Innovating Upstream Design to Boost On-Shelf Availability

It’s now a little over one week until the showcase finale of our On-Shelf Availability (OSA) Innovation Challenge. These initiatives have the power to tackle some of the stubborn problems in retail today. In this final preview, we will shine a spotlight on innovations in Upstream Design.

In the complex world of retail, ensuring that products are available on the shelves when consumers want them is crucial for maintaining customer satisfaction and driving sales.

This is particularly challenging in the upstream design of the supply chain. Here several key issues can disrupt the smooth flow of goods.

Our judges were looking for smart approaches to these unique upstream design challenges ranging from labour shortages affecting transportation and stocking to inefficient shelf space and packaging use.

Each obstacle can have a significant impact on managing retail losses.

Standout innovations that impressed our panel of 36 global OSA experts, representing dozens of leading international brands, in the Supply Chain category include:


Subcategory: Planning of hours & replenishment routines

AlgoRetail's AI platform optimises inventory and on-shelf availability throughout the product journey, streamlining retail operations for improved profitability and efficiency.


Subcategory: More sophisticated planogram technologies

Arpalus uses AI and AR through a smartphone app to optimise shelf space, ensure product availability, and enhance planogram compliance in retail.

Badger Technologies

Subcategory: More sophisticated planogram technologies

Badger Technologies deploys autonomous robots for real-time shelf scanning and data analytics, enhancing planogram compliance and operational efficiency in grocery retail.


Subcategory: Malicious loss

Centific integrates advanced security features and real-time analytics to enhance retail safety, deter theft, and optimise operational efficiency.


Subcategory: More sophisticated planogram technologies

Cognitiwe uses Predictive Vision AI to optimise fresh food retail by monitoring freshness and stock levels, reducing waste, and enhancing availability.


Subcategory: Planning of hours & replenishment routines

enRetail employs AI and camera technology to boost on-shelf availability, enhancing demand forecasting and employee productivity in grocery retail. 


Subcategory: Malicious loss

Everyangle employs Vision AI via CCTV to provide real-time analytics and actionable insights, optimising retail operations and reducing loss efficiently. 

Focal OS

Subcategory: Planning of hours & replenishment routines

Focal OS enhances retail efficiency by automating order-writing, labour scheduling, and inventory management, doubling EBITDA within the first month.


Subcategory: Upstream Safety Stock Settings

Leafio leverages AI for predictive analytics in inventory management, enhancing retail efficiency and customer satisfaction with proven global success.


Subcategory: More sophisticated planogram technologies

Recoshelf enhances retail efficiency with smart cameras and computer vision, ensuring accurate pricing and optimal shelf stocking through continuous monitoring.


Subcategory: Planning of hours & replenishment routines

Yoobic optimises on-shelf availability by streamlining replenishment and ensuring compliance through digitized task management and audits for retail operations.

Will any of these be among the ten finalists selected to pitch to our judges? The only way to find out is to sign up for our OSA Innovation Challenge showcase finale on May 22nd

OSA Innovation Showcase Finale - May 22nd

Join us to see pitches from the hottest ten OSA innovators, and hear the tough questions from the judges!


May 8, 2024