Managing spare parts is equivalent to controlling a broad range of articles with a high service level since the operational uptime of vehicles and machinery is depending on it. The business comprises big assortments. Consider 20,000 articles spread over multiple warehouse locations and you finally exceed 100,000 articles. Most of them have lumpy and erratic demand patterns that are not recognised by forecasting modules in ERP software.
Too much for Excel
It's clear that this is too big to handle in Excel as well. The demand forecasting power of Slim4 in combination with the ability to automatically manage the majority of the complete range, made it a popular solution for all types of businesses that deal with spare parts like OEM manufacturers, specialised service companies and Wholesalers.