Customer sales orders are placed with a lead time shorter than the production time, but products must be supplied newly packed and not from stock.
Planners can therefore nominate the ‘pack-ahead’ quantity against ‘provisional’ sales orders and Fresh Dynamics will automatically create corresponding ‘pack-ahead’ production orders. Once the ‘final’ sales order is received, the system creates the appropriate ‘balance’ production orders, or alerts on over-production in the event that the final order falls short of the pack-ahead estimate.
Additional facilities allow re-pack production orders to be handled in the event of over-production. The accuracy of the ‘pack-ahead’ estimates can of course be analysed later against ‘final’ sales orders; likewise the accuracy of the customers’ ‘provisional’ sales orders can be determined.