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Supply Chain Planning Vendor Evaluation Checklist


When you’re choosing a supply chain planning system, it’s only natural to be impressed by powerful features, a user-friendly interface, and an affordable sticker price. But after your initial enthusiasm wears off, it’s essential to consider how your day-to-day life will be on this platform. Here's a checklist to help you evaluate your needs and vendor criteria.

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Why Demand Solutions? 7 Ways We Outperform the Typical Supply Chain Planning Vendor


Many supply chain planning vendors that offer an appealing solution may not bring a complete range of benefits to the table. In other words, they may not back up their software with a complete breadth of benefits that will maximize the value you get out of the long-term relationship. You need a vendor that's different from the rest. We're about to offer seven reasons why we believe that vendor is Demand Management, the maker of Demand Solutions. 

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Cloud Supply Chain Planning Evaluation Checklist for Beverage Makers


Have we reached "peak beverage?"

Today's consumers have an insatiable thirst—literally—for new and exciting varieties of beverages. This presents beverage manufacturers and distributors with many opportunities to win market share—but also the challenge of responding quickly to ever changing consumer tastes. How can you keep up? Make sure your next cloud supply chain planning solution enhances your capabilities in seven key areas.

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7 Ways Beverage Makers Can Gain an Edge with Cloud Supply Chain Management


When it comes to business software, it’s a changing world. IDC reports that by 2019, the cloud software model will account for $1 of every $4.59 spent on software.¹  TMR projects that the global software as a service (SaaS) market will expand at a CAGR of 27.9% between 2015 and 2022.² Why the race to the cloud?

Read this white paper to find out why companies are racing to the cloud.

 

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Stop Putting Out Fires, Start Planning for Growth: Why Supply Chain Optimization Matters for Manufacturers


For manufacturers, there’s no longer any such thing as an isolated business process—if there ever was to begin with. If you’re going to maximize your business performance in the face of new competitive challenges, all your people, processes, and systems will need to work together. This  means  you  need  to  look  at  your  entire  supply  chain  process—from  forecasting  through  execution—and  seek  ways  to  get  it  right  at  each  step,  because  each  step  is  dependent  on  every  other  step.

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Supply Chain and the Cloud: What Really Matters?


When it comes to business software, it’s a changing world. IDC reports that by 2019, the cloud software model will account for $1 of every $4.59 spent on software.¹  TMR projects that the global software as a service (SaaS) market will expand at a CAGR of 27.9% between 2015 and 2022.² Why the race to the cloud?

Read this white paper to find out why companies are racing to the cloud.

 

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Five Things You Can Do This Week to Reduce Inventory


Download this new white paper from Demand Solutions and learn the 5 things you can do this week to reduce your inventory.

 

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The Results are In: The Top 5 Most Popular Articles on DS Blog


Demand Solutions publishes a steady stream of fresh blog articles on supply chain planning topics each year. Here’s a list of the five most popular articles from 2015.

 

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Five Steps of Integrated Business Planning


Download this short white paper and learn the 5-step process for improving your supply chain by using Integrated Business Planning (IBP) at your company.

 

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Top 10 Supply Chain Planning New Year's Resolutions


Start 2015 right with a new set of Supply Chain Planning resolutions.

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42 Ways to Improve Your Forecast


This practical and enlightening e-book is drawn from the author’s insights and experiences working with hundreds of companies and thousands of managers over a 25-year career.  

 

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Your Next Step to Integrated Business Planning


Is your organization just learning about IBP or have you already started to implement it? No matter whether you are just starting out or if you are already realizing the benefits of IBP, this report covers the best practices that will take you to the next level.  

 

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Building Your Business Case for Integrated Business Planning


Do you need to put together an internal business case for investing in Integrated Business Planning (IBP)? Maybe you just want to learn more about the benefits of IBP. In either case, you’ll find what you need in this five-page report.

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Demanding More from the Supply Chain


This report, written by Enterprise Applications Consulting (EAC), explores the current business trends that are creating a gap between the requirements and the capabilities of supply chain planning processes and tools. Many companies’ processes and tools fall short of what’s needed to compete in today’s business environment.

 

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Achieving Supply Chain Excellence


Nobody disputes the value of an efficient, collaborative, carefully planned supply chain. When your company reaches its supply chain potential, you can offer the right products in the right quantities at the right price -- with the absolute minimum of safety stock; keep your demand in sync with your partners' supply; and generate forecasts for a wide range of possible business scenarios.

 

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S&OP Checklist


The importance of Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) can not be overestimated. Use this S&OP Checklist to analyze, evaluate and consistently improve your sales and operations planning process.

 

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Five Ways S&OP Enables Collaboration and More Intelligent Forecasting


It is more important than ever to understand the importance of Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP). Learn how S&OP can help your organization better manage the complexities of today’s supply chain and economy.

 

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12 Key Supply Chain Management Lessons


Learn how, in the day of Big Data, to manage the challenge of filtering truth (i.e the signal) from nonsense (i.e the noise).

This white paper draws inspiration from  Nate Silver's book, "The Signal and The Noise." It may significantly improve the demand forecasting process for any business that depends upon realistic projections of the future.

 

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The Pareto Principle & ABC Analysis


Managers usually are not surprised by rankings of their top-selling products. Those are the items managers see moving out the door on the most frequent basis. But the dramatic ratio of how much revenue is concentrated in relatively few top-selling items is amazing -- and amazingly consistent. That is the Pareto Principle, (a.k.a. the 80/20 rule), at work.

This white paper addresses the value of recognizing that concentration. It includes seven steps and 10 tips on how to use ABC analysis.

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Managing Inventory for Optimal Advantage


The "Managing Inventory for Optimal Advantage" white paper addresses the most common inventory management mistakes. The solutions offered within this white paper are aimed at helping you to reduce inventory costs, improve inventory planning processes, boost inventory turns, and increase profitability.

 

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Guide to Improving Forecast Accuracy


Learn how to reduce your inventory and increase your customer service levels through improved demand planning analysis and forecasting techniques. Download this white paper to read about demand management best practices.

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The 7 Deadly Sins of Sales Forecasting


The traditional seven deadly sins are lust, pride, greed, gluttony, envy, anger, and sloth. Did you know there is a sales forecasting equivalent to those? They are activities that companies perform in their daily, weekly and monthly sales forecasting processes that contribute to increased SKU-level sales forecast errors. 

This "7 Deadly Sins of Sales Forecasting" white paper describes the consequences -- and solutions -- for forecasting errors.

 

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Correcting the Top 10 Inventory Mistakes


This Q&A white paper includes 10 questions webinar audience members asked Demand Solutions Principal Fred Tolbert, and his answers to them. Questions include: Why is adjusting the forecast not a good tool for managing inventory? What does SKU Rationalization mean? What’s the difference between Safety Time and Days of Supply?

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Automated Scheduling Methods


The key to Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) lies in knowing when a task should be scheduled, and what resources are needed to accomplish that task. But what methods to use … Constrained or unconstrained planning? Rules- or optimization-based? Forward or backward scheduling? Learn the pros and cons to each.

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Is APS Right For You?


Demand Solutions is an Advanced Planning & Scheduling (APS) solution that integrates with your ERP system, enabling you to optimize your production schedule based on efficiency goals, profit objectives, customer service and other key business drivers. For companies that require APS capabilities, the impact can be significant.

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Forecast Performance Analysis Checklist


Forecasting can and should be a process of continual improvement. The way to improve is to keep score, evaluate the results and apply the lessons learned from each critique. If your business suffers from a flawed forecast management process, a performance analysis checklist is a free, easy-to-use tool that will help keep your forecasting process on track and on target.

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Contact Information

For additional information about these white papers:
Demand Solutions

1-800-886-3737
314-991-7100
info@demandsolutions.com


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