Let's take a look at the Manage Company Button
Company Details: these settings become your global defaults for items in your catalog that do not have their own set item or supplier-level ordering parameters.
Lead Time: is how long it takes (in days) for an item to become saleable from the time you place the purchase order. This includes all assembly, manufacturing, and shipping.
Order Interval: the amount of time (in days) between purchase orders.
Service Level: is the percent chance you want to have of not going out of stock. For example, a 50% SL would recommend replenishment based solely on our demand projection with no added safety stock cushion. Service Levels can range from 50-99%, but be aware, the higher the SL, the higher the amount of safety stock we are going to suggest. We recommend setting SL at a minimum of 70% initially.
By default, ForecastRx will send you confirmation emails to let you know when data Syncs and Forecasts have completed processing. If you’d prefer not to receive these emails, simply toggle these options off in your Company Details.
Your Items are the active SKUs that you have stored in your data source. ForecastRx only pulls in active SKUs. If you ever want to sync previously inactive items in the future, reactivate them in your data source and we’ll be sure to grab them during the next scheduled sync. Each item can carry its own ordering parameters, which will trump any Company or Supplier settings you may have applied including Lead Time and Service Level.
Additional fields we recommend you fill out in Items:
- Supplier and Supplier Price: Enter this data so that your purchasing recommendations can be quantified monetarily to the highest degree of accuracy and sorted per supplier
- MOQ & Case Pack Qty: If applicable, enter these fields so your purchasing recommendations and restock recommendations are rounded up according to these parameters.
- Warehouse Qty (Amazon Users): If you store inventory outside of Amazon, we recommend filling in your warehouse stock in order to provide accurate reorder recommendations and to know how much inventory is available to restock FBA.
- On Hand Qty Min: Adding a minimum in-stock quantity will make sure your purchasing recommendations reflect a reorder date and quantity for stock to arrive before going below the On Hand Qty Min.
Suppliers are the companies you purchase your items from. Each supplier can carry their own ordering parameters which would trump any Company settings you may have applied, including Lead Time and Service Level.
QuickBooks Users: Your list of vendors should be pulled from your QuickBooks company file directly. However, we suggest using ForecastRx to apply specific settings (lead time, order interval, MOQ) that will improve the accuracy of your forecasts and purchasing recommendations.
All Other Users: You will use a pre-formatted CSV template to import data for the list of Suppliers you procure your items from. Once imported you will be presented with the results in a management grid and have the opportunity to configure optional settings (lead time, order interval, MOQ) that will improve your forecasts and purchase recommendations.
For QuickBooks and Amazon users, we don’t advise modifying individual demand records in ForecastRx. We pull these records directly from your data source and will overwrite any changes you make to previously synced demand on your next sync.
To modify demand for specific periods to account for stock-outs, promotions, or other anomalies, you will have the opportunity to do so in our Manage > Advanced > Modify Item History features.
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Supply is updated automatically for QuickBooks-integrated users, but all other users must manually import and update Supply if using ForecastRx for purchasing recommendations. For importing supply into ForecastRx, we require you to provide a PO Num, Item Name, PO Date, Receive Date, Order Qty, and Open Qty. If we aren’t syncing your purchase orders or warehouse quantities automatically from your data source, use our downloadable CSV file and populate the cells under relevant column headers. When a purchase order is closed, you will delete the data from ForecastRx, or update the Open Qty to 0 for each applicable item.
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