|The purpose of the Retail Business Solutions department is to assist member retailers in improving their bottom-line profitability through the selection, implementation, and utilization of automated retail systems.
Preferred and tested retail systems solutions
Member Retailer goals can be achieved by utilizing AWG Retail Systems services including:
• Professional consulting
Project management and coordination
Implementation, training and support consultation
Customized price files, reports and shelf labels
Electronic retail pricing support systems
• A special leasing program with preferred vendors
• Assistance on evaluation and system selection
In today’s rapidly changing and confusing retail systems environment, AWG offers member retailers a single source for all retail systems needs, through a partnership with progressive
These Vendor Partnerships are:
Invatron - scale management
Pangea - sign and label printing software
Netsurion - provides affordable and reliable security solutions
First Data - one of the world’s largest providers of merchant Electronic Funds Transfer processing services
AWG is focused on the needs of our retailers and finding solutions for the business challenges they face everyday. AWG offers a suite of services offered to AWG member retailers, providing solutions in diverse areas. Today, these services cover the important areas of communication, ordering, pricing, print solutions, ad planning and scan programs.
STOREFRONT - New mobile-friendly endpoint-agnostic retailer portal that delivers AWG content to retailers
ORDERING SYSTEM - Enhanced ordering application that provides SMART ordering information in a high-speed broadband environment
RETAIL PRICING APPLICATION - This pricing application supports AWG house zones, custom pricing, real-time information, warehouse item visibility, item movement, deal information provides convenient access from anywhere. Recently, AWG launched a new pricing application, giving the retailer visibility to net unit cost.
PRINT - AWG has partnered with Pangea to work with member retailers on retail print
solutions. Pangea provides printed tags, shelf markers and ad signs as well
as many other retailer needs. Retailers have the ability to go online to view, edit and
custom-order their in-store signage. One additional benefit is the option to have a
dedicated printer installed in store for everyday use. As part of the in-store solution,
the printer and toner are provided at no cost. Stores pay for tag or sign inventory and a minimal click charge.
SAFETYNET - AWG launched SafetyNet, powered by Netsurion, to address the increasingly important issue of data security. This PCI (Payment Card Industry) compliance solution is
designed to protect a retailer’s network, business and their customer’s credit card information.
Netsurion offers a security guarantee through TrustVault against data breach.
AD PLANNING - The multifunctional ad-planning system of AWG’s partner Aptaris incorporates many features. The ad planner not only builds an ad or TPR (Temporary Price Reduction) program, but also handles the billing, pre-booking, in-store signage program, ad layout, ad calendar and data mining features. It began as a solution for the existing in-house ad groups and is now available for all members to utilize.
WEB-BASED SALES ORDERING - AWG web-based sales promotions include sales, specials, and discounts offered online. We have designed a variety of programs and services to give our member retailers the best opportunity to improve their bottom line.
• Web-Blasts - limited time deals
• Web-Selling Events - on-line book events
• VMC Digital Opportunities - special events
• eComm - Promotional, signs, textiles, & more
Electronic Price File Hosting
The AWG Electronic Price File Hosting System allows our member retailers to retrieve item file maintenance directly from the AWG FTP systems with their on-site computer. Member retailers can review, organize and save files to a database. Other types of information sent to the AWG FTP Host Files include deals and allowances, and TPRs (Temporary Price Reductions).