Office Depot is the largest supplier of office supplies and services in Europe. It employs approximately 4,500 people in total. Their two main brands are Office Depot and Viking. Today they are active in 27 European countries. Office Depot has subsidiaries in Belgium, Germany, France, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Spain, the United Kingdom and Switzerland.

Office Depot

Office Depot provides business supplies and services to help their customers work better, regardless of their workplace. Office Depot is a single source for everything customers need to be more productive, including the latest technology, essential office supplies, print and document services, business services, facility products, furniture and school supplies.

Challenge

Office Depot collects and stores product data from the products they sell. Data is collected from various sources, enriched with other data sources and divided into the correct product classes and sub-classes. This is a labor-intensive process.

Squadra Machine Learning Company has developed a proof of concept (POC) algorithm that predicts the class and subclass of a product, using the manufacturer, a product description and (optional) product characteristics based on a training data set provided by Office Depot.

Solution

With the use of modern artificial intelligence (AI) techniques, labor-intensive processes are fully or partially automated. Based on Office Depot’s product data set, Squadra Machine Learning Company has proven the power of Machine Learning and developed an algorithm that can perform classification prediction and variant detection of product data.

Result

A trained algorithm per language offered as an Excel file (and as a web service). The Excel file can be used to enter product information (manufacturer, product description and optional attributes) and it will predict the class and subclasses of these products as output.

The Powerrelate.ai software will be offered as a Software as a Service (SaaS) that can be easily integrated with existing PIM solutions. For more information about a demo, please contact Info@powerrelate.ai or +31 (0) 85 065 3780.