Hickory, NC [February 28, 2022] – W. Lee Flowers, a group of 63 supermarkets operated by Alex Lee, will install Itasca Retail’s Magic™ Computer Generated Ordering and DSD Receiving systems chain-wide.
“Itasca Retail and its inventory management capabilities helped us maintain superior in-stock conditions during my time at Lowes Foods,” said Chris Van Parys, President of W. Lee Flowers, based in Scranton, SC. “I am very excited to implement the systems in our KJ’s and IGA banners and look forward to the impact they will have on our operations and to our guest experience.”
“Guest satisfaction is our mission”, he added, “With the challenges our industry faces now, having automated, real-time tools will make us a better operator for the communities we serve.”
Itasca Inventory Intelligence enables retailers to automate historically manual processes around ordering, inventory forecasting and DSD receiving, with increased speed and accuracy, to ensure they continue to provide exceptional shopping experiences and significantly reduce waste and labor. The system combines sophisticated algorithms and machine learning along with deep understanding of the North American grocery replenishment process to generate impressive gains in sales and productivity, while concurrently reducing inventory, shrink, product-handling and vendor credits.
Jeff Kennedy, President of Itasca Retail said, “Alex Lee has seen tremendous benefit from our Inventory Intelligence solution, and we are pleased to see that W. Lee Flowers has chosen to follow Lowes Foods on a similar journey. We are confident they’ll see results beyond their expectations, and we are looking forward to starting the installation as the new year begins.”
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