ToolsGroup has released Instant Replay, a new supply-chain simulation tool. It allows planners to review historical events and compare multiple scenarios at the daily, customer and SKU-location levels.
"Predictive commerce" is a new concept that links customer demand data, planning and the execution of transportation. Pat Smith, general manager of ToolsGroup, tells how it was implemented at Costa Express, the U.K.'s fastest-growing coffee shop chain.
Sweden's HÃ¶ganÃ¤s AB, a producer of metal powders, implements a system to improve its access to market intelligence, plan for demand and optimize inventories, while ensuring just-in-time delivery to the assembly line.
The maker of sophisticated medical equipment had reached a "plateau" in its efforts to boost customer service and optimize costly inventory within its global operation. Then it found a way to climb higher.