Demand Planning 2017-08-09T22:13:12+00:00

Automate your Demand and Supply Planning

The system can evaluate demand and present it in numerous ways. There is a clear and easy process to calculate demand, review the demand plans and edit where required, generate the supply plans, and review and edit the supply plans. Finally, the system generates planned purchase orders, transfer orders, and work orders as desired.

Demand Plans

Once the demand plans have been generated, the user can easily modify them to incorporate any known exceptions. This essentially becomes your MPS.

Supply Plans

After the demand plans are generated and edited, creating supply plans is a simple one-click process via the item settings to control how the orders are created. The system can auto-create POs, or create an approval queue.


NetSuite’s Demand Planning module offers several ways to calculate and predict demand based on historical demand, open opportunities, and/or manually entered or imported sales forecasts. Whether you want the system to review monthly or weekly demand and generate forecasts using moving average, linear regression or seasonal average calculations you will have the ability to review and edit the forecasted demand before proceeding to supply planning. Optionally you can have the system create demand based on sales forecasts.

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Organizing and preparing your supply chain is a tactful process. It can get difficult when you’re attempting to calculate demand and supply in a measure that gives your business the proper blend of price control, lead times, and service level.

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Item Setup

On the Location sublist is where you’ll find a lot of additional planning parameters that affect either how demand is evaluated or how the planned orders are generated.

Item & Location Settings include:

  • Safety Stock
  • Left Sizing Method
  • Fixed Lot Size
  • Supply Planning Periods
  • Supply Type
  • Demand Source
  • Forward & Backward Consumption Days
  • Demand & Planning Time Fences
  • Reschedule In/Out Days
  • Multi-Location Inventory Setup

Gross Requirements Inquiry:

This provides an overview of the progressive supply and demand cycle by listing quantities required and quantities supplied on each transaction date listed. More-on-hand or less-on-hand quantity of the transaction, as well as the resulting total quantity on hand for the item, is also listed.

Available Planning Methods

  • Linear Regression: 

    Uses least-square regression method

  • Moving Average

    Uses the moving average to calculate the overall average stock level needed and project future stock levels using that overall average 

  • Seasonal Average: 

    Uses previous demand to examine the seasonal trend and project a similar season trend for future stock levels

  • Sales Forecast: 

    Uses forward-looking sales forecast data, such as opportunities, estimates, etc., to project inventory demand