A company’s total inventory is built up of many different parts such as strategic stock, anticipation stock, safety stock, cycle stock, unplanned stock. The cycle stock is the one most connected to the demand forecast; it is expected to be sold as the forecast becomes real demand. Safety stock on the other hand is extra stock to deal with the variability of the demand or supply. As such, it is not always linked to forecasting accuracy.
Learn the best approach to setting forecast accuracy targets and how to set expectations for your management team.
Having access to an accurate forecast is very beneficial for businesses. If used correctly, it can provide better margins, increase market shares, and many other positive results. At a more tactical level, it can help reduce the costs associated with meeting the customer demand and make the supply chain more efficient.
In a previous blog post, we discussed how a high or low value of Coefficient of Variation (CV) impacts the first or second term of safety stock. Today we decided to put this to the test using real customer data - here we will discuss our findings.
Arm your supply chain planners with the right software tools so they can turn your data into better business decisions.
Learn how to combine very different metrics/KPIs towards a composite score, this is a question that comes up quite often in my conversations with customers.
Recently, we have heard about several product shortages and other issues in the supply chain. Let us try and make sense of some of these in this blog. As I live in the US, my experience is somewhat limited to what happened here.
In the past few days, the news of the blockage of the Suez Canal by a massive container ship called the Ever Given has been dominating the news, so much so, that even kids are talking about it. The phrase ‘supply chain’ is now being mentioned more often than ever before in news media. Some outlets have estimated the cost...
We often see companies wanting to make the transition from spreadsheet-based planning to a best-of-breed supply chain planning system. There is often a question about where to start, what the foundational elements are, and which are the more advanced elements.
Making the business case for Sales and Operations planning is not always easy given that you will need to bring on board key decision-makers in your organization. Let us explore how one can go about making the business case for a proposed S&OP project.