Spreadsheets are great for planning when your manufacturing or distribution company is small and manages only a few parts. As your company grows, those planning spreadsheets can quickly become a burden making it increasingly difficult and time consuming to accurately forecast sales and plan inventory.
DemandCaster replaces your planning spreadsheets with a full-featured and affordable cloud-based sales forecasting and inventory planning software that seamlessly integrates with your ERP system. The result - improved forecast accuracies, lower inventories, satisfied customers, and a happier you!
DemandCaster Modules and Features
4-P Event Planning
Within Demand Planning, plan promotions and one time events by customer as layers added (demand lift) or subtracted (cannibalization) against the base demand plan, build business cases for promotions, and review actual to plan performance. One time plans are automatically removed from future forecasts and can also be used to plan future events (Trade Promotions)
Within S&OP, automatically calculate supply plans by by item, aggregate grouping, and location by setting ending inventory targets and applying level loaded or demand chase supply logic. Output of supply plan is a Master Production Schedule used for day to day requirement planning and ordering (Supply Planning)
Distribution Requirement Planning
Explode requirements across source and destination locations. Assign each item location with its own attributes including lead times, safety stocks, order increments and other location specific attributes (DRP Module).
Explode independent forecast, open customer orders and dependent demand through BOM's for component inventory setting and ordering (Manufacturing Module).
Review requirement planning impact on work center capacity by location to identify constraints and reschedule load. Create multiple capacity scenarios in S&OP to address capacity constraints created during demand planning (Capacity Planning Module)
Pull latest data from ERP to run requirement plans using item generated forecasts with an item's independent history or the approved MPS from supply planning for day to day ordering (Base Module)
Review DemandCaster generated suggested orders and order by pushing approved orders back to your ERP or manually entering suggested order within your ERP (Base Module)