Implementing Collaborative Forecasting to Improve Supply Chain Performance

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Published by Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. in the International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, volume 23 issue 6, 2002. Bryant users may access this article here.


Keywords Case studies; Product development; Sales; Forecasting


Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.

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International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management


Sales forecasting and collaboration are 2 business phenomena that have independently been recognized as contributing to improved organizational performance. The present research employs case study methodology to explore the synergies to be gained from combining the 2 processes. Depth interviews were conducted with executives at three firms currently engaged in collaborative forecasting with supply chain partners. Results revealed unique approaches to collaborative forecasting that circumvent the inhibitors of collaborative planning, forecasting, and replenishment adoption, and yield substantial improvement in company and supply chain performance including increased responsiveness, product availability assurance, optimized inventory and associated costs, and increased revenues and earnings. Seven guidelines to implementing interfirm collaborative forecasting are presented.