Assuring supply in an increasingly volatile environment is a persistent challenge for restaurant companies. Store run-outs reduce store sales and margins and have a negative impact on brands. Reducing instances of such run-outs requires a supply plan built on quality information and in collaboration with vendors and distributors. The best supply plans are also based on the most accurate and up to date demand forecasts – which has its own complications; menu item changes, shifts in marketing, promotions, changes to consumer trends, etc. While an improved demand and supply plan will dramatically reduce run-outs, the potential for disruption can never be completely eliminated. When such disruptions arise, supply chain professionals must respond with greater speed than traditional methods allow.

SCA Planner Supply Planning and Execution provides the full supply-demand picture from store sales, DC inventory, Supplier inventory and all the way to Raw Materials. This enables supply chain managers to act in a timely manner to resolve the supply plan gaps without resorting to higher cost solutions. With version based planning, it enables managers to move to continuous planning where they address incremental market changes by selecting the versions and initiating a replanning. SCA Planner supply planning provides a master planning view where lanes and capacity can be optimized and then utilizes them during supply execution to address the latest demand requirements. By utilizing the smart recommendations, supply chain managers and buyers can build flexibility while optimizing supply costs in their supply chain.


SCA Planner Capability

Business Impact

Merge multiple data streams, historical and planned, to create full supply chain visibility
– across the supply chain: Store, DC, Supplier (including RM),
– across time: Past, present, forecasted

·       Enable supply chain collaboration 

·       Complete picture in one place for fast timely desicion making

Real-time data and forecasts with data and forecast versions in supply demand visibility and planning cycles implement continuous real-time planning process

·        Faster planning cycles with latest information

·        Automation reduces replanning workload

Forward looking Supply planning using capacity, order policies and landed cost optimization

·        Reduce purchased inventory levels and obsolescence risk with dynamic supply optimization

Supply Execution – Update forecasts with real-time sales. Use forecast updates to visualize supply demand impact – real-time updates for timely actions to ensure fill rates at lowest cost

·       Use latest forecast in real-time to replan supply and take proactive action 

·       Respond 5x faster to changes – market, supply or items related, with actionable insights

Smart Alerts and Notifications for potential runouts and plan updates


System generated proactive notifications for forward looking shortfalls and run-outs

·       Reduce obsolescence and assurance costs

Collaborative corrective action planning – resolve upcoming shortfalls – order changes, inventory transfers and alternative sources

·       Increase revenue with greater agility and fill rates

Inventory liability and exposure reporting

·       Reduce inventory commitment levels and exposure liability


  • Reduce supply chain costs in inventory obsolescence and supply assurance
  • Reduce financial risk in inventory commits across the supply chain
  • Increase reliability of store margins and operations with more accurate forecasts
  • Increase cash flow with reduced forecast errors
  • Increase team productivity
  • Improve speed of response with digital process

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  • Program Managers
  • Supply Chain Managers
  • New Product Managers
  • Distributors
  • Suppliers
  • Customers that manage promotional supply to restaurant chain customers
Do you need:
  • Full supply demand and inventory visibility across DC and suppliers, including retail sales, with latest real-time data to enable proactive action
  • Continuously track and align your supply plan with latest demand projections to avert runout or high cost alternatives for promotional and core items?
  • Ability to address ongoing supply demand changes with real-time visibility and supply plan updates
  • Execute supply with real-time planning to prevent runouts while reducing inventory and liability
  • Plan and track supply plan, inventory through the life-cycle of demand plan from high level forecast to real-time execution
  • a stream-lined process across supply chain partners for all items - sales item, regular purchased items and promotion only items
  • a fully digital collaboration process across trading partners
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Grow sales, increase fill rates, reduce obsolescence and reduce liability with real-time supply planning and execution Unlike traditional supply planning practices that address runout and open orders problems very late, SCA Planner uses technology based continuous forward planning solution that enable pro-active actions across the supply chain partners to align supply with evolving sales and shipments. The result is higher flexibility for changing demand, higher fill rates at lower costs.
Capabilities / Solution Overview
  • Translate demand forecasts at sales item / program level to demand at intermediate levels, purchased item levels and raw material levels
  • Plan supply ahead of time to cover inventory buildouts, production capacity, allocations and liability at production (vendor), distributor levels for upcoming demand ranges - upper, lower and expected levels
  • Extended supply chain visibility into
    • current and projected inventory
    • across finished goods,  purchased / intermediate items and raw materials
    • across distribution centers, production facilities and raw material stocks
  • Manage fulfillment by collaborating on the supply plan in real-time
    • real-time system recommended optimal responses order changes, transfers or volume changes
    • across all nodes in the supply chain - DC to DC, vendor to DC, raw material vendor to purchasing vendor
    • leverage system recommended optimal choice to respond to demand changes
  • Propagate supply plan updates to COGS forecasts, liability tracking reports to manage costs and profitability thresholds in line with promotion objectives. Manage in both modes with latest updates
    • Final execution plan
    • scenario planning / what-if mode
  • Structured real-time collaboration using system recommendations, alerts and messages to update the plan

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