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Thought Leadership

21 Best Practices for Demand Planning and Forecasting Professionals for 2021 [Actionable Guide + Expert Methods]

Demand planning is a complex process, that's for sure, especially given how quickly consumer behavior and market conditions can change. In this guide, we detail how automation, AI, and data science can bring your company's forecasts to the next level.

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demand-forecasting
Demand-Planning
Supply-Chain-Strategy
A shopper carrying rolls of toilet paper in 2020 during a surge in pandemic-driven demand [Unioncrate]
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The New Rules of Demand Planning for 2021 & Beyond [Complete Guide + eBook]

After a year marked by unprecedented changes, our demand planning eBook is the essential guide to navigating the new normal of CPG. We explain why automation, data, and AI are vital to high forecast accuracy, supply chain efficiencies, and consumer insights.

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Demand-Planning
Supply-Chain-Strategy
Data
ai-automation
demand-forecasting
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Thought Leadership

Evening the Scales of the Brand-Distributor Relationship

Our newest report walks you through how to bolster your brand with the insights you need to have confident conversations with your distributor.

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Data
Predictive-Analytics
demand-forecasting
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Uniting AI & Human Intelligence for Truly Agile Planning

The Covid-19 pandemic created a once-in-a-generation series of supply chain disruptions, and many brands still haven’t adjusted. If we’ve learned anything, it’s that brands need to structure their demand planning process around agility.

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ai-automation
Agility
Predictive-Analytics
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Effective Supply Chain Planning Will Forever Be About Building Efficiencies

Unioncrate Founder & CEO Shastri Mahadeo talks building long-lasting efficiencies across your supply chain.

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integrated-business-planning-ibp
Supply-Chain-Strategy
Supply-Chain
forecast-accuracy
entrepreneurship
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The Most Effective AI-Generated Forecasts Should Be Augmented by Human Insight

CPG brands need the technological dynamism and agility of AI, but also the kinds of collaborative functionality that enables ground-level human insights to be input then automatically factored into AI forecasts.

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Agility
ai-automation
Data
demand-forecasting
forecast-accuracy
Unioncrate Founder & CEO Shastri Mahadeo talking to ForceBrands' Rebecca Fenton about supply chain [Unioncrate]
Thought Leadership

ForceForward: Building the Future of Supply Chain with Unioncrate’s Founder Shastri Mahadeo

In conversation with ForceBrands' Rebecca Fenton, hear what Unioncrate Founder & CEO Shastri Mahadeo has to say about the future of supply chain.

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CPG-news
integrated-business-planning-ibp
ai-automation
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Thought Leadership

The Future of Supply Chain Planning for CG Brands—a Holistic Approach

Q/A with Unioncrate Founder & CEO Shastri Mahadeo. He discusses the importance of benmarking forecast accuracy; debunks the biggest misconceptions about integrating AI; and tells us why integrating human insight is key play in best-in-class demand planning.

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Supply-Chain-Strategy
Agility
Demand-Planning
Predictive-Analytics
Silhouette of a person looking out of a window with the words "Not Normal Just Yet—Demand Planning in 2021" [Unioncrate]
Thought Leadership

CGT Report: Not Normal Just Yet—Demand Planning in 2021

CGT's special report on the state of demand planning, how the CG industry is reacting and responding, and deep data-driven insights from supply chain analysts.

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Agility
CPG-Insights
CPG
Demand-Planning
Predictive-Analytics
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How CPG Brands Can Turn Covid Pains Into Long-Term Gains

The pandemic pushed many CPG brands to the brink when demand far outweighed expectations. Here are 3 common challenges many companies faced—plus 3 long-term solutions that can help them ensure success in the long-run.

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Agility
ai-automation
CPG
demand-forecasting
entrepreneurship
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Why Clean Data Is Crucial to Demand Planning and Demand Forecast Accuracy

Just as high-quality ingredients are essential to the finest meals, large sets of clean data are a prerequisite for producing highly accurate demand forecasts.

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demand-forecasting
forecast-accuracy
Data
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Thought Leadership

The Next Evolution of Supply Chain Planning

Find out why AI-powered IBP is essential to the efficiency of supply chain, operational, and financial strategies in the coming years. To stay competitive and attain new levels of supply chain planning performance, the time to act is now.

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Supply-Chain
Supply-Chain-Strategy
CPG-Insights
Data
Demand-Planning
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How to Leverage AI and Upgrade Your Demand Planning Process in the New Year

After a year of incredible and rapid change in the CPG industry, here are four surefire steps on how to leverage artificial intelligence in your sales and operations process (S&OP) and realize quantifiable efficiencies across your supply chain.

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Demand-Planning
Data
ai-automation
Predictive-Analytics
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Thought Leadership

The Consumer Packaged Goods Year In Review

In 2020, the CPG industry experienced a once-in-a-generation shift. Brands, retailers, and seemingly every other entity along the supply chain were forced to adapt their strategies—fast. So which “unprecedented” trends are here to stay?

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CPG
CPG-Insights
CPG-news
Data
Masked shopper looking at health and beauty CPG products at a retail location [Unioncrate]
Thought Leadership

A Guide to Demand Forecasting In Retail [Best Practices, Tips, & Techniques]

Give your retail business the demand planning insights you need to be efficient and scale. In this full guide we give you all the best practices, tips, and techniques to conquer demand forecasting in retail.

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demand-forecasting
Supply-Chain-Strategy
Data
SaaS
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Thought Leadership

Q&A: Todd Hale, Consumer Research Expert

A wide-ranging conversation with the former SVP of Consumer and Shopper Insights at Nielsen about wellness claims, meal kits, delivery, e-commerce, the future of automation and the vital role of data in the world of CPG.

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Ecommerce
CPG-Insights
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Thought Leadership

My Unconventional Path to Building the Future of Supply Chain

The Unioncrate Story: The people I’ve met and the lessons I’ve learned over the years continue to influence how I live my life and run my company.

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integrated-business-planning-ibp
entrepreneurship
Supply-Chain
Supply-Chain-Strategy

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