Lodge Cast Iron is the oldest cast-iron cookware company in America. Before Anaplan, the company lacked integrated, real-time communication between demand and supply planning, which resulted in lost sales. Using a new approach to inventory, production, and demand planning with Anaplan, planners at Lodge are confident that they can meet demand and take on any new orders that come their way. They have reduced the chance for human error and ensured that the forecast can be updated more often. Visibility into the forecast has been vastly improved, meaning that demand planning and production planning are aligned, leading to reduced cost and greater efficiency. For Lodge, implementing Anaplan has already created several hundred thousand dollars in savings and top line sales—and they’re just getting started.\r\n"}}" id="text-d69aa74e93" class="cmp-text">

Sam Touchstone,财务高级副总裁/首席信息官





Turning down more than $1 million a year in new orders is not something any company wants to do. Yet that’s what Lodge Cast Iron did as it struggled to accurately meet production demands. The 120-year-old Tennessee company, which manufactures more than 350 different SKUs of cast-iron cookware, addressed this challenge on two fronts: It opened a brand-new foundry in late 2017, increasing manufacturing capacity by 75 percent. And it transformed its demand, production, and purchasing processes and implemented a monthly S&OP process using the Anaplan platform.


With Anaplan, Lodge’s demand and production planners can run scenarios and almost instantly tell what the foundries have the capacity to produce, and how changes in plans affect other items in production. Lodge has longer manufacturing runs with fewer changeovers now, resulting in greater efficiency and less production downtime. They’ve also decreased how long it takes to fulfill orders. “Improvements in uptime and efficiency, along with better inventory planning, mean we’ll realize 100 percent ROI from Anaplan in less than a year,” says Sam Touchstone, SVP Finance/CIO.


The new Anaplan Supply Chain solution, implemented with the help of Anaplan Gold Partner Akili, has reduced the chance for human error and ensured that forecasts can be updated easily, accurately, and frequently. Visibility into the forecast has been vastly improved, meaning that demand planning and production planning are aligned, costs are reduced, and efficiency is greater. “Since we implemented Anaplan, we have had very few ‘out-of-stock’ items—and when inventory is tight, we are better able to prioritize by customer and item,” explains Demand Planner Amy Rogers.


Anaplan’s benefits reach beyond the production numbers to improve the lives of the people who live and breathe the planning cycle. Lodge’s production and demand planners have experienced significant time savings. For Rogers, entering projections from sales reps is no longer a manual process, so data that was formerly updated every three to four months is now updated monthly.


This has transformed the way the planners work. “We used to complete loading studies—where we calculate capacity for the remainder of the year to determine if we’ll need to run extra shifts—once a month,” explains Manufacturing Planner Jason Kintner. “Now we have weekly loading studies because the data is readily available.” As a result, Lodge has been able to reduce overtime by five days a year.


By connecting inventory and purchasing models in Anaplan, Lodge is also empowering purchasing agents—who are responsible for acquiring some 9,400 different packaging items—to order boxes, cartons, and other products based on suggestions calculated in Anaplan. The company is also looking to implement an Anaplan module that will help integrate the demand plan with the FP&A process. For Lodge, Connected Planning means time savings, cost savings, and better efficiency, and the potential is just beginning to take shape.

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拒绝每年超过100万美元的新订单不是任何公司都愿意做的事情。然而,洛奇铸铁公司(Lodge Cast Iron)就是这么做的,因为它很难准确地满足生产需求。这家拥有120年历史的田纳西州公司生产350多种不同的铸铁炊具,它从两个方面应对了这一挑战:它在2017年底开设了一家全新的铸造厂,将制造能力提高了75%。它还改变了需求、生产和采购流程,并使用anplan平台实施了月度S&OP流程。

有了anplan,洛奇的需求和生产计划人员可以运行场景,几乎可以立即知道铸造厂有能力生产什么,以及计划的变化如何影响生产中的其他项目。Lodge现在的生产周期更长,更换次数更少,从而提高了效率,减少了生产停机时间。他们还缩短了完成订单所需的时间。财务高级副总裁兼首席信息官Sam Touchstone表示:“正常运行时间和效率的改善,以及更好的库存计划,意味着我们将在不到一年的时间内实现anplan 100%的投资回报率。”



这改变了规划者的工作方式。“过去,我们每个月都要完成一次负荷研究,即计算一年中剩余时间的产能,以确定我们是否需要额外的班次,”制造计划员Jason Kintner解释说。“现在我们每周进行一次装载研究,因为数据很容易获得。”因此,洛奇每年可以减少5天的加班时间。