Supply chain organizations can benefit from greater visibility into the cadence of demand.
The problem is that the cadence of the demand is sometimes not clear or you cannot build a demand pattern to take advantage.
By this reason, you can find businesses that defend the idea of using demand signals to run production strategies, and other businesses that act independently of the demand.
Who is right? I do not know.
I assume that forecasts will always be wrong in some % and this implies that some supply flexibility is critical, so invest on the analysis of the forecast gives the supply chain a better chance of responding seamlessly to changes in the business.
In some environments this flexibility exist and it’s used for ensuring and adjusting quality of the products and try to decrease the % of defects.
Supply chain flexibility continues being a daily headache and a dream.