When a pan-European distributor identified pitfalls in its country-specific forecasting engagement, it turned to supply and demand planning specialist Supply Chain Precision for support.
With no visibility on future promotions and local trends, distribution in accordance with demand was proving difficult, with profit suffering as a result.
Our consultants devised a system which allowed the distributors in each country to access the company’s demand and supply management software via URL. User restrictions were added so that each country could only view their own products and logistical details.
Rolling out the new initiative, read-only access was granted in the early phase of development and monthly review calls were held on Skype to review the history and forecast data. The ability to input data and edit content was permitted strategically, according to how mature or trusted a supplier was.
There were many benefits to this new system which delivered efficiencies for the business and its country-specific distributors. Data was live and available 24/7, which meant there was less pressure on the distributors to create reports and maintain time-intensive email communications.
The business was able to supply exactly what each country required based on local trends and promotions, streamlining processes and improving profit margins.