The checklist is a best practice checklist to define the recommended minimum required steps to generate a useful forecast. It is for companies moving towards mature demand forecasting practices, and biomanufacturers and suppliers with regular demand forecasting meetings. It should be used each time a new forecast is generated to ensure the key steps are carried out. The communications pack explains the recommended forecast and demand planning cycle of events, i.e. when you should sit down and talk, what you should talk about, what should be in the discussions, etc. This will help guide and structure the regular meetings between biomanufacturers and critical suppliers. Having a comprehensive framework for those meetings is essential, especially when discussing key materials. It includes everything from the minimum required agenda items and an action log template, to a forecast confidence ‘traffic light’ indicator and ‘hints and tips’ to get the most out of the pack.
Forecasting and demand planning are not well develop or effective integrated between biopharma manufacturers and suppliers in comparison with other industries with complex supply chains. This inhibits the ability of the sector to develop effective and agile supply chains to support rapid growth of products and is a major cause of shortages and the remedial work needed to keep supply chains functioning and products available. Leading end users and suppliers have undertaken considerable work to find solutions to enable biomanufacturers and their suppliers to plan commercial biologic drug manufacturing more effectively. This Forecasting and supply planning: a best practice industry guide, and the companion assessment tool defines the participating biomanufacturers’ and suppliers’ perspectives of the current state of the industry, the roadblocks to success and takes a ‘blue sky vision’ of best practices and the business case for changing the current situation.
In order to define, prioritize and measure improvement opportunities across the industry, the Forecasting and Supply Planning maturity assessment enables organizations to assess their status in relation to industry norms and best practice. More importantly, an assessment’s results provide a blueprint for the strengths and weaknesses that an organization needs to address to elevate its forecasting and supply planning processes.