Collaboration is at the heart of the way we work and bringing together the marketing, production and supply chains functions is critical when it comes to launching new products.

Getting closer to the potential of a new product launch

Promotions, advertising and other forms of “demand shaping” can be very expensive, and what’s more, the results are unknown until the market decides if it likes your new product or not. Hence, determining their “lift” remains a daunting challenge. A large number of variables with complex interactions are buried in huge amounts of data with a high degree of noise. Even with substantial expertise and fairly consistent baseline demand, it’s usually not possible to understand correlations among variables.

Automatically capturing this behaviour is critical to producing an accurate forecast. To solve this problem, we complement the baseline stochastic (probabilistic) model with powerful machine learning technology that enables us to account for a multitude of attributes ranging from product and market to social activity. This technique recognises the shared characteristics of promotional events and identifies their effect on normal sales with deep learning algorithms that greatly enhance the responsiveness of the forecast. Fast multi-dimensional modelling that handles both qualitative and quantitative variables can describe and predict the non-linear demand driven by promotional activity.

The SO99+ software helps planners and marketers automatically correlate promotional data with demand. It helps planners optimise both promotional activity strategy and stock availability, while providing visibility into the real ROIs of different promotions types for individual items and specific selling areas.

“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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