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Stage Stores’ Customers Find a Better Fit with SAS®

Shoppers will soon find more of the sizes and styles they want at their local Stage, Bealls, Peebles, Palais Royal and Goody’s stores. Parent company Stage Stores, Inc. (NYSE: SSI) has licensed analytics from business analytics leader SAS to drive revenue growth while improving customer satisfaction and loyalty. Stage Stores, a SAS customer since 2005, also uses SAS® Integrated Merchandise Planning and SAS® Markdown Optimization.

“Having the right sizes and products that are tailored for each store is critical in today's challenging retail environment,” said Steven Hunter, Stage Stores CIO. “Stage Stores has worked with SAS for years, and this latest investment in SAS® Size Optimization will help us optimize size profiles by store to better inform and align buying and inventory allocations to customer demand.”

SAS Size Optimization helps retailers improve sales, margins and team efficiencies while lowering costs. By applying analytics to transform sales data into powerful, size-demand knowledge, they can predict future sales and inventory needs by size and determine case-pack supply to meet changing demand.

“Stage Stores operates in a competitive omnichannel environment, which requires precision,” said Lori Schafer, SAS Retail Executive Advisor. “Creating localized assortments is a complex job, and doing it right means powerful analytics are at work. SAS Size Optimization will allow Stage Stores to keep the right stock in the right stores at the right time, which will keep customers coming back.”

Progressive retailers work with SAS

SAS’ powerful analytics and extensive retail industry experience empower retailers to anticipate customer desires and advance business objectives. Plus, SAS’ portfolio of retail and customer intelligence software is available through several different investment, deployment and growth options.

SAS retail customers include A&P, Aeropostale, Ann Taylor, AutoZone, Beall’s, Belk, Best Buy, Brooks Brothers, Cabela’s, Carrefour, Casino, Casual Male, Charming Shoppes, Chico’s FAS Inc., Coach, DSW, Eddie Bauer, Family Dollar, Foot Locker, Frito-Lay, Gander Mountain, Godiva, Hallmark, Harry & David, Hudson’s Bay Company, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Mark’s Work Wearhouse, Marks & Spencer, Nestlé, Northern Tool & Equipment, Office Depot, Overstock.com, S-Group, Sainsbury’s, Stage Stores, Staples, Tesco, Tractor Supply Company, Waitrose, Wakefern, Williams-Sonoma, Winn-Dixie and 1-800-FLOWERS.COM.

Learn more about SAS Retail Intelligence and SAS Customer Intelligence, and visit SAS at the NRF 103rd Annual Convention and EXPO in Booth 2455.

About Stage Stores

Stage Stores, Inc. operates primarily in small and mid-sized towns and communities. Its stores, which operate under the Bealls, Goody’s, Palais Royal, Peebles, Stage and Steele’s names, offer moderately priced, nationally recognized brand name apparel, accessories, cosmetics and footwear for the entire family. The company operates 888 stores in 40 states. The company also has an e-commerce website. For more information about Stage Stores, visit the company’s website at www.stagestoresinc.com.

About SAS

SAS is the leader in business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market. Through innovative solutions, SAS helps customers at more than 65,000 sites improve performance and deliver value by making better decisions faster. Since 1976 SAS has been giving customers around the world THE POWER TO KNOW®. SAS and all other SAS Institute Inc. product or service names are registered trademarks or trademarks of SAS Institute Inc. in the USA and other countries. ® indicates USA registration. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective companies. Copyright © 2014 SAS Institute Inc. All rights reserved.

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