Addressing Inventory Productivity and Customer Service Issues

Teradata, a division of NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), has announced Teradata Demand Chain Management (DCM) Release 3.2, an analytic application that helps companies increase sales and decrease inventory through the most accurate and powerful forecasting and replenishment solution on the market. It also enables retailers and their vendors to quickly prepare for - and react to - changes in consumer demand. This release, which was co-developed with a leading retailer, is available immediately.

The previous release of Teradata DCM introduced time-phased replenishment. With this release, Teradata DCM 3.2 expands significantly upon the order optimization capabilities of the solution with the addition of the Load Builder and Capacity Planning modules. Load Builder optimizes the space on trucks coming out of the distribution centers (DCs) and going to the stores by matching the order and delivery requirements to the actual demand, increasing the efficiency of the transportation resources while also better
satisfying demand at the stores.

Capacity Planning reviews the throughput and logistical capability of the retailer's distribution centers, identifies when available capacity is going to be exceeded by the forecasted demand and offers optimal alternatives. The retailer can increase throughput in the supply chain to satisfy spikes
in demand or shift inventory to stay within the supply-chain constraints.

"Teradata Demand Chain Management 3.2 addresses two key challenges facing retailers and their trading partners. First, when forecasting the expected demand, retailers often don't take into account store constraints or the capacity of the distribution center, so the DCs will max out at peak periods. Also, typically there is no way to prioritize merchandise in transit to reduce out-of-stocks and drive the efficient use of their
 ransportation resources," said Ed Dupee, vice president, Demand and Supply Chain Management Center of Expertise, Teradata.

"Load Builder and Capacity Planning address these challenges by highlighting areas that require user intervention and enabling the retailer to proactively plan for the expected demand," said Dupee. "The result is an expansion of the industry's most accurate forecasting solution to assist the retailer in aligning the movement of goods with the demand for those goods."

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