Big Data Analytics in Fashion Retailing

Big Data Analytics in Fashion Retailing

Karthi Krishna
Final Year,
Department of Fashion Technology,
Sona College of Technology,
Salem, Tamil Nadu.


Dr. A.C. Kaladevi
Department of Computer Science and Engineering,
Sona College of Technology,
Salem, Tamil Nadu.


1. Introduction:
As apparel and fashion industry is moving toward virtual and digital supply chain it requires adopt more new technology and software to achieve the goal. It this place big data analytics plays a major role in developing the goal of digital fashion supply chain. As we all know now days customers are mostly preferring to do go with online shopping than traditional offline shopping. Once customers use online platform for purchasing fashion products more dates are generated in verities of produced. These different varieties of dates and its applications are discussed in detail in this article.

Big Data in Fashion Retailing

2. Properties of Digital Data:

2.1 Condition:
It deals with the rules which should be followed during data analysis such as, what kind of methodology should be followed during the process to attain the desired result.

2.2 Composition:
It deals with the what kind of structure does the data made of, types and nature of data etc.

2.3 Context:
It deals with the result generation and how the method how the data is answered by the query.

3. Classification of Digital Data:

3.1 Unstructured data:
This type of data does not follow any structured model or it does not follow any definitive structure or form. Almost nowadays approximately 90% of data handled in a firm fall under unstructured data. For example, Images, videos, voice recordings fall under this category.

3.2 Semi-Structured data:
This type of data falls under both structured and unstructured data. It has both the characteristics of structured and unstructured data model. For example: Email, XML files, HTML etc.

3.2 Structured data:
This variety of data module has a proper structure. A programmer or a user should follow a structured method to send query about a data from a data base.

4. Big data – Definition:
Big data is high-volume, high-velocity and/or high-variety information assets that demand cost-effective, innovative forms of information processing that enable enhanced insight, decision making, and process automation.”

-by Gartner IT Glossary

5. Properties of Big Data:

5.1 Volume:
Big data could process very huge volumes of data from Bits to Yottabytes.

1Bits0 or 1
2Bytes8 bits
3Kilobytes1024 bytes
4Megabytes10242 bytes
5Gigabytes10243 bytes
6Terabytes10244 bytes
7Petabytes10245 bytes
8Exabytes10246 bytes
9Zettabytes10247 bytes
10Yottabytes10248 bytes

Table: 1 Growth of digital data

5.2 Velocity:
Big data processing is high speed compared to traditional structured data processing.

5.3 Variety:
Big data can process all three types of digital data.

6. Benefits of Big Data:

  • More data
  • More accurate analysis
  • Greater confidence in decision making
  • Greater operational efficiencies, cost reduction, time reduction, new product development, and optimized offerings, etc.

7. Application of Big Data in Retail Stores:

7.1 Customer relationship management (CRM):
It helps to observe how customers interact with the respective fashion brand. It helps the fashion brand to formulate the sales strategy and customer’s experience with the brand which ultimately results in increase in sales volume.

7.2 Cost saving:
With the data generated by the customers we can observe the least sold product or least interacted part of the store. With that data we can invest the money in the proper areas and product through which we can maximize the profit.

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7.3 Formulating Effective marketing strategy:
By observing the data generated by the customers with the brand we can observe how frequent they we engaged with the particular brand and study the psychology of their customer and formulate the better marketing strategy to attract new customers and increase sales.

7.4 Identifying the target market:
Trends defer from country to country. Before a brand plans a launch of a collection, they must study people’s preference with their choice of product and analyse their needs with respect to the brand with the data collected a brand should analyse who their target customers across the globe. This helps a brand for brand extension across the globe.

7.5 Inventory planning:
Every month brand will review sales report hoe much SKUs have been sold in the month. Which range and which collection is sold is analysed by a data analytics team at head office team. According to the stock clearance each store next batch of collection is manufactured in the factory with JIT principle.

8. Conclusion:
As we all know nowadays entire world relies on smart devices. Usage of these devises produce huge volume of data in various forms which is considered as Big data. Understanding Big data in fashion retailing will help a brand for increment in their sales and their strategies for brand extension across the globe.

9. References:

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