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Surprisingly, more than 70% of retail companies use Excel as their principal tool for planning, demand forecasting and optimization. Many of these companies are in “Spreadsheet Hell”, a continuing state of inefficiency and disruption related to using Excel for cross channel merchandise and assortment management. Dozens, and even sometimes, hundreds of spreadsheets are used throughout an organization and its extended enterprise with incorrect or inconsistent formulas, inaccurate numbers, no central repository of information, and no version control. This leads to major inefficiencies, frustration, and decisions made based on incomplete information. And even with this enormous amount of data everywhere – information on sales, inventory and profits – it is generally not available in an aggregated view to intelligently take action.