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It’s implementing seasonal division store clustering that combines stores with similar customer demographics, POS purchasing data and other data points to optimize its seasonal product assortment. The systems being implemented are being done at both the micro and macro level, Estep said, and the company is currently going through all of its line review processes for store clustering and assortment optimization.

“The Blue Yonder tool that we’ve been implementing is space aware, so it’s integrated throughout all of our merchandising processes and systems. That really allow us to get smarter, better, more scientific and apply the merchandising art to that as well on each individual micro, call it, planogram space within the store,” he said.