Migros

Web based Store Planning

Web based Store Planning Tool for Migros

The Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund creates and maintains tools for the store planning divisions of all Migros cooperatives. MGB chose mp technology as the technology partner for the concept and implementation of a new web-based Intranet solution, which replaces a large number of check-lists and Excel sheets with a centralized modern multi-user system. mp technology was responsible for the requirements analysis, specification, system architecture, implementation and maintenance of the solution.

Retail Store Planner Tool

The Retail Store Planner Tool is used throughout the Migros Group for the complete planning process when remodeling existing stores or building new ones. The centralized system is connected to several company internal information systems, to make sure that area data and revenue data of existing stores, as well as assortment data and strategic values, are updated on a daily basis.
The users access the system through a modern web interface, where they use a tab layout to view the different steps of the planning process, switching back and forth between the different levels. The UI was designed in a way that data can be compared in a configurable depth of detail, supporting data comparison between plan data, existing stores and strategic revenue values in a simple way, while allowing the user to keep an overview of the overall process.

The solution was implemented in 2012. Next to its user friendly interface and the unified processes, the tool allows Migros to implement new strategies quickly – a capability which is a clear advantage in today’s competitive market environment.

Approach

The Retail Store Planner project started with a short concept phase with several full day workshops and was continued with a Scrum-like development process. The iterative, agile process allowed the team to clarify specification details during the iterations and it was possible to adapt the project to changes in the interfaces and the requirements quickly whenever necessary. The customer was actively involved in the prioritisation process and through the iterative testing approach the customer project manager was always well informed about the project status and progress.

Technology

The Retail Store Planner was implemented as a web application with the open source UI framework Vaadin. Vaadin offers a highly productive development process for complex web applications. The requirements regarding usability and performance of the application were high, because the former solution had been based on Microsoft Excel, which has a lot of built-in productivity features. The development with Vaadin in pure Java was very efficient, compared to classical web development with HTML/CSS/Javascript, because a large number of pre-built Vaadin UI widgets was used.