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Demand Planning

Create a demand plan that improves performance across your whole value chain. Keep customers happy, reduce costs and increase revenue and profit.

We understand your challenges

  • Poor customer service levels

    You’re spending too much on maintaining good service levels.

  • You’re limited by an Excel spreadsheet

    Your supply chain is being run on complicated Excel spreadsheets owned by one user that can be hard to use and collaborate on.

  • You can’t get market intelligence

    You’re not utilising market intelligence to make better demand planning decisions in your own business.

  • Forecasting for different scenarios is complicated

    You can’t easily compare forecasts, so it’s hard to see the effect of different scenarios on the business and therefore make informed planning decisions.

  • Over or under making

    You made too many products or experienced product stock-outs because of inaccurate forecasting.

  • Forecasting new products with no history is difficult

    Product life cycles are getting shorter and when new products are launched they sell in a particular pattern and volume, and that changes when they bed in. It is very dynamic, particularly in the early days of sales.

Collaborate To Simplify Complex Planning Tasks

Statistical Forecasting

The easy way to create sophisticated forecasts

  • Apply complex statistical demand forecasting techniques using best practice algorithms at the click of a button
  • Machine Learning / AI analyses historical sales, forecast parameters, and user adjustments to give insights on how to improve your future forecasts
  • Automatic reporting of accuracy, bias and stability
  • Improve the forecast accuracy by SKU at the lead time fence

Collaborative Demand Planning

Build a more accurate, effective demand plan

  • Use sofco’s Demand Planning software to create the most effective plan with input from across your different business functions and external partners
  • Give ownership to different people for their section of the plan. Filter by area, markets, channels, products, product families and more
  • Consolidate your plan and share it within the S&OP cycle for review and approval

Scenario Planning

Simplify complicated scenarios

  • Get the visibility you need to choose the most appropriate forecast
  • Develop optimistic, pessimistic and most likely case forecasts and compare them side by side
  • Create graphics and simulations to show the performance of different demand plans

Promotion Planning

Boost the profits on promotions

  • Use your previous promotions to predict the potential impact of your planned promotions on volumes, turnover and margin objectives
  • Consider all aspects of the promotion e.g. trade spend, redemption rates, etc
  • View actual performance versus planned for effective, informed in-flight promotion management
  • Evaluate the success of any promotion, using your original plan versus actual results

Replenishment Planning

Right stock, right place, right time

  • Know when and how much to deliver to your point of sale and distribution centre locations
  • Plan inventory levels in terms of volume and coverage of demand
  • Automatically generate suggested plans for release to transactional systems, and create purchase / distribution orders that respect planning rules
  • Project future stock outs, and see target, safety and max stock violations using clear exception dashboards

Sales Budgeting

Produce better sales budgets

  • Achieve better results by breaking down silos and working on your sales budgets as a team in a single system
  • Define your sales budgets against macro business sales objectives for real impact
  • Aggregate your detailed bottom up forecasts for comparison with your budgets
  • Manage multiple budget versions

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Trusted by our clients

“Greencore is involved in multiple categories, supplying a diverse range of products with different characteristics that require very different manufacturing processes. We selected sofco as they have an End-to-End planning and execution system that can be configured easily to fit these disparate demands. Our approach is much more sophisticated and collaborative now.”

Chris Chestney

IT Business Partner, Greencore

“What impressed us most about the sofco people was they understood our business, listened, and would bring a lot of experience to the project. They brought solid solutions to the issues we presented them with. It was clear from the outset that we were going to be able to work well together as a team and deliver this project. That is exactly what has happened.”

Barbara Van den Berg

Project Manager, Van Geloven

British Bakels

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Demand Planning

Improve performance across your whole value chain. Deliver for customers, reduce costs and increase profit.

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Scheduling

Optimise your scheduling processes, meet delivery objectives and improve customer service levels.

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Trade Promotions

Get maximum ROI from promotions, with insights from past data analysis to post-event evaluation.

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Supply Planning

Get visibility of supply and demand at all levels of the supply chain. Be more agile and demand-driven.

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S&OP / IBP

Align your S&OP / IBP process from End-to-End. Collaborate across financial, operational and strategic objectives.

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Collaborative Forecaster

Work with your team to create, review and update forecasts remotely on any device.

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Supply Planning

S&OP / IBP

Collaborative Forecaster

Demand Planning

Improve performance across your whole value chain. Deliver for customers, reduce costs and increase profit.

More Info

Scheduling

Optimise your scheduling processes, meet delivery objectives and improve customer service levels.

More Info

Supply Planning

Get visibility of supply and demand at all levels of the supply chain. Be more agile and demand-driven.

More Info

S&OP / IBP

Align your S&OP / IBP process from End-to-End. Collaborate across financial, operational and strategic objectives.

More Info

Trade Promotions

Get maximum ROI from promotions, with insights from past data analysis to post-event evaluation.

More Info

Collaborative Forecaster

Work with your team to create, review and update forecasts remotely on any device.

More Info

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