QAD Delivers Powerful Demand Planning with Single-Click Collaborative Budget Planning and Forecasting
QAD Demand Planning Calculates Optimal Inventory Levels Based on Demand Variability
SANTA BARBARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- QAD Inc. (NAS: QADA) (NAS: QADB) , a leading provider of enterprise software and services for global manufacturing companies, today announced new Demand Planning capabilities as an add-on to QAD Enterprise Applications.
The QAD Demand Planning module supports collaborative forecasting and budget planning. QAD Demand Planning allows business users to access a suite of tools that enables effective collaboration while simplifying analysis across the extended enterprise.
Memory-resident planning and simulation enable rapid evaluation of the forecast including the effect of planned promotions or new product introductions. QAD Demand Planning helps customers enhance response to demand fluctuations.
QAD Demand Planning Enables Manufacturers to Gain the Following Capabilities:
- Maximize sales by optimizing inventory
- Reduce space and investment required by lowering inventories
- Reduce overstock and stock-outs by planning for demand fluctuations
- Generate realistic plans by recognizing past promotional activities
Of particular interest to food and beverage, pharmaceutical, consumer product goods and other manufacturing companies, QAD Demand Planning empowers managers to measure the accuracy of sales forecasts, which can lead to critical focus on forecast accuracy.
"QAD Demand Planning provides forecast visibility throughout your global supply chain," said Gordon Fleming, chief marketing officer at QAD. "It enables managers to smooth out unpredictable and seasonal peaks in demand."
Improve Customer Service and Increase Revenue
Visibility into supply and demand fluctuations enables companies to meet customer expectations and service-level goals. Rapid response can help reduce or prevent backorders and stock-outs, which can improve performance against important strategic key performance indicators (KPIs) such as delivered in-full-on-time(DIFOT) or excess inventory.
"Accurate demand planning capabilities allow customers to effectively manage the right inventory at the right time at the right place," added Fleming. "Operating with greater inventory accuracy translates into operating at peak performance during peak season for peak customer satisfaction."
QAD Demand Planning is a stand-alone module which imports from and exports data into the QAD ERP system. It also integrates with SAP, Oracle JDE, Oracle e-Business Suite and Lawson.
For more information about QAD Enterprise Applications and QAD Demand Planning, visit www.qad.com.
QAD is a leading provider of enterprise applications for global manufacturing companies specializing in automotive, consumer products, electronics, food and beverage, industrial and life sciences products. QAD applications provide critical functionality for managing manufacturing resources and operations within and beyond the enterprise, enabling global manufacturers to collaborate with their customers, suppliers and partners to make and deliver the right product, at the right cost and at the right time. For more information about QAD, telephone +1 805-566-6000, or visit the QAD web site at www.qad.com.
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