In today’s climate of shorter lead times, more frequent orders of smaller quantities, and where meeting customer demand secures your competitive edge, companies must find ways to anticipate changes in customer demand. Epicor Demand Management responds to these business conditions and incorporates the requirements of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) to help your company reduce lead time in the office for planning and procurement, thus enabling you to respond on the production floor faster.
Demand Management offers the establishment of contracts that can be linked to sales orders and releases. These contracts can be managed, and schedules produced, automatically with set periodicities that match each customer’s unique shipping needs. Additionally, as change happens, the schedules can be regenerated. If Advanced EDI is deployed, your customers’ electronic demand changes are brought in for review and acceptance. This is important for companies doing business in industries such as automotive, aerospace and defense, and retail. Accountability of change and rapid flow of information to the production floor, as a result of fully integrating EDI with your Epicor system, can elevate your supplier status.
In addition, Demand Management not only looks at the demand side of EDI, but also focuses on the fulfillment side with secure outbound Advanced Ship Notice (ASN) transactions that the customer reconciles with each shipment. Through an inbound EDI document, the CUM (Cumulative) total value and actual received quantity is then electronically sent back to you for reconciliation and potential adjustment.