Demand Planning and Analytics

DDMRP Stock Distribution

Demand-Driven MRP in an Excel Planning System. See a demo system and get a free, fully-functional copy of the DDMRP planning system in Excel.

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Webinar Spheres

We are launching webinars to help you with planning and scheduling in Excel.

Here is how you can watch us build, set up and use these free downloadable tools.

Pre-register for our first webinar coming up soon!

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Hard Inventory Allocation

Setting service levels usually starts with inventory.

Here’s a way to improve supply for important customers, that doesn’t involve inventory sizing.

And it doesn’t involve production either…

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Demand Planning Inventory Allocation

In times of shortage, how do you allocate inventory to customer orders?

It is tempting to fall back on hard allocation. This could be a mistake.

Here’s why. With a download simulation to prove it.

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Demand Planning Sales Forecasting

Here are five things you need to know about forecasting.

This is a statistics-free zone. Five forecasting principles for demand planning.

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Exploding Tables in Excel Planning

This is a core method to apply the Fast Excel Development Method in building a planning and scheduling system in Excel.

Convert forecasts, explode demand and generate work orders — this method is something that every planner should know.

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View on scheduling

Is the purpose of production scheduling to feed MRP and execution?
If you’re satisfied with this answer, then you’re missing something. A small, two-letter word will change the way you look at scheduling.

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Shipping supply chain material planning shipping

The biggest headache in material planning is long lead-time materials.

Here is a simple tool that gives visibility between a buyer and a factory separated by a lot of water.

Also see an easy trick to connect multiple Excel users on different continents with free data integration over the cloud.

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Predictive operations planning

Predictive planning provides a way to manage uncertainty. Planning can resolve the dilemma between schedule-push and demand-pull.

How an Excel-based predictive planning tool can work alongside the business transaction system.

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Demand Analytics Chart Image

Analytics for demand planning in Excel usually involves big tables of data.

To understand the demand for a product, you need to look into its history. An order history can easily have 100K+ records.

Here is a technique to perform fast analytical formulas on many thousand rows.

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Demand Analytics Techniques Excel

The dilemma of demand planning: to use a forecast or history.

We cannot expect history to repeat itself, yet every day we are reminded of inaccuracy and bias in the forecast.

How to combine the forecast and history to get a true measure of demand.

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