Quick Start Guide to Using Machine Learning for Demand Planning

May 13, 2019

Anyone who has done demand planning knows it is extremely complex, with forecasting challenges and rapidly shifting consumer demand, often exacerbated by seasonality, new product introductions, promotions, and myriad causal factors (e.g. weather, social media). The good news is that these characteristics make demand planning a perfect fit for artificial intelligence solutions. In fact, supply...

How to Make Supply Chain Complexity Work to Your Advantage

May 6, 2019

With supply chain complexity increasing at an unprecedented rate, perhaps the biggest challenge for businesses is figuring out how to navigate this uncertainty to deliver service profitably.

Should You Outsource Demand Planning?

April 30, 2019

Outsourcing non-core business processes has been a time-tested way to cut costs while improving performance. Initially companies focused on functions like Finance and HR. But now they have started outsourcing supply chain business processes like demand planning, allowing them to focus on other business processes while gaining access to world class capabilities.

Design, Operating and Situational Inventory Trade-Offs

April 5, 2019

Gartner analyst Paul Lord has developed a framework to better understand inventory trade-offs by categorising those decisions according to the objectives they are meant to achieve: structural, operational and situational.

How Supply Chain Planning Can Create Profit in a Declining Market

March 26, 2019

When a business finds itself in a declining market, failing to stay in lock step with customer demand poses an existential threat. Trends and other market forces that impact commercial opportunities need to appear on the planning radar. Therefore, traditional push-driven supply chains are wholly unfit for this situation.

Supply Chain Planning in Emerging Markets: Four Points to Remember

March 19, 2019

Supply chain planning in emerging markets is different. And while each market can be unique, we found a few repeating themes in our own experience and from sources including Gartner and our customers Procter and Gamble (P&G) and Cipla Medpro. Here’s what we found:

Which supply chain planning processes should we automate?

January 23, 2019

Now that more companies are embracing supply chain planning productivity and automation, many firms are asking which processes they should automate. Let's first address that question and then look at  where this trend is heading in the future.

ToolsGroup Automates Demand-Driven, Omnichannel Supply Chain Planning at Dixons SEE

January 16, 2019

ToolsGroup and its Greek partner THellas announced today that Dixons South East Europe (SEE) has gone live with ToolsGroup SO99+ software to automate its omnichannel supply chain planning and transform from a supply-driven to demand-driven model. Dixons SEE is part of the Dixon’s Carphone Group worldwide network and operates in Greece under the name Kotsovolos, where it is the country’s...

Recreating the environment in which historical demand occurred

January 15, 2019

At last year’s Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference analyst Tom Enright summarised the essence of successful demand forecasting with the following statement: “Demand forecast accuracy depends on your ability to recreate the environment in which historical demand occurred.”

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