Like most retailers, you’re probably drowning in data.

But how can you use this information to make timely, accurate decisions?

It must be collected from multiple stores and silos. Creating new reports for key personnel demands hours of manual work. During time-sensitive events – like Black Friday – you cannot make proactive decisions  You’re always chasing your data, so important opportunities are missed. Microsoft’s Power Platform has the tools to solve all these problems at once.

But how can you use this information to make timely, accurate decisions?

It must be collected from multiple stores and silos. Creating new reports for key personnel demands hours of manual work. During time-sensitive events – like Black Friday – you cannot make proactive decisions. You’re always chasing your data, so important opportunities are missed.

Microsoft’s Power Platform has the tools to solve all these problems at once.

First, it makes your data effortless to understand

Power BI connects data from all your retail systems.

This includes supply chains, transportation, sales, marketing and more. Even ordinary Office applications, like Excel, are plugged in. When new spreadsheets are uploaded, Power BI digests any relevant numbers.

Everything is brought together and presented visually in real-time:

  • How might a promotion impact your inventories?
  • What is the actual cost of a sale – and at what times – after all your overheads are factored in?
  • What’s your average order size from one hour to the next?

Power BI answers any question, for any store, at any moment. And it’s always fully updated as new data arrives. Instantly compile your findings into eye-opening reports and send them to all your decision-makers in a few easy clicks.

Or schedule these updates to happen automatically.

These actionable reports are vital in areas like your supply chain – where timely information is so critically important.

And that’s only the start of what Microsoft’s Power Platform offers you.

Even more extraordinary is how you harness your retail data

Use Power Apps to build your very own custom apps.

It connects to all the same information.

Anyone can use it to make their work more efficient – without learning to code. 

  • Do your staff waste time counting stock and inventories?

Build an app which does it for you – simply by taking a photograph. Power Apps’ drag-and-drop A.I. tools improve your app’s object recognition with every use.

  • Want to encourage more upsells, increasing every order?

Create an app which connects to your customer data, automatically offering new suggestions. Or give this tool to your shop floor. As they help customers shop, they’re shown complimentary items. You can even have the app trigger custom promotions they’re authorised to offer on the spot.

  • Need a way to measure your transactions per hour?

Give your managers an app to access critical store information anytime, anywhere. During important promotions, automatically send updated hourly reports so they’re always kept in the loop.

These are just some of the endless opportunities you might exploit.

It’s worth using, even if you’re a pro developer, because you don’t have to code everything from scratch. Nor do you waste a moment on security and authentication; they’re already built into the existing platform. Focus all your talents on solutions – nothing else.

Power Apps alone is shown to save employees 3.2 hours per week.

And Power Platform still has more…

Automate repeat tasks anywhere in your retail operation

You’re probably familiar with chatbots. Indeed, you may even use them to field customer questions. But did you know, almost any repeat task can now be automated this way?

Use Power Virtual Agents to banish heaps of tiresome admin tasks from your workload.

Again, you don’t need any coding abilities or A.I. expertise. Virtual Agents connects to all your backend systems. Build amazing, time-saving solutions – within HR, sales, order fulfilment and more.

In this video, Microsoft expert Sergio Giusti demonstrates its incredible simplicity.

He builds a new chatbot to field common HR requests in a couple of minutes. What’s more, these ‘Virtual Agents’ connect easily to Microsoft Teams.

Automate repetitive communications anywhere in your operation.

A Forrester study found Power Platform delivers an average 502% return over 3 years.

Businesses are typically paid back within 11 short months. What’s the best way to join them?

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