Buy. Hold. Sell. These three words sum up a wholesale distributor’s work. But complex demand patterns and novel ways to shop, return and receive goods complicate inventory and replenishment decisions. While it’s impossible to know the future, it is possible to repeat the buy, hold, sell cycle with consistent profitability while maximizing service levels and improving perfect orders. Reduce safety stock levels through better real-time demand visibility and inventory management.
The Atlas Planning Platform helps distributors balance demand and supply by leveraging data on day-to-day realities like variable lead times, seasonality, erratic regional demand, changes in replenishment schedules, and market activity. With this data at their fingertips, distributors make smart and strategic buy, hold, sell decisions that pave the way to profitability.
The explosion of ways to support customer purchases and returns, such as on-premise shopping, click and collect at store, locker pickup, and e-commerce deliveries to homes and other locations builds complexity into inventory management and replenishment. Atlas guides distributor moves with certainty by giving deeper insight into the complex demand and replenishment world while balancing service objectives.
Omnichannel distribution lets customers complete purchases and receive orders from many sales channels. Customers can buy online and return in store, buy online and pick up at the store, or even have goods delivered to their business or home. Distributors must provide a seamless customer experience through every distribution channel. Atlas assesses market demand and current inventory levels to optimize inventory while maximizing service levels.
Automating the purchase order (PO) process builds supplier relationships, streamlines communications, and minimizes financial risk. Atlas Planning Platform supports different PO optimization strategies based on user-defined rules and constraints such as the option to buy, tiered pricing, and supplier contract agreements.
The wrong move in wholesale distribution leads to unhappy customers and lost profits. Distributors require visibility across all levels and systems to keep a constant eye on source and supply. Atlas Planning Platform offers end-to-end synchronization from the consumer to the extended value chain to develop a transparent and quick responding system that keeps goods flowing without interruption.
Bob Dudek, Sr. Supply Chain Manager
Conestoga Wood Specialties