Companies strive to profitably align supply with demand. When orders come in, you should be able to make delivery quotes with confidence. This requires to reliably promise availability and meet aggressive commitments in real-time. All customers are not created equal. Now you have a powerful solution to ensure that your most important customers receive the special treatment they deserve.
The Concurrent Planner allocates orders to forecasts based on your priorities – whether that means emphasizing certain customers, channels or geographic regions. When orders are processed, they are allocated to planned demand, such as the forecasts, reservations, and sales quotas that served as input for planning. This order allocation is performed according to strict rules, based on business-specific requirements, for instance, to give high-margin customers higher priority. Priority numbers are assigned to orders and then automatically shift urgency based on rank. This ensures the next-most pressing order is always moving to the top of the production queue.
The Concurrent Planner creates an achievable production plan with constrained production scheduling that improves customer service and reduces production costs. The Concurrent Planner gives you early visibility into whether or not demand plans can support, for example, key material and capacity constraints on the supply side, like long lead times or single-sourced components. It identifies mismatches between supply and demand—even those that are months away—and helps you adjust your purchasing plans and manufacturing capacities accordingly.