JDA, now Blue Yonder, announced Cantactix as the recipient of the 2015 Specialty Consulting Partner of the Year (North America Retail) Award at this year’s conference.  As our third award in six years, this recognition reinforces that we are leading the way in the Category and Space Management area.  This is a result of a team effort and only possible because of the pride our colleagues take in delivering value for our clients on a daily basis.  

To our team: Thank you.

Cantactix CEO, Dan Desmarais

The News from FOCUS 2016 in Nashville

Planogram Generator (PG) was the hot topic in the Category Management track. The Dr. Pepper Snapple Group presentation earned the highest attendance of any session with an overflowing room of 120 people. The Dr. Pepper Snapple team shared how they create in excess of one thousand planograms in a few hours while opening up about their journey to this point and their next steps. Another Planogram Generator session, led by Procter & Gamble, ran over the allotted time with numerous questions from the many attendees in the room. Both sessions included a Cantactix co-presenter – Rob Desormeaux supporting Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and our president, Dan Desmarais, assisting the P&G team.

Many retailers are re-examining their approach to the Floor Planning application. Retailers are recognizing that the store layout processes and practices they have in place fail to utilize the software to its fullest extent. JDA has continued improving and enhancing this application to increase its value, as seen in recent releases with sub-planogram support and Floor Space Allocation improvements. JDA continues these efforts with planned improvements around one of the major opportunities – the tighter integration between Floor Planning and CAD output files.  

The Category Management track at FOCUS 2016 was improved. There were twelve customer presentations which is a significant increase over past years. Make sure you let JDA know you appreciate this change. The best presentations were highlighted by the relationships between the customer and the service integrator working together to make the tools deliver value. 

ACTION ITEM:  FOCUS 2017 will run from Tuesday to Friday next year and will be held April 25th to 28th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Block your calendar and add FOCUS to your 2017 budget plan now.

JDA CEO Bal Dail and Executive Vice President Razat Gaurav presenting the Partner Leadership Award to our President Dan Desmarais at FOCUS 2016.