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Supply Chain Collaboration: Enable Greater Visibility with CPFR

True supply chain collaboration can lead to better inventory planning and optimization. But if you've tried working with suppliers in varied locations and time zones, you know that although email is an improvement over voice and fax, it still falls short of what you need.

Collaborative planning, forecasting and replenishment (CPFR) software from Demand Solutions provides a collaborative framework to create a supply network that includes:

  • Credible demand and replenishment signals
  • Shared business processes with customers and suppliers
  • Exception-based management of key performance indicators
  • Coordinated workflow and activity among all trading partners
  • A common view of business performance through a secure internet-based solution

A fourth-generation collaborative planning solution, Demand Solutions Collaboration works seamlessly across disparate applications and organizations. With Demand Solutions' built-in social collaboration capabilities, your stakeholders can share business information in real time — from anywhere in the world. And because the Demand Solutions platform is now available as a cloud-based solution, you can get powerful collaboration functionality without making an up-front investment in software licenses and implementation.

Enhance Forecast Management and Inventory Planning

Having a flexible and hierarchical statistical forecasting engine is essential, but a true collaborative forecast will take into account factors outside the four walls of your company. Accurate CPFR improves customer service, enhances inventory planning and optimization, and ultimately increases net sales.

Demand Solutions Collaboration goes beyond your core forecasting activities to include your external trading partners and internal departments — in real time, with a web-based solution. You get a more accurate forecast, and your trading partners and customers gain visibility into their account plans with the ability to make enhancements. With collaborative planning, everyone can focus on value-added analysis instead of data collection.

Manage the Constant Change in Your Supply Chain

You know better than anyone your business is dynamic. Demand Solutions Collaboration manages not only your ever-changing supply chain, but also the supply chains of your trading partners and customers.

With Demand Solutions Collaboration, you can simplify this familiar scenario:

  • Customer A cancelled a promotion
  • Customer B added a campaign
  • Customer C added a promotion
  • Customer A decided to add the promotion two days later

With Demand Solutions Collaboration, you know all of this as it happens. You choose the rules and thresholds that will alert you in real time when a plan deviates from them. Your staff is empowered to take action on each problem as soon as it happens, and you can more efficiently manage each individual's contribution to the total. You also maintain real-time visibility into exception management.

Tailor Collaboration to the Way You Work

Whether you follow CPFR, have your own internal supply chain collaboration methodology, or haven't established one yet, Demand Solutions Collaboration is flexible enough to let you tailor the process to support your business. Using Demand Solutions tools, you can improve the accuracy of sales and order forecasts, employ automatic exception management and alert notifications, simplify promotion planning, and easily analyze business trends.

The results include:

  • Increased supply chain visibility
  • Optimized inventories
  • Reduced stock-outs
  • Lower costs
  • Satisfied customers
  • Increased revenue

Manage Urgent Issues Proactively

Based on the flexibility of Demand Solutions Collaboration, manufacturers can now share their planned order forecasts with key suppliers. Business alerts, prioritized lists of critical events, and automatic resolutions help you focus valuable resources on urgent issues. You and your trading partners can work together to address exception conditions proactively.

With Demand Solutions Collaboration, you can synchronize your customer demand with supplier capabilities for optimized inventory and production. Dynamic views support flexible aggregation and disaggregation of items at various levels of detail, making it much easier to stay on the same page with your partners. By managing your supply chain collaboratively, you can gain a lasting competitive advantage.

Make Faster Decisions with Dashboards

Demand Solutions Dashboards provide a way to present critical data visually, in summary form. You can customize your dashboards by job function so your planners can see the views they need. With Dashboards, everyone can make faster decisions and respond to management's ever-changing desire to see forecasting information presented in multiple formats.

Use a Full Range of Collaboration Features

Demand Solutions Collaboration:

  • Delivers business value and speedy ROI through inventory optimization and improved forecasting accuracy
  • Includes collaborative calendar capabilities to display inter-company promotions
  • Integrates easily with existing supply chain, CRM, and ERP systems
  • Simplifies complex planning processes with closed-loop demand forecasting capabilities
  • Accelerates Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP), improves communications, and generates alerts for key exceptions
  • Eliminates the need for client deployment by delivering a browser-based system
  • Supports XML and EDI for easy exchange of data with trading partners.
  • Provides visibility into the entire supply chain
  • Offers exception management (configurable by trading partner)
  • Allows you to define workflows
  • Provides dashboards that help you optimize inventory and maximize profits

To learn more about Demand Solutions Collaboration and other Demand Solutions supply chain management resources, visit our customer videos page.

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“Demand Solutions automatically consolidates the different forecasts from the field. We know the top-line figures within 10 minutes, and we can send out the full figures the following Monday.”

Jimmy Russel,
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Glen Dimplex Home Appliances


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