The best – most accurate – forecasts come from pooling knowledge and insight from people in different roles functions across the business. At Brookes, we belive in using technology to help break down silos and bring together all the data that can enable better planning and inventory management.

When we say collaboration, we mean it 

Despite the best of intentions, we have often seen attempts to collaborate between functions and people with different levels of knowledge and input to the supply chain fail to produce forecasts that really help the business.

The SO99+ Demand Collaboration Hub (DCH) is a consensus building platform that complements demand forecasting by bringing together data from multiple stakeholders. It is a native web application for the primary operating systems (Windows, MacOS, Linux), browsers, tablets, iPhones and Android devices.

It provides a simple-to-use environment where inexperienced or occasional users can collaborate and contribute to the forecast planning process. By evaluating and comparing multiple forecast inputs from sales departments, POS data or any other source, this unique approach mitigates forecast bias and quickly improves forecast accuracy.

DCH supports both internal sources, such as marketing and salespeople, and external sources - partners, retailers, distributors or suppliers. Once Demand Forecasting has provided the baseline forecast, DCH users add their market knowledge by inputting their knowledge. The net result is a single consensus forecast that minimises inter-departmental differences and facilitates an SCP or S&OP (Sales and Operations Planning) process.

“The flexibility of consultants during all this change was world-class … So far this project has gone far better than we ever could have imagined … We’ve actually managed to grow our revenue and reduce our inventory costs, so I’m very pleased.”
- Chris Clowes, Supply Chain Manager, Costa Express
"Brookes Retail has proven to be an ideal partner in helping O2 plan a supply chain that can respond to changes in demand"
- David Flaxten, Demand Planning Manager, O2 UK

Brookes Supply Chain Solutions

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use collaborative data from multiple sources for more accurate demand forecasting
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optimise in-store and warehouse inventory levels to reduce inventory costs
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improve demand forecast accuracy using signals from data and AI, including seasonal variations, long tail and intermittent demand products
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reduce out-of-stocks and increase on-shelf availability

About Brookes Supply Chain Solutions

Brookes Supply Chain Solutions, the official UK distributor of ToolsGroup SO99+ supply chain software, brings together the best supply chain people, processes and technology to create sophisticated, highly automated demand-driven solutions which deliver measurable and sustainable business value.

We offer market leading consultancy, software and managed services for inventory optimisation, demand forecasting and product replenishment planning.

We understand the challenges enterprises face in a digital economy with high customer service and investor performance expectations.

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