Thought Leadership Articles
Effective Supply Chain Planning Will Forever Be About Building Efficiencies
Unioncrate Founder & CEO Shastri Mahadeo talks building long-lasting efficiencies across your supply chain.
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.
ForceForward: Building the Future of Supply Chain with Unioncrate’s Founder Shastri Mahadeo
In conversation with ForceBrands's Rebecca Fenton, hear what Unioncrate Founder & CEO Shastri Mahadeo has to say about the future of supply chain.
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.
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.
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.
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 sure-fire steps on how to leverage artificial intelligence in your sales and operations process (S&OP) and realize quantifiable efficiencies across your supply chain.
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.
21 Best Practices for Demand Planning and Forecasting Professionals [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.
The New Rules of Demand Planning for 2020 & Beyond [Complete Guide + eBook]
In 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.
Why Clean Data Is Crucial to Demand Planning and 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.
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.
Demand Planning Vs. Demand Forecasting
Though they are unmistakably linked, demand planning and demand forecasting are not the same thing. We explain the key differences and similarities between them and demonstrate why forecast accuracy is essential to demand planning and to the overall S&OP...