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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.

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 [...]

The Taught String Theory

In the April Issue of our newsletter we introduced our “Taught String Theory” which illustrates how effective data sharing can integrate the demand and supply processes of customers and suppliers—as if tied together with a taught string. We are including [...]

Practical Guide to Contingency Planning

We recently posted a blog, “The Crisis in Japan & the need for Contingency Plans”, and have had a few inquiries for more information on contingency plans. Allow us to expound a bit on our view of contingency planning. There [...]

Tampering: Demand & Inventory Planning

Last week, we posted a blog re-introducing Deming’s concept of tampering.  This week we will explore the how tampering creeps into demand and inventory planning. In the case of demand planning, tampering occurs when we simply think they are smarter [...]

Tampering: What is it? Why is it bad?

Tampering is concept that W. Edwards Deming popularized and used often in his lectures.  It is an important and yet subtle concept that many Supply Chain professionals and general managers still do not fully get.   Tampering is basically trying to [...]

Supply Chain Physics I

At DemandCaster, we have developed a concept called Supply Chain Physics. We use this concept to foster communication and accountabilities across functions and improvements within the enterprise. So what is Supply Chain Physics? Physics is defined at “the science [...]

Demand Planning and Inventory Management: It is everywhere… I can’t escape it. Version 2.0

  Ah yes… this is another case of my focus on Inventory Management creeping into everything I do. Last time it crept up on me was while sitting in a Bagel Shop. I reflected on that in my blog posting [...]

Quarter End

It is September 30, 2009.  It is the end of the Quarter.  Funny things happen to the Supply Chain at the end of the Quarter. In all industries, companies are trying post sales and make budget numbers.   For publically traded [...]

Demand Planning & Inventory Management: It is everywhere … I can’t escape it!

I was having lunch at a Bagel shop in downtown Lake Forest, IL yesterday.  I was enjoying my sandwich and looking at the glass display case full of bagels, cookies, and such.  The bountiful display did get my attention and [...]
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