Sales Planning, Forecasting and Replenishment: The two best practices of the Demand-driven Supply Chain winners have proved to be 1) Sales and Operational Planning, and 2) Collaborative Planning, Forecasting, Replenishment and Vendor Managed Inventory. Intelligent software solutions are available to leverage ERP, legacy and other transaction systems to enable companies to react faster and more intelligently to changes in the marketplace by giving them the ability to plan, analyze and optimize critical processes of the business.
i2 Technologies is a leading provider of electronic Business Process Optimization (eBPO) solutions, including software for global supply chain management.
i2’s RYTHM family of products provides comprehensive, intelligent support for planning and scheduling functions across both inter-enterprise and intra-enterprise supply chains. Toshiba faced highly volatile market demand, limiting the company’s ability to rely on forecasts. Toshiba chose RYTHM to continually monitor demand to ensure that the manufacturing facilities were producing the right product in the right quantities at the right time. Compaq also utilized RYTHM to cut cycle time from 22 days to 9-to-14 days, with the ultimate goal of five days. Solutions from Manugistics (Open Application Integration System) help make informed operational decisions, resulting in increased revenues and improved customer service and greater speed to market.