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Supply Planning

Get visibility of supply and demand at all levels of the Supply Chain to make things more agile, efficient, and demand-driven.

We understand your challenges

  • Difficulty managing complex constraints

    You still use Excel for planning complex and dynamic factories where multiple operations, constraints and rules require consideration. Replanning is a laborious task with poor results affecting customer service and factory efficiency.

  • Stock waste and shelf life is a problem

    Poor planning decisions can mean disposing of finished goods, WIP, materials or packaging stock unnecessarily. Manufacturers are under pressure to hold less stock but maintain service levels.

  • Limited data on the best locations to manufacture products

    Coordinating which products to make and where is a struggle, let alone synchronising deliveries of unfinished products between manufacturing locations.

  • Production costs are too high

    High labour costs, long changeover times, and poor material yields are just a few of the things increasing your production costs.

  • Volatile or unpredictable customer demand

    You are facing greater volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity which calls for additional planning capabilities that are sensitive to real-time fluctuations in demand and not just the forecast.

  • Operational and business plans don’t add up

    There is a disconnection between operational plans, business targets and budgets because you don’t have an easy way to coordinate it all. Your teams often work in silos because your current tools don’t allow for transparency and collaboration.

Solve Your Supply Planning Problems

Smarter Production Planning

Find the best feasible plan to support business objectives

  • sofco’s smart algorithms and simulations show you the best possible plan for your particular business objectives
  • Use your KPIs to create multiple scenarios. Compare and select your chosen plan, and publish when you’re happy with it
  • Convert your demand plan and inventory targets into a multi-level supply, from finished goods and resources through to materials

Effortless Procurement Planning

Take the hard work out of procurement planning

  • Select the best suppliers based on rules and stock availability. Automatically monitor consumption and get notifications on when to consider new contracts
  • Build your supply plan on your preferred best practice framework – a classic MRP, DDMRP or the sofco FPA (based on availability of materials and alternate sources of supply)
  • Easily see when to change supply sources based on factors like seasonal calendars or real time, unpredictable customer demand

Advanced Replenishment Planning

Ensure distributors and customers are never disappointed

  • Combine multiple parameters and data sets to create effective plans that deliver on your promises
  • Catch Supply Chain issues early so you can adapt your plan as needed
  • Apply specific supplier ordering rules e.g. minimum volume / value and container fill requirements

Reliable Distribution Planning

Right stock, right place, right time

  • Get clear visibility of which products should go to which distribution centre locations, how many and when
  • Easily apply several measures to your distribution plan e.g. demand, direct deliveries, stock balancing requirements, production site / distribution centre / customer locations, lead times and more
  • Manage Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI)

Inventory Planning and Optimisation

Reduce stock (and costs!) throughout the supply chain

  • Define ideal Supply Chain inventory levels based on your business goals.
  • Apply information like product expiration dates (shelf life) to optimise your plan
  • Get visibility from a volume and financial perspective

Machine Learning / AI Insights

Automatic insights that empower planners

  • sofco’s Machine Learning / AI functionality provides smart insights so you can optimise plans for better results at every level of the Supply Chain
  • Use your business’s historic and current data to inform future plans
  • Compare the system’s suggested plans in multiple scenarios with current plans, and decide whether to implement them based on what you want to achieve

Increased ATP / CTP Accuracy

Make promises you can keep

  • Quickly and easily get accurate delivery dates based on your available inventory, capacity and material supply without compromising existing customer orders
  • Bring your customer service and planning teams together to provide for more responsive and helpful answers to customer queries

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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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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

Our Insights

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Finding the right Supply Chain solution provider can make all the difference between streamlined operations and costly inefficiencies.

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British Bakels to improve forecast accuracy with sofco Planning

Industry leading manufacturer of high-quality bakery ingredients to improve forecast processes and accuracy with sofco Demand Planning.

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A Brief History of Supply Chain Planning Solutions

The history of Supply Chain planning solutions is a tale of constant adaptation and innovation. From humble beginnings to…

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