Normally, demand forecasting for retail businesses entails a variety of components, seasonality and trends. Seasonality refers to the portion of demand fluctuation accounted for by a recurring pattern. The pattern repeats systematically over time. At its core, demand forecasting is focused on making reasonable projections and estimates about future trends, sales and profits. This is done by looking at past records and trends and seeing what the company has done in years past and what trends are present from quarter to quarter. With sufficient data, trends may manifest across multiple years and thus make it easier to make accurate forecasting plans and predictions.
Once suitable predictive representations are found, they are then able to be used to forecast demand for the products and services offered by a company or a brand as a whole. A demand forecast model may actually be comprised of multiple models that work together and overlap. This technique of combining models is often done intentionally to improve predictive accuracy and boost forecasting results. When one aspect of the demand forecasting model gets off track, the projection as a whole responds and can be thrown off course. This is why it’s so important to stay alert and involved when it comes to planning.
Updating Forecast Models
As more data accumulates, trends are established, feedback is received and progress reports are reviewed. Demand forecast models should be updated as needed to maintain a clear focus. This is a recurrent effort that involves both monitoring and recording demands to be constantly aware of changes and fluctuations. Failing to update forecast models and take advantage of all the information available will likely prove a costly mistake.
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