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.
For too many companies, a critical piece of data fact-finding ― the measurement of demand uncertainty ― is handled by simple but inaccurate rules of thumb. For example, demand planners will often compute safety stock by a user-defined multiple of the forecast or historical average. Or they may configure their ERP to order more when on hand inventory gets to 2 x the average demand over the lead time for important items and 1.5 x for less important ones. This is a huge mistake with costly consequences.
In this blog, the spotlight is cast on the software that creates reports for management, the silent hero that translates the beauty of furious calculations into actionable reports. Watch as the calculations, intricately guided by planners utilizing our software, seamlessly converge into Smart Operational Analytics (SOA) reports, dividing five key areas: inventory analysis, inventory performance, inventory trending, supplier performance, and demand anomalies.
This article is about the real power that comes from the collaboration between you and our software that happens at your fingertips. We often write about the software itself and what goes on “under the hood”. This time, the subject is how you should best team up with the software.