Mar 24, 2017

Cantactix has an extension for ProSpace

What does it do?  Cantactix calls it "Mission Control" and says it will make you more efficient in your space management process. (Nice job on the "space" reference, Cantactix)

Since Cantactix is a company comprised mostly of ex-JDA/Intactix programmers and product-managers, I believe this is something to pay attention to.  They will be divulging more information and possibly a demonstration in a webinar on April 5th.  Here's the link to register.

Mar 6, 2017

JDA FOCUS 2017 is taking place April 25-28, 2017 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas - and is bound to be one of the biggest and best yet, with keynote speakers including the most decorated Olympian in history, Michael Phelps! Hear from customers like Dick’s Sporting Goods, FedEx Supply Chain, Michael Kors, Kenco, PVH Group and Staples, and how they’ve earned real results with the help of JDA's innovative solutions. Whether you're looking for ways to improve your business process planning, drive cost efficiencies or maximize ROI, FOCUS 2017 delivers unparalleled expertise. RSVP  today:

Mar 1, 2017

Here's a review of JDA's Category Management Suite 2017.1 from ex-JDA product managers

I always look forward to these reviews from Cantactix everytime JDA releases an update.  After you read this post from the Curtis Philbrook at Cantactix, you'll know what's important about the software release and whether you need to upgrade at this time or not.

Click here to read their review

Feb 23, 2017

JDA Releases Category Management 2017.1

If you have access to, you can request your update to Category Managment 2017.1 which includes Space Planning (ProSpace), Space Automation Professional, Assortment Optimization, CKB and Floor Planning.

Feb 17, 2017

Next meeting postponed

At the Walmart Supplier Growth forum in was announced in the Category Advisor breakout session on Thursday that Walmart will be resurrecting the Category Advisors Best Practice group (CABP).  We will be merging this group into the CABP.  Because of this merger, we will be looking for a larger venue.  That means the date and location of our next bi-monthly meeting are up in the air but anticipate it to be sometime in March or April.

We will continue to use this site and forum for communications and share-outs.  An updated agenda will be posted here in advance of the meeting.

Jan 25, 2017

JDA's Category Management 2017.1 Will Have New Icons

Space Planning and Floor Planning have had the same icons since their initial release in 1999.  Starting with the release of 2017.1, which is expected to be released by mid-February, you will see these new icons in your Windows taskbar in addition to a totally new ribbon-style toolbar in your application.
The toolbars, which have changed subtly since the initial release from Intactix in '99, will look like the modern MS Office suite's toolbars.  This may require a bit of relearning for current users but it looks like it's designed intuitively, so you're learning curve should be a quick one.

If you are a keystroke user, your keystrokes will remain the same as well as the dialog boxes you've been using for product/position/fixture/planogram/project properties.

We will also gain some new functionality in the MRU (Most Recently Used) menu.  If you are a CKB user, you'll be thrilled to learn that your database planograms will show up in your MRU though they will not be able to be permanently pinned until 2017.2.

For more details including screen-shots and live demos of Space Planning 2017.1, log on to and join the Space Planning SIG (Special Intrest Group) where you can find a recording of this quarter's meeting.  Here's the link.