Inventory Planning Blog

Inventory Planning Productivity a Critical Goal to Survive

Posted on Tue, Sep 07,2021@09:41 AM

Unique and unforeseen events are forcing every business manager to better analyze and utilize their resources. This includes capital, staff, facilities, vendors and more. Especially difficult as we emerge from the COVID lockdown is personnel. If you can’t add staff or find qualified people to fill open positions, you need to increase your existing productivity to compensate. And you need to do it fast. Want to do more inventory planning with the resources you have? Or maybe you need to move a person to another critical department but that would mean not being able to plan your entire inventory.

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Inventory Planning Feast or Famine

Posted on Mon, May 13,2013@10:00 AM

The vast majority of companies that own an inventory invariably use spreadsheets to control, manage and report. The types of companies vary from manufacturing, to wholesale distribution, to retail, to aftermarket services, to maintenance and repair operations. And this is true geographically and for companies from the very small to the largest. So why the fascination with spreadsheets?

I most cases, companies already own the software as part of a suite or as already installed on the computer they purchased. They are relatively low cost and have an abundance of features that make them attractive. It is also a case of “you don’t know what you don’t know”. Meaning, people are unaware of the availability of easy to use affordable, automated inventory planning software.

The dangers inherent in spreadsheets are:
Lack of Control
Errors from:

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Tags: Inventory Planning, cloud, inventory optimization, SaaS, Valogix, Spreadsheets

Cloud Inventory Planning Has Many Advantages

Posted on Mon, May 06,2013@10:00 AM

How does optimizing your inventory planning impact your savings?

Advanced inventory planning and optimization software in the cloud not only automates the entire planning process, it dramatically increases the positive cash flow of a company. By smartly reducing inventory investment, reducing stockouts, decreasing expedited shipping costs, and reducing planning time all contribute to more available cash. Add to that increased sales and productivity and the gains will also lead to an improved competitive advantage.

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Greener Inventory Planning & Optimization

Posted on Mon, Apr 29,2013@10:00 AM

Greener Inventory Planning & Optimization

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Inventory Planning and Optimization in the Cloud

Posted on Mon, Jan 28,2013@09:00 AM

Cloud Applications Going Forward

Advances in technology have allowed previous concepts like Time-Sharing and Shared servers and services to become a reality. Cloud computing today has real meaning and positive impact for companies in a true global economy. The future is that more business applications for mobile computing will be available and virtual software appliances will be developed.

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Tags: Inventory Planning, SAP Business One, cloud, inventory optimization, SaaS, NetSuite, IBM, Sage, Valogix

Making the Most of Your Most Valuable Asset – Your Inventory

Posted on Mon, Jan 21,2013@11:29 AM

For: E-Tailers – Wholesale Distributors – Retailers – Manufacturers – Aftermarket Service Companies – Maintenance and Repair Operations

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Tags: Inventory Planning, SaaS, web based inventory software, in the Cloud, replenishment planning, Valogix

With Inventory Planning is "Status Quo" the Way to Go?

Posted on Mon, Jan 07,2013@11:24 AM

Why it pays to invest in inventory solutions

There are many reasons or excuses for not upgrading to a modern, easy to use advanced inventory tool.  Which Category do you fall in?

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Tags: Inventory Planning, SAP, cloud, SaaS, Demand Planning, Valogix, inventory management

Inventory Planning the Hard Way

Posted on Tue, Dec 11,2012@10:00 AM

The vast majority of companies that own an inventory invariably use spreadsheets to control, manage and report. The types of companies vary from manufacturing, to wholesale distribution, to retail, to aftermarket services, to maintenance and repair operations.  And this is true geographically and for companies from the very small to the largest.  So, why the fascination with spreadsheets?

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Expand Your Inventory Planning Workforce

Posted on Tue, Dec 04,2012@12:00 PM

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The Benefits of Cloud Inventory Planning

Posted on Tue, Nov 27,2012@10:00 PM

Advanced inventory planning and optimization software in the cloud not only automates the entire planning process, it dramatically increases the positive cash flow of a company. By smartly reducing inventory investment, reducing stockouts, decreasing expedited shipping costs, and reducing planning time all contribute to more available cash. Add to that increased sales and productivity and the gains will also lead to an improved competitive advantage.

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Inventory Planning Software has Soared to New Heights – The Cloud

Posted on Tue, Nov 13,2012@10:00 AM

Cloud applications for business are becoming more plentiful.  Solutions specifically built for the web are in great demand around the world. Companies are deciding to employ a cloud model to reduce capital and operational expenditure, reduce costs, increase business agility, and boost their ability to deliver IT on demand. 

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Tags: SaaS, in the Cloud, web based inventory planning, Valogix

SaaS is Growing and so is Inventory Management Software

Posted on Thu, Oct 25,2012@10:55 AM

In case you missed this SaaS growth projection by Gartner earlier this year. This is important news as SaaS growth helps fuel innovation and application development using the latest technology.

IDG News Service (Boston Bureau) March 27, 2012 — Global spending on SaaS (software as a service) will rise 17.9 percent this year to US$14.5 billion, according to figures released Tuesday by analyst firm Gartner.

The spending rise is attributable to greater familiarity with how SaaS works, growth in related PaaS (platform as a service) offerings, and IT budgeting considerations, Gartner research director Sharon Mertz said in a statement. SaaS products are typically sold via subscription, allowing companies to avoid large up-front licensing fees and capital costs.

North America is the most mature and largest SaaS market, expected to generate $9.1 billion in revenue this year, compared to $7.8 billion last year.

Western Europe's SaaS spending will generate more than $3.2 billion in 2012, up from $2.7 billion in 2011.
In the Asia-Pacific region, for which Gartner excludes Japan, SaaS revenue will jump from $730.9 million in 2011 to $934.1 million this year.

Japanese companies will spend $495.2 million on SaaS this year, compared to $427 million last year, Gartner said.

SaaS sales in Japan will be driven by CRM (customer relationship management) and collaboration software, "which already have actual demand," Gartner said. The 2011 earthquake has also raised interest in SaaS there as a possible defense against such natural disasters, according to the analyst firm.

SaaS spending in Latin America this year will be $419.7 million, compared to $331.1 million in 2011, Brazilian and Mexican companies will account for the majority of sales, with CRM, procurement and ERP (enterprise resource planning) applications the most popular choices, Gartner said.

Meanwhile, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa remain "small and emerging markets overall" with "ongoing infrastructure challenges," Gartner said.

Overall, the market growth predicted by Gartner can be attributed to both pure SaaS vendors such as Salesforce.com, which is predicting it will reach close to $3 billion in annual revenue during its fiscal 2013, as well as increased emphasis on SaaS by dominant on-premises application vendors like Oracle and SAP.

Those companies recently spent billions to respectively acquire Taleo and SuccessFactors, which compete in the HCM (human capital management) market.

HCM is seen as an effective way for on-premises vendors to make inroads in the SaaS market. For one, many offerings focus on areas such as recruitment and learning and development. Those functions are adjacent to core human-resources functions like payroll, which are already handled at many companies by on-premises ERP systems.

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Reports on SaaS and Supply Chain Management

Posted on Tue, Oct 16,2012@10:00 AM

SaaS will be $14.5 Billion Market this year!

Revenue for the worldwide software-as-a-service (SaaS) market will grow by 18% in 2012 to $14.5 billion, according to new research from Gartner, the world's leading information technology research and advisory company.  The SaaS market will be worth $14.5 billion in 2012, and is expected to expand up to $22.1 billion by 2015. That 2015 figure is an increase of almost $1 billion from the prediction Gartner made last year.

SaaS adoption is being driven by platform-as-a-service development communities and has increased its estimate for the value of the SaaS market in 2015 by almost $1billion, up to $22.1 billion says Analyst Company.

SaaS adoption in 2012 will be driven by the growth of the platform-as-a-service developer communities, Gartner said, as well as a growing interest in cloud computing. Organizations most commonly use SaaS for horizontal applications (i.e. applications that address business divisions, rather than specific industries) with common processes, Gartner said, but added that there was increasing interest in vertical-specific offerings.

Sharon Mertz, a Gartner research director, said the issues holding back SaaS deployments varied strongly by region. "Limited flexibility of customization and limited integration to existing systems are the primary reasons in North America," she said. "In EMEA, network instability is the issue most frequently encountered, whereas longer-than-expected deployments are the top issue in Asia/Pacific." Gartner said it is seeing increasing penetration of North American SaaS vendors into the Western European market, forecasting Western Europe's SaaS revenues to surpass $3.2 billion this year, up 35% from $2.7 billion in 2011.

www.gartner.com
TechNavio’s analysts forecast the Global SCM Software market to grow at a CAGR of 8.7 percent over the period 2010–2014. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the need to boost productivity and improve decision making. The Global SCM Software market has also been witnessing the increasing demand of SCM in the retail sector. However, increasing complexity of supply chain networks could pose a challenge to the growth of this market.

TechNavio’s report, Global Supply Chain Management Software Market 2010–2014, has been prepared based on an in-depth analysis of the market with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the Americas, and the EMEA and APAC regions; it also covers the Global SCM Software market landscape and its growth prospects in the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

http://www.technavio.com/

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Inventory Planning Tax Inventive for 2012 - US ONLY

Posted on Tue, Oct 02,2012@10:00 AM

Section 179 Investment Tax Incentive – 2012 – US Only.

In these challenging economic times, it is important to make use of every tool available to cut costs and improve after-tax profits. You may have the ability to deduct a large percent of your investment in IT, meaning hardware and software purchases made by December 31, 2012.

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The State of Inventory Planning - Chapter 5

Posted on Tue, Sep 25,2012@10:00 AM

Achievable Bottom Line Results

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Tags: Inventory Planning, SAP, SaaS, NetSuite, IBM, web based inventory planning, Sage, Valogix