XPace Space Management is based on a series of concepts that cover all steps of planogramming, from shelf planning, shelf evaluation, versioning and restructuring to documentation – even for complex, non-linear situations.
Products on a shelf are not always just rectangular boxes. Products can also have a complex, three-dimensional shape. These 3D models should be mappable in a space management software, they also influence the space requirements of the products on the shelf. XPace can generate such forms itself or process standard formats (OBJ, WRL, X3D).
In XPace, colors can be specified for parts and products in the data sets, e.g. during creation with XPace Mockup, and can be assigned individually for positioned objects in a planogram. Colors are defined using color specifications, which can be either color names, CSS color specifications or RAL colors.
Nowadays, EAN/UPC/GTIN barcodes can be found on virtually every article in the trade business. The scanners in the POS systems use the barcodes for the price lookup (PLU) and for inventory management. If data is to be collected from an existing shelf in a store, the barcodes can be used for article recognition and shelf positioning.
When making a purchase decision at the point of sale, the consumer is often left alone with questions about the products: “Where can the product be found in the store?” might be the most frequent question here. The consumer can now get the answer on his smartphone or tablet.
Retailers and their suppliers carefully plan shelves for a sales room in the specialist or retail trade: Spacemanagement builds up a shelf of product carriers and fills it with products, applying an assortment strategy and optimizing inventory quantities.
In the discussion about shelf planning, space management and space optimization, arguments that tend to have the character of myths keep coming up. We want to examine these statements here and help to debunk myths and replace them with facts.
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XPace planning functions allow products to be positioned and arranged on fixtures, individually or in groups. The selection of products to be used is initially left to the user: Items are selected individually or according to filter or grouping criteria from the products in the database, dragged onto a fixel and positioned. However, it is much more elegant, faster and more efficient to base planning on rules.
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XPace planograms are three-dimensional. Articles, shelves and shops can be viewed from all sides. With a normal mouse and keyboard you can move around in an XPace planogram and view and edit the shelf and all articles in perspective. With a 6-axis mouse you have a 3D controller for the planogram, with which you have the shelf virtually in your hand.
XPace makes it easy for you to fill shelves with articles: Drag individual articles or entire article groups onto a carrier – the articles are immediately placed on the carrier and automatically arranged correctly.
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