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September 6, 2023 | Manju Devadas
Blog / Inventory Sustainability with Planning in a Box
Sustainability has climbed to the top of corporate priorities, gaining momentum not just as a trend but as a necessity. With the global emphasis on environmental conservation and social responsibility, businesses are facing increasing pressure — from consumers, investors, and even regulatory bodies — to demonstrate their commitment to sustainable practices.
However, when most companies think of sustainability, they often visualize energy-efficient operations, green products, or corporate social responsibility programs. Yet, nestled within the complex machinery of business operations lies a golden opportunity to enhance sustainability: inventory management.
Efficient inventory management can significantly contribute to sustainability efforts:
Producing more than needed leads to waste and ramps up CO2 emissions. By aligning production with actual demand, we tackle this at the root. Pluto7’s data platform, Planning in a Box, can provide demand insights that guide production, ensuring resources—both material and energy—are only used for products that will be consumed.
Storing products for extended periods ties up capital and also expends energy, particularly for items requiring controlled environments. By leveraging Planning in a Box’s real-time analytics that connects sales, operations, and manufacturing, businesses gain a holistic control tower view of their supply chain.
This complete visibility ensures synchronization across all operations, driving decisions to produce only as much as necessary, thereby optimizing storage durations, and resulting in tangible reductions in energy expenses and associated emissions.
Transportation significantly contributes to CO2 emissions. Manufacturing closer to demand reduces these emissions. Pluto7’s data platform, Planning in a Box, utilizes real-time traffic, maps, and geospatial data for intelligent rerouting and location decisions, striking the right balance between cost and sustainability.
Pluto7’s Planning in a Box leverages the robust capabilities of Google Cloud:
Using Environment APIs such as Road API, Solar API, Pollen Level, and Air Quality metrics, businesses can access critical environmental data. Information on solar potential helps in energy-sourcing decisions. Air quality and pollen level insights assist in shaping operational strategies, ensuring businesses are responsive to changing environmental conditions.
Pairing BigQuery’s data processing strength with Google Earth Engine’s geospatial analytics allows Planning in a Box to offer deeper operational insights. This means businesses can track goods on a global scale, analyze supply chain routes, and make informed decisions based on environmental impact.
Digital operations have a carbon footprint. Planning in a Box integrates tools that quantify the carbon emissions from Google Workspace product usage. This allows organizations to see and act on both physical and digital emissions.
By utilizing Google Cloud’s tools, Planning in a Box equips businesses with the data and insights necessary for both effective operation and sustainability goals.
Planning in a Box is a comprehensive data platform designed for advanced inventory and supply chain management. Recognized by Gartner and endorsed by industry leaders like Google Cloud and SAP, it offers businesses a unified solution to address complex supply chain challenges.
Key features include:
Seamlessly integrates diverse data sources, ranging from ERP data (Oracle EBS, SAP, Netsuite, etc.) and CRM (Google Adtech, Salesforce, etc.) insights to external market trends and sensor-derived information, ensuring a comprehensive view of the entire supply chain.
This feature allows businesses to simulate various scenarios with Generative AI. Questions like, “What’s the inventory impact of a three-week supplier delay?” can be addressed, offering actionable projections for informed decision-making.
Notable brands have experienced measurable results with Planning in a Box.
Planning in a Box unifies vast datasets essential for inventory sustainability, including demand patterns, supplier lead times, and external market factors. Through its integration with Google Cloud’s Cortex Framework, it establishes a strong data foundation, enabling quick setups.
The platform taps into BigQuery for in-depth analytics across these datasets. Leveraging the power of Generative AI through Google Cloud’s Vertex AI, it translates data insights into actionable conversations, empowering businesses in their decision-making processes. All these capabilities come together rapidly, with implementations possible in under 4 weeks.
Pluto7 offers a holistic approach to solving sustainability challenges by offering strategic data-driven solutions for analysis, reporting, and consulting through its data platform, Planning in a Box.
Inventory sustainability is a pressing concern, especially with recent market shifts and unpredictable consumer demands. Many businesses grapple with scattered data and isolated systems, making it challenging to see their supply chain’s full environmental impact.
Planning in a Box centralizes data from sourcing to sales, delivering reliable insights that guide sustainable supply chain choices. Leveraging the power of Generative AI and Google Cloud, our platform enables swift, informed decisions, embedding sustainability at the core of your strategy. Enhance inventory optimization, cut waste, and solidify your commitment to the environment. Join us for a solution demonstration to delve into use cases, capabilities, and the future of sustainable inventory management.