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How Dollar General Leverages Streaming Pipelines for Real-Time Retail Use Cases

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As one of the largest retailers in the US, with millions of customers across 20,000 stores, Dollar General knows a thing or two about customer satisfaction. But evolving customer expectations demanded a fresh approach to unlock the true potential of customer and operational data locked away in siloed systems.

In this fireside chat, you’ll hear from Dollar General’s Head of Merchandising and Supply Chain Engineering Suman Pattnaik on the reasons why Dollar General chose data streaming as a critical component of the organization’s data architecture.

We’ll cover:

  • How Dollar General leverages data streaming as a key enabler for better decision making
  • How streaming pipelines fits into Dollar General’s overall data strategy to unlock data in siloed systems and make its vision of “data products” a reality
  • Why Dollar General is implementing a multi cloud strategy
  • Best practices for implementing real-time retail use cases like replenishment, inventory, and merchandising
  • How to sell the value of data streaming to leadership and other practitioners, with specific example

Don’t miss this exclusive webinar for a tactical deep dive into how data streaming can be adopted to deliver superior customer and employee experiences in retail, with tactical tips and recommendations from an industry veteran.

Suman Pattnaik leads the Merchandising and Supply chain Technology at Dollar General. He is a Big data and streaming Technology evangelist and Innovator. In his previous roles at Walmart, Suman architected as well as led teams that built Walmart’s modern, real-time inventory, forecasting and real-time replenishment platforms. Specializing in stream processing, big data architectures, and cloud computing at scale, Suman also has extensive experience designing various distributed platforms. He holds nine patents, with several more filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Suman has been a regular speaker at a variety of technology conferences and seminars and is the founder of the Bentonville Java and Cassandra Users Group. In 2022, Suman was honored as one of the five recipients of the "Leader in Data Streaming" award at Connect. He holds a BTech from Biju Patnaik University of Technology, India, and an MBA from Sam M. Walton Business College.

Bharath Chari leads the solutions marketing team for horizontal use cases at Confluent. In his current role, he has played an integral part in defining Confluent’s solution-centric approach and has successfully launched several end-end campaigns and GTM motions to generate market awareness and drive demand for solutions and use cases. Before joining Confluent, Bharath led global product marketing for IBM’s global data integration and AI portfolio. Bharath holds an MBA from the McCombs School of Business and lives in Austin, TX.

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