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K.I.S.S. Your Complicated S&OP Goodbye

Is your S&OP process too complicated? If so it’s time to KISS that headache good-bye. A sales and operations planning (S&OP) process should simplify and streamline the company, not add additional complications. If this is not your reality, it’s time [...]

What should a CFO know about inventory and inventory turns?

Inventory, as a large item on the balance sheet, is always an important concern for a manufacturing company and its finance team. Most financial managers would like to see inventory reduced to free up cash for other purposes.

DemandCaster Increases Real-Time Inventory Visibility for Optimized Supply and Demand Planning in Plex, NetSuite, and Other ERP Solutions

As digital transformation continues in retail, companies need precise supply and demand planning to help increase flexibility and responsiveness — while also reducing overstock and out-of-stock situations.

Are supply chain risk assessment and management CFO issues?

Supply chain disruption interrupts the flow of goods, and that means it has the potential to have a major effect on a company's financials. Here's what business leaders -- including CFOs -- should know.

Be a Great Supply Chain Leader – Keep it Simple

General Colin Powell once said, “Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.” This statement holds very true for for supply chain leaders. To simplify is [...]

See DemandCaster in Action at NetSuite’s SuiteWorld18, Booth 416

The DemandCaster team is excited to be exhibiting at NetSuite’s SuiteWorld conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, on April 23-26, 2018. SuiteWorld—touted as the “industry’s #1 Cloud ERP conference”—gives attendees the opportunity to tap into the power of the NetSuite ecosystem, [...]

Why CFOs Love DemandCaster

Supply chain planning is a discipline that touches every function within a business—often with financial implications—and therefore it’s no surprise that CFOs often taken a keen interest in the subject. We continue to see examples of poorly designed supply chain [...]

STM Brands Uses DemandCaster with NetSuite for Accurate Supply Chain Planning

Supply Chain Planning Software Helps Increase Operating Margin by 20% Australian-based STM Brands makes high-quality accessories for tablets, laptops, and phones and markets them globally. They relied heavily on spreadsheets for demand forecasts and planning, but when Ethan Nyholm, President and [...]

A Salute to Demand and Supply Planners Everywhere

At the risk of preaching to the choir, I want to share with you an important insight that I didn’t fully appreciate until only recently: demand and supply planners deserve more respect. Plain and simple. I thought I had a [...]

ASK Power Relies on DemandCaster for Accurate Capacity Planning and S&OP

Supply Chain Planning Software Improves On-Time Delivery to 99% As a manufacturer, two keys to remaining competitive are the abilities to accurately plan capacity and perform sales and operational planning (S&OP). ASK Power, an Aurora, IL-based manufacturer of electrical power [...]

How Inventory Optimization is a Lot Like Dieting

We all know what to do and what not to do. The key is to develop a plan—and stick to it. A new year is upon us and you may have made a personal resolution to get in better shape. [...]

4 New Year Resolutions for Supply Chain Planners in 2018

You’ve completed a successful 2017 and you likely have plans set for 2018. Even so, it’s a good idea to take a moment and think about what you’d like to do different this year by looking at areas of your [...]

Why You Need Dynamic Supply Chain Planning to Compete

A recent Reuters article headlined “U.S. department stores tap brakes on stocking for holiday season” points out that “Macy’s Inc, J.C Penney Co Inc, Kohl’s Corp, Nordstrom Inc, Dillard’s Inc and Hudson Bay Co’s Lord & Taylor are among the [...]

Supply Chain Planning: It’s All About the Right People, Process, and Technology

The 2017 IBF Conference, which took place last week in Orlando, Florida, offered a wide array of presentations, exhibits, and offline discussions that drew a healthy audience of planning and forecasting practitioners and executives, all interested in sharing their experiences [...]

The Four Benefits of Comprehensive, Cloud-Based Supply Chain Planning

More businesses are realizing the value of the data they generate day-to-day. One key area is optimizing the flow of materials in your operations. With this insight, you can be more proactive in your planning and execution, better positioned to [...]

How Integrated Supply Chain Planning Can Turbo-Boost Your Response Time

Shifting customer demand has put many supply chains through turmoil as they struggle to respond. The likely cause is that most planning happens in a vacuum—on spreadsheets or in disconnected systems. Supply chain planning is much more effective and your [...]

3 Advantages Top Performing Companies Gain with Cloud-Based Supply Chain Planning

Supply chain planning includes your strategic business objectives, demand, supply, capacity, and of course, your constraints. There are a lot of moving parts to planning, especially when demand can shift more quickly than ever before. That’s why it’s critical to [...]

The 3 Pillars of Effective Sales and Operations Plans

If you’re like most companies, unpredictable demand is a big challenge. It affects nearly everything you do: promotions, pricing, inventory management, supplier management, production/distribution management, and profitability analysis. The problem is getting everyone on the same page, especially if that [...]

How to Minimize the Bullwhip Effect with Strategic S&OP

You are likely familiar with the “bullwhip effect,” which refers to increasing swings in inventory as you try to meet shifting customer demands the deeper you move into the supply chain. The largest “wave” of the whip hits the supplier [...]

Are Your Sales Forecasts as Effective as They Could Be?

You may think your sales and operations planning is fairly accurate. You have an idea about customer demand based on what has occurred over the past month and you’ve put the appropriate inventory in place to meet those demands. Unfortunately, [...]

DemandCaster Now Hosted in the Plex Data Center

On March 12, 2017, we migrated DemandCaster forecasting and demand planning software and data service from Chicago, IL to the Plex Data Center in Auburn Hills, MI. The Plex Data Center is managed by a team of professionals with decades [...]
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