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Category: Best Practices

Learn best practices from experts at DemandCaster and other industry experts.

A Focus on the Eighth Lean Waste in Manufacturing

There were originally seven wastes of lean manufacturing, but an eighth was added in the 1990s that should not be ignored! Dave Turbide said, “Variously called unused human creativity, under-utilized talent, incorrect use of abilities, unused human intellect, or simply [...]

The Life of a Demand Planner

What do the first 100 days look like for the average demand planner? What trends does a demand planner hope to establish when embarking on this new journey? Much like POTUS, you can’t go it alone -- you need your [...]

5 Most Common Mistakes Made in Sales Forecasting

Selling anything, from widgets to wide-load trucks, isn’t an exact science. There are fluctuations in demand, in supply of raw materials, in shipping and more. That said, getting as close to reality as possible in sales forecasting is how you [...]

Manufacturing Performance Metrics for Producing Products

Delivering goods and products begins with raw materials, which vary widely by industry and manufacturing process. No matter the industry, however, all inventory must be sourced and managed. The most effective way to do so is by measuring inventory turnover. [...]

Awareness And Knowledge Arise From Cross-Functional Alignment

Supply Chain, finance, commercial, marketing, and any other department that can impact sales volume, are all integral parts of a business. When it comes to the awareness, knowledge and alignment, cross-functional collaboration is key to seeing both opportunities and risks, [...]

How are Millennials Affecting the Supply Chain?

Millennials want more than a good price. They want availability, speed and convenience. More than that, they want to be included in the actual co-creation of the product. To millennials, it's about the experience. Enter "experiential supply chain." At the [...]

The 7 essential Excel tricks every Excel user needs to know

Here at DemandCaster, we use Excel every day. In fact, the original version of DemandCaster was built using Excel and a number of advanced Excel tricks. All DemandCaster reports are defaulted to output as Excel and Excel can be used to easily prepare [...]

Free S&OP Excel Template Series: Budget vs. Plan

The next free S&OP Excel Template is here!!! The fourth release in the Free S&OP Excel Template series is an important report that helps evaluate Budget vs. Plan. One of the main questions the executive team will always ask in [...]

Free S&OP Excel Template Series: Sales Forecast Financial Overview

It's that time again! The third Free S&OP Excel Template in the series is here! Everyone here at DemandCaster is thrilled with all  the positive feedback we have been receiving and an unprecedented amount of followers to this series. I am humbled to [...]

Free S&OP Excel Template Series: Demand vs. Supply

Here at DemandCaster, we are truly humbled by the incredible amount of positive feedback we received after the first post in our Free S&OP Excel Template Series. If you missed our first free template, Forecast Consumption click on the link [...]

Free S&OP Excel Template Series: Forecast Consumption Template

Here at DemandCaster, we are excited to announce our new blog series focused on different Microsoft Excel templates we will be giving away for free. The new blog series is inspired by the launch of our new custom reporting feature [...]

In Excel We Trust! It Depends…

There is no question that Microsoft Excel is one of the most popular business tools used throughout the world. The power of Excel is extraordinary and while many skilled users are able to make it perform complex data management tricks, [...]

Four Strategies to Help You Meet the New Normal, Head-On

Back in January we posted our Supply Chain Resolutions for 2011. In our March newsletter, we shared our four improvement strategies for the remainder of 2011. We are posting them here for those readers that do not receive our monthly [...]

Policy vs. Common Sense

My good friend Guillermo Fernandez, the retired General Manager of Colgate-Palmolive Mexico, would always say: "Common sense, the most uncommon of all the senses." Here is a true story to exemplify this very point. Way back when, I worked for [...]

Software is Only Part of the Answer

Many companies of every size will look at software to improve their operations and rightly they should. Having the right information in the right place at the right time in the right form can certainly help accelerate our ability to [...]
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