LINCOLN, Neb. — B&R Stores, a 17-store chain based here, has implemented a shrink management application for perishables from Applied Data Corporation (ADC), Tampa, Fla.
Using the P-Cubed (Perishable Production Planning) Shrink Management software module, B&R Stores’ associates can electronically record in-store transfers at the shelf to track inventory changes. In addition, associates can record reworks, throwaways and donations, as well as other user-definable adjustments to inventories. The software also provides data to compare shrink to sales.
Prior to using the system, B&R Stores did not have a formal shrink management system in place, said B&R’s MIS Director Roger Tracy. “We knew we were losing gross profit – we were not sure just how much. It was imperative that we get our hands around that information.” The retailer also uses InterScale, ADC’s scales management software.
B&R Stores piloted the software for 6 months in a single store and then implemented it to the remaining 16 stores within 2 weeks, said Debra Peterson of B&R Stores. “We were able to see the actual numbers of throwaways and markdowns at each store. The resulting numbers led to discussions about how we could reduce shrink.”