Understanding the Different Sales Velocities


SoStocked offers 3 baseline methodologies to calculate future forecasts: Velocity Calculation, Manual Velocity, and Last Years Sales. From there, you can add many additional features, such as future trends, additional growth, short-term sales (lightning deals), and even future seasonal spikes or patterns.

If you're looking to maximize SoStocked's features and avoid stocking out, this article will surely help you.

3 Ways To Calculate Future Forecast

SoStocked offers you three different ways to calculate your future forecast. There are three different baselines you can use. The first one is called Velocity Calculation, and that's the default setting right now.
Basically, what it's doing is it's looking over the last six months and breaking it into these time periods. And then it's taking the average sales velocity per day (units sold per day) for each of those periods of time.
But let's say you came out of a slow sales area, and you're selling more than you were six months ago (or three months ago). You can choose to turn those time periods off.
SoStocked gives you the ability to customize your time frame and look at real-time data only. You can play around with it and see what your adjusted velocity is. So if you're looking at a shorter period of time (more current), these numbers will recalculate more frequently.
The second methodology is using a manual velocity, which is very unscientific.
Manual velocity allows you to input how many units per day you are expecting your product to sell. This is a good way to override the system and force it to predict future sales.
Let's say you're launching a new product that has no sales history on Amazon. You can use a manual velocity. Of course, these are all baseline velocities that you can add few features on top of it.
The third methodology is Last Year Sales. This one will actually take 365 days of sales and, basically, mirror them.
So, in other words, you're looking at the last 365 days of your sales for your product on Amazon, based on your Seller Central information. And SoStocked will predict that you will make those same sales again on the same day this year.
If you were stocked out on one of those days, it would have an asterisk next to it, and the number that it gives you is just an estimated sales number based on the 30 days surrounding that missing day.
If you use the monthly feature, you can see all 12 months of predicted sales.
And based on last year's sales, you can even see the seasonal sales patterns. For example, you can see that this specific product sells more during the summertime but sells less during the fall.
This is great because if you're using Last Year Sales as your velocity metric, SoStocked will predict the future sales and forecast you to place your larger orders, inventory orders, and transfers with your seasonal patterns in mind. And you can add additional growth trends, Lightning Deals, and future sales spikes on top of that.
Those are your three baseline velocity options for your future forecast.

Settings To Fine-Tune Your Forecast

Now, let's look at some of the settings to fine-tune your forecast.
On any product, if you click the FBA Days (shown below), it will open up the forecast options.
Normally it will also have a sales trend (shown below) for the last couple of years.
Part of the forecast option is the Trend feature.
If you turn it on, it gives you the option to take a period of time and compare it to a previous period of time.

Now that you've added your Trend, here are additional features that you will find useful. They are the Future Lightning Deals feature and Future Seasonal Spikes.
With SoStocked, you can schedule as many Future Lightning Deals or short-term sales.
With Future Seasonal Spikes, you can actually go in and schedule an entire seasonal pattern on top of your sales velocity or forecast.
Once you've set up your velocity calculation, your order schedule, and the rest of the features on this page, your timeline and your order schedule should make a lot of sense.
SoStocked will tell you to place your inventory orders and transfers, taking into account future sales growth, future seasonal spikes, and future deals so that you never run out of inventory.

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