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The Finished Goods Series
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Replenishment Planning Module
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Replenishment Planning

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Why is this an optional module?

Many of our clients have large MRP systems.  In such cases, FGS uploads its forecasts and inventory targets to the MRP system, which then plans the parts.

Other clients, without MRP, use FGS' Replenishment Planning Module because they want more than simple reorder points.

Some clients find their MRP systems to be inflexible and hard to control, so they use FGS to master schedule their products.  Then they upload the new firm orders to their MRP system either for further explosion or to prepare work orders for execution.

Plan when and how much to order

Unlike our Demand Forecasting which predicts future demand or Inventory Planning, which suggests how much to order and to hold, the FGS Replenishment Planning module suggests when and how much to order.

This optional module produces a time-phased master schedule for driving Purchasing or Manufacturing, including your existing MRP system.  Unlike simple reorder points (we have those too) this is a time-phased plan.  You can see beyond a SKU's next order.

For existing open replenishment orders it computes need dates, which, when compared with their schedule dates, let you do a better job of managing priorities with expedite and de-expedite reports. The system contains seven customizable planning rules for determining planned orders. These planning rules include (among others):

Bill of MaterialPlan at all levels of your bill of material

The module also contains a full bill of materials explosion capability with the parents' net requirements exploding to the components.  A fractional draw quantity is useful for planning bills of materials.  It also handles byproducts.  Flexible stock targets can be computed at all levels. .


Bill of DistributionPlan your distribution

Replenishment planning also plans warehouse distribution.  It essentially "pulls" the demand from outside warehouses.  The net requirements from each outside satellite warehouse roll up to the master warehouse where the appropriate replenishments are planned.

Additional tools for planning, purchasing, and management

Simulate your MRP Plan

One of FGS' greatest features is to test inventory scenarios.  For example, your manager asks:

It's easy to create a simulated plan.  Create a new simulation.  Edit your lead times or change the service levels and recalculate the inventory targets.  Run the replenishment plan and the summary report.  That's it!  FGS is a great tool for developing next year's plan—tie the bottoms-up with the top-down!