ASK Power Relies on DemandCaster for Accurate Capacity Planning and S&OP

Supply Chain Planning Software Improves On-Time Delivery to 99% As a manufacturer, two keys to remaining competitive are the abilities to accurately plan capacity and perform sales and operational planning (S&OP). ASK Power, an Aurora, IL-based manufacturer of electrical power connectors for the transportation, military, telecommunications, and OEM markets, couldn’t get the level of detail in […]

How Inventory Optimization is a Lot Like Dieting

How Inventory Optimization is a Lot Like Dieting

We all know what to do and what not to do. The key is to develop a plan—and stick to it. A new year is upon us and you may have made a personal resolution to get in better shape. You may also have a professional goal to reduce your inventory levels. And if you […]

New Year Resolutions: Supply Chain Planning

4 New Year Resolutions for Supply Chain Planners in 2018

You’ve completed a successful 2017 and you likely have plans set for 2018. Even so, it’s a good idea to take a moment and think about what you’d like to do different this year by looking at areas of your business you’d like to improve. Here are a few “resolutions” for supply chain planning you […]

Why You Need Dynamic Supply Chain Planning to Compete

A recent Reuters article headlined “U.S. department stores tap brakes on stocking for holiday season” points out that “Macy’s Inc, J.C Penney Co Inc, Kohl’s Corp, Nordstrom Inc, Dillard’s Inc and Hudson Bay Co’s Lord & Taylor are among the retailers buying in smaller batches with shorter lead times this year…” This trend is not […]

Supply Chain Planning and Technology

Supply Chain Planning: It’s All About the Right People, Process, and Technology

The 2017 IBF Conference, which took place last week in Orlando, Florida, offered a wide array of presentations, exhibits, and offline discussions that drew a healthy audience of planning and forecasting practitioners and executives, all interested in sharing their experiences and advancing their knowledge. DemandCaster was represented at the expo and we had a chance […]

Cloud-based Supply Chain Planning

The Four Benefits of Comprehensive, Cloud-Based Supply Chain Planning

More businesses are realizing the value of the data they generate day-to-day. One key area is optimizing the flow of materials in your operations. With this insight, you can be more proactive in your planning and execution, better positioned to anticipate market fluctuations, and respond more quickly to your customers’ needs. Comprehensive, cloud-based supply chain […]

Turbo Boost Your Manufacturing Business

How Integrated Supply Chain Planning Can Turbo-Boost Your Response Time

Shifting customer demand has put many supply chains through turmoil as they struggle to respond. The likely cause is that most planning happens in a vacuum—on spreadsheets or in disconnected systems. Supply chain planning is much more effective and your organization can be more responsive in an integrated environment, taking operational and financial data into […]

Three Big Benefits of Cloud Computing in Supply Chain Planning

3 Advantages Top Performing Companies Gain with Cloud-Based Supply Chain Planning

Supply chain planning includes your strategic business objectives, demand, supply, capacity, and of course, your constraints. There are a lot of moving parts to planning, especially when demand can shift more quickly than ever before. That’s why it’s critical to ensure all key stakeholders have relevant, up-to-date information. The problem is many of the supply […]

3 Pillars of Effective Sales and Operations Plans

The 3 Pillars of Effective Sales and Operations Plans

If you’re like most companies, unpredictable demand is a big challenge. It affects nearly everything you do: promotions, pricing, inventory management, supplier management, production/distribution management, and profitability analysis. The problem is getting everyone on the same page, especially if that page is constantly changing. To keep operations working in lock step, your company needs sales […]

How to Minimize the Bullwhip Effect with Strategic S&OP

How to Minimize the Bullwhip Effect with Strategic S&OP

You are likely familiar with the “bullwhip effect,” which refers to increasing swings in inventory as you try to meet shifting customer demands the deeper you move into the supply chain. The largest “wave” of the whip hits the supplier of raw materials the hardest. The bullwhip effect also gets compounded by other variables including […]