Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 35 | Page 10

NEWS South African retailer boosts agility with Oracle AI-powered smart companion, rAInbow, wins challenge Joanne van der Walt, Director, Sage Foundation (left), accepts the award S O utdoor and Fashion retailer and manufacturer, Cape Union Mart International Pty Ltd, has selected Oracle to modernise its retail operations. talented team and well-defined process in excel spreadsheets. As Cape Union Mart continued to grow, it needed a better way to manage its operations. With the Oracle Retail Cloud, the company plans to fuel growth across all sales channels with better inventory visibility and more sophisticated merchandise assortments that keep shoppers coming back for more. With Oracle Retail, the brand can fully embrace automated, systemised workflows driven by dashboards and end-to-end reporting with a common user interface. This will lead to more seamless fulfillment and accurate demand forecasts. “This is a complex project, touching virtually every part of our business,” said Grant De Waal-Dubla, Group IT Executive, Cape Union Mart. “The Oracle team has partnered with us from start to finish; building our trust and giving us an insight into what we can expect in the implementation of the transformational project – we look forward to working with them and rebuilding our retail IT landscape into a world class environment, taking Cape Union Mart to the next level. “By choosing Oracle, Cape Union Mart can focus on business objectives and results, not technology,” said Mike Webster, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Oracle Retail. Until now, Cape Union Mart has managed its retail assortments with a 10 INTELLIGENTCIO “As a cloud provider, we take great pride in building appropriate real- time integration across the Oracle portfolio so our customers can get the information and results they needed quickly – whether that’s moving existing inventory or anticipating next seasons fashion trends and ensuring they are available for customers.” age, a leader for cloud business management solutions, has announced that rAInbow, an AI-powered smart companion supporting victims of domestic violence, has won the Southern Africa Regional Finals of the Hague Institute for Innovation of Law’s (HiiL’s) Innovating Justice Challenge. The regional finals honoured solutions that help people prevent or resolve a pressing justice need. As founding partner, Sage Foundation worked with AI for Good and the Soul City Institute for Social Justice to develop rAInbow, which aims to democratise access to information and support for victims of domestic violence, as well as their friends and family. It can be accessed anonymously via Facebook Messenger and provides a safe space for domestic violence victims to access information about their rights and support options in friendly, simple language. It was launched first in South Africa, with plans to expand its reach. rAInbow will now participate in the Justice Accelerator programme at HiiL’s head office in The Hague, The Netherlands. “We are thrilled to receive this award after an amazing week of learning and connecting with Africa’s best innovators, who are on a mission to bring justice to everyone,” said Joanne Van der Walt, Director at Sage Foundation. “We’re excited for the next phase of rAInbow, which will allow us to impact millions more lives using AI, and we are grateful for the experience and learning that awaits us in The Netherlands.”