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Food & Beverage

Commodity price volatility, regulatory disparity, and tightening expiration constraints make it hard enough to source, produce, and deliver at a profit. Add to that supplier and food safety risk and you’ve got a day in the life at Food & Beverage Inc.

Indeed, these producers operate the most critical juncture in the food value chain, transforming globally sourced farm commodities into consumer finished goods. Along the way, they face constant exposure, upstream and down, to market volatility and regulatory pressure. They are at the crux of all that can go wrong, and right.

Upstream visibility, downstream signal awareness

Vanguard Predictive Planning for Food & Beverage is a cloud forecasting and planning platform designed to help food & beverage makers collaborate with suppliers and buyers to ensure best-possible product availability, safety, and fulfillment at the highest possible profit. Vanguard Predictive Planning applications include demand-supply planning, inventory optimization, product portfolio optimization, new product planning, Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP), and Integrated Business Planning (IBP). All applications are in-memory and pre-built with multiple tools, methods, and features to automate forecasting while improving accuracy and efficiency for maximum returns.

Advanced analytic forecasting and planning

Vanguard Predictive Planning for Food & Beverage supports all types of data synchronization, including near real-time point-of-sale (POS) transactions. This enables Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) collaborations that cut costs out of the supply chain to benefit both you and your vendors. The system’s advanced-analytic modeling and simulation capabilities support omnichannel sales and delivery while ensuring optimal inventory and labor — down to the store level. All of this is key to balancing product breadth and depth for best-net-profit assortment allocations that span thousands of SKUs and potentially hundreds of locations.

Best-in-market usability

Leverage Vanguard Software for part, or all, of your S&OP or IBP process: from sales forecasting to supply planning to financial forecasting and budgeting. Vanguard can integrate all of these distinct applications on a single platform designed to unify management estimates, exceptions, and data. The UI integrates seamlessly with your business processes, enabling diverse teams and users to communicate and collaborate. Plus, all changes and updates are dynamic, system-wide. Change your demand plan, and see that change reflect instantly in your inventory order schedule – on the same screen.

Features

  • Profitability analysis – store/channel/product
  • Multi-Echelon Inventory Optimization (MEIO)
  • Artificially intelligent forecast method selection
  • POS data capture & demand sensing

  • New product forecasting, cannibalization effects
  • What if testing, scenario planning
  • Promotional forecasting
  • Sell-to, sell-through forecasting

  • Constraint-based planning
  • Capacity & resource planning (including BOM)
  • Channel-specific expiration management
  • Workforce/resource utilization

Benefits

  • Improve profitability of product and resell portfolios
  • Optimize value-chain inventory levels and margins
  • Automate selection of best-possible forecast methods and parameters
  • Improve replenishment planning, inventory accuracy

  • Optimize product transitions; respond automatically to seasonality and trends
  • Virtually test competing courses of action; improve management decision making
  • Improve multi-channel marketing, demand shaping
  • Optimize production scheduling and replenishment planning

  • Increase operating efficiency and asset utilization; reduce costs
  • Maximize product- and channel-mix profitability
  • Gain efficiency; reduce losses; improve production, safety, and compliance
  • Increase productivity, up-time, revenue, and profit

Vanguard Software Applications

Our collaborative, web-based forecasting applications unite roles, teams and departments in achieving the most accurate forecasts in the world – bar none.