ANN ARBOR (WWJ) — The Ann Arbor supply chain design software developer LLamasoft Wednesday announced what it called a “significant breakthrough” in inventory optimization technology that helps companies better understand demand variability, leading to proper levels of safety stock and a healthier overall business.

By acting as a guard against inventory variability, the new Inventory Guru software enables companies to save money while still meeting service requirements.

Traditional inventory optimization tools assume that all demand follows a “normal” pattern, resulting in either too much inventory or stock-outs and lost sales. Inventory Guru is powered by Adaptive Intelligent Inventory Optimization (AI+IO) technology, a breakthrough demand classification algorithm created by LLamasoft. AI+IO thoroughly analyzes and automatically classifies demand patterns, then recommends right-sized end-to-end stocking levels and ordering strategies.

Inventory Guru is a fully integrated module within LLamasoft Supply Chain Guru supply chain modeling and design software. This tight integration enables companies to not only analyze and properly categorize demand, but also factor all aspects of inventory for both existing and new supply chain structures and simulate real-world behavior to enable true what-if capabilities. The result is a prescription for the right levels of working capital across a continuously changing business.

“Inventory Guru is truly the next generation of inventory optimization,” said Toby Brzoznowski, executive vice president of LLamasoft. “By combining breakthrough inventory optimization technology with network optimization and simulation, LLamasoft is providing companies with a level of confidence not available in typical inventory optimization technologies.”

Download the LLamasoft inventory optimization white paper for details and customer case studies at


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