Fashion Wholesale Planning

Control of the supply chain requires an early and accurate forecast of expected demand.

A3 is the ultimate demand planning solution for the turbulent world of fashion.

The main features of A3 are

  • Blind forecast before pre-orders
  • Forecast during sell-in of seasonal collections
  • Forecast of core collections
  • Dynamic size split
  • Buying & replenishment

A3 is a highly configurable, web based standard solution that integrates with all major ERP systems.

The combination of proven standard software and experienced A3 consultants ensure a rapid return on investment.

The A3 solution consists of

  • In-depth fashion forecasting knowledge of our consultants
  • Fashion dedicated forecast software
This combination is key for a succesful and quick implementation.
You can ask our customers!

With A3 you will

  • Improve your forecast accuracy
  • Become less dependent on spreadsheets
  • Improve the quality of your buying process
  • Reduce obsolete stock and improve customer service
  • Reduce the amount of time spent on the planning and buying process
  • Increase product availability on SKU-level
  • Increase net profit with 1 to 2% of the annual turnover (benchmark)
 

Discover our
modules

Blind
forecast
Season
collection
forecast

Core collection
forecast
Dynamic
size split
Buying &
replenishment
 
  • Fast fashion with short time-to-market
  • Forecast before pre-orders
  • Budget and top/flop curve based
  • User panel ranks the collection
  • Combines statistics with expert knowledge
  • Cleanup of the collection
  • Improves early forecast accuracy up to 50%
  • Collections contain new seasonal items
  • No sales yet on new style/colors, statistical algorithms do not work
  • Unique A3-algorithm using actual buying behavior
  • Accurate forecast during sell-in
  • Evaluates returning, new and lost customers
  • Ability to forecast different account types and channels
  • Uses historic sales data: wholesale orders or POS
  • Automatic recognition of sales pattern and seasonality
  • Suggests 'best fit' algorithm and possibility for “what-if” review
  • Management by exception for large assortments
  • Forecast in multiple dimensions: units, value, volume or weight
  • Supports new product forecasting and expiring products
  • Seasonality recognition ensures optimal availability throughout the year
  • Per style/color
  • Separate size split of pre-order, re-order and total-order
  • Rolling analysis of demand per SKU
  • Optimal size split per article group
  • Easy assignment of size split for new products
  • Different size splits for different channels
  • Automatic integration of all relevant data: forecast, stock, purchases, sales and deliveries
  • Dynamic safety stock based on forecast accuracy, service level and replenishment time
  • Automatic purchase advise takes into account supplier, lead time and logistic constraints
  • Optimal product availability on size level against lowest cost
  • More service + less stock = more profit
“A3 going very well for us. Couldn’t have grown the business without you.”
Ciaran Herr, Purchasing Director, Horseware Ireland
“A3 has helped Allshoes Benelux to manage the growth in a controllable way.”
Hans de Wolff, Managing Director, Allshoes Benelux
“Thanks to A3 we have become less dependent on individual skills and spreadsheets.”
Ronald Littink, Controller, Deventrade
“A3 enables us to optimize the stock levels of over 30000 SKU’s.”
Christoph Piecha, Director Global Procurement, Engelbert Strauss
“With A3 we have speeded up the buying process drastically.”
Jonathan Gennequin, Global Sales Operations Manager, Helly Hansen
“The right size at the right moment”
Marius van Putten, Buying and Planning Manager, Tommy Hilfiger Europe
“Improved forecast seasonals and stayers implemented in only 2 months.”
Hedwig Schockaert, ICT and Supply Chain Director, Van de Velde

Fashion retail
planning

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, but the one that is the most adaptable to change.”

Darwin Fashion Retail Planner is an “industry best practice” solution for financial planning, merchandise planning, assortment planning, OTB and markdown planning.

Characteristics of Darwin:

  • Visibility of expected closing stock and gross profit
  • Timely information of under- or overstock (open or close to buy)
  • Synchronized financial calendar and merchandise calendar
  • Support of a multi-channel strategy
  • Easy seeding of the new budget
  • Overlapping seasons
  • Top-down and bottom-up planning
  • Easy to use shopping list for buyers via email
  • Prioritized markdown proposals

Darwin is a standard, packaged solution. All users work with the same software instead of own spreadsheets. This guarantees a smooth planning process and continuity. Darwin is easy to implement and has a high return on investment.

Darwin runs in conjunction with the existing ERP that remains in place. Turnover, stock, commitments and article master data are automatically imported. There is no manual data entry and this ensures that you always work with up-to-date information.

Users of Darwin are e.g. America Today, JBC, Majid al Futtaim, Shoeby, Twilfit, Wehkamp and Zeeman.

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Fashion retail
planning

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, but the one that is the most adaptable to change.”

Darwin Fashion Retail Planner is an “industry best practice” solution for financial planning, merchandise planning, assortment planning, OTB and markdown planning.

Characteristics of Darwin:

  • Visibility of expected closing stock and gross profit
  • Timely information of under- or overstock (open or close to buy)
  • Synchronized financial calendar and merchandise calendar
  • Support of a multi-channel strategy
  • Easy seeding of the new budget
  • Overlapping seasons
  • Top-down and bottom-up planning
  • Easy to use shopping list for buyers via email
  • Prioritized markdown proposals

Darwin is a standard, packaged solution. All users work with the same software instead of own spreadsheets. This guarantees a smooth planning process and continuity. Darwin is easy to implement and has a high return on investment.

Darwin runs in conjunction with the existing ERP that remains in place. Turnover, stock, commitments and article master data are automatically imported. There is no manual data entry and this ensures that you always work with up-to-date information.

Users of Darwin are e.g. America Today, JBC, Majid al Futtaim Shoeby, Twilfit, Wehkamp and Zeeman.

Read more