Data replication in the retail industry: the supermarket chain example

By Henning Lund - January 04, 2018

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One thing most successful businesses have in common is that they can function and make their decisions based on accurate, always up-to-date data. But, depending on the kind of business you are in, having access to high quality data can be a challenge. Imagine that you are running a retail chain with dozens or hundreds of separate stores distributed over one or several countries. Each of your stores has their own ERP database (for example, they could be using Microsoft Dynamics NAV locally or a Microsoft SQL-based POS system). In order to run your business, you need to exchange data with a central system (for example Microsoft Dynamics NAV), moving data between your stores and your headquarters.

You need to make sure that your stores have up-to-date data about for example products and prices – information that is decided at Headquarter level and therefore registered in your central system. In parallel, all data about sales and employees need to be transferred from each single department store to headquarter. In short, you need to replicate data reliably and seamlessly data between the stores and your central server.

Connect your central Microsoft Dynamics ERP with other similar Microsoft Dynamics ERP databases

The Replicator for Microsoft Dynamics is the perfect solution for companies that need to handle distributed Microsoft Dynamics (for example NAV or AX) installations with local Microsoft Dynamics (NAV or AX) databases at foreign subsidiaries or on laptops. It can replicate any data across Microsoft Dynamics (NAV or AX) databases independent of Microsoft Dynamics (NAV or AX) version and whether the company uses the c/side (native) database or an MS-SQL database.

The Replicator is ideal for use as a replication solution in the retail industry and has helped many of our customers. Take for example REMA 1000, a multinational discount supermarket chain. REMA 1000 uses the Replicator for Microsoft Dynamics NAV to move data between over 200 stores and their headquarters, improving business processes and sales routines throughout their discount supermarket chain.

How does it work? Quite simply! The solution ensures that any relevant information is automatically exchanged – for example, it replicates sales data from the stores to the headquarters. Information about products, prices and purchase orders is replicated from the headquarters into the stores. Employee data is transferred from each single store to the headquarters. The Replicator is part of the IT Group’s retail solution based on Microsoft Dynamics NAV.  

Read also: Data replication: 10 things you should be looking for


The benefits of data replication

REMA 1000 quickly experienced tangible benefits as a result of the implementation of the Replicator:

  • Elimination of double data entries
  • Always up to date data
  • Better overview of the complete data
  • Time and costs saving
  • Improvement of general work routines

Read also: 7 ways data replication can improve your business

The Rapidi Replicator is a very good match for the retail industry, as well as for hotel chains, NGOs or any organization with local sales or service staff travelling in remote areas. You are more than welcome to get in touch with me if you would like to hear more.


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About the author

Henning Lund

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With over 25 years’ experience in strategically propelling businesses forward, Henning is considered a business development entrepreneur with a passion for transforming businesses, sales and marketing operations through out-of-the-box thinking, concepts building and process automation to improve overall performance and scalability.
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