Distribution

Supply Chain Planning for the Distribution Industry - Optimity Software

Intelligent demand, replenishment and distribution planning

While many distributors struggle with the pace of change in the industry, forward-thinking companies are taking advantage of intelligent demand, replenishment and distribution planning technologies to gain a competitive edge.

With a clear understanding of demand, and how to optimally serve their customers, these distributors are able to offer outstanding customer service at a competitive price.

Optimize your supply chain with Optimity

Master your planning with clear visibility and control over a fully connected supply chain. Optimity will ensure that you stay ahead of demand volatility and meet your target service levels at the lowest possible cost. Optimity’s solutions work independently or seamlessly together to suit your needs.

  • Demand Planning
  • Supply Planning
  • Sales & Ops Planning
  • Production & Capacity Planning
  • Inventory Planning & Optimization
  • Distribution Planning
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Powerful planning tools for distribution companies

Accurate demand plans

With a large number of items, constant product updates, phase-ins and discontinuations, demand planners have their work cut out for them. Optimity’s solution helps decipher the most complex demand patterns and turn them into highly accurate forecasts. A user-friendly tool for both internal and external collaboration ensures that guesswork and gut-feel is replaced by real market intelligence.

Replenishment planning

A distributor’s ability to create optimized replenishment plans is directly reflected on the bottom line. Getting it right can be a difficult task, especially when dealing with large multi-echelon networks. With Optimity you will know exactly what, when and how much to order, for each location and from which supplier. Your replenishment plan will be optimized across your entire network, no matter how complex it is.

Handling your SKUs

When you’re managing thousands of SKUs, all with different demand patterns, service levels, shelf-lives and storage constraints, a high degree of automation is needed. Without the right tools, both customer service and profits will suffer. Optimity supports automated ABC classification of each SKU. This provides the focus and structure your planners need to manage the volume of items and to make informed decisions. With inventory and replenishment parameters automatically optimized, more time can be spent on dealing with the most critical issues.

Safety stock optimization

Distributors have to balance the risk of shortages with inventory carrying costs. Optimity dynamically calculates the optimal safety stock level and replenishment volume and frequency for each item and location. This allows you to meet your service level targets at the lowest possible cost. And in the event you’re unable to fully replenish the safety stock, the system will dynamically allocate what’s available in the best way possible.

Optimized distribution and re-distribution

Optimity will account for any distribution and storage constraint you may have. Reduce cost by making sure procurement is made in full containers, or that full truckloads are used wherever possible. Optimity will also find the best sourcing option, including the option of redistributing excess inventory from within the supply chain.

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Download the White Paper - Setting the Optimal Safety Stock

Setting the right safety stock is of critical importance

It’s the buffer that ensures you can manage the fluctuations in demand and supply. You want to find the optimal mix so that you can ensure excellent service levels, but at the same time not tie-up capital in surplus stock. Read the white paper and learn how you find the right balance.

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Resources

Inventory redistribution – when does it make sense?

Inventory redistribution can improve both margins and customer service, but only if used properly. Here we take a closer look at Inventory Optimization, and why this technology offers a superior alternative to traditional DRP.
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By mastering logistics you can manage almost any aspect of a company

Patrik Färdow – COO of Orka Foods Group talks about the challenges faced by consumer goods manufacturers, why speed and agility are so critical to supply chain planning, and the importance of not letting the quest for the perfect plan get in the way of timely execution.
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How to optimize inbound logistics

A carefully-managed inbound logistics network is crucial to a smooth-running supply chain. Without a reliable flow of incoming goods, both customers and operations will suffer. Read how an Australian grocery importer optimized its inbound logistics.
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