Supply Chain Planning

Supply Chain Planning modules for Ross ERP equip you to build a better business with smart planning solutions. Plan and forecast proactively, optimize production schedules for low-cost and high-quality customer service, minimize inventory investments, and streamline distribution operations.

Supply Chain Planning

Customers rely on Ross Supply Chain Planning to help them increase visibility while reducing stock-outs and inventory issues that waste resources.

Advanced Planning & Scheduling

Juggling continually changing priorities in order to meet customer service levels and corporate financial targets is every planner’s daily routine. Aligning production, inventory and supply is a tough task, but it is simplified when you have the right APS tools.


KEY FEATURES

  • Demand-Driven Finite Capacity Production Planning
  • Multi-Site, Multi-User, Enterprise-Wide Factory/Machine Level
  • Span Strategic, Tactical and Operational
  • Constraint-Based Planning, Accounting for Resource Availability, Capacity, Materials and Labor
  • Dynamic, Real-Time Alerts and Warnings
  • Rules-Based, Step-Wise Optimization, Using a Library of Algorithms

HERE’S WHAT ROSS APS CAN DO FOR YOU

  • Create Accurate, Feasible Plans & Schedules – Ross APS helps you balance conflicting objectives through feasible production plans that optimize capacity, materials and labor. Because of its speed and effectiveness, APS can dramatically reduce your planning cycle and enable you to respond quickly and confidently to changes.
  • Provide Fast, Intelligent Decision Support – Ross APS provides a graphical environment with dynamic alerts to let your planners identify and respond to issues immediately. By providing “what-if” scenario planning, you have the visibility and high quality decision support you need to move faster and provide better customer service.

Demand Planning

Ross Demand Planning drives your entire supply chain from inventory, distribution and manufacturing to interactions with suppliers and service to customers. When you get demand planning right, you can accurately forecast demand down to the customer location level and understand how demand patterns affect your business.

KEY FEATURES

  • Product Profitability Analysis by Customer, Location, SKU
  • Variable Time Periods for Forecasting in Weekly and Monthly Increments
  • Flexible aggregations of Demand that Model Business Processes
  • Support for Top-Down, Bottom-Up and Middle-Out Forecasting
  • User-Defined Configuration
  • Extensive Simulation Capability
  • Unique “Scratchpad” Functionality in a Dynamic, Graphical Presentation

HERE’S WHAT ROSS DEMAND PLANNING CAN DO FOR YOU

  • Analyze Customer Product Profitability – With Ross Demand Planning, you have the power to analyze profit by customer, location and even SKU level, using customer-based pricing and the cost of distribution product from different locations. Cut costs and increase responsiveness when you improve demand planning activities.
  • Improve Corporate Planning – Ross Demand Planning is especially suited to the needs of companies when their demand patterns are changing. The system continually improves each forecast, learning from the most recent period of demand, measuring forecast error and highlighting exceptions.

Inventory Planning

The most effective inventory plan is the one that balances customer service and inventory investment levels. Doing this requires accurate forecasts and intelligent, dynamic inventory policies. Ross Inventory Planning allows you to track the effectiveness of your plans so that you can learn as you go.

KEY FEATURES

  • Configurable Inventory View
  • Configurable Data View 
  • Graphical and Tabular Display 
  • Multiple User Controlled Thresholds for Inventory Policy Calculations 
  • Configurable, Granular Lead Time Parameters
  • Inventory Performance Tracking

HERE’S WHAT ROSS INVENTORY PLANNING CAN DO FOR YOU

  • Synchronize Inventory & Service Levels – Use your business rules to ensure that you meet customer service goals. Inventory Planning leverages the demand forecast from the Ross Demand Planning module to provide and easy way to test the business impact of a variety of inventory policies.
  • Tailor it to Your Business Module – Ross Inventory Planning suits a variety of business models, including make-to-order, make-to-stock, or just-in-time. It gives you the visibility you need to drive traditional or collaborative programs across multiple stocking locations.

Replenishment Planning

Ross Replenishment Planning is about having the right product at the right place at the right time. Effective replenishment planning requires a focus on the products, customers and locations that have the most significant impact on your company’s profitability. Well-executed replenishment planning ensures that service levels are high and costs are low because it takes into account all the factors the affect inventory, now and in the future.

KEY FEATURES

  • Order Quantity Calculation Based on Inventory Policy 
  • Pegging Customer Orders and Planned Receipts 
  • Dynamic Inventory Status Calculation 
  • Queries for Exception Filtering and Inventory Stratification 
  • Replenishment Performance Score Card Highlighting Key Metrics 
  • Configurable Inventory Consumption Logic 
  • User-Defined Replenishment Time Horizon for Short and Long Term Planning

HERE’S WHAT ROSS REPLENISHMENT PLANNING CAN DO FOR YOU

  • Synchronize Supply & Demand – Ross Replenishment Planning synchronizes all of the elements affecting inventory so that you can ensure timely distribution to your customers. The module considers consumption rates and inventory levels across your supply chain, based on the business rules and inventory policy from the Inventory Planning module, and the demand forecast in the Demand Planning module.
  • Enable Planners With Powerful Tools – Ross Replenishment Planning features a planning worksheet with aggregate views over a period of months, weeks or days that are meaningful for a particular product cycle. The Time Phased Replenishment grid and graph provide a full view of daily activity. Exceptions are highlighted so planners can act quickly and focus on the most pressing issues.

Optimized Orders

Whether you company is involved in a Vendor Management Inventory (VMI) program or following a Just-in-Time replenishment program in your own stocking locations, it is vital that you generate timely and cost-effective replenishment orders. Ross Optimized Orders allows you to have access to comprehensive information so that you know when and where products are needed, based on your company’s unique operating environment. When you have that information, you can send orders to manufacturing with just enough lead time to keep costs down.

KEY FEATURES

  • Shipment Optimization Logic that Balances Multiple Constraints 
  • Order Fill Logic that Balances Days of Supply while Meeting Shipment Minimums 
  • Replenishment Sets and Groups 
  • Multiple Graphical Displays 
  • Accepts Customer Purchase Order Ranges for Order Creation 
  • Integrates EDI Transactions

HERE’S WHAT ROSS REPLENISHMENT PLANNING CAN DO FOR YOU

  • Automate Replenishment Orders – Ross Optimized Orders suggests replenishment quantities using the demand forecast from Ross Demand Planning, plus the inventory policy developed in Ross Inventory Planning. It will suggest additional items to include in the order to meet shipment or PO constraints, while minimizing inventory investment.
  • Addresses Your Unique Environment – Ross Optimized Orders provides unmatched flexibility for compiling and managing replenishment orders. It recognizes your company’s unique requirements, taking into account the timing and the quantities of product at each location.

Vendor Managed Inventory

Retailers looking for ways to reduce inventory and obsolescence don’t always get it right. As a supplier, one of the ways to help them sell the maximum inventory is to manage it yourself. The challenge is to convince your retail customer that you can help them lower inventory levels, reduce stock-outs and improve customer service levels. Not an easy task unless you have the right tools. Ross Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) helps you forge stronger relationships with your customers, and gives you the control you need to maximize sales.

KEY FEATURES

  • Integrates with Ross ERP and Supply Chain Modules
  • Strengthens Collaborative Partnerships 
  • Forecasts Safety Stock 
  • Suggests Replenishment Orders

HERE’S WHAT ROSS VENDOR MANAGED INVENTORY CAN DO FOR YOU

  • Update Your Customers With the Latest Information – Ross VMI allows suppliers to automatically send regular updates to customers regarding production runs and expected deliveries, as well as real-time exception and alert notifications.
  • Reduce the Cost of Inventory Within the Supply Chain – With product production and delivery now being based on the actual demand of products, there is a reduction in inventory held and transported through the supply chain, thus reducing overall supply chain costs.
  • Maximize Your Trading Partner Relationships to Drive Profitability – Increased collaboration and visibility within a customer’s business is a key competitive advantage for a supplier. By offering better service level agreements and reducing billing and invoice issues, suppliers view Ross VMI as their key differentiators in securing new business.