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SAS Overview

SAS is an Analytical tool that assists the business with macro space allocation decision when planning a new store, or refurbshing an existing one. Given total space in store , historical sales data and SKU dimentions , SAS provided reports detailing the number of bays to allocate each category in order to maximise gross profit. These report provide the starting point for detailed store planning and are highly valued for their contribution to this process by the store planning staff.
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The Hierarchy

SAS is built with a category hierarchy to maintain easy data flow and understanding. At a snap shot the hierarchy flows as follows:
Location in Store > Trading Department > Layout Category > Category

Location in Store
1. The Location in Store refers to the location in store SAS is working in
2. Essentially a store is broken up into sections depending on the equipment used and the type of department that occupies that area. In other words it is no good trying to make a Deli allocation using categories that are meant for for the Centre of the Store.

Trading Department
1. Next level under Location in Store is the Trading Department
2. Effectively these are the Departments that Trade within the individual Location in Store section
3. As an example, General Merchandise and Grocery are both departments that trade within Centre of Store
4. Typically a Location in Store will only have one Trading Category attached to it.

Layout Category
1. These are used as a method of grouping similarly layout out categories together
2. The most effective use of Layout Categories comes in when trying to allocate to smaller stores, and you need to ‘combine’ categories together
3. The Layout Categories are designed to be a representative of the ‘combined’ categories used

1. This is the actual element that space is allocated to
2. It is pretty much equal to the current planograms that are issued to all New and Refit stores
3. Each Category is assigned a Minimum and Maximum Feet range (reflective of the smallest and largest size the category can be) and a ‘Must Have’ flag, which dictates whether this category has to exist in all stores

Create a Store Profile

There are 2 functions that need to be performed by a Store Layout Officer to successfully run a Store through SAS. These are:
1. Create a Store Profile and
2. Create a Store Plan

1. Select “Create Store Profile” in the SAS main screen.
2. All data in this screen is mandatory, and SAS will not allow to progress to the next field without data being keyed in the previous one.
3. Once completed the Size on the Right will show you the percentage break up of each Trading Department in relation to the total size.


Creating a Store Plan

1. Click on “Create Store Plan” in the menu bar.
2. The plan type relates to whether this is a Refurbishment or a New Store. With a Refurbishment, SAS takes into account the performance of the actual Store, with New Store, SAS looks at the performance of the Cluster.
3. SAS calculates all its Turning Points and allocations in Feet and will only roll this up to the equipment type at the last stage. So SAS will calculate that a store requires 14 feet for a certain category but will then represent this on the Store Plan Worksheet as 5 Bays (although 5 bays is actually 15 feet) In some cases, especially in smaller sized stores, a category may only deserve the 14 feet recommended, so with the “Allocate in Feet” option ticked SAS can be more accurate.

Business System Administrator

1. The Business Systems Administrator is a role to maintain and create Category information as well as maintaining and creating systems parameters.
2. The main screens in the Admin Menu govern the ability to create or edit all elements of SAS’s hierarchy.