The Implementation of Flowcasting between CPGA and Sam's Club
This case study discusses the challenges of implementing Flowcasting. It starts by summarizing the innovations made in supply chain management over the past fifteen years. It also describes the multi-level replenishment cycle as it existed in 2006 between CPGA and Sam's Club. The first section of the case study aims to stimulate thoughts about the disadvantages of the system in use at the time. Then, the case moves on to the implementation of Flowcasting, a breakthrough approach to supply chain management. Flowcasting is unique in two ways: 1) it is the first decision support system targeting three levels of the supply chain (retailer, the retailer's distribution centre, and the manufacturer's distribution centre), and 2) it involves the exchange of data between two separate sources (or companies), or a type of co-managed inventory.