Demand Planning

Demand planning and forecasting

Accurate and Objective Demand Forecasts

Automatically Capture Trend and Seasonality
Predict Likely Range of Future demand
Flags Exceptions and Cleanse Historical Data

Operational Consensus

Share plan with key stakeholders
Review at any level of hierarchy
Apply overrides and achieve consensus

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Consistent Repeatable Process

Common System, No Spreadsheets
Embed and reuse Forecast Rules
Monitor accuracy and fine tune

Who is Demand Planning for?

  • Demand Planners
  • Forecast Analysts
  • Material & Inventory Planners
  • Operational Research Professionals
  • Sales Analysts
  • Statistcally Minded Executives
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What questions can Demand Planning answer?

  • What is my short and long term demand most likely to be?
  • Which areas of the business and products are trending?
  • What is the forecast at different levels of my hierarchy (customer, item, family)?
  • What is the likely range of future demand?
  • Which forecasts need to be reviewed (exception reporting)?
  • What is our forecast error (accuracy) for each item, group, overall?
  • Are forecast overrides adding value to the process?
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What can Forecasting do?

  • Accurately forecast demand for thousands of items in any unit of measure
  • Capture trends, seasonal, and cyclical patterns at any level
  • Outlier detection and correction to enhance the quality of historical data
  • Identifies “causal” factors such as price and economic data and models their impact on demand
  • Patented Intermittent Demand Planning via APICS award winning “Bootstrapping” technology
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What can Demand Planning do?

  • Create forecasts at any level of the hierarchy – customer, item, product groups, regions,
  • Share forecasts with internal and external stakeholders such as sales and suppliers
  • Apply, document, and track forecast overrides
  • Quantify the impact that promotions will have on future demand
  • Apply user defined forecasting methods and rules
  • Measure forecast error by item and overall
  • Identify exceptions based on statistical and user defined rules
  • Manage item replacements with supersession logic
  • Bill of Material Planning to determine component demand based on the finished good forecast
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Nucleus Research finds that Metro Transit achieves 4:1 ROI in less than 6 months

Nucleus Research evaluated Metro Transit’s deployment of SmartForecasts and found a 4x return on investment in the first 6 months of use. See the complete Nucleus study and learn how Metro:

  • Addresses intermittent service parts demand
  • Assesses tradeoffs between service improvement & inventory cost
  • Determines optimal reorder levels and order quantities
  • Reduced inventory and inter branch transfers while improving fill rates

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