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APICS 2009 From the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 4
Part 1 of this series talked about my attendance of the APICS 2009 international conference in Toronto (Canada) in early October. I attended only a few

sales forecast accuracy definition apics  consensus process to gather sales forecast and customer demand are as follows:  Collect sales and market input -- Gather data from the sales and marketing departments using simple and intuitive electronic forms. The input is reviewed and accepted after applying a filter for  bias  based on an analysis of the historical input Develop a demand plan -- Using statistical analysis and/or management input, build a multi-period forecast plan. Key elements to focus on in the definition of requirements are the Read More...
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Configure, price, and quote (CPQ) solutions (sometimes known as quote-to-order, or Q2O, systems) help drive sales effectiveness by supporting configuration and pricing activities and the generat...
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Analytics Leader Voices Its Opinions on S&OP State of Affairs
Today’s retail companies are realizing the importance of creating an optimal balance between supply and demand, with a focus on sensing and shaping demand

sales forecast accuracy definition apics  authored several articles on sales forecasting and market response modeling.   Some Background on SAS Retail SAS Institute, the leader in business analytics software and services, is the largest independent software vendor (ISV) in the business intelligence (BI) market. With $2.43 billion (USD) in revenues in 2010, SAS is by far the largest privately-owned software company in the world. Since 1976, through its innovative solutions delivered within an integrated framework, SAS has helped customers at Read More...
Let the (Excess) Inventory Flow!
Because companies focus primarily on new product development and promotion, the problem of excess and obsolete inventory, once addressed, often leads to both

sales forecast accuracy definition apics  its active life (see Sales and Operations Planning Part One: Identifying and Forecasting Demand ). In this process too, little time is afforded to the continuous assessment and disposition of excess active inventory, which comes from the ever-quicker pace of new product introduction that drives constant product turnover. Further, the rate of customer returns—reportedly up to 20 percent in consumer electronics—results in returned and refurbished inventory. Industry estimates of inventory excess in the Read More...
How to Plan and Manage in Times of Uncertainty and Volatility? Based on Reality and Facts, Duh! (Part 1)


sales forecast accuracy definition apics  percentages of total car sales (remember the “cash for clunkers” initiative a while back?). As a result, global suppliers are reducing their inventories, except for petroleum, coal, beverage, and tobacco products, which then creates supply shortages and the need to properly allocate parts for particular orders. For their part, as a result of depressed aggregate demand, customers are reducing inventories as well: merchant wholesale inventory figure was at its maximum in July 2008 and much lower ever Read More...
APICS 2009 Preview Webinar Series, Session 5: Managing Inventory in a Changing Economy
The 2009 APICS International Conference and Expo is starting next week in Toronto (Canada). One of the educational tracks is focusing on how to manage inventory

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Sales: Maximize Profitability, Improve Performance, and Deliver Customer Value
Effective sales organizations do more than just meet revenue goals. They find new ways to achieve their goals while ensuring their sales professionals maintain

sales forecast accuracy definition apics  Deliver Customer Value Effective sales organizations do more than just meet revenue goals. They find new ways to achieve their goals while ensuring their sales professionals maintain focus on activities that foster profitable customer relationships. Learn how a customer relationship management (CRM) solution can help your sales force acquire and cultivate profitable customer relationships, use their time efficiently, and achieve top performance. Read More...
Sales and Operations Planning: A Journey That’s Worth the Effort
In the consumer goods (CG) industry, there has been a notable focus on sales and operations planning (S&OP). This renewed interest is noteworthy because of the

sales forecast accuracy definition apics  a notable focus on sales and operations planning (S&OP). This renewed interest is noteworthy because of the impressive benefits that have been attributed to S&OP. Research indicates that S&OP process improvements are a primary starting point for companies seeking to be more demand-driven. This white paper looks at the results of a survey of S&OP in the CG industry. Read More...
Sales Tax and the Supply Chain: Avoiding Audit in High-Risk Areas
State sales tax revenue is second only to property tax as a source of revenue. And as states grow hungrier, they increase their audit scrutiny of high risk

sales forecast accuracy definition apics  in High-Risk Areas State sales tax revenue is second only to property tax as a source of revenue. And as states grow hungrier, they increase their audit scrutiny of high risk industries like manufacturing and distribution. For businesses providing products and services along the supply chain, sales tax audit risk isn’t always obvious, but, the transactions along the way can expose wholesalers, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers to audit risk. This Q&A reviews pressing questions of supply chain Read More...
Sales and Operations Planning: Choosing the Optimal Strategy for Your Business
Sales and operations planning (S&OP) provides the visibility and agility to improve product management and promotional planning, minimize unnecessary buildups

sales forecast accuracy definition apics  Strategy for Your Business Sales and operations planning (S&OP) provides the visibility and agility to improve product management and promotional planning, minimize unnecessary buildups of inventory, and predict revenue more effectively. S&OP works because it develops a well-coordinated operating plan in support of your customer demand, your business plan, and your strategy. So what is S&OP exactly, and how does it work? Read More...
Are Sales Incentives Even In Tune With the Corporate Strategy?
With sales being the lifeblood of virtually any company, selling should be an accurately accountable process forming the basis of overall strategic objectives

sales forecast accuracy definition apics  Sales Incentives Even In Tune With the Corporate Strategy? Incentive compensation plans are designed to motivate sales and service professionals to achieve goals and strive for excellence. But an alarming fact is that these same compensation plans are often at odds with the corporate strategy of customer satisfaction, since sales employees, in their zeal to earn more, often lose sight of what is importanttheir customers needs and the companys strategy. Part Two of the series Thou Shalt Motivate and Read More...
The Impact of CRM and Sales Process: Monetizing the Value of Sales Effectiveness
To work through all the issues necessary to improve sales performance, executives have a number of options for leveraging people and knowledge. However, an area

sales forecast accuracy definition apics  Impact of CRM and Sales Process: Monetizing the Value of Sales Effectiveness To work through all the issues necessary to improve sales performance, executives have a number of options for leveraging people and knowledge. However, an area that shows significant potential for helping sales teams meet or exceed their goals is the effective alignment of sales process and technology. Executives looking to optimize performance should consider this approach to achieve their goals. Read More...
Surado CRM Increasing Sales
The Surado CRM Sales module empowers sales teams by providing an intuitive system that presents a comprehensive single view of the customer across your entire

sales forecast accuracy definition apics  CRM Increasing Sales The Surado CRM Sales module empowers sales teams by providing an intuitive system that presents a comprehensive single view of the customer across your entire organization. Combine this with a powerful knowledge base and automated business rules to create a consistent sales methodology throughout your entire team. With Surado CRM, your sales teams are enabled to manage the complete prospect to customer life cycle with efficiency and effectiveness. Read More...
Sales and Marketing
Sales (the function that directly generates revenue through the sale of products or services) and marketing (the function that addresses customer needs and

sales forecast accuracy definition apics  and Marketing Sales (the function that directly generates revenue through the sale of products or services) and marketing (the function that addresses customer needs and wants through communication) are two indispensible pillars of today’s businesses. Due to the affinity between sales and marketing, the two are commonly considered to be in the same category of business area. A few trends in this business area: Read More...
Sales 2.0: Faster Sales in a Sluggish Economy
The Internet offers a wealth of information for buyers, who can window-shop from their desks. Power has shifted to buyers, who no longer need to rely on

sales forecast accuracy definition apics  2.0: Faster Sales in a Sluggish Economy The Internet offers a wealth of information for buyers, who can window-shop from their desks. Power has shifted to buyers, who no longer need to rely on salespeople for information. But sales managers can use Sales 2.0 to tap into these new buying habits to instantly interact with prospects and provide personalized service. Find out how Sales 2.0 can help you instantly view and serve prospects entering your online store. Read More...

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