IMI Supply Chain Planning

Manage uncertainties with planned processes.

IMI Supply Chain Planning

Supply Chain Planning helps you manage the uncertainties of seasonality and new product introduction so the decisions and scheduling is automated across complex dependencies.


Align supply and demand by optimizing inventory across a network of trading partners and facilities. Demand planning and vendor-managed inventory (VMI) components help to implement a pull-based model. One of the most fundamental supply chain management questions asked is how to optimize inventory deployment, and what impact that will have on what, when and how much to purchase.

Aptean Supply Chain’s replenishment solution coordinates global forecasting and replenishment of central warehouses, distribution centers, and stores to lower the total cost of ordering, handling and storing products. It produces time-phased demand forecasts and replenishment schedules that secure the ordering of the right quantities, at the right time, to the right place.


  • Demand Forecasting Management
  • Replenishment Management
  • Logistics Network Modeling
  • Stock Management


  • Increase Retail Efficiencies – Increase retail store efficiencies with accurate store inventory availability resulting in less reordering time and less backroom inventory. Replenishment needs of several separate stores can be handled at the same time, enabling a centralized approach for replenishment of a chain of stores.
  • Automatically Lower Total Costs – Replenishment Management can find the ordering policy that gives the lowest total cost associated with ordering, handling and storing a product. It also calculates optimal safety and cycle stock to reduce uncertainty in future demand.
  • Improve Usage of Transport Capacity While Exceeding Customer Expectation – Replenishment signals and events can generate replenishment orders according to transportation constraints or opportunities (i.e. full truckload) and order price brackets. Purchase quantities can also be adjusted and approved by stock managers.
  • Introduce Global Forecasting to Central Warehouses & Regional Distribution Centers – With global forecasting and replenishment capabilities for distribution centers and all levels of warehouses, efficient tactical and operational planning can look hours, days and weeks into the future.

Cross-Dock Planning

Re-route as needed to match demand with supply already in the pipeline. Our cross-dock planning solution enables dynamic matching of current demand with supply in the pipeline as planned or in-transit deliveries. Supply Chain cross-docking is the process of moving goods straight from receiving to shipping avoiding unnecessary handling in a warehouse operation.

Execution of cross-docking can be planned or opportunistic. Opportunistic cross-docking occurs as part of the warehouse operation when outbound orders are matched with actual received quantities – often referred to as pick-on-receipt. Planned cross-docking is a pre-defined link between inbound and outbound, which directs what the warehouse should do.

Planned cross-docking is either defined by the host system or at the supply chain execution level. If done by the host, inbound order lines are linked to outbound order lines (including quantity required) through the inbound order.

On the supply chain level, the Aptean Supply Chain cross-dock planning solution looks across nodes in the supply chain to determine which advanced shipping notices (ASN) or inbound orders are to be cross-docked. 


  • Maintains and releases cross-dock links
  • Utilizes your configured business rules
  • Workbench selects inbound orders and ASNs
  • User-defined rules hold criteria for eligible for cross-docking items


  • Improves Ability to Deal with Shortage Situations & Rationing Decisions – Efficiencies are improved by using cross-docking planning to re-route goods in-transit in transportation hubs to match market demands
  • Interact with Transshipment Hubs & Warehouses – Interaction with transshipment hubs or warehouses enables re-routing and efficient cross-docking of supply to the best destination.
  • Enable Dynamic Matching –  Our cross-dock planning solution enables dynamic matching of current demand with supply in the pipeline as planned or in-transit deliveries.
  • Boost Efficiencies – Now you can boost efficiencies by using cross-dock planning to re-route goods in-transit in transportation hubs to match market demands.

More supply chain planning options

Check out our supply chain planning options available as part of our Ross ERP solution. Explore demand planning, advanced planning & scheduling, VMI and more. Learn more