Argility launches PredictRetail

An exciting product innovation aimed at the retail sector.

Johannesburg, 23 Jul 2019
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Marko Salic, CEO of the Argility Technology Group
Marko Salic, CEO of the Argility Technology Group

The Argility Technology Group has announced the release of its latest innovation: PredictRetail, a Google Cloud native application offering predictive analytics to retailers.

PredictRetail enables retailers to make better business decisions by using machine learning, data science and predictive modelling to extract insights from historical data and translate it into business value. The application is developed on top of the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and uses a variety of GCP services from the building of data pipelines and training machine learning models, through to data visualisations and image recognition. Being a native GCP application, PredictRetail is able to scale to any size data sets or processing workload.

The future of business in a data-driven world is integration, optimisation and automation of business processes across the enterprise. Typically driven by artificial intelligence (AI); machine learning (ML) and data science. Marko Salic, CEO of the Argility Technology Group, says while these terms are now popular buzz words, not everyone fully understands what they mean.

“AI, for example, can be defined as the simulation of human thought processes by machines. ML is a subset of this as it aims to facilitate the ability of computers to learn and improve without the need for reprogramming. Data science typically refers to the ability to extract useful insights from raw data,” says Salic.

Salic notes that while core retail operations have remained the same for centuries, the consumer has changed. “We demand a personalised service and a flawless customer experience. If we don't get what we expect, it's very easy to switch to a competitor as we have more options than ever. Predictive analytics and data science are key to offering an improved customer experience, by predicting future outcomes and customer needs more accurately, you can act on them early and effectively,” he adds.

Most retailers have been collecting data about their customers, inventory, products, etc, for decades, but little is done with this data outside of your typical BI-postmortem analysis. “PredictRetail's purpose is to help retailers monetise their historical data by using data science techniques to discover hidden trends and patterns in this data, then exposing those patterns as insights and assisting business users to make smarter business decisions.”

PredictRetail benefits include:

  • Increased sales by determining the most likely next-sell opportunity using an ML-based recommendation engine.
  • Improve marketing spend using ML clustering algorithms to segment the customers more accurately and create tailored marketing campaigns for each segment.
  • Improve customer retention by determining the customers propensity to buy, thereby engaging them at the right time, with the right products.
  • Realise more sales by using ML to predict demand more accurately, ensuring less capital is locked in under-performing stock, and more realised sales from reduction in out-of-stocks situations.
  • Optimise customer acquisition costs by predicting historic and future lifetime value of a customer, focusing spend on the right audiences.
  • Maximise margins through price elasticity modelling.
  • Increase basket sizes using market basket analysis to determine most likely up-sell opportunities.
  • Introduce image or voice-based searching on your e-commerce sites.
  • Tracking of brand sentiment using social media sentiment analysis.
  • And more...
Argility

Argility – a member of the Argility Technology Group - is a leading innovator and implementer of customised enterprise software solutions for the retail and supply chain industries. Our vast experience combined with a depth of proprietary software and skills enables us to address the multitude of challenges facing businesses in today’s digital transformation era.

We solve complex business problems by supplying and supporting various customised software solutions such as Point of Sale, ERP, Warehouse Management, Fleet Management, IoT management software, Proximity Marketing, Prescriptive Analytics and more. We strive to become an extension of our client’s businesses and not just another solution provider.

Argility’s origins trace back over thirty years as a leading software supplier to the retail sector. Decades of long, prosperous customer relationships bear testament to our customer-centric culture, exceptional service and innovative thinking. From single systems to the digital transformation of an entire organisation - we have the solutions, skills and experience.

The Argility Technology Group is comprised of: Argility; Cquential Solutions, Indaba Mobile, Fleet Domain and SkyData Communications.  All are foremost technology developers and suppliers of customised enterprise software solutions for the Retail, Supply Chain, Fleet industries as well as a comprehensive IoT framework that enables local enterprises to integrate, manage and optimise their growing IoT ecosystems. 

For further information: www.argility.com

Contact details: Office: 011 712 1300; E: info@argility.com; sales@argility.com

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Blain Communications Deirdre Blain (+27) 83 230 5522 blain@iafrica.com
Argility Info (011) 712 1300 info@argility.com
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