My Take: Let’s Admit Seven Demand Management Mistakes of the Last Decade

Supply Chain Shaman

Within an organization, the words “Demand Planning” stir emotions. Seldom do we find a team excited about demand planning. After two decades of process and technology refinement, excellence in demand management still eludes supply chain teams.

Defining and Implementing an Effective Transportation Strategy

Talking Logistics

In the first episode of this educational series focused on the link between transportation management and supply chain excellence, Chris Timmer of LeanLogistics (a Talking Logistics sponsor) outlined the attributes of a strong transportation management foundation and how to build it. Transportation strategy is the second component, and that’s focused on positioning transportation to support your supply chain strategy (i.e.,

Sustainable Hardwood use in Namibia – A 200-Year Plan


The demand for trees comes mainly from China. The landowner or local co-operative receives payment for the tree, the loggers are paid to cut the trees down, the transport companies are paid to move them and so on. This will severely limit the demand that can be met.

Will the Internet of Things (IoT) Help Eliminate Information Latency and Deficiency in Supply Planning?


A multitude of challenges are emerging from a rapidly evolving supply & demand environment that warrant a fresh look at planning – really to assess the level of entropy ! Demand management General News Inventory management Sales and operations planning (S&OP) Supply chain management

Are we playing Sudoku or forecasting a business?

Supply Chain Nation

One of the key questions any demand planning organization must answer is ‘at which level(s) should I generate forecasts?’ Considering a JDA Demand upgrade? Demand Management Featured Supply Chain Supply Chain Planning automated parameter and level optimization demand planning

Roberto Crippa: “If you try to manage new business with old rules you fail”

Supply Chain Movement

They are very sophisticated and demanding. The business is getting tougher as more and more professional buyers at Customer’s site are managing procurement and purchasing. 1) Demand Management (demand forecasting, scarcity management and part of sales back office).

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Why demand sensing is value-based performance management

The Network Effect

Layering a demand sensing capability onto the overall demand management process will generate significant improvements to a company’s core KPI’s. Revenue will improve given the ability to sense and react to changes in demand and capturing additional sales.

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Building Outside-in Processes: Answering A Question From the Audience

Supply Chain Shaman

During the presentation, I spoke about the future of supply chain management, and the building of outside-in processes. Rethink Demand. Demand is a river, or stream. Orders are not a good representation of demand. Each demand number carries a probability of demand.

Why ERP can’t provide a single version of the truth for your supply chain

The Network Effect

In most cases best of breed “plug in” demand management or logistics applications are required to extend order visibility into both warehousing and transportation activities. Supply Chain Management Visibility supply chain management visibilityKarl Baron/Flickr.

What Value Are You Getting From Planning?

Supply Chain Shaman

Spiraling transportation costs, tariff shifts and increased expectations for customer service sparks new interest in supply chain planning. Operations complexity coupled with the rise in demand volatility increases corporate risk.

The future of supply chain is… industry operating network backbones?

The Network Effect

This streamlined approach increases visibility, enabling an improved delivery management service to the customer. One Network will interoperate with most ERP and logistics management software systems, providing the ETL environment to load the required data sets.

How to Manage for Supply Chain Success During Major Weather Events


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.

Lean Inventory: Using Lean Initiatives To Manage Inventory


What is Lean Inventory Management? More firms are implementing lean inventory management techniques to reduce costs, improve flexibility and have more time to focus on their customers. What is Lean Inventory Management? Attributes of Lean Inventory Management.

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Smart Supply Chain – What is it and why do you need it?


Most companies rely on traditional processes to ensure the gap between demand and supply is as small as possible. This entire process, however, is prone to delays and miscalculations, all of which could upset the balance between supply and demand.

Not the Jetsons: 10 Use Cases for Cognitive Learning in Supply Chain

Supply Chain Shaman

Last week, I was having breakfast with a CEO of a leading software supply chain management company. Automation of Master Data Management and the Replacement of Data Standards. Rethinking Demand Management. Remember the Jetsons?

The Innovative Solution Strategy to a True Real-Time, Predictive Digital Supply Chain

Supply Chain Nation

Real-Time Transportation Data Leads to More Efficient Decision Making. Through the partnership, which started off with transportation management (TMS), JDA is able to provide value to many different supply chain scenarios through the predictive analytics provided by TransVoyant. Moving from Traditional Demand Management to Demand Sensing Activities. Using this insight, the forecast to meet that new product demand is increased in those specific markets.

What Will a Supply Chain Planning Job Look Like in the Future?


A pharmaceuticals distributor had two of their three planners simultaneously go on maternity leave and managed comfortably nonetheless. Planners get their arms around this by leveraging automated demand planning software.

Common Sales and Operations Myths Part 4 – Spreadsheets are King


The reliance on spreadsheets and other less sophisticated solutions to manage the S&OP process. This myth has been partially perpetuated by a few S&OP consultants who advocate that an effective S&OP process can be managed using spreadsheets or a spreadsheet-based tool.

What role will human planners play in the supply chain of the future?


Charlie Macdonald, Industry Executive for Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics, Telstra. “If Fausty David, Head of Global Demand Management, FCI Electronics. “We’re

Why CPG Demand Forecasting Has Hit a Ceiling


Most CPG companies have hit a demand forecasting ceiling. The goal of this revenue chase is to grow demand— but this path to growth comes at a cost— the cost of demand complexity. Sense Demand. Most CPG companies have hit a demand forecasting ceiling.

Using Lean to Manage Inventory!

Supply Chain Game Changer

What is Lean Inventory Management? More firms are implementing lean inventory management techniques to reduce costs, improve flexibility and have more time to focus on their customers. What is Lean Inventory Management? Attributes of Lean Inventory Management.

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The Ever-So-Demanding Demand Planner….

Supply Chain Nation

Yes, for those of us who have a heritage in demand management, we are used to being called “demanding.” Demand planners act as the centralized hub to sort through this input and update the forecast accordingly. Analytics Big Data Supply Chain Demand 360 demand planner

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Trust, But Verify

Supply Chain Shaman

In Figure 1, we outline some of the satisfaction rates with demand planning and S&OP software. The effectiveness of supply planning and production planning software is even lower than S&OP and Demand Planning. Forecasting/Demand Planning. Transportation Planning.

My Take: E2open Buys Terra Technology

Supply Chain Shaman

The product naming convention changed to Demand Sensing (DS) in 2005. Over the last decade the use of Terra Technology’s DS product improved short-term demand forecasts by 37% at 13 consumer products, and food and beverage companies. It is time to build multi-tier demand networks.

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.

Overcoming Trade War Myopia with Supply Chain Leadership!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Without enough capacity or labour fulfilling demand increases may be problematic. Increasing the demand on over the road transportation in the U.S., With dual sourcing it can be much easier, and faster, to move demand so as to navigate through the trade issues.

What Exactly Is Supply Chain Management? 10 Different Definitions!

Supply Chain Game Changer

When I began my career there was no such thing as “Supply Chain Management” Supply Chain was not a title to be found anywhere on any organization chart. So what exactly is the definition of “Supply Chain Management”? Subscribe Here! Email Address.

Herding Geese

Supply Chain Shaman

I also see a resurgence in activity for demand sensing with vendors like SmartOps, Terra Technology, ToolsGroup, SAS, and VisionChain. So far Terra Technology is winning on referenceable clients based on the use of analytics, but the demand sensing space is heating up.

What is SCM and Why is it Important?

Oracle SCM

The acronym SCM stands for supply chain management. Today, SCM systems are critical to businesses of all sizes and in all industries for managing their day to day operations. The Supply Chain Management Evolution. Join our Oracle Supply Chain Management group on LinkedIn.

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The Pressure is Rising for CPG Companies to Improve Order Delivery Performance

Aera Technology

Manufacturers are facing SKU proliferation to go to new markets and to answer consumer demand for more personalized products. Supply chain managers are able to make faster, more informed decisions to correct a problem before it cascades into a disaster.

Here is a “Selfie” of Your Supply Chain – Is it Time for a Makeover? JDA Vision 2015 Supply Chain Market Study

Supply Chain Nation

There are many thought-provoking insights in the report concerning business issues affecting production planning, demand management, supply chain integration and transportation management.

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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.

Six Sigma Tools and Inventory Management


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.

Supply Chain Congratulations in Order!


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.

Supply Chain Sins, Fallacies, and Mistakes

Enterra Insights

The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals reports U.S. Hindering the process of a ‘perfect order,’ this violation impacts transportation arrangements as well. 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. Lack of a Cohesive Network Management Strategy.