Let’s Free Up Some Cash

November 11, 2022 in Analytics, Announcements, Data, Featured, Leadership, Uncategorized

An AMEND approach to…….

Inventory Reduction

Since the start of the pandemic, AMEND has helped many of our clients improve their inventory position. For most of our clients, this has meant a simultaneous inventory reduction coupled with a sales improvement. However, with recent inflationary and economic concerns, we’ve found ourselves working with clients operating from the other end of the spectrum. Many clients now find themselves asking: How can we optimize the inventory that we have? How do we reduce inventory to pull out costs? What can we do to free up cash? 

Inventory is constantly changing, so getting it right is hard. Too little and you miss the important sales; too much and you burn essential resources. 

Current inventory approaches use Economic Order Quantities and Safety Stock calculations that have historically poor assumptions. These approaches are based in “normal” demand patterns and lead times, but over the past few years, these patterns have changed drastically, leaving inventory more volatile than before.

This demand data is pretty common.

We start by simulating your demand data with your current inventory parameters (Lead time, MIN, MAX, etc.).  We show how your inventory performs. 

We then adjust your model parameters and search for a better answer to fit your business needs.  In this case, there was excess inventory, and a lower MIN and MAX works to reduce inventory from ~9000 on average to ~5500 units (~38%).

If you had 100 SKUs like this, at $5.00 unit, this is $1,750,000 cash.

At AMEND, we use your data and systems to leverage Artificial Intelligence and find optimal ordering parameters, while injecting updates back into your current system. We have done this as one-time savings for quick victories, and long-term SaaS solutions. For our clients, AMEND’s approach has decreased inventory by an average of 30% and Stock-outs by an average of 50%, when compared to these legacy approaches.

The process we’ve developed for inventory optimization has been applied in perishable, manufacturing, distribution, retail and more. 

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We love this type of work. It is exciting for us and our clients. If you would like to explore A.I. driven inventory strategy and recommendations, please just let us know below.

The price is right! Or is it…?

April 25, 2022 in Analytics, Announcements, Data, Featured, Leadership, Uncategorized

An AMEND approach to pricing strategy for property management

The Challenge of Pricing

“Come on down!” shouts Bob Barker, as a very excited audience member dances their way to the stage. The Price is Right TV show drew people in with their challenge of guessing the price of products. Contestants see a product, and without much context, estimate a price that is as close to, but not over the correct price to win. 

The prizes and production elements add to the fun, but this mirrors decisions businesses make every day. Determining price for a new or existing product can be extremely difficult for businesses and teams, especially without visibility to the right market data.

On one of our recent projects, we sat down with a client with substantial experience in property management in urban, walkable neighborhoods to really evaluate what goes into their right price, and more importantly, what doesn’t.

The question at hand for a local property management company: Are our apartment units and commercial spaces priced at the optimal amount? With a number of properties spread across several urban neighborhoods with differing levels of renovations, finishes and amenity offerings, how do we determine the appropriate pricing levels?

Why pricing is important

Property management has faced many challenges over the last two years, so the question was especially relevant. Our client had internal data and years of property management experience but wanted to also utilize market data to complement that knowledge and experience, and understand an unbiased perspective on pricing.

Pricing their offerings too low creates a potential risk for losing out on revenue potential. Pricing offerings too high creates a potential risk for extended vacancies and losing out on revenue potential.

The Approach

Therefore, AMEND used a variable-based approach with external market data, coupled with qualitative input of key pricing factors from our client, to get them to that sweet spot of pricing.

We knew we needed external market data to understand current-state demand. We found multiple data sources we could tap into for our analysis. Once we pulled the data together, we ran a Stepwise AIC model to apply variables such-as number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, square footage amount, and others to tell us about their importance in relation to price. After working with our client to better understand the variables, we specifically applied the results by zip-codes to analyze one-level deeper and capture the variation across Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky neighborhoods. After assessing the results and rolling out the math, we felt confident in sharing a data-driven pricing strategy with our clients.

The Solution

We were able to compare the pricing recommendations from the model output to their current pricing per property in Microsoft Power BI to easily evaluate the differences. This gave our client a starting point when deciding where to make pricing changes first. The data model and Power BI dashboard automatically update to pull in the most recent information.

The information elevates our client from a being in a price-guessing situation to making better price-informed decisions utilizing the data analyzed specifically for their properties and zip-codes. The Power BI dashboards also included a “what-if analysis” to enter potential future properties or spaces to determine the recommended price before hitting the market for the first time.

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The concept we used for property management pricing could be applied to other pricing strategies as well, such as construction management, real-estate, new or existing products, and more. The key is to understand what variables really matter to the price and focus in on those variables. That also provides an understanding what doesn’t matter, confidently guiding your team to focus on the aspects that are going to add the most value.

We love this type of work. It is exciting for us and our clients. We want you to have the same energy and excitement out of the right price as The Price is Right constants who just won a new car. If you would like to explore data-driven pricing strategy and recommendations, get in contact with us by filling out the form on our contact page!

Cincinnati Works and AMEND Forge Unique Partnership

April 11, 2022 in AMEND Culture, Announcements, Culture of Giving, Featured, Leadership, Why AMEND?

Local organizations work together to create opportunities, strengthen community

Cincinnati Works and AMEND share a mission to make lasting impact on the community, and today the organizations announce a unique partnership that will create new opportunities for our neighbors in need and the businesses that employ them.

Both organizations work with a wide range of local employers – Cincinnati Works as a non-profit workforce development agency and AMEND as a management consultant – and they will leverage their existing relationships to connect more willing, able job-seekers to local companies in need of a strong frontline workforce.

In addition, AMEND employees will volunteer at Cincinnati Works in multiple ways, including the non-profit’s job-readiness program and tax-preparation service, as well as consulting on projects that can improve Cincinnati Works’ staff capacity. At the same time, Cincinnati Works staff will consult and assist AMEND with its diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

“AMEND intends to maximize our partnership with Cincinnati Works by leveraging our time, talent, and treasure, which is a win for everyone involved,” said Paul Delaney, Partner and Chief People Officer. “It gives our team new challenges and opportunities for growth, while also having an outsized impact on the local community.”

Delaney noted that many of AMEND’s clients struggle to retain and develop their frontline workforce, which Cincinnati Works seeks to address through 1-on-1 career and financial coaching with unemployed and underemployed individuals. “Bridging these connections will create opportunities for so many,” Delaney said.

AMEND has been a longtime financial supporter of Cincinnati Works, and its team members have consulted on data analytics projects in recent years. The new partnership provides more ways for AMEND employees to connect directly with Cincinnati Works clients and have a tangible impact on their lives.

“AMEND has been a valuable partner to Cincinnati Works over the years, and we are excited to formalize and grow that partnership – which, in turn, will allow both organizations to grow our impact on the community,” said Peggy Zink, President & CEO of Cincinnati Works.