21 Day Forecast Challenge
Can machine learning improve your demand forecasting? Put us to the test.
We'd like to help you, free of charge!
At Peak, we’re passionate about demand forecasting and believe it’s one of the fundamental pillars needed for a successful business. That’s why we’ve teamed up with AWS, integrating its powerful Forecast algorithm into our AI System.
This same algorithm sits at the core of Amazon’s retail and supply chain operations – and now you can discover how it can help you and your business.
We'll run your data through the Amazon Forecast algorithm and confirm, within 21 days, just how much we can improve the accuracy of your forecasting. This is a great first step in helping you to drive greater efficiency in any of the following areas:
- Inventory optimization
- Allocation and assortment
- Demand and labor planning
- Warehouse optimization
- Logistics optimization
- Distribution resource planning
We’ve outlined each step of this process below. Once you have contacted us, we will:
Set up a quick call
We’ll quickly assess your needs and confirm whether we can help
Explain what's possible
Capture the scope of work, to get a better understanding of what you’re trying to achieve
Upload your data
We’ll send over a mutual NDA and a secure data link, so you can upload the data we require access to
Run Amazon Forecast on Peak
We’ll run your data through Amazon Forecast on the Peak AI System, maintaining regular communication with you
Playback the results within 21 days
You’ll receive a bespoke report containing our findings, and we’ll schedule a video call to walk you through the results and take your questions
Delete your data
Your business’ data will be removed from our AWS cloud infrastructure once you instruct us to do so
We have pulled together some FAQs on our 21 Day challenge that will quickly answer your burning questions. If your question isn't below, just get in touch – we'll get an expert on the phone to you in no time.
How much data do I need to submit?
A minimum of 12 months of historical data at a product/SKU level will allow us to confidently run it through Amazon Forecast.
What sort of forecasting algorithms will be used on my data?
Amazon Forecast uses AutoML(Automated Machine Learning) which automates complex machine learning tasks, such as algorithm selection, hyperparameter tuning, iterative modelling, and model assessment. It evaluates and compares the forecast output of multiple algorithms, and chooses the best one based on the prediction accuracy per datasets.
Does my data need to be in a specific format before I can take part?
It’s not essential but in order for us to return our results within 21 days we’d need to receive a target time series data set. This data type defines the target field that you want to generate forecasts for. For example, if you want to forecast the sales for a set of products, then you must create a dataset of historical time-series data for each of the products that you want to forecast. We can provide the details of the mandatory data fields upon request or during our initial call.
Will someone be able to explain the results and be challenged on what I’m receiving?
Yes, we’ll set up a call with you to walk you through the results. A Peak data scientist will be available on the call to discuss the results in detail.
What will the report tell me?
The report will confirm how confident we are at predicting demand in your business. We will provide confidence levels and aim to evidence a couple of examples at a product level to further support our results.