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Frequently Asked Questions about S&OE

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This is a guest entry by Sander van Lokven, General Manager at Districon Solutions North America, an AIMMS implementation partner. Districon is a consulting company that brings the power of optimization and analytics closer to supply chain processes.

3 Ways to Make your Operational Execution More Robust with S&OE

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2020 was full of surprises. Many companies struggled to link longer term plans with unexpected short term supply and demand issues. With increasing disruptions and uncertainty, teams need a way to continuously monitor and balance demand and supply in order to fine-tune operations.

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Bottom Line: What is the ROI of Supply Chain Network Design Software?

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We often get asked what kind of return on investment you should expect to see when using our network design technology. Like others in our peer group, we often find ourselves sharing a range based on results typically seen in the market.

Assess your Inventory Optimization Process with This Quiz

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Inventory management has always been challenging. How much should we hold? How much is too much? How much is too little? The supply chain shocks of 2020 brought this challenge into focus.

Test Your Knowledge of Sales & Operations Execution

Many supply chain professionals have already taken this assessment spanning across multiple industries and 20 countries. The 15-question assessment takes only 5 minutes to complete. Take it now to see how your S&OE process scores and benchmark it against peers. Responses are aggregated and kept anonymous. We hope it serves as a thought-provoking exercise to improve your approach!

IBP Scenario Modeling for Recovery, Restructuring and Resilience

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Today’s business reality is constantly shifting. Organizations that are running an IBP process right now are in a better position than others to deal with this uncertainty. Those that also leverage scenarios in IBP are even better prepared to deal with the supply chain shocks caused by COVID-19.

Leveraging Scenario Planning for S&OP Decision Support

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Sales and Operations Planning has become the preferred method to facilitate clear and formal communication between the demand and supply sides of a business.

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Scenario Modeling Is Now Crucial for Supply Chain Network Design

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The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed many risks and uncertainties in supply chain networks. Materials shortages , demand fluctuations and plan t closures have led many organizations to revisit their supplier relationships, as well as distribution and production locations. Evaluating different scenarios helps you gain much-needed network flexibility in these times of stress and can help you prepare for a resilient future.

Responding to Supply Chain Disruption Amid COVID-19

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Just like you, we’re taking the news day by day and continuously brainstorming ways to serve our community. The COVID-19 pandemic is having a profound impact on our lives, the kind we have not seen in centuries. It’s taking a profound humanitarian and economic toll , impacting supply cha ins in many ways. T he apparel industry, for instance, is bracing for a prolonged period of low activity.

7 Pitfalls of Stalled IBP Initiatives and How to Overcome Them

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Integrated Business Planning (IBP), as defined by its creators at Oliver Wight , is “the business planning process that extends the principles of S&OP throughout the end-to-end supply chain, product, service and customer portfolios, customer demand and strategic planning, to deliver one seamless management process.” IBP provides substantial bottom-line benefits. It fosters employee engagement, customer satisfaction and alignment throughout the business.

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S&OE provides an early warning system that helps business stakeholders sense and optimize their responses. This keeps the supply chain out of firefighting mode, smoothens relationships with customers and suppliers, and helps sustain margins by reducing the cost to serve.

How Disruptions like Coronavirus Test The Resilience Of Supply Chain Planning

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As the Coronavirus outbreak develops into a pandemic, people and businesses alike are feel ing its ripple effects. Manufacturers like Hyundai are experiencing a shortage of components that threaten s to halt production. L ogistics providers like Maersk are forced to announce blank sailings due to curtailed demand. Avenues of transport are declining as major cargo airlines, like Cathay Pacific , drastically reduce flights to mainland China and Hong Kong.

Intelligence…Sometimes Artificial

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When it comes to intelligence in decision making, it’s our differences in experiences and attitudes that make our businesses evolve in a diverse manner. There are often many ways to solve a problem. The path we take can be an expression of our human creativity. This ingenuity is precisely why Artificial Intelligence alone is unlikely to help us break out and take supply chain decision making to the next level.

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3 Supply Chain Trends to Keep an Eye on in 2020

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2020 seemed a world away just a few years ago and yet, here we are. This promises to be a very eventful year. What’s on the horizon for supply chain professionals? Here are three trends to consider. . Sustainability on the agenda. Compani es are increasingly under pressure to become more green. Moving past waste, water, and C02 reduction, they have begun searching for renewable energy sources, different forms of packaging, and increased efficiency overall.

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Prescriptive Analytics is Going Mainstream. Is your Organization Ready?

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With rising supply chain complexity, organizations are racing to improve the pace and quality of decision-making. To do this, many are relying on prescriptive analytics. According to Gartner, 11% of mid and large-sized enterprises currently have some form of prescriptive analytics. This will grow to 37% by 2022. AIMMS has been in the market of prescriptive analytics (otherwise known as mathematical optimization) since 1989. We turned 30 this year.

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S&OP in Agribusiness: How to Harvest the Benefits with Advanced Analytics

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The agribusiness supply chain is highly complex. It’s not limited to managing crops and livestock, but encompasses all equipment, services, and product processing as well as commercialization. Besides the regular challenges expected of such an intricate operation, there are social and environmental concerns, stringent regulations, a labor shortage and rising competition. These intricacies make planning and decision-making difficult.

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Sales & Operations Planning Is Changing At An Accelerated Pace

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We are flattered to be recognized by Gartner in the 2019 Magic Quadrant for Sales and Operations Planning Systems of Differentiation , especially considerin g that we only launched our configurable S&OP application two years ago. While I’d be first to concede that there are some incredible S&OP tools out there (I particularly admire Kinaxis and OM Partners), it’s incredible that we can play on the same pitch with these large COTS vendors so quickly.

Tata Steel Makes Strides Towards an Autonomous Supply Chain Powered by Optimization Technology

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Tata Steel is one of the world’s largest steel producers. In fact, it’s very likely that Tata Steel plays a role in your life today, by providing raw material for the car you drive, the house you live in and the roads you drive through. The company was established in India as Asia’s first integrated private steel company in 1907. Today, the steel manufacturing leader has an ambitious digital transformation agenda and is leveraging AIMMS technology to optimize operations in its home country.

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Digital Representation and our Obsession with Optimization

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I’ve watched many times as customers experience the power of modeling and prescriptive analytics for the first time. It’s like they are opening a great gift.

Perfect Delivery: The New Rules for Survival, Innovation, and Growth

As supply chain complexity increases, so do challenges to achieving the perfect order. ARC Advisory Group shares: hurdles faced in achieving the perfect order, opportunities to increase customer satisfaction and reduce costs, and how cloud SCM contributes to operational flexibility.

S&OP – 13 Years On, What Have We Learned and What Has Changed?

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In December 2006, I published an article titled “ S&OP or just good supply chain planning ?” The article looked at what Sales and Operations Planning is, what it isn’t, and whether companies were on the right path to implementing it. I wondered: is S& OP just too hard to implement ? C ould the majority of the benefit s be achieved by first focusing on establishing good supply chain pl anning ?

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Is it time to say goodbye to RFIs?

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Supply chain software is changing. So should the purchasing process. . As someone who has worked in supply chain for over 20 years, I’m very familiar with Requests For Information (RFIs) and Requests for Proposals (RFPs). It’s been the way to conduct a competitive tender since I can remember. RFIs tend to work well for certain industries (like government) or for purchasing equipment and industrial assets, bu t t hey often fall short in helping supply chain teams select a new software vendor.

How BT is Building a Connected Supply Chain Amidst Ongoing Transformation

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With almost 30 million customers, BT (British Telecom) is the largest provider of consumer mobile and fixed broadband communications services in the UK. Behind the scenes, BT Supply Chain has been the backbone of the company’s operations for 30 years, making sure customers get the best experience. The supply chain division fulfills 40,000 individual customer orders every day, making sure that 32,000 engineers get the tools, parts and equipment they need to deliver support and services.

Modeling brewing capacity to drive cost savings at HEINEKEN

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Heineken is one of the world’s best-known beers. But for HEINEKEN International, the famed lager is only one of its products. The company owns more than 165 breweries around the world. It operates in 70 countries with a workforce of 80,000, producing over 300 specialty beers and ciders at international, regional and local levels. Planning such a large operation efficiently is no doubt a challenge, but HEINEKEN’s quest for efficiency started in the company’s early years.

Digital Order Fulfillment: The Game Has Forever Changed

Achieving cost-effective OTIF delivery across multiple channels requires a dynamic approach. Digital order fulfillment can help businesses adopt a more intelligent, agile, and holistic strategy that drives true optimization and customer loyalty.

Spending too much time on data crunching, not enough on resilient planning decisions? You’re not alone.

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Supply chain data is critical to the planning function. Our recent Planning Maturity Assessment shows that 4 5 % of organizations are satisfied with their data quality, to some degree. 31% a neither satisfied nor dissatisfied. 21 % are dissatisfied , and 3% are very dissatisfied. The fact that more than half feel “neutral” or dissatisfied shows data quality is a considerable pain point. How much time are supply chain teams spending on data? Let’s take a look. .

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Dealing with Unsupported Network Design Software? There’s a Silver Lining

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It can be incredibly frustrating when the software you use to run your supply chain will become unsupported. This is happening with many on-premise solutions. Some tools may be acquired by competitors, who then incorporate them in a vastly more expensive package. The dilemma here often is: do I take the path of least resistance and upgrade to my current vendor’s costly new package, or do I risk running my business on a legacy solution a bit longer? The latter is not really an option.

Selecting new software for supply chain network design doesn’t have to be a hassle

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When it comes to network design, you can’t just set it and forget it anymore. Today’s successful supply chain networks are adaptable. They react swiftly to changing business conditions and customer needs. They scale quickly when there’s opportunity for growth. But network design as a discipline is complex and most organizations struggle to answer network design questions or test hypotheses in weeks. Let alone days, and certainly not hours. Proactive risk assessment rarely occurs.

Most Supply Chain Professionals Believe their Planning Process is Only Somewhat Effective

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These are trying times for supply chain planners. The effects of COVID-19 are unlike anything we have seen in recent decades. Disruption abounds, and as Lora Cecere writes , “ the only constant will be surprise.” Supply Chain Dive reports that 75% of firm s in the US alone have reported supply chain shocks as a result of the pandemic. Do supply chain professionals believe they have a planning process that is robust enough to absorb these shocks and prepare for the future?

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Ocean Supply Chain Visibility: Adapting and Thriving in a Rapidly Changing Global Economy

Building off of the lessons and challenges of 2020, what are global businesses and supply chains doing in 2021 to go beyond survival and truly thrive?

How often do supply chain leaders assess their network for improvements?

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Part II in our series on assessing your network design’s maturity . As we wrote in Part I of this series , we recently ran a quiz to help supply chain professionals benchmark their network design maturity. Results show that the majority of respondents use spreadsheets to support network design and consider themselves “advanced beginners” in the use of network optimization technologies.

What are supply chain professionals using to make network decisions? 

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Part I in our series on assessing your network design’s maturity . How does you r network design compare to others ? We recently created a quiz to help supply chain professionals answer this question. Our goal was to help you identify potential improvement opportunities by answering a few questions and get a temperature check on the current landscape of network design solutions.

What Technology are Teams Using to Support Their Demand Forecasting Process?

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Part II in our series on assessing your Demand Forecasting process . In Part I of this series , we looked at supply chain professionals’ perception of forecast accuracy and how they see their forecast evolving in the future. With supply chain complexity on the rise, can new technologies help to improve forecast accuracy and achieve benefits like an optimized inventory and better customer service?

How do supply chain professionals rate their demand forecast’s accuracy?

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Part I in our series on assessing your Demand Forecasting process. It’s no secret that demand is getting more difficult to predict. Is your demand forecasting process evolving with the times? How does your process stack up against others? Are you satisfied with your level of forecast accuracy? We are running a quiz to help supply chain professionals address these questions. The quiz has been taken by more than 200 participants across several regions – from North America to Asia Pacific.

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