The new module supports collaborative forecasting and budget planning. It features memory-resident planning and simulation, aiding in the evaluation of forecasts for such activities as promotions and new-product introductions. The demand-planning module is especially well-suited to food and beverage, pharmaceutical, consumer product goods and other manufacturing companies, QAD said. The tool was designed to help users optimize and lower inventories, reduce overstock and stockouts by planning for demand fluctuations, and generate plans that recognize past promotional activities. QAD Demand Planning provides forecast visibility throughout the global supply chain, the company said. It is a standalone module which imports from, and exports data into, the QAD enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. It also integrates with SAP, Oracle JDE, Oracle e-Business Suite and Lawson.
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