CASE STUDY: EGMONT PUBLISHING
EazyStock has improved our ability to print the right quantities of the right titles to suit market demand. At the same time, we’ve optimised our stock levels and inventory investment, and ensured stock-outs are now few and far between.
Egmont are experts at creating books to encourage children to engage in reading. However, critical to their profitability is tight stock management, so their leadership team approached EazyStock for an automated solution.
“We knew we needed a more sophisticated way to forecast demand and manage our inventory levels. The sales of some of our publications can be erratic, and depending on where we print, a delivery can take up to three and a half months to arrive at the warehouse. Ensuring we can meet market demand for our core titles is critical, but, at the same time, we don’t want to see excess stock beginning to pile up, undermining our profitability” explains James Bensberg, Director of Systems & Business Support.
The EazyStock team worked with Egmont to build integrations and data transfers from their key business platforms. EazyStock was configured to import data from Egmont’s production system, to constantly update print orders, supplier lead times and incoming order quantities, and to accept a regular feed from the distributor’s WMS, for daily stock levels and movements.
In little over a year, EazyStock has had a dramatic effect on how Egmont manage their inventory.
“EazyStock-generated demand forecasts are now the basis of all stock management discussions”. As James explains, “Previously we calculated sales forecasts based on a number of variables and ‘educated estimates’, and we used these to decide which titles to reprint and which to hold back. Now we have confidence that the decisions we’re making are based on reliable data and sophisticated forecast calculations”.
In addition, EazyStock has allowed Egmont to optimise their stock levels with overall stock in the warehouse reducing by 15%, whilst still meeting customer demand. More importantly the reduction is due to holding less stock of erratic titles, reducing the overall risk of the stock in the warehouse becoming obsolete.