Saker ShopRites, Inc. is a leading supermarket retailer in the Central New Jersey region, operating 29 grocery stores under the Wakefern cooperative umbrella. When Saker ShopRites had information optimization and data analysis on its IT
solution shopping list, the company selected Datawatch to go “green” and provide its stores with easy access to trusted information and eliminate its old paper-intensive reporting system. The result, Saker ShopRites saved time, money and the environment by reducing its carbon footprint, refining its store productivity, and improving access to their trusted analytic data. TWO KEY BUSINESS NEEDS: GO GREEN AND KEEP THE DATA “Would you like paper with that?” is a familiar-sounding question for grocery shoppers, but that question takes on an entirely different meaning when discussing Saker ShopRites’s old paper-intensive reporting system. The large volumes of paper being produced were inefficient, costly and provided little analytical value. “Historically, Saker ShopRites relied on a paper-based reporting system and some microfiche,” explains Jim Connolly, Director of Information Systems for Saker ShopRites. “We used to print and courier reports three times a week to our 29 stores, plus print additional reports for corporate use. For report archival, we were utilizing an outside service company to transfer some reports to microfiche.” “The paper, printing, courier and microfiche costs were substantial, but we were not gaining much value for our money,” adds Tom Flynn, Director of Accounting for Saker ShopRites. “Stores typically had to wait two or three days for their reports, reducing the window of opportunity to effectively act on the data. Also, workers within corporate headquarters were keying data from printed reports into
spreadsheets in order to analyze the data, a needless waste of valuable time.” “We initiated an evaluation of solutions for information optimization, as well as solutions addressing our data analysis needs,” says Jim. “That evaluation process
led us to select Datawatch as the one solution to address both of these key requirements.” TRANSFORMS KEY RETAILING REPORTS INTO LIVE DATA, WITHOUT PROGRAMMING Saker ShopRites now routinely stores and retrieves corporate accounting and payroll reports, as well as critical retailing reports, such as inventory control reports, store financial statements, and merchandising reports containing substantial Point of Sale information. “All our reports — plus the data — are now regularly accessed by our store and corporate managers using the Datawatch web-enabled system,” says Jim. “Of course, managers now get their reports and data immediately, instead of waiting three days for the paper. And Datawatch’s security features ensure proper report access for each user.” SAKER SHOPRITES Saker ShopRites, Inc., a member of the Wakefern Food merchandising and distribution cooperative, owns and operates 29 supermarkets in central New Jersey, including Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex, Somerset and Mercer counties. Beginning with a small “mom and pop” store opened in 1916 in Freehold, New Jersey, the Saker family has operated grocery stores for almost 100 years. CHALLENGE Saker ShopRites relied on an outdated paper-based reporting system and microfiche, and needed to transition to a web-enabled solution for reporting to 29 grocery stores. SOLUTION Datawatch Enterprise Server (DES) replaced Saker ShopRites’ old system of printing and shipping
paper reports, with a web-enabled report archive. KEY BENEFITS Significant money and time savings. Reduced carbon footprint by cutting back on printing reports. Greatly improved access to trusted analytic data. SAKER SHOPRITES Saker ShopRites, Inc., a member of the Wakefern Food merchandising and distribution cooperative, owns and operates 29 supermarkets in central New Jersey, including Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex, Somerset and Mercer counties. Beginning with a small “mom and pop” store opened in 1916 in Freehold, New Jersey, the Saker family has operated grocery stores for almost 100 years. CHALLENGE Saker ShopRites relied on an outdated paper-based reporting system and microfiche, and needed
to transition to a web-enabled solution for reporting to 29 grocery stores. SOLUTION Datawatch Enterprise Server (DES)
replaced Saker ShopRites’ old system of printing and shipping paper reports, with a web-enabled report archive.
KEY BENEFITS Significant money and time savings. Reduced carbon footprint by cutting back on printing reports. Greatly improved access to trusted analytic data.

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