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Welcome to the Avantalytics blog feed! Many companies use their news feed to give overall company events.  We think its way cooler to use our news page to show you how we're always making our services better! 

We're always working to advance our service offerings to empower our retail partners and their suppliers. Browse below to find information on new features, site updates, tips and more! You can also use the search bar below to directly locate a topic.



Published 3/19/19 -- While Spring may be very elusive so far this Spring, we decided to deliver the arrival of the April Insight update early to make up for it.  This one couldn't be more timely either.  If you're familiar with the Weekly Retail Sales Trend panel or Region Weekly Sales Trend panels and are lucky enough to be loading daily sales and inventory data, you've probably wondered how to get daily granularity information to match.…
Published 3/1/19 -- In our March monthly insight panel update we put a little twist on the monthly update pledge.  Instead of featuring a new insight panel, we've added a helpful feature as an enhancement to a number of insights - the ability to right-click for a context sensitive menu giving you the option to immediately run a number of relevant reports.  In our on-going quest to make data as easy as possible to explore - this extends the standard link drill-through to a whole host of options.…
Published 2/16/19 — Our latest monthly addition to our insight panel library brings a new addition to the Weather Analytics service component.  The insight panel is "Temperature Trend" and is designed to make it super easy for you to visualize temperature data in a given region over time.  The benefit of this is that you can also see metrics about the changes.  Because temperature changes are random in the short term,…
Published  2/11/19 --- For our merchandising company clients, managing and coordinating and tracking field visits by employees during season can be a hassle - especially when you're talking about hundreds of stores and thousands of field employees.  Add turnover in and the job can seem like managed chaos.  Luckily, we're into managing chaos and to help with this problem we've added a store/employee hours scheduling interface that is easy to use with drag and drop capabilities.…
Published 1/23/19 — We recently finished an upgrade to your category and competitive monitoring service.  In addition to enabling new metrics, we upgraded the interface to make evaluating your items vs your competitors nearly seamless.  The upgrade also centralizes important visualizations so you can remain in the category monitoring research results wile viewing key visualizations including price change maps, price trend analysis, price point distributions.…
Published 1/13/19 — For our customers utilizing or automated ordering engine we're happy to announce the initial release of report 122 - which is a report output mirroring the results of you running a particular ordering template.  The benefit of this report is that it allows you better access to the computer generated results.  While the user interface for altering automated orders is flexible, sometimes you may just want to see what the computer deemed necessary.…
Published - 1/10/19 — Good Morning, we've been working on integrating a new feature known as "User Groups" to complement our Merchandising and Field Sales Management service.  If you're a client of this service, being able to group and filter and report on users based on pre-defined lists is a welcome new feature.  To utilize this feature - we've added a new option within "Manage Your Team" - called "Manage User Goups".  See below.…
Published 1/7/19 — We've just added a new insight panel for the Category Management and Monitoring service - its called "Retail Promotions".  The goal of this analytic panel is to allow you to monitor and review recent promotions, both for your items as well as your competitors.  The gear customization options for this panel are flexible to allow you to limit the time period, regions, and items which you wish to see.  Moreover, this panel allows you to view which type of promotion - sale,…
Published 12/29/18 — A customer request lead to this enhancement - its a simple one to understand, but important to us as we're always looking to improve the user experience and usability of the facets of our services.  Toward this end, we've added a user configurable parameter that allows you to choose whether you'd like to have the totals in the web reports summarized above or below the report data.…
Published 12/20/18 — As part of an overall update to our competitive monitoring and category management service, we upgraded this insight panel to allow you view the number of instances where your items are over or under priced by allowing you to group the counts over any of your 24 categorization paradigms you may have set up.  Previously the insight only reported totals by market/patch - and this remains the default choice, but now you can use the gear to select alternate grouping methods.…
Published 11/5/18 — We're always improving the customer experience here at Avantalytics. We've introduced a couple of great features to the Avantalytics app that will look familiar to home office staff. We think it's important to allow any person working for a company to go mobile if they need to. Now, on the Avantalytics app, which is available in the iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/avantalytics/id1419813253?mt=8 and Google Play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.…
Published 11/2/18 — We have to admit, here at Avantalytics one of the things we are most proud of are our brightly colored heat maps. These insight panels provide a vibrant way of quickly seeing a large amount of data and being able to mentally process it in a holistic way, which is a great way to display different types of data for different types of learners. Their ability to also zoom in on specific regions allow users to customize their views to suit their needs.…
Share merchandising and other tasks with Avantalytics Partners. As Avantalytics grows, more companies in similar fields have been added to our clientele. It can be helpful to coordinate with Avantalytics Partners to share tasks and other limited sets of information. When it comes to work, it's always good to divide and conquer. Watch our short video below that introduces you to how to initiate a 3rd party connection with a fellow Avantalytics Partner.…
We're going to make you a task-writing pro in under ten minutes. Devising tasks and surveys for your field staff can be tricker than it looks. The difference between writing a decent survey and a phenomenal survey can radically alter the quality of the data you can analyze later. Save time and headaches down the line by getting the phrasing and set up of your tasks and questions right the first time. Ten minutes spend here will save you hours later.…
Looking for some inspiration for working with Custom Regions? We teach you how to set up custom geographic regions to follow employees like your sales reps and regional managers in this week's Avantalytics tutorial. Easily set up insight panels, run reports and set up WebQueries in Excel. The benefit of creating rep regions is that you can change the stores assigned to each rep without breaking any insight panels or reports. Set up regions without worry. Click on the link below to learn how.…



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