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Special Order Analysis: 6th Essential Step to Expert Demand Planning

You’ve taken care of your customers’ needs. You’ve created your replenishment order, but you left a few stones unturned... What about those Special Orders? Before you send the replenishment order to your supplier, don't...

Service Level Management: 4th Essential Step to Expert Demand Planning

Wouldn't it be nice if calculating safety stock wasn't such a crap shoot? The biggest conundrum in demand planning is Service Level Management and how to calculate safety stock so that the company can...
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Order Cycle Optimization: 3rd Essential Step to Expert Demand Planning

Happy Friday and Welcome Back to the Series! We've been talking about the 7 components it takes to get demand planning right. Today it's Step #3, Order Cycle Optimization. Before we get started, we need to...

Lead Time Forecasting: The 2nd Essential Step to Expert Demand Planning

Welcome back to our '7 Essential Steps' Series! We hope you enjoyed last week's post on demand forecasting. Today it's onto the 2nd essential step of 'getting it right' in the purchasing process... Lead Time Forecasting!  Lead...

Demand Forecasting: The 1st Essential Step to Expert Demand Planning

Let's face it. When you are out of stock, it's the buyer's fault. When you are overstocked, it's the buyer's fault. And should anything go right, it is thanks to the Sales Department! You can change...
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Kicking the Expensive Habit of Fixed Cycle Buying

Fixed Cycle Buying is the silent producer of excess inventory. Your suppliers that have been set to replenish on a fixed cycle like ‘every Monday’ or ‘every other Wednesday’ are tying up 20% or more...
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Inventory Reduction 101: The Problem with Fixed Cycle Buying

Inventory reduction becomes a financial problem when you are forced into fixed-cycle buying vs. buying on need. FACT. Unfortunately, fixed cycle buying is the ugly reality for many retail and wholesale distributors. But get this... When...

How to Manage Long Lead Times, Slow Movers and Other Profit Stealers – Part...

We're all hyper-aware of how erratic demand and long lead times impact profitability. No one wants to be a cost center, but these and other problems force inventory analysts to carry high safety stock...
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The First 100 Days on Your Supply Chain Management Solution

Proven Steps to Accelerate the ROI of Your Supply Chain Solution Introduction Welcome back to the PlanningPosts Podcast! Today we're not just talking about demand forecasting, or new items, or deal buys. Episode 9 focuses on...

7 Habits of Today’s Top Inventory Management Teams

What can you learn from the habits of today's top inventory management teams? We've been collecting insights from blue-chip inventory analysts over the years and the results have become more and more consistent. Today we'll share...

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