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Aera powers data-enabled cognitive Skills that provide real-time insight, recommendations and predictions. Aera Skills communicate with your users and your enterprise systems to execute decisions.

Supply Chain Overview

The Supply Chain Overview Skill gives supply chain leaders a real-time view of global demand, inventory, supply and shipments. Business users can filter information and drill down into regional details. The Skill includes recommendations to improve service level, reduce transportation cost, and right-size finished goods inventory.

Supply Chain Overview

Questions this Skill addresses:

  • How much inventory do I have?
  • How do I improve service level?
  • What are my transportation costs?

Actions this Skill takes:

  • Balance in-process inventory
  • Revise planned cycle times
  • Optimize freight cost
  • Expedite or delay shipments

Manufacturing Performance

The Manufacturing Performance Skill provides a single view of manufacturing site performance, including batch-level cycle time visibility, product quality analysis and schedule adherence tracking. The Skill uses machine learning to predict batch failures and make recommendations to users about how to improve efficiency.

Manufacturing Performance

Questions this Skill addresses:

  • Am I meeting my production schedule?
  • What is my end-to-end cycle time?
  • Which batches are at risk?

Actions this Skill takes:

  • Move aging inventory
  • Reduce batch failure
  • Reduce cycle time
  • Increase or decrease production

Predictive Demand

The Predictive Demand Skill uses data science to automatically forecast demand at any level of granularity. More than 20 different prediction algorithms are applied to each individual SKU-location and the most accurate models are ranked and selected automatically based on mean absolute percent error (MAPE). Forecasts can be integrated back into customers’ planning systems.

Predictive Demand

Questions this Skill addresses:

  • What is the predicted demand for my products?
  • Which products will have supply issues?
  • Which SKUs should planners focus their attention on?

Actions this Skill takes:

  • Update plan with more accurate forecast
  • Right-size finished goods inventory
  • Update inventory and safety stock targets

Delivery Optimization

The Delivery Optimization Skill calculates and maximizes on-time and in-full (OTIF) deliveries while reducing inventory and transportation cost. The Skill also covers item fill rate, past due deliveries, transportation spend, and product returns. Users are pro-actively alerted to predicted late shipments and opportunities to optimize inventory and reduce freight cost.

Delivery Optimization

Questions this Skill addresses:

  • What is my on-time performance to customers?
  • What customers are at risk?
  • What’s my transportation spend?

Actions this Skill takes:

  • Expedite or delay shipment
  • Optimize finished goods inventory
  • Ship excess inventory
  • Adjust safety stock

Working Capital

Working Capital Skill optimizes inventory, safety stock and payment terms to improve working capital. It includes advanced cash-to-cash cycle simulation and AI-driven recommendations for adjusting safety stock, rebalancing inventory and modifying payment terms with vendors and customers.

Working Capital

Questions this Skill addresses:

  • How much inventory do I have, and where?
  • Where can I reduce excess inventory?
  • How can I improve my cash-to-cash cycle?
  • Am I efficiently paying my vendors?
  • Which customers are continuing to make late payments?

Actions this Skill takes:

  • Ship excess inventory
  • Sell soon-to-expire inventory
  • Rebalance inventory
  • Optimize safety stock
  • Optimize payment terms

Revenue Maximization

The Revenue Maximization Skill uses machine learning to predict revenue surplus and shortfall across all regions and products. Sales and finance teams can easily track revenue attainment against the plan at a regional or product level and get real-time recommendations for improving revenue through pricing optimization, inventory rebalancing and margin improvements.

Revenue Maximization

Questions this Skill addresses:

  • What’s my current revenue?
  • Am I going to meet my revenue targets for the month, quarter or year?
  • What are my opportunities to increase revenue?

Actions this Skill takes:

  • Fill open orders with excess inventory
  • Improve margins on high demand products
  • Update inventory and safety stock targets
  • Realize added value through price optimization
  • Sell off soon-to-expire inventory

Market Share Growth

The Markets Gain Skill uses a complex array of market data to predict competitors’ inventory shortages and inability to fulfill shipments. Market opportunities are combined with internal supply chain and sales data to orchestrate actions, such as shipping excess inventory to fill shortfall, and finding available capacity to manufacture products on short notice.

Market Share Growth

Questions this Skill addresses:

  • How am I performing compared to my peers?
  • Are there competitor shortages that I can fill?
  • How much of my addressable market can I capture?

Actions this Skill takes:

  • Ship excess inventory
  • Sell soon-to-expire inventory
  • Rebalance inventory
  • Launch production

Predictive Sourcing

The Predictive Sourcing Skill provides visibility and predictive insights for the global supply network, including a real-time understanding of on-time and in-full deliveries (OTIF), quality, and spend. The Skill also uses machine learning to predict supplier delivery failure and the impact on the business.

Predictive Sourcing

Questions this Skill addresses:

  • What’s the performance of my suppliers?
  • Which suppliers are at risk?
  • How can I address late deliveries?

Actions this Skill takes:

  • Adjust payment terms
  • Right size Raw Material inventories
  • Improve Purchase Price Variance attainment
  • Address late deliveries

Margin Optimization

The Margin Gain Skill analyzes cost drivers, revenue and margin across all SKUs. AI-driven recommendations automatically find opportunities to optimize pricing and reduce cost of goods sold. The Skill also includes advanced simulation, allowing users to optimize their product mix by adjusting multiple factors.

Margin Optimization

Questions this Skill addresses:

  • What is my gross margin?
  • What are my best performing SKUs?
  • What should I do to reduce cost of goods sold?

Actions this Skill takes:

  • Optimize pricing
  • Reduce cost of goods sold
  • Optimize freight cost
  • Adjust product mix

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