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Recognizing Culture at the 2020 Atlanta Supply Chain Awards

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It's common knowledge that your employees are your greatest asset. If that's true, that means corporate culture is critically important to your bottom line. So then, how are you shaping your company's culture to empower your employees?

Rising to the Challenge: How MAXAIR Systems Helped Protect Healthcare Workers During COVID-19

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What’s the first thing you picture when you think about the COVID-19 pandemic? It’s probably masks. The shortage of protective devices made everyone uneasy—especially healthcare workers on the front line of the fight to overcome the deadly virus.

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Quick Guide to Improving Fashion Supply Chain Management

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The fashion industry is well known for being a tough business. With big companies like Forever 21 having solvency problems, it becomes apparent that any weakness in supply chain or demand forecasting can seriously hurt a fashion company.

How Your Business Can Improve Sales and Operations (S&OP) Planning With Software

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Sales and operations planning, also known as S&OP, is a key business activity for production heavy firms. It integrates sales & marketing strategies with supply chain considerations, allowing for a more unified mission across multiple departments of the business. So how can your firm improve your sales and operations planning? This is a short guide on how to do so. Why Focus on S&OP?

Mission Critical: Leveraging Learning Engineering to Drive Digital Transformation

Speaker: Trish Uhl, Founder of Owl's Ledge LLC and the Talent & Learning Analytics Leadership Forum

Digital is disrupting every part of an organization's value chain at a record pace, creating a critical need to transform operations and employees' ways of working. Formal training alone can't keep up; it's often too slow, too generic, inconvenient, inefficient, unduly expensive and lacks or lags methods for measuring business-related effectiveness. Trish Uhl show you how to start leveraging Learning Engineering, a multidisciplinary approach that combines modern technology, data analytics, decision science, learning sciences and change management with human-centered engineering design methodologies to ultimately deliver targeted learning outcomes and business results that keep pace with the business and merge learning into the flow of work and lead Digital Adoption.

Medical Manufacturing Under Pressure: How Encompass Group Is Responding to COVID-19

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COVID-19 has most of the world on lockdown. It’s not only our daily lives that have been disrupted—it’s also our businesses. Even many medical manufacturing companies are wondering how they can help.

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Understanding Your Safety Stock Calculations

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If you manufacture or distribute products, it's safe to assume that you have a specified safety stock level— or at least we certainly hope you do.

Why Safety Stock Is So Important to Your Supply Chain

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Managing a supply chain is not easy, although the job description is seemingly straightforward: Ensure that the right products are available at the right location at the right time. Sounds easy, right?

Supply Chain Trends You Need to Pay Attention To In 2020

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2020 has been a wild year for supply chains all around. With all of the changes and global shocks, it’s important to pay attention to what’s going on in order to help prepare your business for the future. Here are some trends to pay attention to in 2020.

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Step by Step Guide to Production Planning Software

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If your business relies on proper supply chain management systems, then you’re going to want help with your production planning. Production planning software is an excellent way to make your supply chain planning more efficient and effective. What is Production Planning Software?

Webinar on Demand: Resilient Supply Chain Network Design

Speaker: Bhomik Jain, Paul van Nierop & Aanand Pandey

Companies around the world are struggling to cope with COVID-19 disruption. Are supply chain networks resilient enough to weather the storm? Watch this webinar to learn about our research findings in the realm of network design and optimization, and uncover the capabilities you need to build resilience and agility.

How To Do Proper Retail Demand & Sales Forecasting

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Being able to accurately predict customer demand, and act on those predictions, is a key skill for any business. Yet, most businesses do not know how to do this correctly. Retail businesses can be very difficult, as well, as there’s so much data to collect. If you’re a wholesaler, then much of the data doesn’t belong to you.

The Seven Step Process to Reducing Supply Chain Lead Times

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Are your lead times too long? Are customers and retail partners complaining that you move too slow? If you believe your firm’s lead times could be shortened, then they probably can. With these seven simple steps, you can work to optimize your supply chain and make the process more streamlined. Choose Suppliers Closer to You. Many firms choose to source outside their home country in order to take advantage of lower labor costs.

Guide to Effective Strategic Capacity Planning

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What is strategic capacity planning? Strategic capacity planning is how companies figure out the production capacity needed in order to meet consumer demand. It’s a highly difficult process because of several reasons. The first reason is because it relies on accurate demand forecasting. Most businesses do not do demand forecasting very well, often due to a lack of understanding of how to use the data at their disposal.

The Gartner Magic Quadrant: Why Should We Care About This Research?

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Full confession: My team is small, yet diverse – I work with boomers and millennials, and the great generation in between. While I find the boomers tend to be more reserved and reticent in their remarks, millennials are quick to provide commentary with little filter engaged.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

The Quick Reference Guide to Supply Chain Planning

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If your business relies on key supply chain elements to provide products or services, then supply chain management will be one of your key considerations. Intelligent businesses can save millions of dollars per year and build a sustainable competitive advantage through proper supply chain management. This relies on proper planning, and without it, you can’t manage your supply chain properly. What is supply chain planning?

Overcome Lead Time Variability with Predictive Lead Time Software

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Order supplies too early, and you’ll have to carry excess inventory for weeks or months. This will put you at risk of inventory deterioration and obsolescence. It can also drive up your storage, cooling, and insurance costs.

Develop a Stocking Policy

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One of your products had two “hits” in 2014. Should you continue stocking it in 2015? My gut feeling is “no.” But maybe you feel it’s worth keeping in your warehouse because it’s a $200,000 product with a high profit margin.

Five Things You Can Do This Week to Reduce Inventory: Part IV

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First of all, thank you for reading these articles. We’ve already covered a lot of ground on the topic of inventory reduction. I’ve explained the importance of setting a goal , fine-tuning your safety stock strategy , and reducing your high-side forecast bias.

Complimentary Gartner Report: Improve S&OP Decision Making with Scenario Planning

Traditionally, planning teams have aimed for one number, one plan. But with uncertainty on the rise, they need to build more flexibility into their process to account for changing business conditions. It’s time to shift gears and embrace variability with different scenarios.

Five Things You Can Do This Week to Reduce Inventory: Part II

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In my last blog post , I mentioned that I’d be sharing five steps you can take to start reducing your inventory as soon as this week. As promised, today’s post will continue the series. If you read my first post and took my advice, you’ve already set a goal for inventory reduction.

Supply Chain Planning: Is Trying to Do Everything Worse Than Doing Nothing?

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“If you’re not getting ahead, you’re falling behind.”. This mindset pervades the world’s most competitive businesses nowadays. It’s a hard-charging, spare-no-effort approach that drives companies to new levels of performance. Supply chain planners have embraced this attitude as much as anyone else.

It’s Now Twice as Hard to Find Good Supply Chain Talent

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It has been a tough job market over the last couple of years. But things have definitely gotten better, especially in the supply chain field. . Last year, Demand Solutions held our user conference at the Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando, Florida.

Five Things You Can Do This Week to Reduce Inventory: Part III

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Where were we? I’ve already shared the first two steps you can take to reduce inventory: set a goal , and develop a safety stock strategy. My third tip will relate to forecast accuracy—always a hot topic of discussion.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

Why S&OP and Integrated Business Planning Start with the Cloud

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As we noted in our last article , Gartner has found that the public cloud market is doubling every four years. And because IT spending is only increasing by 2.2 percent per year, we know that companies in all industries are actually diverting their IT budgets from traditional IT to the cloud.

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Five Things You Can Do This Week to Reduce Inventory: Part V

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We’ve reached part five of five. In my previous articles on reducing inventory, I’ve explained the importance of setting a goal , fine-tuning your safety stock strategy , reducing your high-side forecast bias , and reducing stocking locations.

How to Prepare Your Supply Chain for the Internet of Things

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Thanks to the cloud, there has never been a better time to be a manufacturer or distributor with a vision for rapid, profitable growth. Cloud technology puts powerful supply chain planning technology at your fingertips , with no major outlay for software licenses and extra hardware.

Five Reasons Why S&OP Software Beats Spreadsheets and Email

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Ever been involved with launching a new manufacturing or distribution company? Or have you ever joined a small but growing company in one of these industry sectors? If so, you know what it’s like to work under pressure to contain costs.

B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

Top 8 FAQ about S&OP (and Our Answers)

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Got questions about sales and operations planning (S&OP)? We’ve got answers. And at the end of a recent webinar, we picked the brain of the “Father of S&OP,” Dick Ling. Here are some of the questions we got from the audience—and our answers. Who usually wants S&OP software? The people who want their companies to implement S&OP software are usually the ones in the trenches who have become frustrated by poor communication.

New Year’s Resolution #3 for Supply Chain Planners: Find the Causes of Forecast Errors

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Missed my first two New Year’s Resolutions for supply chain planners? You can read about them here and here. Forecast error: so many companies complain about it. But so few actually do anything about it. Most companies just accept forecast error as a given in their supply chain processes.

Supply Chain Talent: Our Take on Deloitte’s Survey Report (part 1)

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“In times of change, when experimentation tends to be rampant and results are still far from conclusive, one source of guidance can be to look at the companies who are succeeding, and discover what they are doing differently.”.

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Best-of-Breed or ERP: What’s Your Pick for Supply Chain Planning?

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Here at Demand Solutions, we’re big fans of Lora Cecere’s work on her blog, Supply Chain Shaman. Lora deserves every bit of the credit she gets for being an honest commentator on today’s leading supply chain planning solutions and strategies.

Supply Chain Resilience in the Face of Uncertainty

Speaker: Aanand Pandey, Supply Chain Analyst & Consultant, AIMMS

This short video explains how scenario modeling can help you improve supply chain resilience and your ability to respond and recover quickly from disruptions. Looking at scenarios side by side provides valuable insights that makes it easier to evaluate impact on your operations, ability to service customers and margin, and the best options to restart supply when supply lanes reopen.

The Gartner Magic Quadrant: Why Should We Care About This Research?

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Full confession: My team is small, yet diverse – I work with boomers and millennials, and the great generation in between. While I find the boomers tend to be more reserved and reticent in their remarks, millennials are quick to provide commentary with little filter engaged.