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We have collected published articles and white papers on topics related to our software products and forecasting, planning, and inventory optimization issues. We've reproduced copies of those articles and white papers for your interest here.

"Intermittent Demand and Service Level-Driven Planning: Keys to Inventory Optimization"
How do you balance inventory spending against the risk of running out? How much is enough? And if demand is intermittent, how can you tell? Service level-driven planning can help you determine where you are over- and under-stocked and optimize your inventory investment. The article explains how using the 4-step SLDP process, with examples from National Sales, a St. Louis-based PVH / HCAC distributor.
"Smarter Inventory Management"
Montreal Transit Corporation’s lead demand planner reviewed SmartForecasts, a demand forecasting, planning, and inventory optimization software, for APICS’ January/February issue. MTC, operating a fleet of 1,680 buses and 84 subway trains, utilized SmartForecasts to improve service levels and drive down inventory.
"A Northeast Commuter Railroad Struggles to Optimize Its Spare Parts Inventory"
Metro-North Railroad, now the nation’s largest commuter rail operation, looks for a way to predict the unpredictable: the need for parts in response to equipment breakdowns.
"How to Survive the Economic Crunch"
Current economic conditions are challenging everyone’s business. This is especially true for companies in the manufacturing and distribution sectors that have a large percentage of their supply chain resources tied up in inventory. With credit tight, these companies are looking for ways to preserve as much cash as possible. Because inventory is cash sitting on the shelves, a prime way to reduce costs and increase cash flows is to improve the forecasting and planning of inventory requirements.
"Power Up: Build-to-order manufacturer gains control with comprehensive forecasting solution"
Read how Vicor Corporation, a BTO manufacturer of power conversion products for the electronics OEM market, has greatly enhanced its forecasting and planning process by integrating SmartForecasts with the company's PeopleSoft ERP system. Learn how the forecasting solution helps Vicor's decision makers pursue strategic objectives, including an increase in on-time delivery performance of 10% and a reduction in inventories of 20%.
"Smooth Ride: Forecasting solution improves product deployment and reduces transportation costs"
See how Prevost Parts, a division of Canadian bus manufacturer Prevost Car, has used SmartForecasts to improve inventory allocation and distribution effectiveness in the North American aftermarket for its 25,000 motorcoach and urban bus parts. Learn about Prevost Parts' evaluation criteria in selecting SmartForecasts over five other applications considered, and the importance of Smart's unique intermittent demand forecasting capability in solving Prevost's forecasting and safety stock estimation problems.
"Sweet Spot: The relationship between forecasting and optimal stocking levels" by Charles Smart, president of Smart Software.
Read how forecasting and setting optimal inventory stocking levels are related processes, and getting the two "in sync" can result in dramatic bottom-line improvement. Also, learn how software solutions that use statistical optimization techniques can go a long way toward accurately setting stocking levels.
"Get Real: A New Way to Forecast Intermittent Demand"
Read how the Smart-Willemain Bootstrapping method for intermittent and lumpy demand more accurately forecasts optimal inventory stocking levels than traditional approaches. The article examines how this method was applied within the Aerospace and Automotive Industries to better forecast service parts and other hard to predict items.
"Prevost Parts increases replacement part availability and reduces inventory through improved demand forecasting" by Alex Daudelin.
Read an article about how Prevost Parts, the parts division of Canadian bus manufacturer Prevost Car, uses SmartForecasts to more effectively distribute replacement parts for the North American motorcoach and transit bus markets. Learn why the company selected SmartForecasts over SAP's demand planning application and now expects both a 25% increase in forecast accuracy and close to a 20% reduction in inventory stocking levels.
"Prestolite Charges up Its Inventory Management"
When retirements drained its planning expertise and a bad mix of too much inventory put a strain on cash flow, the company brought in a new forecasting tool to power its planning process.
“Accurate Intermittent Demand Forecasting for Inventory Planning: New Technologies and Dramatic Results” by Charles Smart, president of Smart Software.
Read this white paper that was originally presented in a slightly different form at the APICS 2002 International Conference and Exposition in Nashville, Tennessee. It is reproduced here with permission of APICS and is published in the APICS 2002 International Conference Proceedings.
"The Right Tools" by Charles Smart, president of Smart Software.
Learn how the right statistical forecasting tools combined with collaborative inputs from management, salespeople and customers can greatly improve forecast accuracy and streamline a company's demand planning process.
"Forecasting-As Important as Ever" by Charles Smart, president of Smart Software.
Read why demand forecasting is still essential in this new manufacturing age.
"A better crystal ball" by Charles Smart, president of Smart Software.
Read a Web-exclusive article about how forecasting applications are adapting to shorter product life cycles and build-to-order trends.
"Bootstrap Your Way to Better Forecasts" by Charles Smart, president of Smart Software.
Learn about Smart Software's new forecasting method to address the multi-million dollar problem of planning intermittent, slow-moving demand.
"Demand Forecasting: Reduce risks with accurate forecasts" by Nelson Hartunian, vice president of Smart Software.
Find out more about the brisk pace of forecasting technology innovation.

Right-Sizing Inventory with Demand Forecasting," interview with Chief Material Officer at Metro-North Railroad.

See "Four Steps to Service Level-Driven Inventory Planning" in SupplyChain Management Review.

Minnesota's Metro Transit adopts service-level driven method of inventory planning from Smart Software.

Video Interview with SupplyChainBrain, "Service Level-Driven Demand Planning"

Conquering Supply Chain Variability at Rev-A-Shelf," in Supply & Demand Chain Executive Online

Now You See It, Now You Don't Inventory," New technologies to address intermittent demand, in Aviation Week Online

SmartForecasts 9.0 Adds Big Data Functionality

Smart Software Announces SFCloud: Flexible SaaS Demand Forecasting Implementation

Consumer Packaging Leader Aluprint Selects SmartForecasts® for Sales & Operations Planning

Smart Software to Help New Jersey Transit Improve Inventory Planning and Parts Availability

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Smart Software, Inc.
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