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Category: Supply Chain Planning

Learn more about optimizing inventory in all facilities, connecting demand to supply, and how to drive your S&OP process with powerful, intuitive cloud-based supply chain planning software.

Technology Helps Brands Grow Beyond

In the 2018 National Manufacturing Outlook and Insights report, manufacturers expressed remarkable optimism for their industry and businesses in 2018. More than half of those that responded to the survey that generated the report indicated that they expected growth within [...]

Confronting Disaster with Agile Supply Chains

Predictive analytics in the week prior to the arrival of Hurricane Florence onto the shores of North Carolina on September 14, 2018 estimated that at least 10,000 actual or planned truck shipments to and from coastal regions were at risk [...]

5 Ways Spreadsheets Undermine Your Forecasting and Planning Credibility

It's a scenario many a supply chain planner has faced. And it’s one everyone dreads. You’re in a meeting when a key stakeholder asks, “Where did you get those numbers? They don’t match my calculations?” Your stomach flips. Your chest [...]

Automate Processes for More Accurate Forecasting

Accurate forecasting, or at least as near to accurate as you can get, creates efficiency and cost savings. By having accurate demand forecasts, you can plan inventory with a minimum of overstock, production, and shipping with short lead times along [...]

How to Build a Data-Driven Culture in the Supply Chain

Today we're looking at a recently published report on how to build a data-driven culture. Inside you'll find key insights into why businesses are now investing in developing a data-driven culture and actions that can embed this way of working. [...]

Questions Arise Around Progress of Widespread IIoT Standards

Supply Chain planning capabilities must be: a) reflective of your competitive strategy, b) integrated both vertically and horizontally, c) IoT enabled and digitally powered, and d) supported by an ownership and governance program. Relying on a "can-do" attitude just won't [...]

TCHO Achieves Sweet Planning Success with DemandCaster

Planning success is sweet at the best of times, but never more so than when it’s achieved with a company that is in the chocolate business. TCHO makes premium chocolates and uses only sustainable resources for the raw cacao beans [...]

5 Ways to Reduce Lead Times in Your Supply Chain

The single biggest frustration a customer will have with any business is waiting. The need for on-time fulfillment, to generate high customer satisfaction levels, is key to supply chain management. Delays can do a lot of damage to the reputation [...]

Does Manufacturing Need Lean Methods to Stay Competitive?

Notable manufacturing analysts have concluded that there is great potential to incorporate better planning and visibility software into Lean implementations, which are important to manufacturing companies in order to stay competitive. Contrary to popular belief, Lean does not necessarily equate [...]

Reasons NetSuite Users Choose DemandCaster for Supply Chain Planning

If you’re already using NetSuite ERP (enterprise resource planning), you’ve likely got a handle on billing, as well as other financials, ordering and more. But what about your supply chain planning? For many NetSuite users, supply chain planning is still [...]

DemandCaster Increases Real-Time Inventory Visibility

As digital transformation continues, retail companies need precise supply and demand planning to improve flexibility and responsiveness. They also need to reduce the amount of overstock and out-of-stock scenarios. With its accurate, end-to-end forecasting, regardless of ERP platform, DemandCaster lets [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Top 3 Demand Planning and Supply Planning Software Features

I recently posted a discussion question in a number of Linkedin S&OP groups asking: "What are the top 3 Demand planning and supply planning software features you could not live without?" After writing my 3 part blog series; The painful saga of S&OP [...]

Supply Chain and Finance: Part III – Working with Finance

This posting is the third and concluding parts of Supply Chain and Finance. The first two parts were posted in December 2011. Every company wants to, or should want to, control their inventory. Inventory is essential for smooth production and [...]

Supply Chain and Finance: Part 2 – Costing Methods

Let us continue with more financial based definitions for inventory. There are five ways that Finance can value the inventory. Most companies choose a method and rarely change. The methods are - First in, First Out (FIFO) - Last in, [...]

Finance and the Supply Chain

There is a relationship between Finance and the Supply Chain in almost any company. The Supply Chain has a majority of the assets of the company and is responsible for managing the lions share of the costs. The assets include [...]
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