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Presentations

18/02/2020
This report explores the concept of demand forecasting. Precisely, the report looks at types of forecasting, forecast error measures, and details the challenges that forecasters might encounter.
03/02/2020
This report provides a definition of demand planning, and other adjacent concepts such as demand management and demand forecast.
20/11/2018
We look at the importance of inventory and how it can, if effectively managed, directly influence business objectives and decisions – from sales to waste, to cash flow and investment. We explore the five ‘levers’ that retailers can pull to adjust inventory to meet objectives: * Warehousing and distribution * Ordering and lead-time * Range and merchandising * Management and ownership * Forecasting and promotions Finally, we highlight some of the leading-edge inventory management techniques and processes: * Coded inventory responses * Stockless distribution * Automated inventory management * Integrating suppliers
18/07/2018
The Supply Chain Analysis team provides you with a definition of S&OP, highlights its potential benefits and offers you a guideline on how to best implement it. Precisely, we look at how this process can bring alignment between different business functions and transform how a business is run. We also explore the potential benefits of S&OP, which range from improved forecast accuracy, to a reduction of inventory and costs to an improvement in customer service. Finally, we offer a multi-stage process that enables you to implement S&OP and underscore the things to watch out for throughout the implementation process.