Demand Solutions Canada

June 24, 2005 16:58 ET

Demand Solutions Users Accelerate Innovation; Wide Range of Industries Represented at Toronto Conference

TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - Jun 24, 2005) -

Supply Chain Planning professionals representing more than 20 leading Canadian companies attended the Tenth Annual Conference of Demand Solutions users at the Toronto Board of Trade. Sponsored by Demand Solutions Canada, the meeting concluded earlier this week.

United by the theme "Accelerating Innovation," the unique program featured an on-site challenge. Break-out groups were presented a hypothetical problem to solve related to customer-level forecasting. "This exercise really opened up some of our newer users to Demand Solutions' capabilities," said Jack Gow, President of Demand Solutions Canada. "Based on the extemporaneous presentations that resulted, it's clear that new and exciting ideas were going to be taken back to the workplace."

The conference also featured a roundtable discussion, new approaches to continuous development and a "tips and tricks" session. The highlight was the user experience of Elaine Castle, demand manager for Fellowes Canada Ltd., a leading manufacturer of office organization products. As Fellowes came to rely more on off-shore production, Castle used Demand Solutions to collaborate with suppliers and make smarter purchasing decisions, manage inventories more profitably and reduce shipping costs.

"We reduced our forecast error by 48 percent and reduced our stock-outs by approximately 90 percent," Castle said. "We support our business objectives by holding monthly sales meetings, projecting potential of new SKUs and closely tracking promotions." Castle also was the recipient of the Crystal Ball Award, presented by Demand Solutions Canada for excellence in planning and forecasting.

The meeting is one of several annual conferences scheduled in North America, Europe and the South Pacific for users of Demand Solutions, the world's most widely used demand planning and forecasting system. For more information visit

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