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Loblaw Doubles Size of Teradata Data Warehouse for More Sophisticated Analysis and Expanded Store-Level Forecasting


Canada’s leading grocery distributor addresses supply-chain issues with new technology; Loblaw’s Teradata data warehouse now one of the two largest in Canada

September 18, 2006 - TORONTO − Loblaw Companies Limited, the largest grocery retailer in Canada, has announced a 100 percent increase in the size of its data warehouse and the expanded use of Professional Services from Teradata, a division of NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR). The new system will help Loblaw move to a significantly more dynamic data environment, add functionality to its enterprise system, integrate all corporate information and provide business users with more timely and accurate analytics.

Loblaw has been using data warehouse technology from Teradata since 1996, and deployed Teradata’s Demand Chain Management (DCM) forecasting applications in 2004. The expansion of the company’s data warehouse was driven by the move to extend demand forecasting to cover all 1,200 Loblaw retail locations to help optimize order forecasting and improve store-level product fulfillment.

“The new technology helps us balance our efforts to improve in-stock positions to better serve our customers with the need to keep inventory costs under control. The Teradata data warehouse combined with the DCM application will minimize our out-of-stocks while reducing safety stock levels,” said Roman Coba, senior vice president and chief information officer of Loblaw.

“Loblaw is innovatively using Teradata’s data warehouse and DCM tools to drive improvements throughout its organization, from procurement through point-of-sale. This is critical as the retail business in Canada continues to get more competitive,” said Rick Makos, president of Teradata in Canada.

About Loblaw Companies Limited

Loblaw Companies Limited (“Loblaw”) is Canada’s largest food distributor, with operations across the country. With about 130,000 full-time and part-time employees, Loblaw is one of Canada’s largest private sector employers.

About Teradata Division

Teradata (, a division of NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), is the global technology leader in enterprise data warehousing, analytic applications and data warehousing services. Organizations around the world rely on the power of Teradata’s award-winning solutions to get a single, integrated view of their business to enhance decision-making, customer relationships and profitability.

About NCR Corporation

NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a leading global technology company helping businesses build stronger relationships with their customers. NCR’s Teradata® data warehouses, ATMs, retail systems, self-service solutions and IT services provide Relationship Technology™ that maximizes the value of customer interactions and helps organizations create a stronger competitive position. Based in Dayton, Ohio, NCR ( employs approximately 29,300 people worldwide.

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