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Five Tips for Improving Demand Planner Effectiveness

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A forecast is more than a projection of future business; it is a request for product (or a request for resources to ensure supply of a product).

Three Critical Supply Chain Capabilities for Private Label Industry Success

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I generally do not like the shopping experience. I prefer to develop a list of carefully researched products so I can get into and out of a store as fast as possible.

The Importance of Demand Planning

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With increasing frequency, I have noticed blog posts touting the position that ‘demand planning is dead.’ ’ Why?

Five Capabilities to Take the Food and Beverage Supply Chain to the Next Level

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Food and beverage supply chains face mounting pressure to reduce costs, add more value and do more with fewer resources. All while the pace of new product introductions increases, customers become more demanding and the need to serve multiple channels grows.

End to End Supply Chain Visibility - Solving The Data Problem

People think end-to-end visibility is simply aggregating data from multiple sources, storing it in one place, and serving it up. That task, though hard, is relatively simple; but more importantly, doesn't solve the fundamental challenge - The Data.

Imagine 2030: Supply Chain Talent

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Think Differently

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Stop for a moment and imagine the supply chain differently. These were Supply Chain Insights’ founder Lora Cecere’s opening remarks at the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit in Atlanta earlier this month. The customer is changing, business is changing, the world is changing.

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Ensuring Reliability in Supply Chain

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Question and Answer – How to Break Six Bad Retail Planning Habits

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Retail has changed a lot in just the last few years, never mind the past 10 or 20 years.

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Removing the 3 Barriers to Building a Predictive Supply Chain

Machine Learning and AI are not magic bullets to solve all supply chain problems. Despite many software companies slapping AI on everything the reality is that there are a lot of hurdles to overcome before AI can be effective. Learn how to leap them.

Winning the Inventory Battle in the Consumer Products Industry

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The Consumer Products Industry experienced a 32% growth in active items in 2015 and that trend has accelerated over the last 18 months. 1 As product life cycles shorten, product portfolios expand and the channels through which products are sold continue to increase.

Building the Business Case for Digital Transformation of Supply Chain Planning

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In almost every new supply chain focused industry periodical, you will find an article discussing transformation or digitization. Industry analysts, consultants, solution providers, executives and practitioners are all focused on how to transition from traditional to more “digital” planning capabilities. In fact, a Google search using the words, “Digital Transformation” yields 2,800,000+ results.

Six Must Have Supply Chain Capabilities for Success in the Food and Beverage Industry

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Last week we shared five capabilities to help take the Food & Beverage supply chain to the next level. Today, we continue this conversation and look at six must have capabilities that drive supply chain improvement for F&B manufacturers.

The Best Time to be Proactive is… Now

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Natural disaster. Factory stoppage. Labor dispute. Political upheaval. The list of potential supply chain disruptions is quite long. When your carefully planned supply chain runs into trouble it can cause a ripple effect across your company, partners and customers. The difference between success and struggle comes down to proper planning through scenario analysis to mitigate the risk. Unfortunately for many organizations, the systems and processes are not in place to accomplish this.

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Connecting Supply Chain Planning to Profitability

What collaboration between supply chain and ?nance can achieve.

Fragmented Planning Horizons: How They Undermine Supply Chains

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Even under the best circumstances, developing production/sourcing plans three, six, or nine months into the future with a high degree of confidence is difficult. Huge sales and margin impacts hang in the balance.

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Supply Chain Metrics - Gaining Visibility in a Data-rich World

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The late consultant, educator, and author, Peter Drucker, is often quoted as saying "you can't manage what you can't measure.” ” This holds just as true today as the day it was first said.

Removing the Two Barriers to Optimizing Inventory

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Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place. Supply chain leaders often find themselves in a difficult situation when it comes to the conflicting goals of improving customer service and minimizing inventory. The omni-channel world we live in has driven customer service to new heights.

Making Cents Out of Demand Sensing

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As a supply chain professional, we need to consider how actions in one part of the supply chain affect both upstream and downstream operations. This is especially true for those that work in and manage the demand planning process. Sometimes demand planners focus too much on forecast accuracy and miss seeing the forest for the trees. I was guilty of this from time to time when I led a demand-planning group because we were evaluated on forecast accuracy as one of our key metrics.

Increasing Supply Chain Visibility and Security

Securing the supply chain starts with having visibility into the status of your assets, but this requires more than GPS coordinates on a map, because security isn’t just about preventing theft. Your assets don’t just need to arrive at their destination. They need to get there on time and untainted by heat, moisture, or physical shock.

How Many SKUs Could a Planner Plan if a Planner Could Plan SKUs

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As a classical and jazz musician, I understand the need for both structured and artistic abilities when performing. In its basic form, music is a mathematical language.

Attribute Based Planning for the Consumer Electronics Industry

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The sheer number of options available in consumer electronics products can be overwhelming as many in the United States likely experience every holiday and especially during the Thanksgiving holiday as they compared Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Televisions are a prime example as the technology has come a long way in the last 10 years and manufacturers jockey for differentiation.

The Talent Gap

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What It Is, Why We Have It, and Some Simple Ideas to Fill the Gap. Rising Demand. At recent supply chain user conferences, a major concern for many companies was the talent gap in supply chain.

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Risks in Supply - An Omnipresent Danger

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For more than a decade, I have implemented inventory optimization solutions for some of the world’s largest companies in industries ranging from life sciences to chemicals, from consumer goods to high-tech, and more.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

What does it mean to become a digital business or digital supply chain?

The Two Levers of Inventory Optimization

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When I hear the term “Lever” my mechanical engineering side comes out and I think of the Physics and Mechanical Design courses I took some 30+ years ago.

Supply Chain Professional – Protector of Mother Earth

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I grew up in a time when people didn’t think that often about one’s impact on nature. When the first Earth Day took place in the US in 1970, it was a very small event compared with the world-wide phenomenon it has become today.

A Dorm Room Degree in Durable Goods 101

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Supply Chain Challenges Facing the Durable Goods Industry. Recently, like many parents across the globe, my wife and I sent our child (a.k.a. “young adult”) off to college. Our daughter will be studying Psychology and Spanish.

Time for a Supply Chain Metrics Cleaning

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Temperatures on the rise; flowers and trees in bloom; and that time of year when we start to think of the annual ritual—spring cleaning. Wait, it’s not spring; but does that mean you have to wait another eight months to review your supply chain? Often, it becomes necessary to reevaluate how supply chain performance is measured to ensure healthy operations. Ask yourself, “Are your supply chain metrics bogging you down?”

CIO: Here's Why Analytics is Eating the Supply Chain

Life science companies are adopting innovative cloud technology to provide a single source of truth for end-to-end supply chain decision-making.

Laying the Foundation for Advanced Supply Chain Planning Capabilities in the Food and Beverage Industry

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As a former Director of Supply Chain Management for a large multi-channel food manufacturer I experienced first-hand the variety of challenging problems faced by supply chain planners in the unforgiving F&B industry.

Common Sales and Operations Myths Part 4 – Spreadsheets are King

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This is the fourth in a series of posts that investigates some of the myths or mistruths I have heard over the last 20+ years concerning Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP). The topic of today’s post is one we hear often and industry research shows it is not going away fast enough.

Changing the Status Quo to Stay Ahead of the Amazon Effect

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Planning teams face multiple dilemmas including promoting and supporting top line growth, containing cost, efficiently managing on-going operations and finding new ways to drive innovation. To complicate matters, supply chains are growing more complex as product proliferation and customer service expectations rise driven in part by the “Amazons” of the world.

Common Sales and Operations Planning Myths – Part 1

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This is the first of a series of five posts that investigates common myths and mistruths I have heard over the last 20+ years regarding Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP). Hopefully, by exploring these myths we can generate a greater understanding of what S&OP is and what it is not.

The Modern Supply Chain: Present and Future

The external manufacturing environment is a highly dynamic, ever-changing landscape. The supply chain must both anticipate and adapt to that change.

Fantastic Stochastics – Effectively Planning for Items with Intermittent Demand

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Any demand planner will tell you some of the most difficult items to plan accurately are those that exhibit an intermittent or irregular demand pattern. This type of demand pattern is characteristic of service parts inventory, wholesale distribution and capital goods. Such items are also referred to as slow moving, lumpy or long-tail items.

How Many SKUs Could a Planner Plan if a Planner Could Plan SKUs?

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As a classical and jazz musician I understand the need for both structured and artistic abilities when performing. In its basic form music is a mathematical language.

Mobile Collaboration - Supply Chain Planning at Your Fingertips

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I “enjoyed” a rather turbulent ride on a recent flight into Denver International Airport the other day. From my days as a flight test engineer, I know that modern jets have a forward-looking weather radar to help minimize the type of exciting rides I experienced that afternoon.

Simplify Supply Chain Forecasting

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Is 100% forecast accuracy attainable? Should it be? Wouldn’t that be called an order? Anyone that has ever had to forecast demand for products or services knows that obtaining a consistently high forecast accuracy is part science and part magic.

Balancing Priorities in the Supply Chain: How Data Discovery Reveals Unseen Associations and Opportunities

Leading companies are constantly managing competing supply chain priorities.