Acumatica INDUSTRY BRIEF Multimodal Make to Stock

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Minimize Costs, Increase Turns, and Optimize 
Operations with a Future-Proof ERP Platform

Make-to-stock (MTS) manufacturers use historical item demand history, 
blanket sales orders, and forecasts to drive production plans. Demand 
forecasts push or drive downstream activities such as procurement, 
component production, and resource scheduling.

MTS manufacturers often sell consumer products or proprietary items. 
Examples include producers of discrete products like appliances, 
consumer electronics, apparel, home goods, furnishings, and hardware. 
Other MTS manufacturers use batch processing for beauty supplies, 
food and beverage, and cleaning supplies. MTS companies tend to 
be larger than make-to-order (MTO) businesses because standard 
products are made and sold in larger quantities.

Customers are distributors, retailers, consumers, or business service 
organizations, or commerce storefronts who collaborate on forecasts to 
ensure ample supply for projected sales. Manufacturers may overstock 
items to prevent stock-outs and costly rush orders. Overstock results 
in obsolete inventory, inflated carrying costs, and low inventory turns 
increasing warehouse overhead.

Modern ERP applications like Acumatica streamline MTS planning 
processes with real-time insights into stock levels across locations. 
Connected demand forecasting applications, blanket sales orders, 
material planning, and scheduling work harmoniously to minimize 
inventory levels while alleviating costly stock out situations.

This industry brief explains critical MTS business processes with an 
overview of technology requirements and an ERP feature checklist. 
Discover how peers thrive with a future-proof ERP platform designed 
for MTS manufacturing.