Software with the power to maximize
customer service while slashing inventory
Designed for companies with both a
substantial inventory investment and a need for high customer service.
Ever wonder how your toughest competitors manage their
inventory, customer service, demand forecasting, and expediting so
successfully? It's simple, they use FGS. FGS—The Finished
Goods Series—is the world's most capable demand forecasting and
inventory planning system. Designed from the ground up to
interface quickly and easily with other systems (ERP, MRP, OSB, WMS,
etc.), standard or custom, FGS can sharpen your competitive edge.
How do you know if you need FGS?
Since 1983 E/Step Software has been working with companies just like
yours. Every one of these companies has come to us with one or
more of the following concerns:
- Don't expect your ERP system
to solve these problems.
Unlike large ERP systems with their
wide-but-not-deep approach, FGS is narrow in scope but
far greater depth than any other system today.
Customer service is too low
- Inventory is too high for most products
- Inventory is too low for some products
- Our demand forecasts are inaccurate
- We spend too much time expediting
- We can't afford to match our competitors' high service levels
- Cash flow is a problem with so much tied up in inventory
- Our low turns are hurting profitability
- Our warehouse is too small
- We don't have enough manufacturing capacity
If any of these sound familiar, FGS can help.
Who uses FGS?
FGS is used in a wide variety of industries including
manufacturing (both process and discrete), distribution, service parts,
and service shops, among others. For manufacturers it applies to
both the make-to-stock and assemble-to-order environments; for
distributors, both the central warehouse and the direct ship
environments. FGS is used by companies both large and small, from
Fortune 50 conglomerates to small privately held businesses.
Essentially FGS can help any company carrying more than about $1 million
Why do our clients love us?
What our clients say about FGS
E/Step Software gives top priority to satisfying its customers.
One aspect of this is that all our technical support representatives,
consultants, instructors, and programmers are engineers with several
decades of experience in this field. Another aspect is the
emphasis we place on achieving the greatest possible flexibility and
depth in our software. The rave reviews we receive in all of these
areas are proof of the success of this approach. An additional
proof is that our first client—from 1984—is still an active and
enthusiastic user of FGS. Clients may change out their ERP system,
but they keep using FGS.
Clients also love us because of the results FGS achieves:
greatly reduced inventory and expediting while delivering higher levels
of customer service and forecast accuracy. Inventory savings are
typically 30% and sometimes as high as 75%.
Contact E/Step Software Inc. to discuss your environment, needs,
and objectives. We'll design the education and implementation plan
that's right for you.
FGS Quick Facts
- Totally focused on forecasting and inventory planning
- Windows-based, graphics-rich
- Easy to use, comprehensive and extremely flexible
- Easily integrated with existing systems such as Oracle, SAP, JD
- User-level interfacing tool to talk to any system, standard or
- Both interactive and batch operation (via scripts, with script
The primary modules in FGS are used by all FGS users.
Forecasting—Build initial forecast models from demand history
data, to generate a time-phased estimate of future demand on any
user-defined calendar out to any horizon. Use SPC techniques
to flag questionable forecasts. Graphically review/override
selected forecast models. Measure the impact of the new
forecast models on inventory investment.
Planning—Calculate safety stocks (and lot quantities) required
to achieve service targets. Simulate alternative
inventory/service strategies to get the right service for the right
price. Optionally drive safety stock down to intermediate or
raw material levels.
data from your other systems. Add your own database fields to
make FGS fit your processes. Query your database to learn
about your products' forecasts and inventory plans. Automate
your processes with scripts. Publish results to company-wide
If you don't already have a Master Scheduling, MRP, or DRP system,
you can use the optional FGS modules:
Replenishment Planning—Establish order policies to model your
replenishment processes. Based on your current quantities on
order and on hand, generate time-phased replenishment plans.
Drive master warehouse demand based on net requirements from
satellite warehouses. Drive component plans down through the
bill of materials based on net demand from their parents.
Action messages warn of inventory imbalances. Summarize
inventory projections for management.
Distribution Planning—Establish transfer orders to balance the
satellite inventory with the master inventory. Action message
recommend changes to the shipping plans. Fair-Shares Allocation