Food Services

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  • Food Services

Business complexity is growing, driven by multi-channel marketing, demand shaping (media, promotions, new product introductions), and internet buying behaviour. Unfortunately most companies are still forecasting based on cumbersome algorithms and time series of aggregated sales history. This inability to analyse and take advantage of newly available data is causing forecast accuracy to get worse when it could be getting better. Lora Cecere of Supply Chain Insights shows that food manufacturers have “…lost 1% in operating margin and have increased average inventories by 22% over the last decade”.

The good news is that most food and beverage companies already have the data they need to achieve big improvements in their supply chain. Armed with powerful demand analytics and supply chain optimisation tools, our customers move towards a market-driven forecast. They capture and model the market attributes that impact demand, generating more signal and less noise, and improving the forecast, inventory and service levels.

Food and beverage companies achieve sustainable service levels as high as 99%, usually with about 20% less global inventory.  They increase residual product shelf life, maintain freshness, and minimise spoilage and out-of-date returns.

Demand modelling incorporates internal and external elements such as seasonal demand profiles while demand sensing acquires fresh daily demand data for sensing short-term changes in demand. Inventory optimisation and replenishment delivers high customer service levels, even across multi-echelon networks. It also addresses product expiration constraints, rough cut capacity planning, transportation constraints such as minimum order quantities, and S&OP.

“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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