A River Runs Through It…

Supply Chain Shaman

It is the river of “demand.” While most companies attempt to shape demand–through promotions, new product launch, pricing, sales incentives and marketing–they confuse demand shaping with demand shifting. A Focus on Demand Flows.

Want to Increase Sales? Don’t “Brush” the Weather Aside

Supply Chain Nation

Given my interest in supply chain, I found the store manager and politely asked about the shortage. A cold snap in Florida, for instance, could cause the citrus industry to modify their shipping commitments, retailers to change their pricing, and juice manufacturers to adjust their production plans. The types and examples are as variable as the weather patterns, and as volatile as consumer demand. “Where’s the snow brush for my car?”

The Next Great Disruption Coming to Supply Chains

Kinaxis

But, we continue to see the trend as a sales and/or a demand planning issue; something where we need better visibility to real time demand or a finer cut of demand signals. Then, they check online for deals and shipping dates.

A Contrarian View – Embracing Ship-from-Store is Bad for Business

Supply Chain Nation

The meeting touched on some “vision” topics in retailing and an industry analyst that I was sitting next to, Greg Girard from IDC, offered a statement along the lines of “retailers should try to never ship from the store.” If the hype is to be believed retailers are all in on ship-from-store.

Probabilistic Forecasting Can Extend the Life of SAP APO

ToolsGroup

Since the beginning of time – OK, since the beginning of demand forecasting the standard approach has been a single number forecast that works relatively well with stable high volume demand. They include: Aftermarket demand , spare or service parts, or MRO.

"Recreating the environment in which historical demand occurred"

ToolsGroup

At last year’s Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference analyst Tom Enright summarized the essence of successful demand forecasting with the following statement: “ Demand forecast accuracy depends on your ability to recreate the environment in which historical demand occurred.”.

Getting your drinks to the market: Asia’s unique logistics challenges

Quintiq

So far, my focus has been on issues related to demand, supply and production. A beverage production plan is set about 2-3 months in advance based on historical demand. Incoming customer orders will continuously generate shipping orders to be transferred to distribution.

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Will the Downturn Signal an Upturn?

Supply Chain Shaman

Demand redefined. As the markets plummet, it is time to remind ourselves that demand is not a forecast. The supply chain needs to respond to market demand and consumer sentiment. Shifts in market demand and the response to volatility define winners and losers. Volatility.

A Guide to Supply Chain Management: Making Intuition More Valuable

Arkieva

The purpose of Supply Chain Management (SCM) is simply to keep chaos at bay – steer the ship and have it work in a coordinated fashion. More formally, SCM is a business process that helps keep demand and supply in balance and synchronize the activities the firm at an aggregate level.

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Putting the “S” Back in the S&OP Planning Process

Supply Chain Opz

Sales & Operations Planning has been accepted more and more by both academia and practitioners as the way to balance demand and supply. In this article, Dr. Marcel Zondag who is an expert in CPG industry will explain some ways to streamline the planning process.

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Here are the top automotive inbound supply best practices

The Network Effect

In earlier posts, I talked about order aggregation , new inventory replenishment policies , why a network model makes so much sense , the all important ASN , and international shipping. Image by Flickr user Alang7.

How demand sensing can vault forecast accuracy beyond its theoretical limits

The Network Effect

Note, this is part two in a series on demand sensing. Even high-volume products with well-understood seasonality patterns continue to experience high near-term forecast error rates of over 40% while using sophisticated time-series methods for demand planning. Phillipp Pohle/Flickr.

Supply Chain Sins, Fallacies, and Mistakes

Enterra Insights

The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals reports U.S. Surrett explains, “When shipping documents misreport significant attributes of cargo, the resulting inaccurate or false billing can prompt additional carrier charges. Many operators allow this key step to be managed by suppliers without regard to costs and procedures performed. Moreover, distant suppliers inhibit an organization’s ability to react to changes in end-user demand.

Reduce Lead Time in Your Global Supply Chain with Lean Thinking

Material Handling & Logistics

But it only takes a ship two weeks to travel from China to Australia [where I live], so what is happening for the other 10 weeks?” Many companies try to overcome this problem using ERP systems, demand management tools and other advanced software. Delays in arranging shipping.

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Don’t Be Afraid of S&OP: Four Simple Steps to Jumpstart your S&OP Process

Logility

Master Demand Planning. All sources agree that one of the first steps to prepare for a successful journey up the S&OP maturity curve is mastery of demand. Can you truly say that your processes, systems and organization represent a mastery of demand? The 70% Enigma.

Don’t Be Afraid of S&OP: Four Simple Steps to Jumpstart your S&OP Process

Logility

Master Demand Planning. All sources agree that one of the first steps to prepare for a successful journey up the S&OP maturity curve is mastery of demand. Can you truly say that your processes, systems and organization represent a mastery of demand? The 70% Enigma.

Don’t Be Afraid of S&OP: Four Simple Steps to Jumpstart your S&OP Process

Logility

Master Demand Planning. All sources agree that one of the first steps to prepare for a successful journey up the S&OP maturity curve is mastery of demand. Can you truly say that your processes, systems and organization represent a mastery of demand? The 70% Enigma.

How to Manage for Supply Chain Success During Major Weather Events

TMC

Our team included logistics, demand management, category management, and distribution from Delhaize, as well as West Coast Distributing and TMC’s Managed TMS® service. Maximizing capacity in this way enabled our managers to keep service levels as high as possible.

Supply Chain Case Study: the Executive's Guide

Supply Chain Opz

Professionals in supply chain management use various methods to identify best practices to improve the operations. Analysis of case study is certainly one of the most popular methods for people from business management background.

JDA’s Project with SanDisk, a Western Digital Brand, Recognized for Its Impressive Supply Chain Transformation

Supply Chain Nation

Supply & Demand Chain Executive recently announced its annual list of the best 100 supply chain transformations and projects that deliver bottom-line value to small, medium and large enterprises across a wide range of supply chain functions.

Supply Chain Congratulations in Order!

Logility

KGP Logistics’ primary challenge was to accurately forecast its product sales, manage inventory targets and optimize supply plans to improve customer service levels while accelerating inventory turns.

Demand and Fulfillment Blocking & Tackling: Part 5 – Knowledge Is Power

Supply Chain Nation

Demand planning has become a matter of utmost importance for supply chains all over the world, just for the reasons stated above. Strong and agile supply chains have built state-of-the-art fulfillment processes, distribution centers and shipping capabilities to serve demand. Now it is time to gather the right set of data and relay the forecasted demand to the operational functions of supply chain. For more information on demand planning, visit JDA Demand Management.

Six Sigma Tools and Inventory Management

EMERGE App

Instead, it refers to a quality management improvement process used by large scale manufacturers. At first glance, there may not be much synergy between Six Sigma and inventory management. Define design goals that are compatible with customer demands and the business strategy.

Can demand sensing really work in today’s confusing IT landscape?

The Network Effect

Note, this is part two in a series on demand sensing. Traditionally when choosing a platform, companies have used an ERP environment with Bolt-Ons, or a Best of Breed solution integrated through an Enterprise Service Bus sharing a common Master Data Management system.

So You Want to Sell Direct to Consumers?

Supply Chain Nation

They have been the ones to manage the challenge of understanding consumers to determine store locations, formats, and displays that will attract customers. Selling to consumers has two fundamental areas for consideration—1) understanding consumer markets/demand; and 2) fulfillment.

Supply Chain Management:The Real Headline for the 2011 Holiday.

Infosys Supply Chain Management

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