The update features enhanced promotion management, real-time demand sense and respond, advanced shelf-life management and intelligent baseline forecasting. It includes a number of intuitive user functions, such as an advanced forecast edit grid and automatic calendar interpolation. New functionality in periodic-item forecasting and baseline forecasting can reduce manual planning efforts and as well as the impact of one-off and sporadic events, Infor said. Periodic item forecasting factors in seasonal changes to decrease planning time and provide more precise statistical forecasts, according to the vendor. Users can designate the event or time series to be modeled. In the process, they can avoid reacting to non-repeating events. A Promotion Management Workbench allows users to define and manage weekly promotion calendars to include trade spend, promotion profiles and cannibalization profiles. Demand sense-and-respond functionality identifies exceptions, and issues an alert to the user when a violation is detected.
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