Supply Chain Capacity Planning

Systematic supply chain planning processes and workflows are important. Because, they ensure suppliers commit to plans based on facts instead of gut feeling and intuition.

  • Share demand forecasts with suppliers
  • Forecast analysis tools
  • Forecast approval workflows
  • Capture supplier capacities digitally
  • Map item consumption interdependencies
  • Easily detect bottlenecks

Shared Forecasts are KEY for Suppliers

Shared forecasts allow suppliers to plan ahead. As a result, suppliers can provide a better service to you.

Suppliers are fighting blindly without forecast data. On the other hand, having a solid forecast allow suppliers to prepare and plan ahead.

For instance, this could be small decisions, such as allocating capacity or  scheduling maintenance. However, it could also big strategic decisions, such as making plant and equipment investments.

From time to time suppliers invest in plant and equipment or modify manufacturing strategy. Here, demand forecasts are prime input into building realistic investement business cases.

Suppliers need time to ramp up capacities. Because, hiring and training operators, adding shifts or finding alternative temporary revenue streams cannot happen over night.

Making new product or technology introductions also require careful planning. Thus, having a solid forecast helps suppliers plan for new products or technologies in advance.

Powerful Forecast Analysis Tools

Suppliers should not commit to forecasts based on gut-feeling and intuition. Prescience helps suppliers make informed forecast commitments.

Forecast Contents

Understanding the contents of a new forecast require analytical skilla. Therefore, Prescience helps suppliers see volume distribution over time and identify new and highrunner items.

Forecast Changes

Identifying changes between revisions can be cumbersome. Prescience helps suppliers understand if and when volume is growing or shrinking. And helps to identify obsolete items.

Capacity Utilization

Prescience answers key questions such as: What is the overall utilization? Which suppliers have available capacity? Which suppliers have capacity bottlenecks?

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Strong Approval Workflow

Succesful supply chains require a systematic planning process. Prescience provides a workflow to track forecast approval.

Easily see which suppliers have approved or rejected the latest forecast. More importantly, see who has not responded.

See how good suppliers are at approving new forecasts.

Track forecast response lead times from publishing to approval.

Capture Supplier Capacity Data

Having actual data allows planners to take capacity fluctuations into account. And more importantly, planners see when suppliers CANNOT deliver as planned.

  • Method for suppliers to quantify capacity
  • Process for acquiring data at global scale
  • Tools to aggregate capacities by supplier or region
  • Support for multiple capacity dimensions
  • Ability to map item capacity consumption
  • Support multiple metrics (units, tonnes, hours, etc.)

Detect Bottlenecks

Prescience simplifies bottleneck detection and measures capacity utilization.

Available Capacity

  • Aggregate capacity by week, month, etc.
  • See how demand balance capacity
  • Highlight capacity bottlenecks

Capacity Utilization

  • Measure utilization
  • Set minimum utilization target
  • Use to track customer share-of-wallet

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