Do you have headaches around your demand planning? How does this transfer through to your inventory planning and stock forecasting? Your issues are most likely not completely unique to your business, although they may appear so.
If you want to run a sustainable, sophisticated and profitable manufacturing business that’s renowned for its customer service and delivering excellent products quickly, then you can’t neglect or under-invest in inventory demand planning.
It’s critical that your inventory system can cope with the complexities of the ever-changing sales and distribution landscape. Increased global competition has new products always entering the market, and multiple sales channels – from traditional brick and mortar stores through to online shopping, and third-party marketplaces like Amazon – give your customers greater access and choice. What’s more, customers are more discerning than ever. If you make a mistake or delay shipment of your products because your demand forecasting is not up to scratch, they are likely to leave you and spend their money elsewhere.
When it comes to inventory planning, using a spreadsheet is about as sophisticated and reliable as gazing into a crystal ball. Most businesses have moved away from spreadsheets for their accounting, customer relationship and workflow management, and with good reason. Yet even established global organisations are still relying on spreadsheets for one of their most critical functions: making sure their inventory is not understocked or overstocked, but just right.
With artificial intelligence having a massive rise in popular culture over the past couple of years, conjuring up sci-fi images of intelligent robots taking over the world, cars that drive themselves, speculation that all our jobs will be made redundant, and so on, one question is – what can artificial intelligence really do, and can businesses actually use this technology today?
We often get inquiries off our website asking why StockTrim is superior to other inventory forecasting tools available.
Here's some good validation for the reason why we created StockTrim.
Recent research (link below) estimates the global supply chain analytics market to grow from USD 3.6 billion in 2018 to USD 7.1 billion by 2023, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 14.6% during the forecast period.
In a nutshell – Inventory Management deals with what you have, Inventory Forecasting deals with what you should have.
This article in stuff.co.nz on 5th December 2018 tells you a little more about how StockTrim came about...
A computer programmer is grinding his way to fortune with a little inspiration and a lot of hard work, as his artificial intelligence software spreads across the world.