Archive for S&OP

Why Supply Chain Agility Needs to be the Next Normal

The rug has been pulled out from beneath us. Doing things the same way we’ve always done them will no longer serve us, so we can’t simply put it back in its place. In fact, the definition of pulling the rug out from underneath someone is that doing so causes their plans to fail, because they have little recourse or time to respond adequately. It’s a fitting metaphor for the world’s supply chains, which have […]

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Closing the Gap Between Planning and Execution

Closing the gap between planning and execution is a long-term concern of supply chain executives. It is not easy to do. New thinking is emerging to help in this area. Sales & Operations Execution (S&OE) is emerging as a new discipline in this area.

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How will the Looming Recession Impact Global Supply Chains?

On Thursday, yield curves inverted and the stock market tanked. An inverted yield curve signals a recession in 14 to 20 months. Companies need to prepare by developing more agile supply chains. Integrated business planning and supplier risk management are critical tools.

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What is Integrated Supply Chain Planning?

Mike Reibsamen – the Director of Integrated Supply Chain – at Berry Global, spoke about Berry Global’s supply chain transformation at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) annual conference in early October. Mr. Reibsamen’s primary point was that companies will get much better payback from their supply chain projects if they don’t do them in an ad hoc manner. A company should have a comprehensive end-to-end vision of what they want to accomplish, […]

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Supply Chain Planning in the Chemical Industry: Complexities Abound

Supply chain planning in the chemical industry is difficult because of the complexities associated with this industry. Optimization depends on models. The models for the chemical industry tend to be much more complex and detailed than in most other industries.

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Home Appliance Firm Implements a “Sharp” Planning Process!

What does it take to do Integrated Business Planning well? Sharp Home Electronics Company of America does it very well and this case study imparts some key lessons.

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Price Optimization Finally Becomes a Tool for Integrated Business Planning

Price optimization could be a powerful tool for demand shaping. It could be used in Integrated Business Planning to help balance supply and demand. It’s rarely used this way. Why?

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An American Steel Company Transforms their Supply Chain into a Competitive Weapon

An American steel manufacturer began its journey toward making their supply chain a competitive weapon in 2010 when they implemented a new Integrated Business Planning (IBP) process. Since then, the company has improved its delivery performance from the low 60s to over 90 percent; their quoted lead times are now the shortest in the industry.

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A Global Taste Ingredients Company Begins a Difficult Supply Chain Journey

Mark Elter, a Director of Supply Chain at Kerry, describes the journey they have started to do better capacity planning based on implementing a S&OP process. Mark will be the first to tell you, implementing S&OP is not easy.

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Supply Chain Planning (SCP) Software Market’s Increasing Sophistication

In September I began, in February I reflected on, and this week I completed ARC’s Supply Chain Planning Global Market Research Study. I’m going to take this opportunity to summarize some of the study’s key findings. Supply Chain Complexity Meets Planning Intricacy Global supply chains continue to be increasingly complex. This is not only due to outsourcing and an ever extending supply chain, but also due to competitive forces such as shorter product lifecycles and […]

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