The company spent extensive time and energy reviewing several local and global solutions. “We were close to committing to a well-known tier-one solution when we noticed that other large grocery groups had already deployed the LS Retail software solution with great success,“ explains French.
With unified commerce software system LS Central, retailers can manage their operations efficiently from head office to POS terminals. LS Central also offers grocery-specific functionality, from management of fresh produce, to tracking of expiry dates, to integration to scales and electronic shelf labels.
Spudshed became confident LS Central could be deployed faster and more cost effectively than other solutions. The software was implemented by Canary Technology Solutions, an LS Retail partner in Australia.
“I believe we actually set a record with our implementation, from project kickoff we had head office and our first store live in only seven weeks,” says French. “This could not have been possible without our partner Canary Technology Solutions and the dedication of our highly competent internal teams.”
As is advisable with an ERP deployment, the company had to tackle data migration and data cleansing. They took it as an opportunity to do a reset not only on products, prices, and promotions, but also in the core finance structure.
Kelly French is a strong believer of the power of investing in the right technology. He shared with us the following advice for any retail businesses undertaking the deployment of an ERP solution: “Don’t label this as an IT project or even a retail project, but drive it as a business improvement project.”