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Over half of the world’s largest food and beverage manufacturers use an ION solution to manage their treasury and commodity risk
Businesses are facing unprecedented volatility in the costs of raw materials, which can harm profitability, shareholder value, and credibility with analysts. Large fluctuations in raw material spend are not easily transferable to the sale price of a finished good. With full visibility the cost of each raw material component, procurement specialists can build risk management and hedging strategies to flatten volatility, gaining a competitive advantage. With ION Commodities solutions, organizations are better prepared to navigate uncertain market dynamics and capitalize on opportunities.
Today’s price volatility across all commodities is unprecedented, making forecasting more difficult than ever. Businesses must plan promotions based on a cost assumption for a product not yet produced. The more scientific and modern the approach to demand forecasting, the greater the competitive advantage you can gain.Solution
Optimize against volatility
ION offers solutions that optimize your strategic planning. Our simulation and optimization algorithms increase demand forecasting accuracy and help maximize operating profit.
Lack of position visibility
Commodity price volatility is always changing. As raw material costs increase, procurement specialists seek better visibility of covered and uncovered positions for both volume and spend needs. Managing a risk position in spreadsheets is no longer efficient. Better controls and faster reporting are necessary to implement a spend management plan that can react as fast as the market moves.Solution
ION’s comprehensive spend management solutions break down material forecasts to componentize the risk of each raw material. Pricing agreements, cash contracts, and futures/options/swaps can then be used to provide coverage by pricing component. This gives your business the visibility to compartmentalize risk and execute a spend management plan for all raw materials, from ingredients to packaging.
Data rich, knowledge poor
Compiling risk positions can be cumbersome. As market prices move, dashboards and analytics need to be updated constantly. Measuring performance against various metrics is vital to determining the best approach to managing material needs and spend.Solution
ION’s solutions offer full reporting of coverage by raw material and spend forecasts. Report versioning offers on-demand variance reporting of actuals versus forecasted budget, market, and historical data. You can test strategies with simulations and access a full dashboard to view performance in real time. This eliminates time lags and helps drive smarter, faster decision making.
Frequently asked questions
Can ION products integrate with my existing ERP?
ION solutions have standard adapters that integrate to ERPs to streamline workflows and data sharing.
Can ION products support my complex risk analytics?
ION solutions offer advanced analytics for asset optimization, portfolio valuation, and complex option pricing. This provides your business with valuable insights to improve profitability and optimize price risk management.