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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.

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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.”

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.”

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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 ?

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 ?

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?

How advanced is your supply chain network design? Take our quiz to find out

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Today’s most profitable companies have built their success on an effective and responsive supply chain network. But maintaining this is easier said than done. Supply chain networks are becoming increasingly complex, serving multiple SKUs in hundreds if not thousands of locations.

How Peapod drives supply chain innovation and efficiency with analytics

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An interview with Daniël van Gool at Peapod. It’s an exciting era for retail as companies continue to focus on creating and providing a great experience for their customers, while driving innovation and market share.

How Peapod drives supply chain innovation and efficiency with analytics

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An interview with Daniël van Gool at Peapod. It’s an exciting era for retail as companies continue to focus on creating and providing a great experience for their customers, while driving innovation and market share.

Optimizing the food industry: a conversation with UniSoma’s Luis Pinto

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The food supply chain is complex and challenging. Changing consumer preferences, rising competition and new technologies are compelling food companies to rethink their approach to supply chain management.

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From import tariffs to the next tsunami: how Prescriptive Analytics can help you build agility and resilience into your Supply Chain Network

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In a world full of turmoil, change has become the new normal. New import tariffs being introduced across the globe, extreme weather events, Brexit… The list goes on and on. What can Supply Chain leaders do to mitigate the risks that these disruptions bring to the Supply Chain?

Don’t risk falling behind: 3 things you can do to start mastering analytics

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In today’s business environment, you can’t remain competitive without mastering analytics. S till, most companies are “not very far” when it comes to implementing analytics and garnering benefits from data, as a recent survey from CSCMP suggests.

Key learnings from Supply Chain Insights’ Global Summit

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It was a pleasure to attend this month’s Supply Chain Insights Summit in Philadelphia. The conference, organized by Supply Chain Shaman Lora Cecere and her team, was structured around a compelling theme: “imagine the supply chain of 2030.”

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Why you don’t need perfect data to start implementing S&OP

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An interview with Boon Edam’s Aron Waas. Implementing Sales and Operations Planning has many benefits. To truly leverage it to improve business performance and predictability, you need to embark on a change management process and you need the right technology to self-enable your team.

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Is it time to finally retire your spreadsheets?

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According to a recent Wall Street Journal article , finance chiefs are cutting back on Excel because it hasn’t “kept up with the demands of contemporary corporate finance units.”

Summer Reading 2018: Top 6 Blogs on Supply Chain Analytics

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Want to avoid summer stagnation? To help you stay informed during the summer months and close the year with impact, we prepared a list of our most popular content for your reading and viewing pleasure.

3 things supply chain leaders can do to leverage talent for the digital supply chain

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AIMMS has been active in the supply chain space for over 28 years. We’ve seen the evolution of the industry and its ongoing transformation , and have embarked on a transformation ourselves.

Supply Chain Network Optimization Technology is Ripe for Disruption

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Something struck me after spending a few days in Phoenix at Gartner’s Supply Chain Executive Conference. Supply Chain Network Optimization is key to running an efficient and profitable operation today.