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Chalifour Canada earns JDA award

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Chalifour Canada has won JDA Software Group’s 2014 Real Results Award for best in Space and Category Management. 

A Canadian-owned hardware, lumber and building material distribution company, Chalifour Canada, is part of the TIM-BR MART Group and serves independent home improvement entrepreneurs in every province and territory. The company was recognized in Las Vegas during the JDA’s 24th annual global conference, JDA Focus 2014.

Selected by a panel of JDA executives, the 2014 Real Results Award winners achieved measurable return on investment, developed innovative approaches to supply chain processes and collaborated beyond traditional supply chain boundaries.           

“By partnering with JDA to transform our space planning processes, Chalifour Canada created more than 330 dynamic planograms across three departments,” said Rob Brown, Chalifour Canada’s Planogram Specialist. As a result, Chalifour Canada gained market share nationally and increased its in-store footprint by 120%, while delivering a 200% increase in planogram sales over the past three years. 

“We are honoured to have been selected from among JDA’s more than 4,000 global customers and represent companies that have the best supply chain success stories. Providing the optimal solution for our dealers is key to our growth.” said Andrew Pantelides, Chalifour Canada’s procurement and merchandising manager, who also presented a session on Category and Supply Chain Strategies as a part of JDA Focus 2014.

JDA Software Group Inc. offers the broadest portfolio of supply chain, retail merchandising, store operations and all-channel commerce solutions to help companies manage the flow of goods from raw materials to finished products and into the hands of consumers. JDA’s deep industry expertise and innovative cloud platform help companies optimize inventory, labor and customer service levels.

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Survey sees strength in farm-and-ranch retail

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A recent survey of farm-and-ranch retailers shows some consistently reassuring results for the sector — especially when it comes to expectations for the second quarter. 

The Robert W. Baird & Co. "Farm and Ranch Supply Retailer Survey" for the first quarter of 2014 revealed that most merchandise categories showed growth in the January-to-March period. But spring seasonal category sales — lawn and garden live goods and lawn and garden hard goods, as well as riding lawnmowers — were soft, not surprising given the cool temperatures in March. 

Looking into the second quarter, retailers surveyed expect sales to be better or equal to the year-ago period. Some 8% of respondents are looking for double-digit percentage sales gains: 

• 10% growth: 8%

• 7% to 9% growth: 15%

• 4% to 6% growth: 23%

• 1% to 3% growth: 38%

• Flat: 16%

Also from the survey, 42% of farm-and-ranch retail respondents described better-than-expected sales trends during the first quarter.

The Baird Farm and Ranch Supply Survey is conducted quarterly. It includes 250 retail locations, representing $1 billion in annual sales.

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