Business Network Collaboration, Planning & Execution Solutions - allegro outbound

By: Vecco  09-12-2011
Keywords: Inventory Management, Vendor Managed Inventory, Network Visibility

Vecco's Allegro Outbound is a comprehensive solution suite for managing customer-facing business processes and relationships throughout your outbound demand network. Allegro Outbound provides end-to-end visibility and collaborative execution, helping you reduce decision cycles and synchronize supply and demand throughout your distribution network to achieve perfect order fulfillment.

Allegro Outbound provides a comprehensive collaborative platform for streamlining and automating your key demand network business processes; including distribution requirements planning, production planning, shipment planning, Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI), demand collaboration, order management and inventory management.

For operations planning Allegro Outbound simplifies the creation of demand-driven production, shipment and resource plans to synchronize supply and demand across the outbound demand chain. For execution, Allegro Outbound provides a flexible collaboration execution platform for achieving a true customer responsive, demand-driven business network.

The following Allegro Outbound modules can be combined and adapted to meet your specific demand network requirements:

Demand Network Visibility

Allegro Demand Network Visibility provides end-to-end visibility of all business activity across your outbound demand network. It allows you to monitor demand signals and maintain near real-time projections of inventory in order to synchronize supply and demand throughout your distribution network. Projected inventories are automatically recalculated as supply and demand events are received, and exception alerts are generated when a problem is detected that will impact perfect order fulfillment. Users can simulate changes to plans to view the potential impact on customer orders and projected inventory prior to publishing and committing new plans. By providing real-time inventory projections and alerting, Allegro Demand Network Visibility allows you to effectively monitor and manage all product movements and business transactions throughout your distribution network to customers.

Demand Network Requirements Planning

Allegro Demand Network Requirements Planning compliments and extends your S&OP processes by creating realistic and executable constraint-based production, shipment and resource plans to synchronize supply and demand throughout the demand network. Allegro Demand Network Requirements Planning simplifies the creation of operational plans while its collaboration platform helps drive consensus and S&OP plan alignment between internal stakeholders, logistics providers and customers.

With the use of sophisticated agent-based solvers, users create demand-driven production, shipment and resource plans to synchronize supply and demand across the outbound demand chain. This module also supports a plan approval process between corporate planners and plant personnel to make sure higher level plans take advantage of local opportunities and accurately reflect constraints. All plans are monitored against actual activity to keep higher level plans synchronized with execution. Allegro Demand Network Requirements Planning also generates a projection of constrained resources based on the current operational plans. Any resource such as capacity, storage, staffing, vehicles, etc. can be flagged as a constraint and reported on so that resource problems are resolved before impacting day-to-day operations.

Some key features of the Allegro Demand Network Requirements Planning solution are its robust simulation capabilities, its collaborative S&OP alignment and problem solving platform and its intelligent exception alerting processes.

Demand Collaboration

To achieve a highly customer-responsive business network, it is critical that you have current and accurate demand signals. Allegro Demand Collaboration enables companies to collaborate with their customers and generate more realistic and timely forecasts to drive operational planning and execution of the outbound supply chain. The solution also supports an internal consensus forecasting process to promote alignment between sales and operations.

For execution, Allegro Demand Collaboration provides the visibility and decision support for planners, logistics personnel, customer service reps and customers to monitor inventory in real-time and collaboratively resolve problems caused by day-to-day changes in demand and disruptions to production, shipment and inventory plans.

Vendor Managed Inventory

Allegro Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) is a proven fulfillment method used to create a more responsive demand-driven network while increasing efficiencies for both manufacturers and customers. Allegro's collaborative VMI solution provides real-time inventory management at customer's sites enabling rapid response to changing demanding signals and preventing stockouts.

Some critical features of the Allegro Vendor Managed Inventory solution are its robust simulation capabilities, its optimized system recommended replenishments, commitment change processes and its intelligent exception alerting functionality.

Dynamic Demand Fulfillment

Allegro Dynamic Demand Fulfillment is the most advanced, "no-touch", replenishment method used to create highly responsive, demand-driven business network. Allegro Dynamic Demand Fulfillment is a sophisticated fulfillment solution which automates replenishment across your extended demand network driving significant value through reductions in working inventory and improvements in perfect order fulfillment.

Through the use of configurable agent-based solvers projected product inventories are constantly monitored at both supplying and consuming sites. Projected inventory issues trigger agents which generate new shipment plans to automatically resolve the problems. If the agent is unable to resolve the problem within a user-defined set of policies and constraints, notifications and alerts are generated to users for intervention and resolution. As in all our replenishment and fulfillment solutions, Allegro's advanced simulation engines allow parties to optimize the fulfillment plan by visualizing the impact of alternatives on the business network.

Allegro Dynamic Demand Fulfillment is a "no-touch" solution that dynamically and optimally fulfills demand in real-time creating a completely customer-responsive, demand-driven business network.

Reverse Logistics / Returns Management

Allegro Reverse Logistics and Returns Management is an end-to-end collaborative solution addressing processes from return authorization to final disposition while minimizing the cost associated with returns management. It provides a comprehensive and effective Return Material Authorization (RMA) process between buyers and suppliers. Return notices automatically update projected inventories allowing manufacturers to collaboratively specify a fix plan and schedule of shipments back to the customer. This process is supported by its intelligent supply chain exception alerting and notification management processes.

Inventory Management

Effective inventory management can drive significant profitability throughout your demand network by reducing inventory buffers, freeing working capital and improving customer service. Allegro Inventory Management supports numerous inventory management approaches all aimed at improving supply assurance while lowering inventory levels. The solution also supports multiple methods of setting inventory targets including fixed, periods of coverage, and statistical methods which can be time-phased throughout the horizon to address product lifecycle requirements. Allegro Inventory Management constantly monitors inputs to inventory target formulas and automatically generates new targets when deviations occurs, creating an automated closed loop system for optimally aligning inventory throughout your demand network.

Keywords: Inventory Management, Network Visibility, Real-time Inventory, Vendor Managed Inventory,

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