|By Business Wire
|April 22, 2014 08:01 AM EDT
Software Group, Inc., today announced the release of JDA®
Flowcasting™, a game-changing end-to-end supply chain collaboration and
The JDA Flowcasting solution enables a completely integrated and unified
supply chain for manufacturers, distributors and retailers. Using inputs
such as point-of-sale, inventory and promotions, JDA Flowcasting
eliminates the disconnect that exists today in nearly all retail supply
chains by providing a common set of plans for demand, replenishment,
transportation, capacity and financial projections that all trading
partners can agree upon and execute.
JDA Flowcasting represents the next generation of collaboration for
trading partners looking to create joint value for their respective
organizations and is a massive leap forward from previous forms of
collaboration such as Collaborative Planning, Forecasting, and
Replenishment (CPFR®). Built on JDA’s rich end-to-end
collaborative supply chain management capabilities, JDA Flowcasting
leverages JDA’s highly scalable architectural platform and is deployed
via JDA Cloud Services to deliver rapid, sustained return on investment
and enhanced organizational agility.
The solution enables trading partners to effectively collaborate on the
supply chain parameters that drive time-phased plans from the shelf to
the factory versus just the outputs of the plans, such as the sales or
order forecast. By enabling the end-to-end supply chain to be modeled in
a common shared cloud instance, accelerated forms of simulation can take
place to extract new value streams that were not visible in the past.
This allows trading partners to quickly evaluate the trade-offs of
different supply chain options that drive mutual benefit, make joint
decisions, and then quickly execute.
“JDA Flowcasting provides companies with dramatic new
capabilities to drive higher on-shelf availability at lower supply chain
costs,” said Fred Baumann, group vice president, JDA Software. “We
are very excited about the business value this technology can bring to
our customers and the long-standing problem it solves - enabling a
single source of forecast truth for retailers and their suppliers.”
JDA Flowcasting is built upon three key capabilities: collaborative flow
planning, prescriptive scenario modeling, and root-cause analysis and
reporting, which help eliminate gaps in the information supply chain and
provide manufacturers and retailers a more accurate view of consumer
Collaborative Flow Planning
JDA Flowcasting delivers end-to-end supply chain visibility with a
time-phased view across demand, inventory and transit, enabling
retailers and suppliers to gain alignment on a consensus view of demand
based on sell-through at the point of consumption. This drives
visibility into all levels in the network and enables analytics directly
from the real or e-commerce shelf, tying in replenishment and
time-phased order collaboration with key trading partner participants.
Prescriptive Scenario Analysis
Prescriptive scenario analysis proactively enables retailers and
suppliers to simulate changes ahead of time and agree on a common plan.
Simulations are useful in planning promotions, new product
introductions, changes to safety stock levels, display and presentation
stocks, lead times, direct vs. indirect shipments and delivery
calendars. These capabilities are unprecedented in the retail supply
Predictive Analysis and Reporting
To ensure superior in-store execution and aligned supply chains, the
solution includes out-of-the-box reporting to provide visibility into
issues like out of stocks, promotional effectiveness and root causes, as
well as focus on demand at the point of consumption, inventory
exceptions, in-stock exceptions, and a time-phased view of the plan that
companies can work and collaborate on together. JDA Flowcasting
also provides contextual navigation to supply chain parameters and
levers, enabling higher root-cause-to-remediation efficiencies, which is
critical due to the scale of SKU proliferation in retail supply chains.
The Founders of Flowcasting Join JDA Software
JDA’s highly experienced flowcasting team is pleased to welcome the
founders of the flowcasting method, André Martin, flowcasting advisor,
and Darryl Landvater, senior product director, to JDA Software.
Both Martin and Landvater come to JDA from RedPrairie, where they
co-founded RedPrairie’s Collaborative Flowcasting Group, a software and
consulting organization focused on integrating the retail supply chain
from point of manufacture to final point of sales.
With more than 90 years of combined experience, Landvater and Martin
pioneered the very first implementations of Distribution Resource
Planning (DRP) systems. Both are world-class consultants in the field,
and both have authored several books on the subject.
“We are very excited to welcome both André and Darryl to the JDA
Flowcasting team,” said Hamish Brewer, chief executive officer, JDA
Software. “Their years of industry and implementation expertise,
along with their patented algorithms, ensure that existing and new JDA
Flowcasting customers will continue to enjoy accelerated value and
return from their JDA investment.”
“JDA Flowcasting is a total retail supply chain planning process that
retailers and manufacturers can utilize to manage the supply chain from
the store to the factory using a single set of numbers,” said André
Martin, flowcasting advisor, JDA Software. “It actually becomes a
model of the business and enables them to remove the planning
disconnects of the supply chain, eliminating the bullwhip effect.”
Learn More about JDA Flowcasting at JDA FOCUS 2014
Make plans to attend JDA
FOCUS 2014, the industry’s largest supply chain event, April 27-30
at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to learn more about
Flowcasting. At FOCUS, you will experience a unique opportunity to
engage with other leading retailers and manufacturers to learn how this
innovative solution solves key industry challenges.
While at FOCUS, also plan to attend the following JDA Flowcasting
Tweet this: .@JDASoftware launches JDA Flowcasting to enable
game-changing collaboration between retailers & mfg’s. http://jda.com/twflow4
About JDA Software Group, Inc.
JDA Software is the leading provider of supply chain, manufacturing
planning, retail planning, store operations and collaborative category
management solutions. JDA’s innovative solutions and unmatched industry
expertise help companies streamline their supply chain, optimize
inventory, labor and customer service levels, and deliver increased
profits. As a result, JDA’s solutions have become the industry standard
for more than 4,000 of the world’s leading retailers, manufacturers and
distributors. To learn more, visit jda.com or email [email protected].
JDA press releases: www.jda.com/rss.asp?a=press
“JDA” and ‘Flowcasting” are trademarks or registered trademark of JDA
Software Group, Inc. Any trade, product or service names referenced in
this document using the name “JDA” or ‘Flowcasting” are trademarks
and/or property of JDA Software Group, Inc.
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