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Demand Planning AI

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.

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Case Studies

How Dream Pops Saved $110,000 in Overhead After Automating Operations With Unioncrate

"We were running a lot of things manually—even to the point of writing out checks and invoices and mailing them. Our processes were a big time suck and caused a lot of frustration.”

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Case Studies

How Unioncrate Helps SOUND Brands Run Its Entire Operation With a Small Team

“Unioncrate removes the stress and headache of trying to manage several Excel sheets and inventory. It also eliminates the potential for error. That lifts a huge burden because you know your inventory is based on what’s actually there.”

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Case Studies

How Jade Leaf Matcha Runs a Multimillion-Dollar Business With a Team of Just 5

“We were starting to expand and dramatically increase our sales. I could just foresee a point in time where we were going to have this collision course. We’d be trying to open up more doors, but still trying to handle everything in a very manual and...

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Supply Chain 101

Unioncrate's Glossary of CPG and Supply Chain Terms [Updated]

Call us biased, but we think the CPG Industry is an incredibly exciting landscape—from consumer behavior and e-Commerce platforms to supply chain and demand planning technologies that provide a competitive edge, and so much more...

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CPG News & Insights

Unioncrate's Ultimate Guide to Reddit for CPG Brands [Updated]

The online community is a gem for discussing just about every topic under the sun. But did you know that it's also an invaluable resource for consumer insights, supply chain expertise, e-commerce, brand-building, data science, and all things CPG.

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Case Studies

How Fishin’ Co. Increased Forecast Accuracy and Saved Millions in Carrying Costs With Unioncrate

In order to reduce inventory management costs, Fishin' Co. asked Unioncrate to improve upon its own internal forecast accuracy. This is how Unioncrate's Demand Planning AI delivered and saved the world's leading tilapia importer millions in carrying costs.

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Case Studies

How a Category Leader Uses Unioncrate’s AI to Rapidly Meet Demand During Covid-19

In a matter of weeks, Unioncrate’s AI self-adjusted to account for unprecedented variables like pantry loading and stockouts, resulting in forecast accuracy near its yearly mean of 84.3%.

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Case Studies

How Dream Pops Saved $110,000 in Overhead After Automating Operations With Unioncrate

"We were running a lot of things manually—even to the point of writing out checks and invoices and mailing them. Our processes were a big time suck and caused a lot of frustration.”

Read more
Case Studies

How Unioncrate Helps SOUND Brands Run Its Entire Operation With a Small Team

“Unioncrate removes the stress and headache of trying to manage several Excel sheets and inventory. It also eliminates the potential for error. That lifts a huge burden because you know your inventory is based on what’s actually there.”

Read more
Case Studies

How Jade Leaf Matcha Runs a Multimillion-Dollar Business With a Team of Just 5

“We were starting to expand and dramatically increase our sales. I could just foresee a point in time where we were going to have this collision course. We’d be trying to open up more doors, but still trying to handle everything in a very manual and...

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Case Studies

How BOU Brands Saves $120,000 Each Year With Unioncrate Versus a Bloated ERP

“Being a startup, our supply chain processes were very manually intensive. It was becoming very challenging, and with all of our growth and the number of distribution points we were now in, mistakes were starting to be made.”

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Demand Planning AI

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 Planning AI

11 Most Important Demand Planning Metrics You Need in 2020

2020 may be the year of the unthinkable but it's not without lessons. When it comes to supply chain planning, it's all about your view on what's possible & calculable. We review vital metrics, which lay the foundation for a successful demand planning process.

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Demand Planning AI

How to Prepare for a Potentially Volatile Back-to-School Season

In a consumer-driven supply chain, preparing for drastic shifts in purchasing behavior is a must. Use this guide to anticipate these changes during the school year, when demand variables are sure to throw off sales and supply plans.

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Demand Planning AI

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.

Read more
Demand Planning AI

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.

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Demand Planning AI

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.

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Demand Planning AI

5 Steps to More Accurate Demand Forecasts

The right demand forecasting process can pay huge dividends for your business. But in order to understand and leverage key demand drivers, you first need the have the right data, the right people, and the right software in place. Here's a step-by-step guide.

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Demand Planning AI

The Critical Importance of Demand Forecasting

Nothing is more important than accuracy when it comes to demand forecasting. The higher the accuracy, the better. It can help businesses run more efficient S&OP meetings, scale with efficiency, and reduce costs across the entire supply chain.

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Demand Planning AI

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...

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Supply Chain 101

17 Best Supply Chain Practices in FMCG

In times like these, the FMCG landscape can feel like a whole new game. Here are 17 best practices to keep your supply chain nimble.

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Supply Chain 101

Unioncrate's Glossary of CPG and Supply Chain Terms [Updated]

Call us biased, but we think the CPG Industry is an incredibly exciting landscape—from consumer behavior and e-Commerce platforms to supply chain and demand planning technologies that provide a competitive edge, and so much more...

Read more
Supply Chain 101

Full Guide: Inventory Shrinkage [Overview + Case Study]

Inventory loss is inevitable, but it doesn't have to hurt so much. To gain an understanding of its root causes, it's important to utilize a supply chain management tool that can reduce shrink rates and increase profit margins...

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Supply Chain 101

Guide to Excess Inventory: What is it and how can it impact your business?

Carrying and managing excess can be very costly, and it's important to know the risks involved. We examine the causes of overstock as well as its impact on inventory management and supply chain operations.

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Supply Chain 101

What's a Bill of Materials and How Do I Create One?

What parts are necessary to manufacture a product? That's the job of a Bill of Materials, a roadmap to a finished good. We explore its features and provide a free guide to creating your own...

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Supply Chain 101

Essential SKU Strategy Guide

Implementing a consistent and scalable SKU strategy is critical to effective inventory management and overall growth. So what's the best way to get the job done?

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CPG News & Insights

Plant-Based Meat & Gluten-Free Oreos: CPG News, Week of Nov 16-20

This week's news features the arrival of gluten-free Oreos, the ways consumers' tastes are changing as the holidays approach, and Unilever's mission to bring plant-based mainstream.

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CPG News & Insights

Snacking and Adapting Through 2020: CPG News, Week of Nov 9-13

This week's news features the rising of snacking, Mars Wrigley's success in a digital world, and the future of bioengineered meat.

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CPG News & Insights

Bath Bomb Prescriptions & Beyoncé's Impact: CPG News, Week of Nov 2-6

This week's news features the impact of Covid-19 on the upcoming holidays, how retailers are finally embracing third party delivery services, and PepsiCo's pledge to improve representation at the top.

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CPG News & Insights

31 Best Inventory Management Software in 2020

There is no shortage of inventory management software choices on the market these days. Check out our list of the 31 best inventory management software systems for CPG brands in 2020.

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CPG News & Insights

Top 33 Bill of Materials (BoM) Software

The ability to easily manage a bill of materials (BoM) is a key element to running an effective supply chain. We analyze the top 33 bill of materials software on the market so you can make the best choice for your business.

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CPG News & Insights

Ice Cream Therapy and the Fall of Food Fads: CPG News, Week of Oct 26-30

This week's news features the surprising turnaround in Halloween candy sales, the incoming supply chain challenges as consumers start stocking up again on their favorite products, and the trends that will be most important to consumers in 2021.

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CPG News & Insights

Sugar-Free Sweetening and Climate-Friendly Food: CPG News, Week of Oct 19-23

This week's news features the resurgence of Earth Fare supermarkets, how artificial sweeteners are sparking a discussion about sugar-related packaging labels, and Panera's new strategy to encourage food sustainability.

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CPG News & Insights

Unioncrate Hires CPG Veteran Kunal Kohli as Director of Business Development

Kohli, the co-founder of BOU Brands, will lead partnerships and develop relationships with CPG brands for Unioncrate, bringing its demand planning and operations management solutions to brands and vendors along the supply chain.

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CPG News & Insights

Turkeys & Vikings & Chefbots, Oh My!: CPG News, Week of Oct 12-16

This week's news features a hopeful look at this year's holiday season, an AI tool that will find recipes for you, and the flavors that will define 2020's fall and winter.

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Behind the Brand

How Petit Pot's Tiny Jars of Gourmet French Pudding Are Winning Over American Consumers

Entrepreneur Maxime Pouvreau perfected his pot de crème recipe as a pastry chef at San Francisco restaurants. Years later, his brand, Petit Pot, enjoys nationwide distribution and a booming DTC business. But it hasn't come without major challenges.

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Behind the Brand

How Renewal Mill Transforms Waste Into Revenue, One Upcycled Product at a Time

Like many CPG brands, the coronavirus forced Renewal Mill to make strategic shifts midstream. With a focus on DTC channels and new product development, the forward-thinking brand is reaching a new generation of conscious consumers who put the planet first.

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Behind the Brand

SOUND's Mission-Driven Brand Is Bubbling Up Change in a Booming Category

This is the journey of two young engineers who built a sustainable beverage business based on a shared vision of bringing health and transparency to a booming category. SOUND Brands Co-founder Salim Najjar on his company's sparkling journey.

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Behind the Brand

How High Road Took Luxury Ice Cream Mainstream

Ice cream by chefs, for chefs. This was High Road Craft Brands' original business plan at least. But 10 years in, the Atlanta-based company has grown significantly, slowly but surely adding private label and retail into its dynamic business model.

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Behind the Brand

How Two Co-Founders Are Shaking Up Multibillion-Dollar Food Categories With a Tiny Cube

Building a brand is tough work. From product development and marketing, to tweaking a million things along the way, the path to success is rarely smooth (and in this case, it's filled with cubes). BOU Brands Co-Founder and President Kunal Kohli discusses...

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