Demand planners are coping with the growing complexity of consumer-goods supply chains. Most of all, they have to do a better job of getting the numbers right, says Robert F. Byrne, chief executive officer of Terra Technology.
"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.
Granarolo, the leading Italian producer of dairy and milk products, was faced with the challenge of accurately forecasting demand for its highly perishable products – especially in the critical and difficult-to-manage area of promotions.
E2open Inc., a provider of cloud-based software for collaborative planning and execution across global trading networks, has entered into a strategic alliance with KPMG LLP, the U.S.-based audit, tax and advisory firm.