Retail Planning

Automate and optimize retail planning

Consumers today expect unlimited product availability with expansive 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 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 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, how much, and where to stock.

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 part, or all, of your S&OP or IBP proces – from sales forecasting to supply planning to financial forecasting and budgeting. Vanguard can integrate all of these distinct applications in 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 – all on the same screen.

Client Results

Billions [of dollars] in operating margin and trillions in market capitalization separate supply chain winners from losers,” according to AMR Research. With Vanguard Predictive Planning, best-in-class planners see:


Reduction in inventory


Increase in perfect-order fulfillment (complete, accurate, and on time)


Shorter cash-to-cash cycle times


Fewer stock-outs than competitors

Featured resources

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Global Footwear Company


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What our clients have to say

Joachim Schwarzkopf MBA, PhD

Senior Portfolio Manager, Novartis – Vaccines & Diagnostics

"We are making strategic decisions that have long-term impacts on our business. Without Vanguard, we would not have the visibility and analysis we need to make the right decisions."

Ana Rodriguez

Director, Enterprise Applications and Integrations

"Vanguard has enabled Skullcandy to be more automated and calculated with our Demand Planning. The usability and thorough on-boarding and configuration process offered by Vanguard enabled us to completely migrate from our historical software very quickly"

Brent Phillips

Director of Demand Planning at Traeger Grills

“Our team selected Vanguard Software because we believe they are the best solution for our current demand planning needs and future supply planning needs.”

Renee Thomas Jacobs

CEO, Buy Auto Parts

"From the first time we loaded our data into Vanguard, we've been happy with the results. Between heightening our understanding of sales cycle curves, the immense flexibility, and responsiveness of the platform, and providing a single view of all items and categories, we've had a very positive experience."

Jim Cafferty

Lead Evaluator for Winzer

“One vendor stood head and shoulders above the others through the process — Vanguard Software. Vanguard consistently worked harder and provided more tangible, high-quality data and answers to questions than any other competitor.”

Vijay Ramadoss

IT Technical & Management Expert

"Vanguard is really easy to use and allows you to quickly pull demand data to use to support the business. Vanguard’s staff is always willing to help out with any question/concern I have about the system/information. Vanguard’s onsite training was extremely beneficial to help learn the tricks of the tool."

Geoffrey Taylor

Logistics and Inventory Manager, AFT Pharmaceuticals

"We looked for a software which could deliver the necessary requirement for our business and allows for customization. Vanguard has that capability and proven to be a reliable software, with a good supporting team behind it."

Cameron Yee

Business Analytics Manager, Buy Auto Parts

"After reviewing five different forecast systems, Vanguard excelled in all our requirements. Vanguard has great visualization and interface tools to assist with Ad-hoc and strategic analysis. The ability to measure statistical forecast accuracy greatly adds merit to the competency of the system. What really sold us was the exceptional customer service support to maximize the full potential of the software."

David White

Business Intelligence Manager, Endeavour

"After the initial Pre Sales demonstrations to our prospects, the most common statement is not whether they wanted to go ahead, it is when should we start the trial."

Ewelina Piasecka

Demand Planning Manager, Sensata Technologies

"Vanguard brought massive, positive improvements to purchasing, confidence, and stock reduction. Their system helped us stabilize production. That saved us money, but it also enabled us to grow the business more sustainably. Instead of managing spikes in demand, we achieved much greater stability in production scheduling and fulfillment."

Curt Mason

Financial Analyst, Francesca's

"We use Vanguard to effectively create and distribute sales plans to our field leadership to help them manage their business units."

Dave Palew

Director of Supply Chain, Aurobindo Pharma USA

"At its core, Vanguard Forecast Server is a user-friendly forecast generator with powerful analytical tools and easy-to-read reports. As users become more adept with the system, their ability to manage and manipulate forecasts increases tremendously. The results are consistently more accurate forecasts, time and again, and better forecast accuracy leads directly to a better bottom line for our business."

Marcia Ferrill

Assistant Director, Planning and Development – Kansas Department of Transportation

"Vanguard's forecasting process makes us so much more effective as an agency, especially when every dollar really counts."

Patty Thompson

Sr. Accountant, SDOT

"South Dakota DOT had heard from another State DOT about how they forecast their cash, and because we had been looking for that type of system, we spoke with that agency and decided to inquire about getting a similar system tweaked to fit our needs."

Tim Oligmueller

Director of Business Intelligence, Keen Footwear

"The reason I chose Vanguard was the quality of the pre-sales support and assistance in setting up a proof of concept with our actual data. While functionality was similar between all the choices your team and immediate sales support are what closed the deal."

Chris Patterson

Demand Planning Manager, Natrol

"Vanguard is a premier forecasting tool for businesses of all sizes. The data flexibility, reporting tools, continuous support is why we chose Vanguard over other software solutions."

Carl Turner

Vice President of Supply Chain, Mayne Pharma

"Our company grew rapidly with the acquisition of a large number of products that more than doubled our SKU (stock-keeping units) base. We were implementing a robust Sales and Operations (S&OP) process and needed a tool to assist our team in forecasting demand. We evaluated multiple solutions and continued to return to Vanguard based on their solution and the quality of their design and support team. Since implementing Vanguard we have seen a substantial improvement in our forward-looking forecast as measured by our Mean Absolute Percentage Error. We are confident we made the right selection in choosing Vanguard."

  • Demand forecasting
  • Product mix/portfolio analysis
  • Sales and operations planning (S&OP)
  • Supply chain planning
  • Information sharing
  • Operational efficiency
  • Equipment diagnostics
  • Surveys and research
  • Multi-Echelon Inventory Optimization (MEIO)
  • Artificially Intelligent forecast method recommendation
  • POS Demand Sensing
  • New Product Forecasting
  • Promotional Forecasting
  • Sell-to and sell-through forecasting
  • Bill of Materials (BOM) Support
  • Predict demand for final products and raw materials, even when historical data is scarce.
  • Optimize product portfolios, pricing, and promotions. Product development: Estimate life-cycle costs and forecast adoption across all channels.
  • Enable real-time collaboration between Marketing & Sales and Operations to ensure production capacity can profitably support customer demand (and vice versa).
  • Optimize your supply chain network, inventory levels, distribution plans, and more.
  • Involve suppliers and customers in planning processes. Dynamically receive their latest demand and material availability estimates.
  • Conduct process improvement/Six Sigma projects to reduce costs, cycle times, and waste.
  • Expertly guide operators, technicians, and support agents through complex troubleshooting processes using automated question-and-answer sessions.
  • Know your market and understand your customers’ needs, wishes, and opinions using online surveys.
  • Increase service levels; reduce safety stock; improve turns and profitability.
  • Automate the selection of the best-possible forecast methods and parameters.
  • 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.
  • Optimize inventory levels and production scheduling.
  • Improve demand sensing and demand-supply planning.
  • Streamline production; eliminate errors, delays, and compliance failures.

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