Theory & Practice (Demand Planning)

The Network Effect

In supply chain planning there are many theories. Consider Forecasting, or Demand Planning as an example. I don’t know about you but I’ve been awfully impressed with the theories I hear a variety of experts talking about when it comes to demand planning.

How Do Key Market Trends Impact Your Demand Planning?

Demand Solutions

That’s exactly what I thought of The Hackett Group’s recent article, “ Demand Planning Optimization – Three Key Steps to Unlocking the True Value of Your Supply Chain.” Know key market trends and their impact on the quality of demand planning.

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Why Demand Planning Matters

Value Unchained

You may have seen that this week ModusLink launched our Enhanced Planning and Integrated Collaboration tool, EPIC. The post Why Demand Planning Matters appeared first on ModusLink Global Solutions.

4 Ways Sonus Improved Demand Planning and Reduced Inventory by 20%

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater Struggling with the reality of not being able to easily consolidate data, global telecommunications company Sonus Networks was dealing with delays in understanding the impact of changes to its supply chain plans.

Is Statistical Forecasting Making Your Demand Plan Better or Worse?


By Pekka Hakkinen | Principal | Chainalytics Demand planning is the first and perhaps most-important planning phase in any end-to-end sales and operations planning (S&OP) process. But the demand planning phase is typically the most challenging, since … The post Is Statistical Forecasting Making Your Demand Plan Better or Worse?

The ‘Secret Sauce’ to Improving Demand Planning


How do you get the sense of what works for demand planning? Related Webinar: How to Use Predictive Analytics to Drive Sales & Delight Your Customers ] Improving Demand Planning. The ‘secret sauce’ concept to demand planning is a little bit trickier.

Where, Oh Where Should Demand Planning Go?

Supply Chain Nation

Now that we’ve established that forecasting is important , you know what your demand planning organization is going to do and how you plan to structure it , here we’ll address where to put it. Demand planning can work well within a number of organizations as long as they can be incented, connected appropriately and can manage the group well. If they are directing the demand planning team, forecasts could be biased high.

Should My Organization Have a Demand Planning Group?

Supply Chain Nation

As supply chains get more complex in response to omni-channel pressures, most companies are realizing the ever-increasing importance of having one quality view of demand across functions. The demand plan drives the supply chain in many companies, so your demand planning organization not only needs to be expert at using the latest forecasting tools, they’ll need to be able to collaborate with many parts of your company to bring key business intelligence insights needed into the demand plan.

A Five-Step Approach to Effective Demand Planning Implementation


Good handling of market demand data is one of the most vital concepts in any supply chain. The correct management of demand information can greatly influence the level of integration and responsiveness, and has a direct impact on customer service and inventory levels.

The 5 Promises of Demand Planning: Does Your Current Software Solution Deliver?

Take Supply Chain

This is why Demand Planning – or business forecasting – is essential to the survival of supply chain organizations. In other words, one missing data set can skew Demand Planning forecasts for the next five years. Increased business plan stability.

Chainalytics Responds to Market Demand with Upgrade to Demand Planning Intelligence Service


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Who Loves Ya? Demand Planning or Supply Planning? (Part 3)

Blue Ridge

we tackled the giant Elephant in the Room: What exactly is the difference between Demand Planning and Supply Planning? It’s all about managing the Customer Forecast (Demand Planning) and the Inventory Supply (Supply Planning). Daily Demand Forecast Profile.

Leveraging Weather Intelligence to Gain a Competitive Edge in Demand Planning

Supply Chain Nation

Optimizing the Customer Experience with Weather Intelligence and Demand Planning. As consumers shop online and offline, their demands and expectations for personalization and fulfillment have gone through the roof. Consumers are driving a very powerful shift and are very demanding, making it much more complicated for retailers to optimize the customer experience. Weather Corrected = Better Demand Perspective.

Arkieva COO Shapes Discussion on Demand Planning in the Bioscience & Pharmaceutical Industries


Changing market conditions makes demand planning in the bioscience and pharmaceutical industries highly critical. More accurate demand planning and forecasting is required for achieving overall business objectives in the areas of growth and operational efficiency.

Different Strokes for Different Folks (to Yield Better Results?)?

Supply Chain Shaman

Disruption in supply chain planning is happening. We are on a path to reinvent decision-support technologies like supply chain planning. They were very proud of their work in planning with a number of pharmaceutical manufacturers. The life of a demand planner is tough.

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Just Like Football, Successful Demand Planning Starts with Strong Fundamentals


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Demand Planning – Wrong vs. Right

Inventory and Supply Chain Optimization

If you feel offended because your company has an ERP system in its portfolio, then … Continue reading → Demand planning Wrong vs. Right demand planning

Santa & Opening Presents - S&OP Putting Elves in their place

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

Dear Mr. K Ite, Christmas Dave Jordan Supply Chain S&OP Forecasting & Demand Planning

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Four Demand Planning Resolutions for 2017


In the current environment of proliferating product portfolios and increasing demand volatility, there is a great deal riding on getting the forecast right. EST, as they present … The post Four Demand Planning Resolutions for 2017 appeared first on Chainalytics.

Who Loves Ya?? Demand Planning or Supply Planning? (Part 1)

Blue Ridge

A few of us were sitting around discussing possible article topics for future issues of “View From The Ridge” when I was challenged by a fellow Blue Ridger to write something about the differences between Demand Planning and Supply Planning. Demand Planning or Supply Planning?”.

The Key to More Effective Demand Planning: Stop Using Your Gut

River Logic

All of this has not stopped some executives and demand planners from using the “tried-and-true” method of human intuition. Demand Planning

Demand Planning Survey Shines Light on Supply Chain Attitudes


Is Demand Planning just a stepping stone? Dan Gilmore at Supply Chain Digest has some interesting survey numbers that may light a fire under some demand planning teams. Let us know how your organization values its planning function.

Untangling the Complexities of Demand Forecasting

Value Unchained

Whether facing a major product launch or compiling standard monthly forecasts, the accuracy of demand forecasts is crucial. Apple, despite its affinity for releasing limited amounts of its highly demanded new devices […].

FMCG Planning: If you like chocolate, now is the time!

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

FMCG Christmas Dave Jordan Supply Chain S&OP Forecasting & Demand Planning Supply Chain AnalyticsOvereaten chocolate during the holidays but still want some more? Get yourself and a large blue IKEA bag down to your local supermarket as chocolate is heavily discounted.

Supply Chain Analytics: The birth of a new Dawn, or Daniel

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

CEO Forecasting & Demand Planning Supply Chain Analytics ITAnyone expecting their first child has probably been told by a gloating-doting grandparent-to be that their lives are about to change dramatically.

50 Shades of Demand Planning

Supply Chain Movement

How much basic instinct do you allow your Demand Planner? A common misconception about demand planning is that it can mostly be automated by IT systems without needing much human involvement. What on earth does this have to do with Demand Planning you might very well ask?

Supply Chain Is at Its Best When You Can’t See It

The 21st Century Supply Chain

Moving a package from point A to B is simple enough… compared to other supply chain companies, such as a pharma company that needs to accurately forecast demand for a new drug which can be extremely expensive, manufacturing the product, and in some cases, worrying about expiration.

A Better Way to Approach Forecast Accuracy Improvements


By Jaime Reints | Director, Demand Planning Intelligence Consortium (DPIC) | Chainalytics Forecasting demand can be one of the more difficult parts of managing an effective supply chain.

Netsuite Expands Cloud-Based Inventory Management with New Demand Planning Capabilities

Supply Chain Network

NYSE: N), the industry’s leading provider of cloud-based financials / ERP software suites, today (June 7th) announced that the company has extended its cloud -based business management suite with new demand planning features. Leveraging NetSuite’s integrated business management suite, NetSuite’s new demand planning bridges the gap between the front-office and back-office ? allowing companies to tightly align sales forecasts with inventory replenishment plans.

How Can We Heal the Global Supply Chain?

Supply Chain Shaman

Consultants make money on IT ERP single instance deployments and they make more money on the implementation of SAP APO versus best-of-breed advanced planning deployments. Insights on Defining Global Planning Processes. For most, while planning solution deployments, are under utilized.

Seven Mistakes to Avoid in Sales and Operations Planning

Supply Chain Shaman

Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) is important to building value chain agility and improving enterprise performance. Agility is the ability to have the same performance in cost, quality, and customer service given a level of demand and supply volatility.)

FMCG Food Waste: Supply chain speed and agility v inventory.

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

FMCG Forecasting & Demand Planning Inventory Management & Stock Control WASTE FoodHooray! Many supermarket chains now sell imperfect or misshapen fruit and vegetables at a discount. As you may know I am a big fan of buying this type of food as taste has nothing to do with shape based on my massive culinary knowledge. Whether my potatoes are knobbly, or my parsnips look like Donald Trump, I simply don’t care.

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Making Scents of Demand Planning

Inbound Logistics

Bedoukian Research improves forecasting, demand planning, inventory management, and logistics processes with the help of Smart Software

Supply Chain – regular IT to Supply Chain Analytics

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

Performance Improvement ERP/SAP Forecasting & Demand Planning Supply Chain AnalyticsI am an App-free zone. I have to admit I am not a big App fan but at least I now know what an App is after a lengthy period of ignorant denial.

What is a Supply Chain Planning System of Record (SCP SOR), and Do You Actually Need One?

The 21st Century Supply Chain

Endless email chains, revision after revision of all those Excel spreadsheets, countless hours spent importing and exporting data to and from various enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. Implement a supply chain planning (SCP) system of record (SOR) of course!

Get your demand planning and forecasting game on

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater Outplay your competition with a smarter, stronger demand planning strategy. Customer demands are changing. So why isn’t your demand planning strategy? You’ll be better equipped to meet shifting demand. Supply chain management Demand plannin

Nokia’s Johannes Giloth about bringing demand planning to board level

Supply Chain Movement

The volume of data is exploding, likewise the demand for real-time communication which will require different hardware and software solutions. As senior vice president operations, I am the business owner of all operations from demand planning to execution, procurement to manufacturing.

Forecast Accuracy: Keep Your Demand Management Process Honest

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater Our partner Celestica recently published the following article, ‘ Are you keeping your demand management process honest? ’ You also need measurement and accuracy reports to determine the effectiveness of the entire demand management process.

Nimble Storage Inc. – End-to-End Supply Chain Visibility: Dream or Reality? SupplyChainBrain & Kinaxis Video Series

The 21st Century Supply Chain

offers his view on how far companies have come in crafting supply chains that are truly transparent and demand-driven. Many companies fail in their journey toward a demand-driven supply chain because they skip this step, he says.

How Will Pokémon Go Shape Real-World Demand?

Supply Chain @ MIT

The mobile game Pokémon Go could be part of future Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) meetings. The next stage of its rapid growth could include commercial tie ups that generate traffic for retailers and hence stimulate consumer demand for their products.