Turn a Good Demand Forecast into the Optimum Inventory Plan

ToolsGroup

How Do You Turn a Good Demand Forecast into the Optimum Inventory Plan? Your customers don’t care if you have a great demand forecast. They care if you have the inventory they want when they want it. How do you turn a good forecast into a great inventory plan?

[PODCAST] Inventory Forecasting Lessons for Improved Supply Chain Network Optimization

Cerasis

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“Optimized” Inventory Forecasting a Co-Product of Optimized Central Planning

Arkieva

In a recent blog on Inventory Forecasting the core challenges and business importance of estimating inventory are outlined. Optimized” Inventory Forecasting a Co-Product of Optimized Central Planning was first posted on February 18, 2020 at 8:08 am. ©2017

What is Inventory Forecasting?

EMERGE App

What is Inventory Forecasting? Wait, what has this got to do with inventory forecasting? So, for the majority of small and medium businesses, inventory forecasting is simply an inventory reordering strategy to ensure that your stock levels are in the Goldilocks zone.

Automated Order Processing and Proactive Inventory Management

Speaker: Irina Rosca, Director of Supply Chain Operations, Helix

Organizations need to focus on demand driven supply planning, utilizing real time information on customer orders from all marketplaces (e-commence, Amazon - or other online retailers, and point of sale data from brick and mortar). Focusing on this information once per month during the S&OP meeting is too late for all business units to align. Companies should have seamless integration between order entry, inventory management, forecasting and supply planning models and purchase order status to sense risk, pull levers to mitigate potential risk, and communicate within and outside the organization. This is especially important for new product releases, in store programs or promotions (sales, end caps, PDQ. etc) or online promotions (company run or 3rd party). Depending on total supply chain lead time, not having real time visibility and analysis of this information can significantly affect sales and the bottom line.

Why probabilistic forecasting is better for inventory optimization

ToolsGroup

Last month we published a primer on probabilistic forecasting , an alternative to deterministic or ‘single number’ forecasting. Spreadsheets and legacy suites like SAP APO produce top-down aggregated forecasts using a deterministic approach.

Inventory Forecasting Overview Part 1

Valogix

This blog post provides some basic information about viable inventory forecasting techniques. Forecasting is one of the key steps in inventory planning but not the only one. There are other key variables and processes that come into play in good supply chain replenishment planning including inventory rationalization and optimization. inventory forecasting

Probabilistic Forecasting - a Primer

ToolsGroup

An experienced gambler might hedge their bet on multiple outcomes, rather than just the most likely "single number forecast". At ToolsGroup we have been big advocates of probabilistic forecasting (sometimes also known as stochastic forecasting).

Turn a Good Demand Forecast into the Optimum Inventory Plan

In the Supply Chain

The post Turn a Good Demand Forecast into the Optimum Inventory Plan appeared first on IT Supply Chain. By Alex Achour (pictured). Senior Sales Engineer with ToolsGroup. Industry Talk

How do supply chain professionals rate their demand forecast’s accuracy?

AIMMS

Part I in our series on assessing your Demand Forecasting process. Is your demand forecasting process evolving with the times? Are you satisfied with your level of forecast accuracy? Which function is responsible for managing the forecast process and who is accountable for accuracy? . 6 0 % of respondents stated that the Supply Chain function is primarily responsible for managing the forecast process at their organizations. How are demand forecasts evolving?

Key Questions for a Successful Distribution Network

Speaker: Irina Rosca, Director of Supply Chain Operations, Helix

As we plan for the world of eCommerce and the customer expectation of quick, free shipping, our ability to forecast is turned on its head. This webinar will cover: Strategies for making high-level decisions about your network design and inventory distribution.

Four Steps to Better Demand Forecasting

Logility

Forecasting is an “inexact science” that relies on the data available to you, the math you use, and how you implement the forecast. And your forecasting success is fundamentally impacted by your understanding of that data, its strengths and limits.

Probabilistic Forecasting: Right Fit for Your Business?

Supply Chain Shaman

A Closer Look at Forecasting. Traditionally companies forecast using history (shipments or orders) and applying linear regression to understand the patterns of historical demand using these to estimate future requirements in a time-series format. Traditional forecasting methods, as a result, do not work very well to predict future forecasts. Spairliners: A Case Study in Probabilistic Forecasting. Improving Value Through the Testing of Forecasting Techniques.

Dreaming about accurate forecasts?

DELMIA Quintiq

There is a saying among forecast users: “ If you forecast, you may be wrong; but you will always be wrong if you do not forecast.”. Demand planning is crucial for companies to determine the figures they need in different areas of operations, such as production planning, purchasing raw materials and inventory investments. But how much faith are companies willing to place in inaccurate forecasts? This ultimately improves the quality of the forecasts.

What Technology are Teams Using to Support Their Demand Forecasting Process?

AIMMS

Part II in our series on assessing your Demand Forecasting process . In Part I of this series , we looked at supply chain professionals’ perception of forecast accuracy and how they see their forecast evolving in the future. With supply chain complexity on the rise, can new technologies help to improve forecast accuracy and achieve benefits like an optimized inventory and better customer service? The use of technology for demand forecasting is widespread .

Improve Forecast Quality and Reliability with Value-add Forecasting (Part 1)

Logility

The ability to effectively forecast demand is essential for supply chain management decisions. In fact, demand forecasts are used throughout the supply chain including supply chain design, purchasing, operations, inventory, and sales and marketing. value-add forecasting today.

Common Forecasting Myths Debunked – Part 1 – One Forecast is Enough

Logility

This is the first of a series of four posts that will explore common forecasting myths. In supply chain the impact of a single error can quickly derail an entire forecast. Many companies believe that once a forecast is created success will follow throughout the product life cycle.

How Demand Forecasting Helps You Manage Inventory

AFFLINK

As businesses scale, they need to investigate the accuracy of their inventory management and forecasting processes. Demand forecasting goes beyond simple estimates of product demand, looking into complex patterns over time to produce more accurate and timely predictions. Through better demand, an organization will be able to better manage inventory, increase revenue, and improve customer support. The Major Pain Points of Inventory Management.

Multi-echelon inventory optimization vs inventory optimization

ToolsGroup

Editor’s Note: Last year ToolsGroup became Microsoft’s partner for Multi-echelon Inventory Optimization (MEIO) in Industrial accounts. Microsoft and I collaborated on a blog introducing the basic concept of MEIO, comparing it with Inventory Optimization. Inventory Optimization

Accurate Inventory Forecasting, No Crystal Ball Needed

Unleashed

Proper demand forecasting and inventory control can save a company from buying too much or too little of something, which of course avoids expensive overstock scenarios or stockouts. What is demand forecasting? Demand forecasting predicts what customers will buy, how much they will buy, and when they will buy it. Forecasting for success. Knowing where previous predictions have gone wrong or come true will help you define the parameters of your next forecast.

Reveal Your Real Inventory Planning and Forecasting Policy by Answering These 10 Questions

The Smart Software

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.

Improve Your Inventory Control with Demand Forecasting

Unleashed

Demand forecasting and planning sounds like a complex task requiring input from a team of accountants and economists but, in reality, it’s an easy way to improve your inventory control. In simple terms, demand forecasting uses supply chain information to plan the levels of stock needed to meet expected demand which gives greater inventory control to the supplier. Why forecast demand? Strengthening supplier relationships with demand forecasting.

Gaining Clarity on Inventory Effectiveness

Supply Chain Shaman

The impact of complexity on inventory is not quick. To help, today I want to share some of the insights from our recent Inventory Optimization study. Inventory management is a hot issue. Companies invest in project after project, yet inventory levels remain the same. In business there are many drivers of inventory, and the management of inventory levels requires discipline and a cross-functional focus. What Drives Inventory Effectiveness?

Quantum Inventory Theory?

The Smart Software

The post Quantum Inventory Theory? Blog Demand Planning Inventory Optimization Operational Analytics demand planning implementations efficient stocking ERP forecasting software inventory modeling inventory optimization kpi metrics overstock probabilistic modeling statistical forecasting supply chain analyticsPhysics at the quantum level is quite weird – not at all like what we experience in our usual macroscopic life.

Boost productivity through supply chain resiliency, demand forecasting, & inventory planning

In the Supply Chain

The post Boost productivity through supply chain resiliency, demand forecasting, & inventory planning appeared first on IT Supply Chain. By Avtar Dhillon (pictured). Director, Business Value Consulting, ThoughtSpot. Industry Talk

What’s Your Forecast Accuracy Target for 2019?

ToolsGroup

Editor’s Note: Two years ago we posted a blog about how to set an annual forecast accuracy target and it was one of our most popular topics. Many companies have already started their 2019 planning and budgeting cycles, so if you are in charge of demand forecasting for your company, it’s about time to thinking about your organization's 2019 goals. It seems as if everyone is looking to improve their forecasting performance. Forecasting Demand and Analytics

Multi-echelon inventory optimization vs inventory optimization

ToolsGroup

Editor’s Note: Last year ToolsGroup became Microsoft’s partner for Multi-echelon Inventory Optimization (MEIO) in Industrial accounts. Microsoft and I collaborated on a blog introducing the basic concept of MEIO, comparing it with Inventory Optimization. Inventory Optimization

What’s Your Forecast Accuracy Target for 2017?

ToolsGroup

In 2016, it seemed as if everyone in supply chain was looking to improve their forecasting performance. Unsurprisingly, the highest percentage of respondents in a recent Gartner/Supply Chain Digest survey selected forecast accuracy and demand variability as the top barriers preventing them from reaching their broader supply chain goals. How much can you realistically expect to improve your forecast accuracy each year? Forecasting Demand and Analytics

Promotion Forecasting

Cognira

Brochure: Promotion Forecasting. With decades of retail and data science experience, intelligent retail forecasting is Cognira’s core expertise. Our highly accurate, quality omnichannel forecasts represent true customer demand – not just sales history. As a result, our retail clients have just the right amount of inventory on hand, leading to higher sales, fewer stockouts and markdowns, and greater customer loyalty.

Inventory, inventory, inventory. They’ve all got it – inventory.

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

Amongst the many variables in running a Supply Chain, the one certainty in FMCG, Pharmaceutical and Agri businesses is that inventory is solely in the eye of the beholder. Nobody else but Supply Chain actually sees the full unedited and excuse-free realism on inventory and what this stock is doing (always a negative effect) to overall company costs and service. FMCG Forecasting & Demand Planning Inventory Management & Stock Control Supply Chain Analytics

Inventory Forecasting Overview Part 2

Valogix

The Part One of Inventory Forecasting covered an overview to inventory forecasting and the techniques available. This post continues to review the approaches to inventory forecasting. Forecasting Inventory

Is Inventory Waste or an Asset?

Supply Chain Shaman

We were discussing the results of the planning benchmarking work that we have just finished, and I was sharing some insights on inventory management when one of the panelists emphatically stated, “Inventory is a waste to manage. We feel so strongly about this that we do not have an inventory planning role.” His feeling was that inventory is an asset to manage. Inventory is both. Inventory management is a complex subject.

Inventory Can Be Scary

ToolsGroup

“Your inventory problem is scary because you’re selling out before you can make new items to meet demand”. Many retailers agree that inventory can be scary. Jill , Nike and H&M who missed sales projections, upset customers with out-of-stocks, and had to clear excess inventory through deep discounting. Inventory distortion” (the combined cost of out-of -stocks and overstocks) accounts for $1.1 For example, say you have $5,000,000 of inventory at cost on hand.

Forecasting: Let’s Start by Asking the Right Questions

Supply Chain Shaman

This is especially true for forecasting. I find that too many companies try to buy forecasting software through a Request For Proposal (RFP). How forecastable is your product set? What is your Forecast Value Add (FVA) by product segment? Can you easily get to three years of forecasts to back cast the data to analyze the forecasting engines? Backcasting is the process of using prior year’s demand data to try to forecast the current year.

2019 Forecasting and Inventory Benchmark Study

Supply Chain Brain

What does best-in-class forecasting and inventory management look like? Now in its ninth year, E2open’s 2019 Forecasting and Inventory Benchmark Study is the most consistent, comprehensive and useful study of its kind. This public version of the study provides the “state of the nation” for forecasting, inventory and supply performance in North America.