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1. Streamline Client

2.Streamline Server

3. Starting Up

4. Connecting data

5. Demand and Sales Forecasting

6. Inventory Planning

7. Reference


5.2. Generating and Viewing the Forecasts

Once you have created a new project, Streamline automatically generates and shows the total forecast in the Table and Plot (see figure below). The forecasts are shown in red in the Table and Plot.

The Tree view on the left is used to browse through your data hierarchy and see the forecasts and other information at a particular level. As soon as you select a node in the tree, the Table, Plot, and Panel get updated immediately and show the corresponding information at that level.

Below, we describe:

Generating the Forecasts

By default, Streamline continuously re-forecasts the project when you:

  • change the data source and fully reimport your project;
  • change forecasting setting;
  • unapprove forecasts;
  • change project settings regarding forecasting;
  • make product substitutions;
  • override actual sales or stockout days;
  • change order availability constraints.
  • change the on hand history.

Viewing the Forecasts

Streamline shows unit and revenue forecast for the currently selected tree node in the Table and on the Plot.

Unit Forecast

The unit forecast is presented by red numbers in the Statistical forecast row of the Table and by red points in the Plot.

The Bottom-up forecasting approach is used by default to build models for all nodes of the tree. It implies that forecasts on higher levels of the tree are calculated based on the forecast of lower levels as a simple sum, starting from tree leaves. Tree leaves are standalone models calculated based on imported sales history.

The Statistical forecast row of the Table shows values in blue and red colors at a leaf level (see figure below). Blue numbers are the model fit at the learning set (actual data), while the red ones are the forecasts.

Legend of the Plot also indicates the model type used to forecast the data. It is a Seasonal & trend model in the case in the figure.

To view the forecasts in detail graphically, the Plot supports such manipulations as zooming a particular area and panning the plot in the zoomed scale.

Revenue Forecast

Streamline shows revenue forecast only if current sales price or price of sales transactions was imported. The Revenue row of the Table shows the numeric revenue forecast for the forecasted periods (see figure below).

The Plot can display forecasts in quantities sold or in revenue gained. The default is Quantity (see figure below).

To switch to the revenue mode, click the Revenue button over the plot (see figure below).

Viewing Forecast in Different Dimensions

Streamline represents the data you have imported as a hierarchy tree in the Tree view. This hierarchy is composed of:

  • data dimensions (item, location, channel);
  • item categories;
  • location categories;
  • channel categories.

depending on the available data and its configuration. The options at the bottom of the Tree View help you to find out which data dimensions are available to view and choose the appropriate view.

If you import locations or channels additionally to items, the Three view shows two viewing options:

  • By item and By location - in case of imported locations;
  • By item and By channel - if you import channels.

Here is a description for these options:

  • By item. All the information (forecasts, historical data, inventory) is, first, aggregated by location and location categories, and then, by item and item categories. The tree shows items on top of locations (see figure below).

  • By location. The information is, first, aggregated by item and item categories, and then, by location and location categories. So, the tree shows locations on top of items (see figure below).

  • By channel. The information is, first, aggregated by item and item categories, and then, by channel. The tree shows channels on top of items (see figure below).

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If you have all three types of data imported (item, location, and channel), Streamline displays six different viewing options that allow you to see your data using all available viewing combinations. These are:

  • Item — Location — Channel option aggregates your data first by channel, then by location, and then, by item (see figure below).

  • Item — Channel — Location option aggregates your data by location, channel, and then, by item.
  • Location — Item — Channel option groups your data by channel, item, and then, by location.
  • Location — Channel — Item option aggregates the data by item, channel, and then, by location.
  • Channel — Item — Location option groups your data by location, item, and then, by channel.
  • Channel — Location — Item option aggregates the data by item, location, and then, by channel.
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Changing the Forecasts

Streamline generates forecasts based on a set of given settings. The forecasting model built using these settings is shown in the Model tab of the Panel. There are three ways to change the automatically generated forecasts:

  • Change a forecasting parameter in the Forecasting tab of the Panel. That will, in turn, change the model and its forecast. Below, we show which forecasting parameters are typically modified in particular situations.
  • Override the generated forecasts manually using the Forecast overrides row of the Table.

Forecasting Settings

Streamline has a lot of forecasting settings. Each of them was specifically designed to be of help in a particular situation. All of the forecasting parameters are on the Forecasting tab (see figure below). They can be applied at any level of the Tree view tree.

Most of them have the Inherit option set by default. It means that the option of its parent node will be applied to the currently selected node. Information in parentheses shows the option inherited from the parent.

The table below shows the cases, the forecasting parameters, and the options for these parameters.

Case Parameter Option
New product forecasting Forecast approach Top-down
Use model from Item code of the borrowed model
Seasonality pattern Create a new pattern from scratch or create a pattern based on existing item code
Accounting for lost sales Zeros are lost sales Yes
Accounting for calendar events Holidays Calendar of your country
Accounting for recent changes in the sales history level Ignore data before The data will be ignored prior to the selected Date
Adjusting the model type Model The model type
Material requirements planning Bill of materials use Use Purchase or Manufacture option depending on how you acquire your product(s)
Discount promos  Use promotions    Feature considers promotions imported from the data source. As for now, Streamline supports only percentage discount promos, and for the feature to work, you need to have at least one promotion in the past and one for the future period  
Lock the forecast  Approval Horizon    Feature considers promotions imported from the data source. As for now, Streamline supports only percentage discount promos, and for the feature to work, you need to have at least one promotion in the past and one for the future period  
Price elasticity influence  Use price elasticity    Feature considers not only qty sold in the past to generate a forecast but also notices the connection between an increase or decrease in sales and price change  

Forecast Reports

Streamline allows viewing forecasts for all the planning items at once by using the forecast reports. There are three forecast reports in Streamline: Final forecast report, Forecasts adjustments report, and the Forecast accuracy report. To access the reports, go to the Reports tab. To select a report, use the Select report control.

Each report can be exported to Excel by clicking the Export report button. These can then be edited and saved in Excel and imported back into the application using the Import changes button.

Demand Forecast Report

This report may be represented as a ‘Final forecast,’ ‘Statistical forecast,’ or ‘Forecast versions.’

The Final forecast depicts the statistical forecast and any overrides for all the planning items, while in the Statistical forecast, overrides are not displayed.

As the Forecast versions feature is designed to have the option to add more rows to the Table for your forecast calculations or alternative forecasts of your colleagues, the Forecast versions report allows you to see the report based on this data. The cells, color-coded in blue, represent the data taken from the Forecast version row in the Demand tab.

Forecast Overrides Report

This report shows only the forecast adjustments made manually in the Forecast overrides row of the Table view on the Demand forecasting tab. It is useful when you need to ensure that all the adjustments you intended to do were done.

Next: Adjusting and Approving the Forecasts

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