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Metrics & Variants - Overview

Metrics & Variants are key concepts for planning in Toolio. See below to learn more.

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Metrics are used to represent any numerical value, such as Sales, Inventory, Purchase Order or Unit Cost. There are 2 key concepts around using metrics: Actualization and Planning.

Actualization refers to the value assigned to a metric when a time period elapses. In other words, when say the 1st week of the year is finished, the metrics for that period are actualized. Gross Sales Retail metric gets its own value, and so on. Each metric that is not a formula (i.e. that is not a derived metric), is actualized based on the data feeds that are provided to Toolio.

Planning refers to setting a target, or anticipated value for a metric. Typically planning is only allowed for metric values in the future.

Default Metrics

Toolio comes out of the box with most retail metrics that you would need. See Toolio's Metrics Glossary for a list of all metrics that come out of the box.

Raw Metrics

Raw Metrics are values that actualize, based on the data feeds provided to Toolio. For example, Gross Sales Units is a raw metrics, since Toolio gets this value from the Sale feed provided to Toolio.

Derived Metrics

Derived Metrics are values that are calculated as a formula of Raw Metrics. An example of a Derived Metric is Gross Sales AUC, since it is derived from a formula, which is Gross Sales Cost / Gross Sales Units.

Seeing Formula for Derived Metrics

On the grid, you can right click on the metric to see the formula for it. Formula will show up if it's a derived metric.

Managing Derived Metric Calculation

Please see here on how you can manage the formula for a particular metric.


Given a metric like, Gross Sales Retail, you might want to look at that metric in various ways. You might want to look at:

  • Plan

  • Actual Value from Last Year

  • Actual Value as % of Total

  • % Variation of Plan to Actual from Last Year

Each of the examples above would be different variants for the same metric.

Default Variants

Toolio comes out of the box with most retail metrics that you would need. See Toolio's Variants Glossary for a list of all metrics that come out of the box.

Custom Metrics & Variants

If you see a metric that you need, but is not supported out of the box, fear not! Just let us know, and we'll add support for that metric.

Also, all the metrics within Toolio are fully customizable. That means that the name of the metric and and its formula can easily be customized.

If you want to add new metrics or customize an existing metric, reach out to our Customer Success team here.

Metrics FAQs

How is Forward Weeks of Supply calculated?

Forward Weeks of supply is a function that calculates your cover, based on your inventory and future projected sales. It looks at your BOP and the future planned sales and calculates in how many weeks of planned sales, you'd be going out of stock. For customers that are on Gregorian calendar, this will be in months instead of weeks.

Why is Forward Weeks of Supply (FWD WOS) is all showing 52s?

Forward Weeks of Supply looks at the next 52 weeks to understand how many forward weeks of supply you have. If you have more than 52 weeks of supply, it will default to saying 52, which you can interpret as 52+

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