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.
Pulling all the data together on the cloud lets you automatically refresh the data every day and always see the full picture. Then you can run analytics to calculate multiple cost and performance metrics and how those metrics would change if you changed key drivers, such as supplier lead times.
This short note is about one way your business can develop a plan to adjust to one of the likely fallouts from the virus: sudden increases in the time it takes to get inventory replenishment from suppliers. Supply chains around the world are being disrupted. If this happens to you, how can you react in a systematic way?
In this Video Dr. Thomas Willemain, co–Founder and SVP Research, defines and compares the three most used inventory control policies. These policies are divided into two groups, periodic review and continuous review. There is also a fourth policy called MRP logic or forecast based inventory planning which is the subject of a separate video blog that you can see here. These videos explain each policy, how they are used in practice and the pros and cons of each approach.