Retail Leaders Gather at Three-Day Merchandise Planning and Allocation Conference

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MID Retail’s Fourth User Conference Attracts Executives and Senior Management Representing the World’s Most Successful Retail Chains

MID Retail’s customer base forms a vibrant community where cutting-edge ideas are exchanged, tested, and proven among retail’s most well-regarded leaders.

MID Retail Inc. today announced record attendance at its MID Retail User Conference held this past May at the Alexander Hotel in Indianapolis, IN.

Attendees included North America’s most accomplished retail leadership including merchandising, planning, and allocation executives from:

  •     Abercrombie & Fitch
  •     Big Lots
  •     Body Central
  •     Bon-Ton
  •     Clarks
  •     Finish Line
  •     Gabriel Brothers
  •     Groupe Dynamite
  •     Maurice’s
  •     Men’s Wearhouse
  •     National Stores
  •     Orvis
  •     Tuesday Morning
  •     Urban Outfitters

MID Retail’s customer base forms a vibrant community where cutting-edge ideas are exchanged, tested, and proven among retail’s most well-regarded leaders,” said Joan Brendel, EVP and Chief Services Officer at MID Retail. “Of course, the user conference also features plenty of time for networking,” she added.

The three-day agenda included case studies and presentations led by retail executives from Abercrombie & Fitch, Bon Ton, Groupe Dynamite, Maurice’s, Men’s Wearhouse, Orvis, Urban Outfitters, and more. Topics included planning, allocation, and forecasting techniques ranging from Virtual Warehousing to fashion replenishment to need-based allocation.

Breakout sessions focused on the latest challenges and opportunities in retail merchandising, allowing retailers to collaborate and innovate among their peers. Multi-channel retail and advanced merchandise forecasting techniques quickly emerged as topics of interest, with participants discussing how to apply today’s MID Retail solutions to tackle challenges, while also suggesting future capabilities that could increase competitive advantage.

“Since our founding, MID Retail has been committed to delivering software solutions driven by our customers,” said Mike Ruhana, MID Retail’s Chief Operating Officer. “At our user conference, we work together with our clients to leverage technology based on their business needs, and to show clients how MID Retail has delivered on the customer-driven directives from the previous conference,” added Ruhana.

In sessions led by the MID Retail management team, retailer attendees formally submitted feature ideas that will support their future business goals. The entire MID Retail customer base then debated the value of each idea and voted on the winners. The most valuable enhancement requests are placed into the MID Retail product roadmap for delivery in a subsequent software release.

“Prior to every event, we look forward to our customers joining us in for another successful and productive MID Retail User Conference,” said Chuck Miller, founder and executive at MID Retail. “With the amazing participation and representation across so many retailers, this conference was our most exciting yet.”

About MID Retail, Inc.
MID Retail helps retailers boost sales, increase margins, and reduce inventory costs through its integrated suite of planning, allocation, and replenishment applications. Customers include Abercrombie & Fitch, Anna’s Linen’s, Big Lots, Bon-Ton, Clarks, Finish Line, Men’s Wearhouse, and Urban Outfitters. The company’s solution is the result of over 25 years of research, development, and proven impact on profitability with more than 100 major retail chains. To learn more about MID Retail, please visit http://www.midretail.com.

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