Wednesday, October 29, 2014

190 Store Chain in the Southeastern United States Implements InterScale Multi-Threaded Scale Communications Program

ADC announces that a 190 grocery store chain headquartered in the Southwestern United States has implemented the InterScale multi-threaded scale communications program at its centralized data center.

The multi-threaded scale communication program represents a new generation of InterScale, which allows the retailer to communicate to all of the scales, across all of their stores in parallel from one to many centralized servers, thereby greatly reducing the time it takes to get information to and from their scales.

“We are very happy to have completed our upgrade to the multi-threaded scale communication program within InterScale,” said a representative from the retailer.  “The first time we used the program, we saw that it was able to send a full file to all of our scales across all stores in a quarter of the time it previously took, which was extremely exciting to witness.”  Previously, the older-generation program, which processed one scale after another, was much slower.

“This is our first customer to implement the centralized multi-threaded scale communications program within InterScale and we are pleased with the results they are seeing,” said Steve Loveridge, CEO at ADC.  “We believe the multi-threaded scale communication program is an important new feature within the InterScale system and look forward to hearing similar success stories as more clients upgrade.”

Thursday, October 23, 2014

"ADC's Recipe for Profitable Fresh Foods Retailing"

In the third installment of Retail Times’s definitive Guide to Profitable Fresh Foods Retailing, we explore how retailers and food service operators can best manage their recipe databases for items prepared in-store and how to comply with forthcoming new EU food labeling regulation.

Read the full article here.

Monday, October 6, 2014

InterScale Scales Manager Boosts Retailers’ Margins in Fresh Foods

AT Kearney: fresh prepared foods are a differentiator

The second article in conjunction with Retail Time's definitive Guide to Profitable Fresh Foods Retailing, we explore how retailers and food service operators can optimize their fresh food sales and margins with scales management software.

You can read the article here.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

ReFresh 2014 Conference Considered a Huge Success

ADC held the 13th annual ReFresh Fresh Item Management (FIM) Conference from September 22-25, 2014 at the Sheraton Sand Key in Clearwater Beach, Florida.  This year’s ReFresh attendees represented sixteen retailers from across the United States and Europe, making it the highest attended conference to date.

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The ReFresh agenda included a variety of subject matter expert presenters, FIM software presentations, a retailer presentation and retailer chaired discussions.

For the second year in a row, the conference started with a Welcome Reception on Monday, October 7th, allowing attendees to meet with ADC associates and sponsors prior to the conference starting.

Sessions started on Tuesday, October 8th with a welcome and introductions, followed by an InterStore Overview presentation, which highlighted ADC’s InterStore FIM software suite hierarchy, as well as a look at ADC’s InterScale Scales Manager software system.
Additional FIM software presentations included in-depth looks at Production Planning, Recipe Management, Meat Management and Shrink Management tools.

Other highlights of the agenda included:

  • “The Fresh Value Proposition” by Bruce Peterson, founder and president of Peterson Insights.  Bruce’s presentation discussed what factors motivate shoppers in fresh departments, as well as the future role of fresh. 
  • “Super Natural Growth: The Rise of the Natural/Gourmet Grocery Segment” by Rod Hawkes, a Senior Extension Associate at Cornell's Food Industry Management Program.  Rod's discussed the rapid growth in the natural/gourmet grocer segment over the past four years, including the dominant players in this market space and the growing competition. 
  • “Federal Regulatory Update: What Retailers Need to Know” by Erik R. Lieberman, president of U.S. Food Imports LLC and principal of Lieberman PLLC.  Erik shared the latest information on key regulations impacting retailers, including the proposed ruling on Meat Grind Management and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
  • “Reaching Shoppers at the Meat Case” by Karen Shearer, Strategic Account Director at Midan Marketing.  Karen shared the results of consumer focus groups that were conducted to help identify issues in the meat department, and reach industry-wide solutions aimed to assist shoppers and increase meat sales.
  • “The Power of Fresh” by Anne-Marie Roerink, Principal at 210 Analytics.  Anne-Marie discussed trends in the produce and meat departments of supermarkets, as well as key shrink statistics.
Retailer Feedback:
  •  “ADC brought together a very informative, creative and fun group of individuals.  Tons of FIM info received and lots of contacts made.  Presentations and guest speakers were all great.”  – Christy Fajerson, Brookshire Grocery Company.
  • “I was very impressed with the presenters and breakdown of the ReFresh conference.” – Lon Herget, Associated Food Stores
  • “Overall the conference was great.  It was informative and had great subject matter experts.  It was awesome talking with other retailers and I enjoyed all of the great speakers.”
Sponsor Interaction – This year’s ReFresh had 10 industry sponsors, including DBK Concepts/Zebra, Brdata, Datamax-O’Neil, Bizerba, Hobart, Janam, NBI Digi, Rice Lake Retail Solutions, Specialty Printing and Truno.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Applied Data Corporation Receives 2014 Best of Tampa Award for Business Service

ADC has been selected for the 2014 Best of Tampa Award in the Business Services category by the Tampa Award Program.

Each year, the Tampa Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Tampa area a great place to live, work and play.

Since 1989, ADC has developed software solutions for the fresh food departments of grocery and food service chains.  Today, ADC works with 125 supermarket chains, across 11 countries and 10,000 retail outlets.

“We are honored to receive this award, as we continuously work to provide our clients with software solutions that improve efficiencies in their fresh department operations by increasing fresh item sales and reducing perishable shrink, while maximizing their FIM projects return on investment,” said Steve Loveridge, ADC’s CEO.

Friday, July 18, 2014

ADC Announces Subject Matter Expert Speakers for 2014 ReFresh Fresh Item Management Conference

We are pleased to announce that Erik Lieberman, President at U.S. Food Imports and Principal at Lieberman PLLC, Karen Shearer, Strategic Account Director at Midan Marketing and Anne-Marie Roerink, Principal at 210 Analytics are presenting at the 13th annual ReFresh Fresh Item Management (FIM) Conference.

This year’s ReFresh is at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater Beach, Florida from September 22nd-25th.  ReFresh is a leading industry conference for grocery, convenience and food service retailers interested in learning about the newest technologies for managing fresh foods.  To learn more about ReFresh 2014 or to register, click here.

  • Erik R. Lieberman is the president of U.S. Food Imports LLC and principal of Lieberman PLLC. Formerly he served as vice president and chief regulatory counsel at the Food Marketing Institute where he represented the retail supermarket industry and food wholesalers before federal agencies including the Food and Drug Administration and Department of Agriculture.  During Erik’s presentation on September 24th, attendees will hear the latest information on key regulations impacting retailers, including rules issued under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
  • Karen Shearer is the Strategic Account Director at Midan Marketing, a Chicago-based company that provides customized marketing, market research and communication programs.  Karen’s expertise is in the retail meat and agriculture arenas, primarily with the pork industry.  During Karen’s presentation on September 23rd, she will share the results of consumer focus groups that were conducted to help identify issues in the meat department, and reach industry-wide solutions aimed to assist shoppers and increase meat sales.
  • Anne-Marie Roerink is a Principal at 210 Analytics, LLC, a marketing research firm based in San Antonio, Texas.  Anne-Marie served as the Director of Research for the Food Marketing Institute for seven years.  In this capacity, she was responsible for developing, implementing and directing all FMI’s research efforts with state-of-the-industry consumer insights and food retailing operational benchmarking.  Anne-Marie’s presentation on September 23rd will highlight shopper trends in supermarkets, specifically in the produce and meat departments.  Additionally, Anne-Marie will be sharing key insights into supermarket shrink.

“The subject matter expert presentations at ReFresh are consistently ranked by attendees as most valuable” said Steve Loveridge, ADC’s CEO.  “These presentations are designed to provide attendees with current facts and trends that are applicable to their everyday operations and strategic direction. We are very excited about this year’s ReFresh subject matter expert lineup.”


For additional information, please contact:
Jamie Simon
Applied Data Corporation
+1.813.849.1818 Ext. 2238
www.AppliedDataCorp.com

Thursday, May 15, 2014

ADC at the International Retail User Group (IRUG) Conference

ADC will be at the International Retail User Group (IRUG) Conference next week in Orlando, Florida. Be sure to visit us in Booth #27, as well as attend our two presentations.

The 1st is a Super Session titled “Grocery Technology that Will Make or Break the Customer Experience” at 10:45am on 5/19.

Our 2nd is an Elective Session titled “Fresh Food Retail: How to Maintain Profitability through Technology” at 2:45pm on Monday, 5/19.

Learn more here:
http://bit.ly/1nNKcy5.