Category: Blog Articles

GST Opportunity & Impact On Demand Planning

GST finally got rolled out this month marking a red-letter day for the Indian economy. From here on the life for the businesses shall never be same again and mostly for better as it is expected to vastly improve ease of doing business in the country. While the overall long-term impact of this landmark reform

Good Estimators Are Also Good Demand Planners

One of the key skills of a demand planner is knowledge of predictive statistics or estimation. As we know, there are four properties of a good estimator as mentioned below. In this article we shall explore these properties as applicable to demand planners as well. Unbiasedness Efficiency Sufficiency Consistency Unbiasedness In demand planning the planner

The Pecking Order of Demand

Of late we noticed something strange in some of the big companies that we are working with and we guess they found something strange about our observations. The demand planner in all of these companies was working directly at SKU level and nothing above it. This means that if the company has 10,000 SKUs, the

S&OP and Importance of Collaboration!

Notes from the round table discussion on S&OP and Collaboration at the IBF Conference, Dubai in April 2016 It is very apparent that the success of the S&OP process lies with the support of the management as was the feedback from every one. No amount of noble intention from the planning team can make it

Making Forecasting A Team Sport

Collaborative forecasting as a term has been in vogue for quite some time. However, in reality it is seldom seen in action except in the organizations with a very disciplined demand planning process. Even then the collaboration is a highly manual process relying on emails and Excel Documents. Demand planning is one operation that works