Remarkable Insight Into Your Inventory
Inform focuses on identifying exceptions in product demand. Our demand management toolkit guides you to increasingly better inventory performance. More turns, minimized overstock, and true control over multi-location inventory and forecasts.
Inform ERP distribution software’s Product Analysis screen reveals every aspect of any product, including stock, non-stock, service or labor items. Explore all the detail of your inventory’s ‘in-transit’ information, including availability, open orders, purchase orders, backorders, branch transfers, and returned goods, for a complete picture of your inventory status.
Demand Forecasting & Purchasing
Inform ERP’s professional demand forecasting tools turn purchasing managers into inventory control experts. Powerful forecast algorithms, easy-to-use exception management, and unique, intuitive purchasing screens provide buyers with tools unavailable in other ERP systems. Achieve high customer order fill rates while increasing inventory turns. See the results in year-over-year profit and cash-flow improvement.
- Reduce inventory levels by up to 25 percent
- Reduce inventory carrying costs
- Eliminate dead and inactive stock
- Minimize the time spent on replenishment
Inform ERP Demand Planning
- Unusual demand management
- Sporadic demand forecasting
- Recurring demand forecasting
- Seasonal and slow-moving product optimization
- Warehouse overstock balancing
- Real-time vendor purchase summary
- Interactive, multi-location purchase order projection
Advanced Demand Planning & Forecasting
Real-time replenishment calculation enables your purchasing staff to respond to customer demand as it is occurring. Vendor Summary continually updates recommended PO value, including carrying costs for purchases not meeting vendor minimum.
Intermittent Demand items sell infrequently or intermittently, and can be 70 to 90 percent of your stocked products! Recurring demand forecasts don’t work well for these products, so Inform provides a sophisticated system for Intermittent product demand planning.
Inform ERP analyzes historical demand to determine which items are appropriate for a ‘predictive forecast’. We evaluate item demand against 8 different formulas, and automatically assign the best predictive forecast formula to every recurring item, for each warehouse.
Unusual Demand, Ranking & Warehouse Balancing
Identification and correction of unusual demand is essential for intelligent purchasing forecasts. Inform's Unusual Demand workscreen presents unusual demand items with the related customer purchases, suggested corrections, and inventory value impact.
Automated inventory metrics include Unusual Demand, Fill Rate, Warehouse Overstock analysis, A-B-C-X Ranking, Turns, and ‘GMROI‘ (Gross Margin Return on Investment)
Effectively Manage Inventory for One or Many Branches
Inform independently manages costs, list prices, replenishment methods, inventory rank, turns, and GMROI for every warehouse. Automate branch replenishment, manage customer and vendor consignment inventory.
Balance Multi Location Overstock
Multi-location distributors face special challenges in balancing multi-branch inventory. Inform helps multi-location distributors transfer stock instead of purchasing with interactive overstock warning during purchase order projections.
Dead Stock Prevention and Management
- Interactive Slow-moving Product Worksheet and Return ‘Purchase Order’
- Interactive Warehouse Overstock workscreen
- Inventory Rank Dashboard lets you view vendor and product-level dead stock analysis
- Export files in Excel .xls format
- Instantly create a 'slow-movers' promotional sales flyer