace®’s integrated retail planning environment with intuitive AutoCAD planning tools and online database provided the perfect solution.
Our Approach: Linking AutoCAD Store Plans to an Online Database and Reporting Engine
StoreSpace® is a centralised web-based software application links together the AutoCAD store plans to a single database.
Following a basic demonstration of StoreSpace® to Argos, the companies worked together to optimise the retail planning and reporting process. This included identifying what information could easily be added to the store plans to facilitate the store planning, space analysis and reporting process. This information was subsequently linked to the StoreSpace® online portal.
Bespoke AutoCAD block library and online data management tools
We also created a full StoreSpace® compatible AutoCAD block library as part of the delivery process.
Argos’ retail planners are self-sufficient users of the StoreSpace®Online administration tools. They can manage fixtures, area, and department, and add and remove stores as openings and closures occur. In addition to the rich, cross-estate reporting available online, individual stores can be coloured to show space usage.
The Outcome: StoreSpace® is an Integral Part of Argos’ Retail Space Management and Store Planning Process
In summary, StoreSpace® has become an integral part of the Argos store planning process.
The key deliverables included store clustering reports, and the inclusion of several useful data attributes such as racking capacities and type, to allow easy cross-estate reports to be produced.
What the client said ….
“Here at Argos, we continually look to improve and develop our store data as a resource to all departments for various business functions. These include: Building Service Audits, calculations for promotional spaces for the Marketing teams and reporting on Store Operations data. We feel it could become a central resource which will provide greater efficiencies across the board.
StoreSpace® has been tailored to suit our specific needs. It can be scaled as necessary with the ability to “add on” additional functionality. minimal or as large scale. We have found it is a particularly user friendly system and as such has been “bought into” very quickly by colleagues. It is easy to export reports in various formats, so there is a wide range of options for all.
Working closely with C A Design Services Support team at The Design Centre has allowed us to create intelligent drawing sheets. These drawing sheets now automatically populate store data, such as; floor areas, promotional displays and stock volume calculations, thus greatly reducing drawing production times.”
Property Store Planning Manager, Sainsburys