Shout out to the Graybar Team:
While we have several companies with multiple regular submitters, no one beats the Demand Planning team at Graybar! Here are their submittals for this contest, which as usual were excellent, producing at a couple of contest winners in the past.
"WOW! I didn’t even know we had a Demand Planning Group…"
Who notes, "Sorry, as a DP Supervisor, I couldn’t resist."
"We backed off the quantity of Elmos to make room for the Kindles."
"Explain to me again what the "Holiday forecast model" is and why it was off by 35% from last year."
Sue B. Brittain
"So, you want people to believe in you too?"
Other Excellent Entries
"It’s not the toys that are a problem, it’s all those darn batteries!"
"I preferred it when the children wrote me letters instead of Tweeting."
Dromtacker Institute of Technology
“No, I’m not kidding. You can’t just use last year’s deliveries to decide what to make this year.”
Chelsea Milling Company
"I took a look - load up on Coal."
"With this finally in place, we can stop the Gift Card experiment."
"What's the use? Nobody believes in me or demand planning."
“All this technology, and you still can’t tell me who’s been Naughty or Nice?”
"We are short of product because the new forecasting software thought the spike at the end of December was an outlier and reduced the forecast?"
“Now is not the time to discover a forecast error!”
Duane (Dewey) Stevens CPM, CPIM, CSCP
Fox Valley Technical College
"Apparently it’s my fault for not approving the funds for a back-up server."
“NOW you are telling me it’s constrained??
"You know we don’t freeze the December forecast this early!”
"Stop looking at me. I have no idea either."
"You know our policy is no Less-Than-Sleighload shipping!!
"You elfies go ahead and just plan “what?” and “how many?” I will take care of the “when."
“We produced to Marketing’s forecasts, but now they’re telling us, 'The kid is always right.'”
"The new, multi-variable Naughty/Nice algorithm reduced our inventory by 23%."
"Recheck your algorithms - the demand spike clearly did not move to March!"
Deanna K. Peters
“Really, that many Snuggies?”
“Nice is up 10% and naughty is down 5%?!!! Why didn’t you bring this up at the Demand Review??”
Madhav Durbha, Ph.D.
"The good news is, I know what they want for Christmas now. The bad news is, I have no idea what an algorithm is."
“I remember when all these demands used to be polite requests.”
Penske Truck Leasing Co., L.P.