Archive for demand planning

Thanksgiving Causes Logistics Headaches

Next Thursday is Thanksgiving, which as I pointed out last year, is a time for FFFTT –  family, friends, football, thankfulness, and turkey. Thanksgiving is also a time for logistics headaches. The holiday is centered around the big family meal, and the food supply chain tied to that meal is complex. But there are a number of other areas that can result in logistics headaches as well. Let’s examine some of them. Feast Logistics Headaches […]

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Demand Planning Breaks Down During Recessions

Bonds had a yield curve inversion on August 14th. This often often signals a recession within about 14 months. Demand planning is difficult in these circumstances. This article discusses how supply chain teams can do better in these circumstances.

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Artificial Intelligence in Demand Planning

There is an arms race to incorporate artificial intelligence in demand planning solutions. Many new data sources, features, and tools are being explored. A new demand modeling tool has been introduced which will make it easier to analyze new data sources to see if they can be used to improve forecasts.

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Goya Foods Transforms Its Supply Chain to Enhance Profitable Growth and Service

The title of this posting comes from a speech Peter Unanue, Executive Vice President at Goya Foods, gave at the JDA Software user conference last month. Goya Foods is the largest family-owned Hispanic food company, and the number one Latin brand, in the US. The company’s Americas supply chain contains six factories and fourteen distribution centers (DCs). Goya has about 350 vendors and it carries 1,600 authentic Latin products, including beans, rice, regional specialty foods, […]

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A Missed Opportunity: Linking Demand with Transportation Planning and Execution

Supply chain best practices preach the benefits of end-to-end, integrated business processes. We regularly hear analysts and industry experts tell companies, “Your supply chain is fragmented and you must connect it.” And while some traditionally silo-based groups are doing better at sharing information and connecting their supply chain, most organizations are not planning and executing across functional domains to create a truly interconnected and collaborative supply chain.  Demand planning, transportation planning, and execution are a […]

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S&OP is Not a Supply Chain Process!

So says Peter Skurla, the man credited with coining the phrase “Sales & Operations Planning” and a principal at Oliver Wight, the consulting organization most strongly associated with expertise in S&OP.  Over my years of covering supply chain management, several companies have told me how helpful “Ollie Wight” has been in helping them get to a better S&OP process. In a conversation with Peter, he made the point that if you want to have supply […]

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Demand Management vs. Demand Sensing

On April 22nd RedPrairie issued a press release announcing that it was adding “flowcasting” to its product suite.  Despite reading the press release carefully, I couldn’t fully grasp what “flowcasting” was.  Fortunately, RedPrairie’s management team visited us the next day and we discussed this new solution. It turns out that “flowcasting” is synonymous with “demand sensing” and “sense and respond”.  The industry has not settled yet on a single term to describe this emerging class […]

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