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TOP 5 planogram optimization software in 2023
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TOP 5 planogram optimization software in 2023

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Vlad Lahoda
Vlad LahodaHead of Growth
Planogram Optimization Solutions

Here is a review of the top 5 merchandising automation programs.*

This list is based on both our research and market feedback

Introduction to planogram software

Assortment planning and efficient merchandise display layout are among the most important elements in category management and require diligence and focus at every stage. 

Managing merchandising in several stores isn’t a difficult task if you understand customer preferences, how to manage sales promotions, and how to produce planograms. 

However, managing the retail chain is a completely different game and requires a combination of the same skills and tools:

TOP cloud planogram program providers

The planogram software market is responsive to business needs on process automation. Therefore, an abundance of solutions are available today, and it makes the selection of the "best fit" a very challenging task. 

The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of the most popular offers that feature: 

LEAFIO Planogram Optimization Solution


LEAFIO has been developing retail cloud solutions for over ten years now. Planogram software from LEAFIO AI is the only end-to-end macro and micro space planning solution in today's list. It includes: 

LEAFIO offers free trials and supports an unlimited number of users. Overall, this product provides an integrated macro and micro space planning and management integration designed to efficiently generate planograms for better financial performance and fast execution. Its capabilities, ease of use, and pricing are equally suitable for all types of retail chains, large or small.



DotActiv has been an active market player for over 30 years and currently features:

  1. Store plan creation. 2D plans are generated with a schematic visualization similar to the official floor plan diagrams. The functionality includes a customer action heat map with sales analysis that allows for space optimization and reduction of congestion in the supermarkets during rush hours;
  2. 2D layouts of goods with fixture sales performance analysis. In addition, customers are offered planogram automation capabilities based on a list of criteria (category, brand, size, etc.). Planograms connected to the floor plans;
  3. Planograms are sent to employees in the field via the Activ8 tool, while the layout control at the locations is completed with a mobile application’s photos of realograms and a reference to the generated planograms. This allows the headquarters to check and verify task completion quickly;
  4. Operational retail task scheduling and management tool.

DotActiv offers a free trial for up to 20 users. The cost of the product depends on the number of users. DotActiv also provides space planning outsourcing services. 

Overall, DotActiv has reasonably extensive capabilities in terms of planogramming software. However, there is a feeling of some fragmentation and an asynchronous aspect to its features. In particular, the lack of a planogram implementation status dashboard, the availability of reporting tools for field controllers vs. merchandisers at the store, etc. 

RELEX Solutions


RELEX offers several separate products: 

According to user reviews of RELEX's planogram software on, the product lacks synchronization of planograms and overall retail space plans. In addition, users identify the ease of deployment, quality of technical support, and communication with the help desk as mediocre, along with conclusions about the need for in-depth and detailed training on the platform's capabilities. This can cause additional challenges for employees and the management of smaller retail chains, leading to the conclusion that the platform is more suitable for large players in the retail world.

Symphony RetailAI


Symphony RetailAI has been on the market for about as long as DotActiv. The planogram software consists of:

The Symphony RetailAI functional description fails to explain how the permanent feedback between the main office and retail outlets on task fulfilment is supported (except for the realogram recognition tool) and how daily operations planning is organized in the system.

NielsenIQ - Spaceman


This planogram software is part of the Nielsen Holdings family of products. The company traces its history back to 1923 and is named after one of the forefathers of retail analytics, Arthur Nielsen. 

Spaceman provides planogram generation capabilities and ensures efficient layout arrangement on the shelf with semi-automatic planogram generation, while NielsenIQ Shelf Architect synchronizes planograms and store plans. Store plans are displayed in a Smart Store tool with a 360-degree view. Analytics include charts for key performance tracking, planogram executions, and plan change indicators.

NielsenIQ capabilities are quite extensive, but based on their description, they are not integrated into a single platform. Also, the description of these products does not disclose the communication inconsistencies between the points of sale and the headquarters. According to reviews, this company’s programs are more suitable for small retail chains and are not universally adaptable in functionality for different business sizes. In addition, if you choose this product, you may have problems synchronizing the product with an ERP system. This is not surprising since Nielsen Holdings’ main specialization is, after all, market research and development of marketing tools. 


The majority of the leading solutions are geared towards large retail businesses. In contrast, only a few solutions are suitable for medium and small retail and are flexible and configurable enough to serve their needs.

Almost all solutions feature layout and store plan optimization, but some of them are "stuck" in outdated 2D-modeling technologies, while others offer built-in 3D capabilities.

A few vendors offer solutions that consist of several separate tools that lack synchronization, and this might result in slower and less efficient performance.


  • What is planogram software?

    Planogram software is a tool for creating visual schemes of layouts in stores. It provides info about where the goods need to be placed and the number of their facings. Nowadays, retail chains focus on analytical and data-driven approaches when creating planograms, not only on their visual aspects.

  • Is Retail Space Planning Software Easy To Learn?

    It’s not a rocket-science, especially when you have an experienced “mentor” and ready to learn.
    In LEAFIO we have a course where you will learn all the necessary details and tools the solution provides you for effective planogram generation and merchandising management.

  • How do you create a planogram?

    To make a proper functioning planogram, you need to measure all the fixtures parameters, collect each SKU size, price, photo, brand; data on sales, stock ABC-parameters, margin, supplier, etc. You need them to make not just a visually appealing planogram but the one that will benefit your company.
    Nowadays, experts still create planograms in excel spreadsheets, Power Point, graphic apps, etc. The fact is, it’s time-consuming and lacks analytical data for further optimization. But having digitized the merchandising process, it can be easy and bring ground-breaking or insightful results.

  • How much is planogram software?

    The final quote for the solution depends on many aspects. Please contact us for detailed information.

Vlad Lahoda
Vlad LahodaHead of Growth



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