Garden Centres Owning Plant Production Can Improve Sales, Margins From Integrated Operations Systems

Written by infra

November 10, 2021

Organizations owning both garden centres and plant production can respond to resource constraints and demand pulls better by using system-driven unified operations. This poses an Unfair Advantage that delivers unprecedented value, in terms of cost efficiencies, forecast accuracy and revenue growth opportunities.

With advanced productivity apps for your staff across growing and garden centre operations, such a system besides being paperless bridges the most important gap – the gap between the supply-side and demand side. This is the single biggest contributor to Amazon’s supply chain might and here is how such a unified operating system will benefit you:

Cost Efficiencies – do more with less, literally:

Integrated operations have shown 60% reduction in processing time, which means even with staff scarcity, you can easily handle the peak demands with significantly fewer resources and lower costs. Think temp worker shortage or driver shortage. Due to the inherent intelligence of such a platform, even space utilization improves by 30%.

As a garden centre running business operations from the farms to the stores, the tedium and error-prone nature of record-keeping on different computer systems, excel sheets, and copy-pasting between them is taken away too, paving the way to green, emission-free operations.

In this age and time, these difficulties should be the thing of the past. Use a software system that streamlines the operations and movement of your product from the nursery to the retail centres efficiently. We have done it for a large business in UK on a scale of 20,000 trolleys per month, we can do it for you too!

In this age and time, these difficulties should be the thing of the past. Use a software system that streamlines the operations and movement of your produce from the nursery to the retail centres efficiently. We have done it for a large business in UK at a scale of 20,000 trolleys per month, we can do it for you too!

Forecasting:

Because you own retail operations, with granular sales and supply side data, forecast accuracy can be improved to a great extent where you can optimize the below by 5-15%

  • Staff requirement
  • Vehicle placement, even number of vehicles required
  • Marshalling and Warehouse space used

Revenue Impact:

This is where massive positive impact can be realised, partly from improved planning and partly from the flexibility to react timely to demand pulls.

Improved Planning, thanks to granular profiling of sales and production data, can identify potential lost sales due to missing stocks and predictively minimize such gaps for each store at a plant and per day or week level, a scale never seen in the Horti industry so far. Besides, the system can also identify area of revenue quality improvement – e.g low margin or unsold SKUs occupying retail space adding to opportunity costs.

Due to unified nature of the operations, your ability to react in an informed way, orchestrated by the system, will improve manifold, to respond to scenarios where sales can be improved – e.g. by responding to demand pulls in a timely fashion, moving plants from other stores or growing sites, which is not possible for organizations that do not have control over growing operations.

These features of STEER Horticulture Supply Chain System can be rolled out in 4 weeks! This system is proven at scale at one of UK’s large Horticulture retailers, demonstrating the dream-like improvements mentioned above.

Reach out to us at supple.ai, or write to us at ask@supple.ai. We can demonstrate how STEER will work for you, and you can even dare us to prove the value with a POC in your operations!

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