Avercast is excited to announce a new Australian customer: Paragon Care Group
Modules Using: Avercast Sales Forecasting.
Paragon Care Group, based in Melbourne, is a leading supplier of a peerless range of high quality products and services for the healthcare industry. They selected Avercast forecasting software to help efficiently manager their forecasting process. Learn more about Paragon Care. If you would like to see what we have done for companies like Paragon Care, request a free demo of your data in Avercast.
Avercast is excited to announce a new Australian customer: Rogerseller
Modules Using: Avercast Sales Forecasting
Rogerseller’s range of local and European contemporary bathrooms and designer kitchens are guaranteed to inspire. They will use Avercast forecasting to more efficiently and accurately forecast their large range of products. Learn more about Rogerseller. If you would like to see what we have done for companies like Rogerseller, request a free demo of your data in Avercast.
Avercast is excited to announce a new Australian customer: Glen Dimplex
Modules Using: Avercast Sales Forecasting and Supply Planning
Glen Dimplex Australia Pty Ltd, based in Melbourne, offers a wide range of innovative and stylish home appliances to the Australian market. They selected Avercast software to help them solve the seasonal forecasting and planning challenges experienced with their large product range. Learn more about Glen Dimplex. If you would like to see what we have done for companies like Glen Dimplex Australia, request a free demo of your data in Avercast.
Avercast is excited to announce a new Australian customer: RSEA
Since opening in 1993, RSEA has grown to become Australian’s market leader in the sale and hire of Workwear, PPE and Safety Equipment. In fact, we are now the largest, independent safety business in Australia. They offer a wide range of quality Australian Workwear and Safety Equipment along with globally recognised brands in all areas of safety. Learn more about RSEA.
If you would like to see what we have done for companies like RSEA, request a free demo of your data in Avercast.
Eager to improve your forecast accuracy? Start by reviewing these 6 key forecast exceptions each month?
Finding time to review/clean up the detail forecast is always a challenge with sales/marketing review and S&OP deadlines to hit.
Here are some exception filters I find useful for review:
- New items – with less than 5 months of history.
- Override items – with previous adjustments to the sales forecast (question those as the assumptions may have changed!)
- Big changes vs last month – Items where the lead time forecast varies by more than xx% from last month’s forecast for the same period.
- Big growth/decline – Large % forecast trend up/down vs history
- High error – Large % forecast error previous month
- Questionable statistical forecast – Large % forecast simulation error
With a good forecasting system you can batch automate a ‘nested’ filtering process (varying %’s by ABC codes), tagging exceptions for efficient review and never looking at the same item twice.
Brendan Dowd is a big fan of “big picture” sales & operations planning but also interested in exploring the “nitty-gritty” details of forecasting and planning. He loves helping companies “get off the spreadsheets” by installing proven systems by Avercast.
Sealed Performance Batteries lead the way in their industry with loyalty and commitment to being the best.
Yatala, Queensland- Located just 20 minutes outside of Brisbane, Sealed Performance Batteries (SPB) distributes an extensive range of portable energy storage products throughout Australia and the Pacific Region. As SPB’s product range and customer base continue to expand, CEO Greg Roberts is committed to continuing their long tradition of delivering excellent customer service and product innovation. SPB recently invested in Avercast Forecasting and Planning modules to help achieve their service and inventory goals. Below are excerpts of a conversation with SPB’s CEO Greg Roberts.
Why move from planning in spreadsheets to a system like Avercast?
As SPB’s product range and volume continues to expand, we had simply outgrown our spreadsheets. It was taking too much time to prepare our orders, and the methods we were using were basic and didn’t take into account things like trend and seasonality. For a company like ours with lead times between 1-3 months, we needed a capability for a time phased forecast which drives the purchase plan. I had worked with systems like Avercast in previous companies and knew there was a better way. I was happy to discover Avercast could offer an affordable solution for a company our size.
How long did the implementation take?
We were live and using the software for forecasting and planning before we even paid for it….a matter of weeks from our kickoff meeting. The Avercast staff worked with our IT consultant to pull all required data directly from our JIWA financial system. Nightly and month end updates are completely automated which means we can just open the software and get to work with the latest information. The implementation was completed on time (despite our aggressive schedule) and 20% under budget. We found the system was very easy to use and easy to navigate – it didn’t require much training at all to get up and running.
What benefits is SPB gaining from Avercast?
The benefits were instantaneous.
–Efficiency – Preparing vendor orders went from being a day long process to an hour. As we continue to expand our product range we won’t require additional headcount to manage the planning role.
–Intelligence – Our finance manager now has a time phased projection of monthly sales, purchase orders, and inventory levels for 12+ months into the future to help manage cash flow and budgeting.
–Strategy – We have been able to strategically set inventory policies which will allow us to optimize our inventory to deliver both superior customer service and profitability.
–Visibility – We love the visibility this system offers. The action items and filters screen allow for quick identification of issues and opportunities…at both a detail and summary level. When a vendor requests a forecast of our purchases for the next twelve months that information is right on our screen – and we can give it to them in minutes. This type of visibility really makes you feel in control of your business.
As CEO Greg Roberts is committed to ensuring that SPB “out skills the competition in order to offer the best products and service to its customers”. Avercast is a proud partner in this effort
Wondering if your company might benefit from the forecasting and planning tools offered by Avercast? Request a free demo of your data in Avercast.
Avercast is excited to announce a new Australian customer: Ball & Doggett Pty Ltd
Ball & Doggett Pty Ltd encompasses a diverse range of business units within the paper, print media and communication media sector. We look forward to helping this great company achieve their forecasting and inventory planning goals. Learn more about Ball & Doggett Pty Ltd.
If you would like to see what we have done for companies like Ball & Doggett, request a free demo of your data in Avercast.
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Avercast, the global authority on demand and supply planning software, now has an office in Australia! Avercast’s proven functionality and flexible solutions make it the perfect choice for Australian companies of all sizes. Establishing an office in Australia enables us to offer local support for our Avercast clients and provide better assistance to prospective clients evaluating our systems. Our local staff has over 23 years of experience with supply chain planning, which enables us to help support your process requirements as well as your software needs. Avercast demand and supply planning software integrates with all major accounting and business systems to make the specialized task of sales forecasting and inventory/distribution/production planning efficient and effective. You knew there had to be an easier way! Call us today at 02-8007-5308 to discuss your forecasting or planning challenge.