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Which Data Types Should Retailers Prioritize?

July 31st, 2014 | Posted by Dan Schreff in Retail - (Comments Off on Which Data Types Should Retailers Prioritize?)

In a recent article from Convenience Store Petroleum Daily News, APT Chairman Jim Manzi commented that if retailers want to understand how each business decision affects the bottom line, they should prioritize data sources, such as:

  • Customer data
  • Transaction log data
  • Weather information
  • Area demographics
  • Competitor fuel pricing

According to Manzi, the most valuable data streams are those that can be used to directly determine the cause-and-effect relationship between any new initiative and key metrics.

Read the article here

APT’s Software Suite for Restaurants

July 28th, 2014 | Posted by CCorman in Restaurants - (Comments Off on APT’s Software Suite for Restaurants)

APT SVP Jonathan Marek discusses APT’s software suite for restaurant organizations, which includes Test & Learn, Menu Analyzer, and the APT Index.

How Can Manufacturers Leverage Data to Identify Performance Drivers?

July 23rd, 2014 | Posted by Dan Schreff in Manufacturing - (Comments Off on How Can Manufacturers Leverage Data to Identify Performance Drivers?)

Watch APT SVP Aaron Fidler discuss how CPG manufacturers can benefit from using flexible and deeper analytics that bring together multiple data sets to understand which factors are driving performance.

What Digital Ordering Means for Restaurants

July 18th, 2014 | Posted by CCorman in Restaurants - (Comments Off on What Digital Ordering Means for Restaurants)

In a recent article for Chain Store Age, APT SVP Jonathan Marek discusses how digital ordering is impacting the restaurant industry. He also discusses questions that arise as a result of digital ordering, and how Test & Learn can help restaurants confidently answer these questions. Click here to read the article.

Consumers Spend $5.1B on Father’s Day Weekend

July 14th, 2014 | Posted by CCorman in APT Index - (Comments Off on Consumers Spend $5.1B on Father’s Day Weekend)

The APT Restaurant Index showed that restaurant sales rose [+1.7%] during Father’s Day Weekend this year compared to the same time last year, translating to a total spend of $5.1 billion.

Overall restaurant sales comps remained practically flat in June, with a [-0.06%] decline. A [-1.8%] decrease in number of transactions was offset by a [+1.8%] increase in dollars per transaction.

The APT Index provides restaurant organizations with a hyper-local benchmark of restaurant sales data in the areas immediately surrounding their locations. Based on actual sales data from tens of thousands of restaurant locations, the APT Index helps in creating restaurant-specific benchmarks, understanding the impact of national campaigns and major events, and explaining performance to investors.

Click here to download a sample report from the APT Index.

APT Index: Father’s Day Sales Surpass $33 Billion

July 11th, 2014 | Posted by JDouglass in Retail | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on APT Index: Father’s Day Sales Surpass $33 Billion)

Data recently released from the APT Index shows that while same-store retail sales were flat year-over-year for U.S. retailers in June, Father’s Day weekend generated sales of over $33 billion, an increase over Father’s Day weekend last year. Top performing cities for Father’s Day weekend included San Antonio, TX [+5.9%], Denver, CO [+4.9%], and Charlotte, NC [+3.5%].

The APT Index provides retailers with a hyper-local benchmark of retail sales data in the areas immediately surrounding their locations. Based on actual sales data from over 65,000 retail locations, the APT Index helps in creating store benchmarks, understanding the impact of national campaigns and major events, and explaining performance to investors.

Please click here to read the full APT Index June results. 

Making Category Management Decisions Faster

July 9th, 2014 | Posted by JDouglass in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Making Category Management Decisions Faster)

Watch APT SVP Mark D’Agostino discuss the unique analytic needs of a category manager and speak about how APT is addressing those issues with over 40 of the top 100 U.S. retailers.

Common Mistakes in Menu Pricing

July 8th, 2014 | Posted by CCorman in Pricing - (Comments Off on Common Mistakes in Menu Pricing)

Getting pricing strategy right may be the most challenging task for restaurant organizations — wrong decisions can lead to guests trading down to lower-priced items, or lost traffic. Similarly, failing to take price where it’s available can leave millions of dollars of profit on the table. In this video, Jonathan Marek – APT SVP and Restaurant Practice Head – discusses common mistakes restaurants make when setting menu prices, and the need for a robust Test & Learn process.

Unique Challenges Facing European Retailers

July 2nd, 2014 | Posted by JDouglass in Retail | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Unique Challenges Facing European Retailers)

APT SVP and Head of Europe Luca Zuccoli recently discussed some unique challenges facing European retailers today, and what they can do to address these challenges.

Unique Challenges Facing European Companies

July 2nd, 2014 | Posted by JDouglass in Financial Services - (Comments Off on Unique Challenges Facing European Companies)

APT SVP and Head of Europe Luca Zuccoli recently discussed some unique challenges facing European companies today, and what they can do to address these challenges.