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Regional convenience and grocery merchandiser has implemented Canvas self-serve mobile software in order to improve productivity and increase service levels for their clients
Shillington, PA and Herndon, VA. September 7, 2010—Retail Service Partners announced today they had completed the implementation of their new mobile software solution, based on the Canvas platform, to their team of mobile merchandisers.
By mobilizing their workers, RSP provides their clients with real-time reports on which products are in distribution, how their products are being merchandised on store shelves as well as submit paperless orders for their clients products. Clients of RSP now have extended information on how their competition is pricing their products and how those products are presented in merchandised locations.
Equipped with ruggedized hand held devices manufactured by Motorola and their own mobile solution build quickly and easily on the Canvas platform, RSP was able to do away with their paper audits with a solution that can scan product on shelves, pull up detailed product information, take photos of store shelves and capture how products are presented at various store locations. Changes to the application can be made real time, and by RSP. The data is then made available to RSP’s partners through a number of methods which can be customized based on their partner’s needs.
Implementing their own mobile solution on Canvas was a part of Retail Service Partners strategic plans to provide a flexible, real time data collection system that allowed for timely changes in the fast paced and ever-changing environment that is today’s retail marketplace. Unlike other solutions that were available in the market, Canvas provides Retail Service Partners with the unique capability to build and modify their own mobile applications and do so without the need of a software developer. Once built, the application automatically supports a wide variety of devices including the Windows Mobile devices RSP deployed.
“The Canvas system meets our needs of incorporating handheld technology into our order process, allowing flexibility to achieve timely changes to audit questions, maintain accessibility to an historical bank of data, and enable the export of audit data into a format to generate the reports we need. It was easy to use, flexible and fit our budget like no other solution we looked at.” stated Phil McCarrell, Director of Retail Services for Retail Service Partners.
Canvas makes it easy to publish data collection apps on wireless smartphones and other mobile devices such as laptops, tablets, bar code scanning devices and netbooks. Canvas reduces paper consumption, redundant data entry, and excess processes for businesses and mobile professionals. The Canvas software service enables mobile professionals to collect information using their mobile devices, analyze that data on the Canvas website and share information across their business community. Canvas also offers the first mobile business app store of its kind allowing business users to find mobile applications that work on a wide variety of mobile devices, with every application being customizable by Canvas users. Founded in October 2008, Canvas Solutions, Inc., is headquartered in Herndon, Va. Learn more at www.GoCanvas.com.
The Canvas App Store features a catalog of retail and merchandising applications, all of which can be customized quickly and easily.
About Retail Service Partners
RSP is a regional merchandising service provider offering contract project management in multiple trade channels including Convenience, Grocery, Drug, Mass Market and Club stores. Through experienced full-time managers, strong industry relationships, extensive field training, and efficient business practices, RSP will partner with package good manufacturers and retailers to increase sales.
Retail Service Partners was established in early 2010 as a regional merchandising service provider offering contract project management in the convenience, grocery, drug, mass market and club store channels. RSP uses state of the art hand-held and web based reporting for accurate merchandise coverage assessment and with partnerships with merchandisers Harold W Young, Inc. in New England and Grant Sales & Marketing in upstate New York, RSP is able to cover the entire Northeast corridor. Retail Service Partners is headquartered in Shillington, PA. Learn more at retailservicepartners.com.
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