Cupertino, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 05/27/2015 -- Melissa Clow recently reported in the 21st Century Supply Chain blog that it has been about a decade since companies began talking about the dream of a truly "demand-driven" supply chain. Today, companies are "realizing that perhaps it's not quite as short a journey as we thought it would be," says Roddy Martin, managing director of Accenture Supply Chain Strategies. Progress has been made, however, especially among consumer-driven retailers and even some large industrial manufacturers. This difficult journey is a heavy investment in traditional enterprise resource planning and demand-planning infrastructure, says Martin. That has led to an "inside-out" focus with businesses. But the volatility of demand, coupled with growing risk in global supply chains, has shown that this approach won't give companies the agility they're seeking. What they need to be pursuing is the ability to conduct demand sensing and shaping within their supply chains, made possible by complete visibility of inventory at all points. This is one of many features appearing in Forecast Errors Newsletter.
Forecast Errors, a weekly e-newsletter, sponsored by Ultriva, Inc. shares methods, modes, and tools used to inform Manufacturers' of forecast errors that they face on the manufacturing floor, and with a variety of supply chain industries. The newsletter explores forecast errors as the difference between the actual and predicted value. In the current issue, Forecast Errors argued that what separates best-in-class companies from those that struggle with accuracy is how they root out (and learn from) forecasting errors.
A forecast error is the difference between the actual and predicted value. The consequences are expensive inefficiencies that can be resolved with lean manufacturing technology.
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