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InformationWeek 500: 20 Great Ideas To Steal

These InformationWeek 500 innovators are trying unique approaches to solve business problems. Could your company use a few extra bright ideas?
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Del Monte had two problems: It didn't have a consistent demand forecasting process across the company, and its sales team had a lot of information about customers but wasn't synthesizing it well.

First the company created a single demand planning process using i2 Technologies' Demand Manager. This improved forecasting efficiency and accuracy, and took five days out of the sales and operations planning cycle.

Then it worked with One Network Enterprises to create a software-as-a-service-based system that combines daily point-of-sale and forecast data to directly drive replenishment processes and prevent its products from going out of stock on store shelves.

The results have been dramatic: Replenishment planning that used to take days and reams of paper is now done several times a day. And more important, in-stock levels are running at above 98% to 99% during key promotional periods.

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