How do we know when a new item has been added to DemandCaster?
In most companies new items are added on an ongoing basis and in many cases without a formal internal notification process. As such, a new product may be added to DC without any notification. The risk in this is that the item will then likely be planned without applying the appropriate planning parameters. In addition because the item is new, there is no history which may cause it to not even show up in the normal review process.
To better manage this common business reality, DemandCaster includes an optional tagging process that automatically tags new items as they enter the system. This may be enabled after DemandCaster is provisioned and the initial set of data is loaded. Once the items are tagged the user may filter the data to quickly identify the new items and then apply the appropriate planning settings.
Click on "Tags" under Utilities in the Menu Bar
- You will see a tag named "New" and the radio button un-checked under the "New Product" column.
- You may edit the default name of this tag by clicking edit.
- By checking the radio button to enable this process, the tag "New" will be automatically assigned to new items when they enter DemandCaster.
Click on the "New" tag to find new items that have been added
Selecting the "New" tag from the Tag drop down in any of the selection interfaces and the clicking search will filter the items down to those tagged with "New."
Once selected, the user may then change the settings of the item per the companies planning requirements.
We recommend that after the "New" have been identified and their planning parameters changed, that the user remove the "New" tag or change it to a tag other than "New" per the steps described in the article How to Add or Remove Item Tags. This will assure that you are not reviewing the same items as new on an ongoing basis.