Thanks for asking, but it’s classified… Demand Classification is a systematic, logically founded method of ascertaining and clustering the characteristics of sales history into groups, before applying the most appropriate forecasting techniques automatically. Classification enables a significant improvement in forecast accuracy with significantly less effort and is lightyears ahead of the traditional ‘pick best’ approach.
The time to expand your business is now “As levers of financial management go, none bears more weight than working capital. The viability of every business activity rests on daily changes in receivables, inventory, and payables.” -S.L. Mintz Whether selling a revolutionary product or essential service, the challenges of gaining access to the working capital
An Adage For Improving Forecast Quality A sales forecast represents many things in business, but is most universally understood as the pulse of a company. From an operations perspective, a forecast lets the supply team anticipate and quickly respond to changes in customer demand, and helps manufacturing and distribution companies optimize inventory levels, minimize stock-outs and
A lesson in managing supplier closures Every year, China witnesses one of the largest human migrations in the world, as the nation’s workforce put-down tools and return to their home town’s to enjoy the Chinese New Year celebrations. Factories across the country close shop for up to 40 days while businesses across the rest of
Do you have enough stock to meet demand? Do you have too much? How can you ensure your service level targets satisfy the expectations of the business while still keeping investment in stock under control? Can establishing more appropriate service levels actually help boost margins? For stock-holding businesses, availability is everything! However, while the commercial
One of the world’s largest retail chains of Toy stores made headlines recently as the North American arm of its global operation filed for bankruptcy. While the news came as a surprise to many, the business in question did not fail because consumers had stopped buying toys. Given that global sales of Toys and games were
Nail down your assortment strategy! When it comes to building products, customers expect suppliers to be able to provide anything and everything at a moment’s notice. In response to this demand, many businesses in the building industry have responded by expanding huge assortments encompassing many thousands of different SKUs. The problem is, however, how much
To keep up with continuous growth and spiraling complexity, the UK’s largest distributor of fluid power products, Flowtechnology, has taken an important step towards simplifying their supply chain processes. Already impressed by the results delivered by Slimstock’s inventory management solution, Slim4, the business has now taken the decision to upgrade the bolt-on solution to also enhance
After extensive research into the market, Vegware, the award-winning manufacturer of eco-friendly catering disposables, has this month joined forces with Slimstock to help improve their already impressive availability levels. Following several years of rapid growth, the Edinburgh-based business will take advantage of the inventory management specialists’ solution, Slim4, to help keep up with the demand
Bicycle production in the UK has undergone a resurgence in recent years. Since 2007, output has more than doubled and in the last year alone, exports have increased by an impressive 13%. However, UK-based manufacturers have a lot of work to do before they can compete with the Far Eastern powerhouses that dominate the industry.