Zadig & Voltaire optimises retail planning with Aptos
Written by Peter Walker
Zadig & Voltaire has selected Aptos Planning to manage its buying sessions, allocation and replenishment for all its stores.
The French luxury clothing brand, founded in 1997 by Thierry Gillier, currently operates over 350 stores across 30 countries, with merchandise also available through its website and select retailer partners worldwide.
“We chose Aptos because their solution fully matches our planning needs,” stated Cécile Bonin, the retailer’s purchaser for Europe. “We work in an extremely dynamic sector and have a requirement for a very fast implementation – during the software selection, we considered Aptos’ proven track record of happy customers, project expertise and agile deployment methodology as best credentials and true differentiators over competitors.”
Bonin explained that the new software helps manage the complete buying session process for all collections and geographies. “Pre-buying, Aptos Planning will support our central team set targets and recommendations based on budget and open-to-buy projections – the output of the session will be validated orders and quantities to drive the next phases of supply.”
In-season, Aptos Planning will provide Zadig & Voltaire with the ability to optimise the allocation of products to stores (push) and then replenish based on current demand (pull). The solution will also help planners identify which products are over and underperforming per location, triggering a mechanism of inventory balance that optimises stock levels throughout the network and availability in-store.
“The ability to leverage this newfound intelligence coming from the market will help us be better aligned with our customers while fully maximising the power of our new collections,” concluded Bonin. “We will move from a situation of heterogeneous planning systems to a centralised platform – we expect this will further increase process transparency, orchestration and the consistency of our offer across countries.”