Demand Planning

  • Jörg Thomas Dickersbach


The result of the demand planning process is the establishment of independent requirements which will trigger the planning activities as distribution, production and procurement planning. Usually a sales forecast is the key input to the demand plan. This sales forecast is consolidated and checked regarding plausibility, probably checked against a statistical forecast and corrected according to the experience of the planner before releasing it for the subsequent planning steps. Figure 4.1 shows this process for a very simple supply chain with global demand planning and single sourcing local production planning: The monitoring of the forecast accuracy and a feasibility check against the planning constraints (e.g. capacity) are further common process steps. Depending on the business requirements there might be many others.
Fig. 4.1

Example Process Chain Diagram for Demand Planning


Planning Area Characteristic Combination Statistical Forecast Data View Interactive Planning 
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