Customizable inventory insights, all in one place
Managing inventory for multiple brands, with multiple sales channels and locations, can be simpler than you think.
Inventory Planner syncs inventory and sales data from all your brands into one powerful hub, giving you the insights you need presented in the way you prefer (whether it’s by brand, inventory locations or a custom set-up).
Best of all, you’ll get reliable forecasting and intelligent purchasing and transfer recommendations for each brand and location, protecting your cash flow from excess stock and boosting your profit.
Critical features for Brand Aggregators
One single view, multiple brands and locations
Consolidate all your brands’ inventory and sales data into one system and structure them to get the insights you need to make profit-boosting inventory purchasing decisions. For instance, see all your stores in one Inventory Planner account, or associate one account with one brand and easily navigate from one to another.
Flexible multi-location inventory planning
Do each of your brands have dedicated inventory locations? Or do multiple brands share the same location(s)? Either way, count on Inventory Planner to provide reliable demand forecasting and inventory purchasing recommendations for each location and brand, boosting cash flow and supporting growth.
Customizable grouping for relevant insights
Combine different inventory locations into strategic groups to get relevant performance insights and reliable buying recommendations, displayed in the way you want. Easily compare warehouse performance by region, or get replenishment recommendations for all the warehouses that use the same supplier or those that supply each brand.
Smart inventory transfer recommendations
As well as intelligent buying recommendations, Inventory Planner analyzes inventory levels across all your locations and offers inventory transfer recommendations to balance inventory and maintain cash reserves.
Flexible Open-To-Buy planning
Our market-leading Open-to-Buy (OTB) feature lets you plan your buying budgets by region, brand, online or offline store, inventory location, or any custom group to meet your goals. Use your core metrics such as previous years’ revenue, expected margins and units to plan your purchasing the smart way.
In-depth yet intuitive reporting
Inventory Planner translates your inventory and sales performance data into 200+ metrics that allow you to make truly revenue or profit-driven decisions without feeling overwhelmed by data. View periodic performance trends by inventory location, store, brand, or any custom group to make fast, informed decisions.
Custom forecasting model for each brand
Each of your brands sells at its own pace and has its own supply patterns. Set different forecasting methods for different brands (such as seasonal, non-seasonal, retail or wholesale ), and proactively adjust lead times and ideal days of stock at SKU-level to ensure your inventory always arrives on time.
Data-driven inventory planning for new products
‘Borrow’ sales data from similar products to predict future demand for new products. You’ll get buying recommendations for every variant (including size, color, pattern), so you can invest with confidence.
Avoid excess stock to protect your cash flow
Inventory Planner flags up items that aren’t selling in line with customer demand including ‘safety stock’. It offers key insights like overstocked costs, last sold date and overstocked units, so you eliminate cash-drainers – before they lose their appeal and hit your cash flow.
"As a tool, it’s super flexible and can be finely tuned so that it factors in seasonality, trends, promotions and market shifts. It means we can glance at the data and instantly say ‘ok, we need to order 100,000 of that item, not 10,000 – otherwise we’re going to run out in two months"
Trevor Martin, Vice President Operations at Snow
"Before, I was hesitant buying new stock, but now I know when I have enough, and that knowledge is extremely valuable. Having Inventory Planner behind us means that for the first time in my 20 year history, I have the confidence to scale."
Danielle Malconian, CEO at Vikki Vi and Plus By Design
"Now, we always have the right items in the right location in order to maximize sales. Overselling has become a thing of the past and we’re no longer holding anywhere near as much excess stock."
Tiffany Wight, Warehouse Manager at Knifewear
Frequently Asked Questions
- 1. Who is Inventory Planner for?
Inventory Planner is the market-leading inventory planning software that is designed to help retailers, e-commerce brands, wholesalers and manufacturing merchants to make data-driven, profit-boosting inventory purchasing decisions based on reliable customer demand predictions, with different supply patterns factored in.
We support 2,600+ worldwide brands from startups to billion-dollar companies in every industry imaginable – from beauty and health products to FMCG.
If your business holds inventory in your own warehouses, brick and mortar stores, or if you use Amazon FBA or 3PLs, and you want to reduce your excess inventory or safety stock ratio while keeping stockout risk low, Inventory Planner is for you.
- 2. Do I still need Inventory Planner if I already have an Inventory Management System (IMS)?
Short answer: yes! Longer answer: Inventory Management Systems are useful for tracking goods, but they don’t help you forecast demand and plan your inventory purchasing, especially when market trends are rapidly changing and consumer demand is unpredictable. Inventory Planner does.
In a nutshell, if you’re using an IMS, but still experiencing out of stock or excess stock issues, you should try Inventory Planner.
To learn more about the difference between an IMS and Inventory Planner, and pick the right system for your business, take a look at this guide.
- 3. Should I book a demo or start a 14-day free trial?
A virtual demo with one of our pros is the best and fastest way to see exactly how Inventory Planner will work specifically for your businesses, without needing to connect and configure your data yourself.
However, we understand you might prefer to dive straight in and explore for yourself (especially if you’re a demand forecasting or inventory planning specialist) so we also offer a 14-day free trial.
- 4. How is Inventory Planner different from other providers?
We’re proud to stand out from the crowd in a number of ways, including…
- We’re true leaders in our field: Unlike generic inventory softwares, Inventory Planner is a market-leading specialized solution. We started back in 2012 (when inventory planning wasn’t even a ‘thing’!) and we’ve spent more than a decade fine-tuning our forecasting and inventory planning models so they get results, even in turbulent times.
- Our forecasting is transparent and customizable: We believe you can only make informed decisions when you fully understand your data. With Inventory Planner, you’ll know exactly how your forecasting has been calculated (and you can tweak it to suit your needs), so you can take our forecasts and purchasing recommendations and use them to help you meet your goals.
- We’re always evolving, just like the retail market: As part of Sage Group, we’re able to invest heavily and regularly in our innovation, so we’re always a step ahead of our competition when it comes to offering reliable forecasting and intelligent purchasing recommendations, even as markets shift.
- 5. Is it easy for me to implement and configure Inventory Planner on my own?
There are two options:
- Implement and learn the system on your own
Inventory Planner is built to be intuitive, so you can self-implement the system and configure your forecasting strategies if you have experience with forecasting softwares and the bandwidth available.
- Faster onboarding, led by us (RECOMMENDED)
If you’re looking for optimal time-to-value, we recommend our guided onboarding, led by us. This is the faster and hassle-free way to get set up for success. Our forecasting pros will get you and your team up and running on Inventory Planner quickly (on average within 30 days), including system integrations, data migration, bespoke forecasting strategy configurations, tests and intuitive training. It’s the best way to ensure you get the most from Inventory Planner.
- Implement and learn the system on your own
- 6. What's the SKU limit with Inventory Planner?
Inventory Planner is a scalable solution built to work for businesses of any size, from startups to billion-dollar companies – so there is no SKU limit.
Plus, with our Data Warehouse Connectors, data from any source can be seamlessly synced with Inventory Planner (which means no siloed data or delayed syncs for businesses with large data sets across various platforms).