Better Manage Financial Plans and Open-to-Buy Budgets

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Merchandise Financial Planning is a high-level approach to setting an organization’s sales, margin and inventory targets. During this step in the retail planning process,  merchandise planning teams can plan their business without getting caught up in the lower-level details of the product hierarchy.  With JustEnough, users can plan multiple brands, channels and currencies - all in one view.

Additionally, the solution manages an organization’s traditional open-to-buy and offers the flexibility to choose your own planning calendar and manage strategic plan targets across any period within the time dimension. Users can make changes to merchandise financial plans at the highest and lowest levels within the defined product hierarchy.

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Watch this short video to learn about the key features and benefits of JustEnough Merchandise Financial Planning and see it in action.

Flexible Planning Grid

JustEnough offers an intuitive, strategic view of the financial plan and product hierarchy, complete with configurable metrics and units of measure to help you to manage your business. With drill-down capabilities and the ability to adjust plans at any level, Merchandise Financial Planning makes it easy to plan, track and manage financial forecasts.

The JustEnough solution is delivered with standard industry best-practices based metrics. Users can easily add additional metrics by dragging and dropping them into the planning grid to configure whatever planning view they want. For those needing something more advanced, the solution offers hundreds of advanced metrics to meet the needs of even the most sophisticated organizations.

Top-Down, Middle-Out, Bottoms-Up Planning

JustEnough Financial Planning supports Top-Down, Middle-Out and Bottoms-Up planning, including Top-Down Financial Plans, Bottoms-Up Category Plans, Store Plans, as well as the ability to plan by vendor. Each planning type can be created independently allowing for different roles within the merchandising organization to create their own versions of the plan. Plans can then be compared and reconciled from the top down or bottoms up. Planners can lock and spread adjustments at any product, location or time-level of the plan.

Location and Category Planning

Location and Category Planning automatically balances and reconciles location and merchandise plans in order to measure category performance at a location level and generate more accurate store clusters. Location and category planning is used extensively by fast fashion and category focused retailers in managing the allocation of products.

Open-to-Buy Budgeting

No business should operate without monitoring its inventory spend within the cash flow cycle. The JustEnough solution helps you monitor inventory investment within any period of time or any part of the product hierarchy. Having the appropriate level of visibility to your open-to-buy enables you to track the amount available to spend on additional receipts or to cut back on receipts not necessary within your organization’s merchandise plan. For ease of use, the open-to-buy capability works hand-in-hand with the strategic merchandise financial planning target setting process.

Scenario Planning and Version Control

JustEnough Merchandise Financial Planning provides the capability for users to do “what if” scenario planning across all plan types. Each user can independently work through their scenarios in order to create the plan that makes the most sense in aligning with the trends of the business. Users can create their own independent branches from the master plan with full control to create further scenarios, if necessary. This method allows for workflow control over the planning process which ensures that users are not making adjustments directly into the master plan.

Additionally, users can quickly compare multiple versions against each other to gain a clear picture of how the plans change and move over time. Once a scenario is approved, the user simply merges that scenario into the master plan and that version becomes the new approved plan. User rights control the work and approval flow of the planning. This allows for workflow control over the planning process and ensures that there is one approved version of the plan that the organization is working towards.

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