Inventory Planning Overview

Comprehensive Enterprise Planning, Improved Profits

Every enterprise does some type of planning, regardless of which vertical you’re in and whether you sell B2B, B2C, or both. These planning activities could include setting top-down financial objectives for the year, modeling the revenue and GMROI impact of new store openings, sales for next season’s merchandise, or even the promotional activities expected to execute next quarter. Each planning process has its own unique time tables, objectives, and expectations.

A Single Version Of Your Inventory Strategy

That’s why Manhattan Planning solutions span a broad range of capabilities, each architected to ensure your enterprise has a holistic view of all aspects of your inventory strategy. Designed to maximize productivity of the planning organization by reducing time spent gathering and analyzing data, Manhattan’s Planning solutions facilitate all your merchandising, pre-season, and in-season planning processes.

Uniquely Plan Each Channel, Auto-Reconcile Back To The Enterprise

Today’s retail planning has to consider multiple complex dimensions. In addition to the typical product, location, and time hierarchies, nearly all pertinent business metrics vary by channel. In the past, channels were modeled as “dummy” stores. With Manhattan’s Planning solutions, channels are distinct entities, each with their own metrics which can be planned as needed, while ultimately aggregated back to the total company level.

Forecase What's Known, Plan What's Not

Manhattan’s Planning solutions optionally combine with other components of the Manhattan Active™ Inventory suite so that retailers can efficiently leverage optimized demand forecasting, replenishment, and collaborative planning processes. Our solutions are continuously adaptive, always current, and seamlessly interconnected. What’s the end result? Your enterprise enjoys improved profitability by increasing sales, margins, and turns, reducing markdowns, and optimizing inventory.