PHOENIX--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--A new Gartner, Inc. report offers the latest evaluation of Retail Execution technology tools designed to help Consumer Goods (CG) manufacturers manage activities and promotions at the store level more effectively. In the 2013 Vendor Panorama for Retail Execution and Monitoring in Consumer Goods*, the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company profiles the current marketplace and offers an in-depth analysis of the leading vendors in the space, including AFS Technologies and its AFS Quofore solution.
“Vendor Panorama for Retail Execution and Monitoring in Consumer Goods”
AFS Technologies has grown from its legacy in the Foodservice industry to a complete end-to-end solution provider that delivers ERP, Trade Promotion Management (TPM), Business Intelligence, and Retail Execution through the acquisitions of Ross Computer Systems and Quofore. In addition, AFS Technologies offers deep Direct Store Delivery (DSD) functionality, including DEX integration and support for ruggedized devices. With a global client base ranging from Tier 1 household names to Tier 3 local baked goods companies, AFS Technologies is equipped to serve the entire food, beverage and CPG supply chain.
In order to objectively evaluate, score and report on each solution provider and its offerings, Gartner analysts are required to conduct a thorough company and product assessment. A checklist of strict criteria and research included everything from financial health, market responsiveness and deployment capabilities to solution flexibility, analytics, Retail Activity Optimization (RAO), product dashboards and configurability.
Gartner’s Vendor Panorama for Retail Execution and Monitoring in Consumer Goods also offers a profile on the Retail Execution marketplace as a whole. The maturing space is shifting toward RAO, which means CG manufacturers utilize advanced analytics to strategically deploy its field force to store locations that will yield the greatest return on time and effort. In turn, the report recommends CG organizations primarily focus on a solution’s functionality offerings, such as guided selling, analytics and ergonomics, three areas where AFS Quofore excels. To further guide CG companies in technology planning and investment decisions, the report recommends SaaS-based Retail Execution solutions as well as applications that automate paper-based options for taking orders, auditing and managing assets.
*Gartner, Inc. “Vendor Panorama for Retail Execution and Monitoring in Consumer Goods,” by Dale Hagemeyer, September 6, 2013.
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About AFS Technologies, Inc.
AFS Technologies, Inc. is the leading provider of business enterprise and on-demand software solutions designed to meet the unique requirements of the Consumer Packaged Goods, Food and Beverage, and Financial segments. With over 25 years of industry experience, the global company now serves over 1,500 customers in more than 40 countries with cutting edge technology designed to optimize the order-to-cash flow cycle and improve efficiencies across the entire supply chain. AFS solutions are utilized by manufacturers, distributors, broker/sales agencies, third party logistics providers and retail operators. These industry trading partners rely on AFS technology applications to automate business processes, optimize trade promotion management, reduce costs, increase sales and margin performance, support regulatory compliance, enhance field salesforce efficiencies, and drive collaborative commerce through data synchronization. All AFS solutions utilize service-oriented architecture (SOA) built with Microsoft .NET framework technology. AFS solutions interface with existing non-AFS systems and offer true deployment flexibility that allow customers to upgrade specific elements of the software without affecting the rest of the system. AFS products are also available as fully integrated end-to-end solutions or as individual modular applications. AFS offers customers true deployment flexibility through traditional licensing or subscription-based programs, from on-premise to on-demand solutions in the cloud. For additional information, please visit www.afsi.com or call (602) 522-8282.