Pandemic Demand Plan – Is Yours Effective?

December 17, 2020

While the news about a possible vaccine is certainly exciting, national rollout is still many months away, well past the holiday season and into the new year. So, with the continuation of the current status quo, you will still experience significant demand shifts requiring corrective coping strategies. Are your current strategies working?

Supply chain turbulence causes longer lead times, vendor capacity cuts, and constraints within shipping channels. Success in 2021 requires a Demand Plan based on your own accurate company data and built to answer:

  • What is the best-case scenario, worst case scenario, and what should we expect?
  • What do we do in each of those cases, and what products may result in exceptions?
  • How do we account for vendors being domestic or international?

Building a successful Demand Plan relies heavily on accessing accurate, up-to-the-minute sales, customer, and item data. Winning organizations anticipate and plan for periods of flux with comprehensive plans and investments in technology to help execute those plans.

Ask yourself, “Does my current system allow me to gain insights into my operation to better forecast based upon recent supply and demand instabilities?

If you answer “no,” your Demand Plan needs comprehensive distribution ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) technology as its foundation. ERP-ONE+ software delivers accurate, on-demand sales, customer, and item data to keep employee productivity high and your plan on track.

If you would like to learn more about building your own Demand Plan with ERP-ONE+ software, contact us at

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Empire Bolt & Screw

“Out of the gate, our first cost savings occurred in accounting. What was previously a full-time job went down to just 2 hours a day. This change alone saved us $40,000 in year-over-year labor costs.”

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Patlin Inc.

“Distribution One has allowed us to deliver 30% more orders without having to increase our labor force.”

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The Nut Place

“ERP-ONE actually helps our business be more productive. We operate more efficiently because our software performs like a world-class product. And that’s not marketing hype. We trust in its reliability. It is one of the best decisions our company made.”

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Colorado Industrial Packaging

“ERP-ONE tracks product costs and sales margins for us… that benefit alone has added 4% to our bottom line after the first year of implementation and has more than paid for the cost of ERP-ONE.”

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A-Jax Fasteners and Tools

“Enhanced productivity, lower operational costs, higher service levels, and stronger customer relationships—it’s all been attained through our ability to provide continuous real-time data generated through the myriad of programs within ERP-ONE.”

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VLC Distribution

“Having spent 30 years on the operations side of distribution using SAP and AS400 software, I have not encountered a better system than ERP-ONE. The efficiencies and expandability has allowed us to improve our sales by $500,000 per employee in a year.”

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On Time Supply

“We had immediate visibility into which sales representatives were performing and which product lines were providing the best return for our business.”

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Cathy’s Concepts

“The ability to manage orders online has created greater efficiency in their business and has delivered more flexibility in modifying and tracking orders. Changes to an order instantly cascade all the way through the terminals and the processing stations cutting production time by at least 15%.”

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“I’m excited about the future. We processed hundreds of orders in the first week and project our webstore will be handling over 10,000 orders per year.”

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