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## A better way to forecast using attribute based dynamic hierarchies

Have you ever wondered whether you should forecast: Bottom-up? Top-down? Middle-Out? It turns many in the demand planning profession do. Read along to see why you can do all of that and more with attribute based demand planning.

By |2019-04-13T23:09:48-04:00January 28th, 2016|Demand Planning, Forecasting, General Topics|0 Comments

## How to define your forecasting hierarchy

Should one forecast at the SKU-Customer-Location level and aggregate the results up? Or should one forecast at the product-family-region level and dis-aggregate the results down? Or should one do both and try to triangulate the results? Which method gives the best results to the business? Let us look at this together.

By |2019-04-13T23:09:48-04:00January 20th, 2016|Demand Planning, Forecasting, Supply Chain|0 Comments

## Using Coefficient of Variation as a Guide for Safety Stocks

In one of my previous posts, I wrote about using coefficient of variation (CV) as a predictor of forecastability. In this post, I will talk about how it can be used to indicate a sensitivity of lead time towards the safety stock calculations. To quickly remind the reader first: The formula for CV = StdDev

## Do You Use Coefficient Of Variation To Determine Forecastability?

Key Point: Coefficient of Variation is not a perfect measure of forecastability. However, if used properly, it can add value to a business’s forecasting process. In the world of forecasting, one of the key questions to consider is the forecastability of a particular set of data. For example, a salesman might consistently be better at

By |2019-04-13T23:09:58-04:00August 11th, 2015|Demand Planning, Forecasting, General Topics, Supply Chain|4 Comments

## Reporting Forecast Accuracy At Sales and Operations Planning Meetings

You have a favorite forecast accuracy metric(s) you’ve been practicing within the organization for a while, and now you think you are ready to bring it to the Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) meeting as a Key Performance Indicator (KPI) of your demand planning process. But you are not sure exactly how to go about

By |2019-04-13T23:09:59-04:00August 4th, 2015|Demand Planning, Forecasting, S&OP, Supply Chain|2 Comments

## The Family Tree of MAPE

I saw this news article on CNN (here) about our planet’s earth bigger, older cousin. Quite an interesting discovery if you ask me. However, it got me to thinking about the family tree of Mean Absolute Forecast Error (MAPE), a subject that I am a little bit familiar with. A few weeks ago, I wrote about

## How To Measure BIAS In Forecast

I spent some time discussing MAPE and WMAPE in prior posts. In this post, I will discuss Forecast BIAS. Forecast BIAS can be loosely described as a tendency to either Forecast BIAS is described as a tendency to either over-forecast (meaning, more often than not, the forecast is more than the actual), or under-forecast (meaning, more often

By |2019-04-13T23:10:00-04:00July 21st, 2015|Demand Planning, Forecasting|8 Comments

## How to Report Forecast Accuracy to Management

In our line of work at Arkieva, when we ask this question of business folks: What is your forecast accuracy? Depending on who we ask in the same business, we can get a full range of answers from 50% (or lower) to 95% (or higher). How is this possible? Imagine a management team being given

## Two Sides of the MAPE Coin

Key Points on MAPE: Mean Absolute Percent Error (MAPE) is a useful measure of forecast accuracy and should be used appropriately. Because of its limitations, one should use it in conjunction with other metrics. While a point value of the metric is good, the focus should be on the trend line to ensure that the

By |2019-04-13T23:10:00-04:00July 9th, 2015|Demand Planning, Forecasting, Supply Chain|7 Comments

## 8 Ways to Encourage Sales Teams to Provide Forecast Input

Sales is a fast-paced business; people who aren’t focused on the here and now usually lose out on sales. As mentioned in Jelle’s blog, sales persons would rather be out in the field selling, which is the reason why they feel it would be a waste of their resources sitting in their office forecasting. Yet,

By |2019-04-13T23:10:06-04:00April 15th, 2015|Demand Planning, Forecasting|3 Comments