The Advanced Forecasting application is a collaborative tool that allows users to come up with the most accurate forecasts possible. It fully supports a Sales and Operations Planning process to efficiently balance your organization’s Supply and Demand.
The system generates a statistical forecast for each item-location combination that has been set up by the user, and incorporates regression analysis with a seasonality factor as well as other optional time series forecasting methods to generate this forecast. The user can then make adjustments to the system generated item-location (i.e. “SKU”) forecasts and aggregate them nationally, regionally or by other criteria such as product, class or market zone. At this point, further adjustments can be made to the aggregates and be prorated back down to the item-location level to drive production and deployment decisions.
In addition, the “Best Method” option will suggest a forecast method to fit your requirements and business model. A Forecast Variance Reporting System then “automates” the sometimes tedious but critical activity of measuring planned versus actual forecasts which can be used to improve future forecast accuracy.
The application also gives users the option to calculate item-location safety stock quantities based upon desired customer service levels, and performs ABC analysis nationally or by location. User selectable history from WorkWise ERP can be input to the Forecasting application and after forecasts are calculated, they can be used to populate the WorkWise ERP Master Schedule forecast.
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