Inventory Planning Blog

Supply Chains Quake as Stock Market Jitters Continue

Posted on Thu, Jan 05,2023@10:15 AM

It is a new year and still old issues abound as well as new ones. In these challenging times, balancing near term inventory resilience with longer-term objectives is an on-going process. You read a lot about reducing costs, buying less, increasing productivity, improving cash flow and more. It is important to keep inventory objectives balanced and in perspective. Yes, times are starting to be more stable in certain areas, but you need to improve your competitive advantage.

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Tags: Inventory Planning, advanced inventory planning solutions, Supply Chain, Valogix

Evolutionary Thought Process and Strategy in Inventory Planning

Posted on Tue, Jul 06,2021@08:44 AM

What COVID-19 has taught us is that change is constant, unforeseeable, and sometimes very disruptive.We need to take a moment to consider where we are and where we need to go. The future is coming fast. Change for change’s sake and the status quo are no longer relevant. In fact, these attitudes are detrimental. Smart innovativethinking and planning are the new norm.

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Tags: Supply Chain

Supply Chain in the Cloud Recap

Posted on Tue, Dec 08,2020@10:31 AM

Customers will always demand more of suppliers to provide affordable products at the exact moment they want them. How can you effectively insure you have what your customers need when they need it?

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Tags: cloud computing, Supply Chain

What has the Duke of Wellington got to do with supply chain planning?

Posted on Tue, Apr 09,2019@06:08 AM

What You Don’t Know but Soon Will                                                                                     

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Tags: Supply Chain, supply chain planning, logistics management

Fire and Ice Inventory Planning

Posted on Tue, Feb 05,2019@08:47 AM

Effective and efficient supply chain inventory planning teams are absolutely critical to meet the ever-increasing demands of customers. Teams are getting fired up to meet the company goals and deliver service excellence. There is a dizzying array of solutions and methods companies employ to manage their supply chain hoping to manage their unique challenges. 

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Tags: Inventory Planning, Supply Chain

Customers tell their inventory planing success story Part 1

Posted on Mon, Sep 10,2018@05:50 AM

UK Laboratory Equipment Distributor

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Tags: Demand Planning, Supply Chain, Balloon One, Inventory Planning Solutions

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.
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.

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Tags: SaaS, Supply Chain Managment, Supply Chain, SCM

Business One - Inventory Planning Effective and Easy

Posted on Tue, Jan 31,2012@07:00 AM

Discover an affordable, seamlessly integrated inventory planning optimization solution to SAP Business One for small and midsize businesses. A solution that frees up your resources (including cash), reduces losses from obsolescence, and increases service levels. The tools you need to forecast, plan, and optimize inventory, manage your business more efficiently and meet the demands of customers and suppliers are powerful and affordable.

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Tags: Inventory Planning, SAP, SAP Business One, inventory optimization, Forecasting Inventory, advanced inventory planning solutions, cloud computing, Demand Planning, replenishment planning, Wholesale Distribution, Supply Chain, Partner Awards, Valogix, inventory management

Inventory Planning and Optimization for 2012 – The Clear Advantage

Posted on Tue, Jan 10,2012@11:44 AM

Happy New Year!  2012 brings the promise of improving global economies. Balancing short term resilience with longer term needs is what is needed now.  Reducing costs, buying less, increasing productivity, improving cash flow is important, and to keep these inventory objectives balanced and in perspective you need an efficient way to optimize these important business demands.   Improve your competitive advantages responsibly and efficiently with inventory planning optimization solutions.  Waiting until its too late in your ordering cycles will invite your customers to investigate other opportunities, and that can happen by making the reduction of the wrong item at the wrong time.
If your company tends to reduce items with the highest investment because it creates a larger reduction faster, what it actually does is creates potential stock outs, higher backorders and increased expedited shipping – and, even more importantly, customer dis-satisfaction.  We all know that when customers are unhappy they become former customers.  Randomly cutting inventory has been proven time and time again to be the wrong strategy as does overstocking your inventory.

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Tags: Inventory Planning, SAP Business One, cloud, inventory optimization, SaaS, Forecasting Inventory, advanced inventory planning solutions, replenishment planning, IBM, Wholesale Distribution, Supply Chain, manufacturing

Valogix Inventory Solutions Include Genuine Inventory Optimization

Posted on Wed, Dec 21,2011@03:38 PM

There are a lot of inventory planning solutions available from all types of companies around the world.  Many are designed for large enterprise companies as they cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and are highly complex. Some so complex a math or science degree is required just to operate the system. Others at the low end may be just point solutions for just forecasting, as an example, or offer individual modules you need to buy separately.

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Tags: cloud, inventory optimization, Forecasting Inventory, Supply Chain, inventory management

Inventory Planning - Easier Than You Think

Posted on Mon, Nov 28,2011@12:23 PM

Did you know that certain inventory planning solutions are easier to use than ever? Until recently Small and Mid-size Businesses (SMB) did not have affordable, easy to use software tools to help them effectively manage and balance their inventory investment. Software solutions that forecast, plan and optimize an inventory are found in widespread acceptance in large enterprise companies but these solutions can cost between hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars, take months to implement and are generally not affordable or usable by SMBs.

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Tags: Inventory Planning, SAP, inventory optimization, Forecasting Inventory, optimization, cloud computing, NetSuite, Demand Planning, replenishment planning, Wholesale Distribution, Supply Chain, inventory management

Valogix Names Global Partner of the Year on Annual Partner Call

Posted on Tue, Mar 08,2011@02:43 PM

We love our partners. They're out there every day, promoting Valogix, becoming supply chain experts and selling our software. We like to recognize the best of the best from time to time.

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Tags: Supply Chain, Partner Awards, Inforum, Vision33, Balloon One, Inecom, BLUEKEY, Valogix

9 Reasons Wholesale Distributors Should Be In the Cloud

Posted on Thu, Feb 03,2011@01:54 PM

Many businesses are still skeptical of cloud solutions, mostly due to fear of security breaches or lost data. Besides ease of use, there are numerous benefits of the Software as a Service (SaaS) Supply Chain software delivery model. 
  1. Login with your own user name and password, any time, anywhere.
  2. Lower upfront capital: By going to an SaaS model, you avoid the up-front capital requirements and funding requests, and pay for the software as an on-going expense
  3. Faster implementation: There is generally less overall set-up time, and in some cases, companies can often leverage the hosted solution’s existing integrations with existing key ERP solutions.
  4. Faster “time-to-value”: Given a more rapid implementation, the time-to-value and positive cash flow returns are more rapid than a traditionally deployed, on-premise implementation.
  5. Strategic flexibility: In theory, it may be easier to “unplug” an on-demand solution and move to an on-premise implementation down the road if required.
  6. Reduce internal IT resource requirements: No installed application software or hardware to manage over time. 
  7. Overcome objections to best-of-breed software: Some companies are finding that they are able to overcome the objections or rules against implementing software that doesn’t come from the company’s ERP provider if they use an SaaS model.
  8. Fit for “on-demand” usage: Users can access the solutions when they need them - anytime and anywhere, 24/7.
  9. Stay current with technology: The software will be automatically upgraded with enhancements to functionality. This should serve to keep users on the current platform, and keep them from falling behind the state-of-the-art technology.

Want to know more about cloud computing? See our SaaS website page and contact us to schedule your personal consultation.

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Tags: cloud, Wholesale Distribution, Supply Chain

Inventory Ordering: Three Common Approaches

Posted on Wed, Aug 25,2010@12:10 PM

How should a planner set the reorder point and reorder quantity (or order-up-to level) for thousands of items, perhaps at multiple locations? Due to the absence of an ‘intelligent’ planning system, three commonly used approaches have been Brute Force Review, Economic Order Quantity, and Periods of Supply, usually done in spreadsheets.

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Tags: Inventory Planning, Forecasting Inventory, Demand Planning, Supply Chain, reorder quantity, Brute Force Review, Economic Order Quantity, Periods of Supply

Supply Chain Professionals Identify the Top 10 Supplier Qualities

Posted on Thu, Jul 22,2010@11:42 AM

Recently, Supply Chain Brain announced their list of reader-nominated, The 100 Great Supply Chain Partners.  Over a six month period, supply chain and logistics professionals were asked to nominate their providers who made a significant impact on their company’s overall operational and financial bottom line.  Below is the list of the qualities deemed most important in regards to the supplier relationships:

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Tags: Inventory Planning, cloud, Supply Chain, web based inventory planning