The Smart Forecaster
Pursuing best practices in demand planning, forecasting and inventory optimization
What is to blame for having too much of the stuff you don’t need and not enough of the stuff you do need? Demand and supply variability are often blamed. These problems are significant and seems impossible to overcome leaving many organizations to simply accept misallocated stock as a cost of doing business. However, the real problem it isn’t simply late supplier deliveries and unpredictable demand. These are supply chain planning “facts of life” and it’s how your company addresses them that counts. Watch Greg Hartunian’s vlog to hear his thoughts and what you can do about it.
Smart Inventory Planning and Optimization automatically calculates the stocking policy that yields the best return for your business considering holding costs, ordering costs, and stock outs. To see it in action, register below to watch a 12 minute demonstration.
In this blog, we review 10 specific questions you can ask to uncover what’s really happening with the inventory planning and demand forecasting policy at your company. We detail the typical answers provided when a forecasting/inventory planning policy doesn’t really exist, explain how to interpret these answers, and offer some clear advice on what to do about it.
Service Level Driven Planning (SLDP) is an approach to inventory planning based on exposing the tradeoffs between SKU availability and inventory cost that are at the root of all wise inventory decisions. When organizations understand these tradeoffs, they can make better decisions and have greater variability into the risk of stockouts. SLDP unfolds in four steps: Benchmark, Collaborate, Plan, and Track.
In the supply chain planning world, the most fundamental decision is how to balance item availability against the cost of maintaining that availability (service levels and fill rates). At one extreme, you can grossly overstock and never run out until you go broke and have to close up shop from sinking all your cash into inventory that doesn’t sell. At the other extreme, you can grossly understock and save a bundle on inventory holding costs but go broke and have to close up shop because all your customers took their business elsewhere.