Gap Inc takes first step in deploying cloud across global operations


Global clothing retailer Gap has deployed a suite of cloud services from software firm Oracle with the aim of driving operational efficiencies.

The company, which also the Banana Republic and Old Navy brands among others, said the new software applications will also be used to empower the business teams of its upscale women’s clothing brand Intermix.

Already a long-standing customer, Gap has added cloud services for retail merchandising, integration and inventory management to the Oracle products it uses.

The retailer seeks to simplify Intermix’s operations through a consistent merchandising platform that produces a single version of the truth from buying to inventory valuation. Daily tasks such as purchase order approval and sales auditing are made more efficient with exception-based dashboard notifications and alerts, while an analytics interface identifies actionable opportunities across product, price, promotion and placement.

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“This investment marks the first step on a journey to adopting cloud technology across our global operations,” said Gap’s CIO Paul Chapman at Oracle OpenWorld today. “The Intermix team is inspired by the potential of the solutions. They look forward to new capabilities and insights delivered by the Oracle Retail solutions.

“Over the last six months, my team worked closely with the Oracle retail development, solution management and consulting teams to deploy the solution from strategic planning to go-live.

“Throughout the whole process the teams functioned in tight partnership and tackled any challenges that arose. The excellent work for Intermix has given us the confidence to continue our journey to the cloud with Oracle.”

decreasing implementation times for brands of all sizes and we look forward to seeing what Gap Inc. can accomplish with their new cloud perspective of inventory.”

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