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October 2016

the-big-reason-your-demand-forecasting-replenishment-software-creates-fear-and-surpriseOne of my rights of passage as a kid during this time of year was a trip to a Haunted House. To this day I love a good haunted house.  It provides the opportunity to forecast what will pop up where and when. What room has the chainsaw, when will the plastic skeleton pop up, and how awful are the sound FX and music as I wander into the spooky dark places. Funny how quickly I can connect with the scary things that happen to companies using old (legacy) Demand Forecasting & Replenishment software that had core development more than 5 years ago. With a consultant brought in who cannot even explain the differences between demand and sales forecasting; you have a really scary (expensive) house of horror. A current event highlights new markets are being created in days and your legacy software was never designed to meet the scenarios we are faced with in our supply chain all the time now. The Ken Bone costume that was born from a presidential debate in a matter of hours. While your demand forecasting has no way to predict this event, how many of you have custom alerts in your system that you can use to highlight specific events and business rules? Read More

Haunted house in creepy foggy background with tree silhouettes.

Visiting a Haunted House this time of year was a rite of passage for me as a kid. To this day I love a good haunted house, forecasting what will pop up where and when? What room has the chainsaw, when will the plastic skeleton pop up, how bad will the sound effects and music really be as we wander into the darkness. Oddly, I can easily connect with the scary things that happen to companies using old (legacy) Demand Forecasting & Replenishment software that had core development more than 5 years ago. Then you bring in the consultant who cannot even explain the differences between demand and sales forecasting and you have a really scary (expensive) house of horror. A great example of the changing time is the Ken Bone costume that was born from a presidential debate in a matter of hours. Ken Bone rose to stardom from his question at a debate. Did you know a Ken Bone Halloween costume was made and being shipped to retailers all within the next 36 hours? That’s just a small part of the Omni-channel retail environment we live in today. Most forecasting and legacy software lack the tools to spin as the market spins within days. The issues in our supply chain today were never considered when the base code was written and consequently, no amount of ‘updates’ can create the fixes need in legacy software…scary, right?!?! So this month in our newsletter let’s take a few minutes, relax and gather a few ideas we can use to impact our supply chain this holiday. I’ve included some video clips, a seasonal index kit download with all the math (press release), and a collection of ideas of which one or two are bound to help your business. Enjoy Your Season

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4 Ideas to Improve Inventory Replenishment
Demand Planning and Forecasting, Replenishment teams often refer to themselves as firefighters, we get it. The problem often is you don’t identify the key issue in time. You throw water on the urgent and lose sight of the important event that has turned into a blaze. Here are some ideas to help you focus on the root issues in your planning, demand forecasting and replenishment processes.

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