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Automate and Optimize Retail Planning

Consumers today expect unlimited product availability, plus lavish choices in how they browse, purchase and receive their goods. For retailers, these demands add tremendous complexity to merchandise planning, assortment allocation, and replenishment, as well as to multi-channel purchase and delivery. Those who can automate and optimize these processes stand the best chance of maximizing profit and customer service.

This requires sensory awareness and cognition. It starts with an ear to the ground at each point of sale (POS) to pick up real-time signals for demand-driven inventory planning and continuous replenishment. It continues with an eye trained on the longer road ahead, and the ability to simulate myriad scenarios to plan dynamically around sales promotions, marketing campaigns, seasonality, and new product introductions (NPI). This is how you decide what to stock, how much, and where.

Forecast, model, and simulate store-level sales

Vanguard Predictive Planning for Retail 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.

Match expert forecasting and planning with best-in-market usability

Leverage Vanguard Software for a 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.

Vanguard’s 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 – and on the same screen.


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


  • Automate profitability analysis dynamically for maximum net benefit.
  • Increase service levels; reduce safety stock; improve turns and profitability.
  • Ensure optimal forecast methods and parameters automatically for exceptional forecast accuracy.
  • Spot and respond to demand trends and signals in real time; improve downstream replenishment.

  • Optimize product transitions; identify cannibalization effects; respond automatically to seasonality and trends.
  • Improve New (and limited-time) Product Introduction (NPI), inventory planning, and optimization.
  • Optimize production scheduling and replenishment planning.
  • Increase operating efficiency and asset utilization; reduce costs.

  • Maximize product- and channel-mix profitability.
  • Turn merchandise plans on a dime to match demand shifting and inventory forecasts.
  • Virtually test competing courses of action; improve management decision making.
  • Balance investment with liquidity; enhance all facets of enterprise-scale capital management.

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.