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See DemandCaster in Action at ASCM 2019

DemandCaster will be exhibiting at ASCM 2019, the inaugural event from the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM), the global leader in supply chain transformation, innovation, and leadership. The conference will take place September 16–18, 2019, at The Mirage in [...]

How do you choose your aggregation levels?

When it comes to aggregation you could traditionally choose top-down or bottom-up. That is not necessarily the case anymore. The Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning said, “Middle-out forecasting is another option, starting somewhere in the middle of a hierarchy; [...]

Calculating Safety Stock: Simpler Might Not be Better

What is safety stock? Safety stock is the extra stock you maintain to mitigate the risk of running out of raw materials or finished goods due to uncertainties in supply or demand. The purpose of safety stock is to ensure [...]

Why it’s great to work in Supply Chain

While many people are dissatisfied with their job, that doesn’t seem to be the case in Supply Chain. Supply & Demand Chain Executive reported, “The Association for Supply Chain Management has released its 2019 Supply Chain Salary and Career Survey [...]

Tea Forte Selects DemandCaster to Improve Planning Ensuring the Continued Delivery of the Ultimate Tea Experience

Tea Forte's pyramid-shaped tea infusers are mainstays in the luxury hospitality world. The company’s teas are offered at leading hotels, restaurants, resorts, and retailers around the world and the brand serves as the exclusive tea purveyor for the James Beard [...]

Forecast vs. Demand Plan – do you know the difference?

Do you know the difference between a forecast and a demand plan? A forecast is a prediction of demand based on numbers seen in the past. Demand plan starts with the forecast but then takes other things into consideration like [...]

Nine Factors That Influence Inventory Planning and Optimization

Inventory planning is hard to do. As supply chain complexity continues to expand, it’s getting more and more difficult to reach and sustain optimal inventory levels. Regardless of the level of difficulty, however, inventory must be managed, and the rewards [...]

Data and the leadership mindset

Lou Rassey says that data is an asset and it should be seen as such. He also noted that there are three key parts to the right mindset of a successful leader in this transitional time. Good leaders should have [...]

Working on your S&OP tech

Technology can be instrumental in bettering your sales and operations planning. The APQC blog said, “Specific industries are adopting technology such as AI and data analytics to address planning challenges, which indicates a critical competitive shift other organizations will soon [...]

Is the skills gap real?

Manufacturing companies across the country and even the world have been talking about the skills gap - but one person claims it isn’t real! Titan Gilroy says it’s an issue with awareness, not a lack of talent. IndustryWeek said, “Parents, [...]

S&OP vs. SIOP: What’s the Difference?

From one perspective, there is very little difference between “sales and operations planning (S&OP)” and “sales, inventory, and operations planning (SIOP)” because the overall objective is the same for both: Get the right inventory to the right place at the [...]

Get digital or get left in the dust

The entire supply chain industry is changing rapidly due to digitalization. Supply & Demand Chain Executive said, “Now is not the time to double down on antiquated or entrenched processes. The supply chain industry is evolving at a rapid pace [...]

DockATot Selects DemandCaster for Enhanced Demand Planning to Help Ensure Every Baby Gets the Comfort They Deserve

DockATot believes every baby deserves to be surrounded in a comfortable environment every day of their lives. Their multi-functional lounging, playing, chilling, resting, and snuggling docks for babies and tots allow mothers to feed, soothe, and bond with their babies. [...]

IoT track-and-trace growth in supply chain

Businesses are investing in supply chain more and more, especially in track-and-trace technology. Supply Chain Drive reported, “Among industries spending on Internet of Things (IoT) technology, the track-and-trace sector is expected to have the largest spending growth — a 24.2% [...]

Why good leaders are trustworthy

Transformation within industries or businesses works best when employees trust their leaders. However, many leaders make the mistake of just asking their employees to trust them instead of building a solid base. If you want to build that trust, demonstrate [...]

What’s happening with supply chain risk?

Supply chain risk actually increased significantly last year. Supply & Demand Chain Executive reported, “A new report from Resilinc reveals that global risks have increased throughout 2018, with geopolitical conflicts, such as trade conflicts and Brexit, posing some of the [...]

Seven Advantages of Integrated Demand and Supply Planning

A championship football team reaches such heights because of teamwork, practice, and a clear strategy.  Both offensively and defensively, team members are drilled over and over to work together and know the plan so that on game day, everyone is [...]

Taking a step back to examine your practices

It’s easy to look externally when trying to improve your processes, but taking a hard look at your current practices should be the first step. Industry Week said, “To break the cycle, rather than reaching for the latest technologies, some [...]

What makes a great demand planner?

What characteristics does a great demand planner have? First of all, they can solve problems. Being creative and objective is a vital part of their job! However, they can also communicate their problem solving methods very well. It’s important for [...]

DemandCaster to Exhibit at the Best of the Best S&OP Conference Presented by ASCM and IBF

According to Mark Moon, a co-author of Advanced Demand /Supply Integration (DSI) Best Practices, a white paper published by the Global Supply Chain Institute of the University of Tennessee Knoxville, "S&OP really needs a strong rebranding effort." We couldn’t agree [...]

Making your demand planning the best it can be

If your demand planning isn’t going as well as you hoped, there are a few things you can do! First, make sure you are really committed to demand planning and you are not just doing it out of perceived obligation. [...]
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