Ireland rugby captain and MACE Ambassador Johnny Sexton recently joined MACE retailers from across Ireland at a special business forum discussing ideas and opportunities within Irish grocery retailing.
Also showcased on the day were a number of technologies and solutions to support the continued growth of MACE retailers’ businesses, with this suite of supporting technologies launching across MACE over the next 12 months.
Held at the Killashee Resort & Spa, in Naas, Co. Kildare, this was the first in-person MACE retailer event in more than three years, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Among the new solutions showcased on the day was BWG Foods’ new predictive AI stock management system, ShopLink PRO, which leverages hundreds of complex data points to predict consumer demand for in-store products, allowing for the smarter forecasting of stock requirements while considering business promotions and category management, to deliver the next five-day sales forecasts.
The BWG team also revealed an innovative new HR support service for retailers to manage this very important part of their business.
BWG Foods, owner and operator of the MACE brand in Ireland, also showcased a number of its latest food and beverage concepts, including Háo Chi Bar, the Local Tea Company, Popsicle, Pazza @ Home and I-Scream, the exclusive ice-cream offering.
Important And Informative Meeting
Speaking at the event, Peter Dwan, sales director at MACE, said, “It was wonderful that so many Mace retailers were able to get together for this very important and informative meeting. It’s been over three years since the Mace family got together, which made today’s event even more enjoyable. Retailing evolved over this period, so it was more important than ever that we got together. As we all know, retailers learn from each other.
“Businesses are facing huge challenges with the extraordinary rate of increase in energy costs, as well as rising inflation. Collectively, we need to help each other over the coming weeks and months, as we navigate this latest challenge. Today’s event showcased how technology, innovation, and a joined-up approach will support retailers into the future.”