You will be familiar with it. Your merchandiser sends as much stock as possible to the stores, so that as little as possible stays behind in the distribution centre or warehouse. Unfortunately, this often means that you have to redistribute your stock later.
Smart Supply does not immediately send all stock from the distribution centre to the stores. After an initial allocation, the software uses an algorithm to determine the highest sales potential per SKU (Stock Keeping Unit) for each location. The stock will be distributed to the stores at which the demand for the product is the greatest.
Not one-on-one replenishment but a dynamic process. This means that you improve your product availability, increase your profit margin, reduce excess inventory and have fewer missed sales. But how does Smart Supply work? Find out below.
Four transparent steps
What does the Smart Supply implementation look like? Obviously you can do without a months-long transition period. That is why we apply an average implementation period of 10 to 12 weeks. During this process, the IT department plays a key role in tuning the interfaces. The SaaS model makes sure our team will take care of developments and modifications, reducing the pressure on your IT department. The process contains four transparent steps: analysis, migration, implementation and management.
During the preparatory phase, we analyse your processes and systems to get a clear understanding of your current situation. We also perform a data check to gain insight into your current data.
All Smart Supply modules are developed in MS SQL with an in-house developed web portal. The migration phase consists of the interface set-up and connections with, among others, SAP AFS, SAP RTL, POS DM and AS/400. The interface technology used varies from .csv files to SAP XI, SAP PI and Seeburger. During the migration phase, we collect all kinds of data, including material master data, stock on hand levels in the store, stock on hand in the distribution centre (DC) and sales transactions. This information forms the foundation for the implementation.
The first tests with Smart Supply are performed during implementation. Users in your organisation are also provided with comprehensive two-day training by a consultant. They learn all the details on the software and how they can use it as efficiently as possible. We then run a first pilot with one or more stores. When everything is optimized, we are ready to go live. There is no need to first collect data for months, therefore the implementation period is only 10 to 12 weeks.
After Smart Supply goes live, you will receive comprehensive follow-up support. We have a help desk for all of your questions and offer technical and functional support. Read more about our service and support.