Until recently, Handi-Craft planned its supply chain via Excel spreadsheets. However, with this labor-intensive planning process, the company was spending 80 percent of its planning time entering and formatting data and only 20 percent actually analyzing the data. Hoping to gain greater insights into its business, Handi-Craft began looking for an automated supply chain planning solution.
The company evaluated several leading solutions before choosing Demand Solutions DSX. Excited about leveraging the latest in cloud-based planning solutions, its leadership plans to redesign the company’s supply chain processes around the Demand Solutions DSX platform to better support its rapid growth and expanding customer portfolio.
''We are looking forward to generating highly accurate forecasts automatically in the cloud with Demand Solutions DSX,'' says Matt Whaley, director of purchasing, Handi-Craft. ''This will enable us to reduce the time, effort, and stress involved in creating forecasts and allow us to reallocate that time to analyzing and aligning our business. With better forecasts in hand, we aim to increase our customer service levels while reducing our inventory holdings.''
The addition of DSX will also help Handi-Craft manage their rapid growth and be better prepared for planned and unplanned shutdowns as the company does a lot of business with oversea vendors.
Demand Management’s local presence will enable the company to provide Handi-Craft with knowledgeable, attentive customer service as Handi-Craft overhauls its supply chain processes.
''Like many manufacturers, Handi-Craft relies on its forecasts to guide it to better supply chain decisions,'' says Bill Harrison, president, Demand Management. ''Using a SaaS supply chain planning platform will provide Handi-Craft with an easily configurable solution that will scale with the company’s growing and ever-changing supply chain. We look forward to partnering with this local company to help them achieve greater global success.''
About Demand Management Inc
Demand Management Inc, www.demandsolutions.com, is a leading global provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS) supply chain planning software. These affordable, easy-to-use solutions for manufacturers and distributors are designed to increase forecast accuracy, improve customer service levels, and reduce overall inventory to maximize profits and lower costs.
Designed to run on Azure, a cloud service from Microsoft, the Demand Solutions DSX supply chain planning solution offers functionality for demand planning, collaborative forecasting, inventory planning, production planning and scheduling, sales and operations planning (S&OP) and integrated business planning (IBP).
Demand Management, Inc. has worked with supply chain professionals for over 30 years and has incorporated their best practices and real-world business requirements into its software. The company’s extensive customer base across 79 countries includes Siemens Healthcare, AutomationDirect.com, and Newfoundland Labrador Liquor Corporation.
Demand Management is a wholly owned subsidiary of Logility, Inc., which is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Software (NASDAQ: AMSWA), named one of Forbes Magazine’s 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America.
About Handi-Craft Company
Handi-Craft Company, www.drbrownsbaby.com, manufactures and distributes baby bottles and accessories. It markets its products, branded as Dr Brown's baby feeding product, through distributors, baby specialty stores, independent baby boutiques, and online retailers in North America and internationally. Handi-Craft Company was formerly known as Telephonic Toys, Inc. The company was incorporated in 1963 and is based in St Louis, Missouri.
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