Alloy Planning

Plan and execute based on consumer demand

Alloy Planning is a POS-driven forecasting and planning solution that helps consumer goods companies adapt quickly to market and supply chain changes, break down silos between teams and empower planners to focus on maximizing business opportunities.

Today With Alloy
Manual forecasting
Planners are either trying to manually aggregate POS and sell-in data to build forecasts using Excel-based solutions, a cumbersome process that is error-prone and difficult to scale; or are generating forecasts only on sell-in data which washes out crucial details and slows response times when demand shifts at the shelf.
Maximize planner impact by generating the most accurate plans and manage by exception to focus on the SKUs and categories that drive the biggest business impact.
Manual cross-functional alignment
Demand planners manually reconcile their own forecasts with sales & retailer forecasts and marketing plans to generate a demand plan. Managing multiple inputs in Excel is time consuming, messy and subject to data integrity issues.

By the time inventory planners receive the demand plan, they are often a week or more behind their demand planning counterparts, leading them to place manufacturing orders that do not reflect real-time demand patterns.
Empower your company with single source of information that captures the best available planning inputs, inventory positions and order status to help build transparency, confidence and trust across teams to align on the best planning outcomes
Blind decision-making
When supply inevitably does not match real-time demand, teams often resort to guesswork on how to respond.
Build more accurate plans using harmonized, continually updated retail data that reflect demand shifts down to the retailer-SKU level, and respond effectively to changing supply chain conditions with real-time visibility into granular inventory positions and order status.

Differentiators


  • Consumer goods-focused, POS-driven

    Plan more accurately and responsively using sell-through data from retail POS (down to the location-SKU level data) and channel inventory sources to more precisely predict the order patterns of your retailers.

  • Always-updated data platform

    Empower your planners to always plan off the latest inputs with a data platform that automatically ingests and harmonizes data from your internal systems and partners.

  • Single source of information for all

    Capture cross-functional inputs and align across teams with unlimited seats and intuitive workflows that are accessible by all teams involved in the planning process.

  • Granular, flexible detail

    Gain visibility into granular demand, inventory and order status data to help teams make the best decisions at any moment. Slice and dice your forecasts and plans by any SKU/customer/location combination and know precisely which orders are expected to arrive when with Alloy’s inventory simulations.

  • Connected planning & execution

    React faster as a team when reality strays from plan with a connected planning and execution solution where you can plan, track performance vs. plan and easily respond to changes in a single place.

Product Details


Core Features
  • 8 out-of-the-box statistical forecast models
  • The latest available sell-in, sell-through and D2C demand data
  • Import retailer forecasts or internal sales targets
  • Measure forecast accuracy using MAPE, bias and/or tracking signal
  • A default planning hierarchy selection
  • Linked demand-inventory plans for automatic adjustments
  • Continuously harmonized data across all data sources
  • Retailer forecast versioning
  • Comprehensive version control
  • Customizable alerts highlight significant forecast deviations
  • Easily export your shipment plans into other systems
  • Unlimited user seats
Consumer-grade workflows
  • Forecast accuracy comparisons (retailer, internal and Alloy-generated models)
  • Promotion and events planning that rolls up across retailers or down to the SKU level
  • Pre-built workflows for new product introductions and end-of-life products
  • Forecast management & adjustments

Use Cases


Periodic planning

Continuous planning

New product introductions (NPI) planning

End-of-life (EOL) planning

Optimal inventory allocation

Today With Alloy
By the time all planning inputs are manually aggregated, teams are planning off stale data that is weeks removed from what is happening at the shelf Alloy gives teams a single source of data for planning, resulting in easier cross-functional interlocks and more accurate plans
Teams can’t easily see how their plans are performing in real-time, missing opportunities to adjust them to minimize stockouts and excess inventory With Alloy, teams can monitor POS demand, customer orders and inventory positions alongside their plans, making it easy to update near-term demand plans and pass on adjustments for future time periods
Whether you’re launching a brand new SKU or expanding distribution into new doors or new retailers, it’s difficult to forecast the adoption period for new products Alloy’s step-by-step workflow makes it easy to forecast using an adoption curve based on historical data from a comparison SKU
Manually planning the discontinuation of a product can lead to empty store shelves that could be filled with replacement product Establish a discontinue date in Alloy and adjust demand plans to account for the termination of sell-in and subsequent sales ramp down
Allocating the right amount of inventory to retailers to fit demand is difficult when juggling multiple factors including inventory On Hand, On Order, and In Transit shipments Alloy allows you to closely track committed shipments outbound towards retail partners along with upcoming stock movements to ensure you have optimal inventory allocation

Benefits of a Connected Planning & Execution Platform

Reduce guess work – Stop operating your business in the dark. By incorporating real-time consumer demand signals and up-to-date inventory status, you can make better-informed decisions faster. And predictive forecasting capabilities let you get ahead of potential issues before they cost your business.

Collaborate seamlessly – Break down the silos between your data and your teams. Build trust by aligning inventory planning, demand planning, sales, marketing, finance and operations teams around a single source of information, on a single intuitive platform.

Take action on what matters – Your plan will always diverge from your reality — the question is by how much? Alloy lets brands identify and resolve the exceptions that will make the biggest impact so they can focus attention and take on action on what matters most.