Five Reflections From Supply Chain Planning Benchmarking

Supply Chain Shaman

In my work with Supply Chain Insights , I immerse myself in learning. I continually question my long-held beliefs on supply chain excellence. . When readers finish a Supply Chain Shaman blog, I want to drive a set of unique takeaways.

Reflections on Integrated Supply Chain Planning

Supply Chain Shaman

In the presentation, I shared data on the evolution of supply chain planning and the results on user satisfaction. The use of best-of-breed planning technologies was small at 15%. Summary Data of User Satisfaction with Supply Chain Planning Applications.

Which supply chain planning processes should we automate?

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Now that more companies are embracing supply chain planning productivity and automation, many firms are asking which processes they should automate. Gartner says that the attitude towards supply chain planning productivity and automation has changed dramatically.

Supply Chain Planning for Direct-To-Consumer

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Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) presents special supply chain planning challenges for both smaller microbrands (e.g., They need planning competency to get efficient. Planning in a “one-at-a-time” selling environment is different. Supply Chain Planning Long Tail Demand

Five Things I Have Learned About Global Supply Chain Planning

Supply Chain Shaman

Regional supply chain companies are attempting to define global requirements. They are well versed in requirements for regional supply chain planning, but they are attempting to redefine their processes and be more global. Supply chain planning is decision support.

“Digital Transformation” and Supply Chain Planning

ToolsGroup

Your company has an older supply chain planning (SCP) system of record (SOR) like SAP APO that was developed in the 1990s. You may have added some best-of-breed add-ons for specialized applications such as multi-echelon inventory optimization (MEIO). Supply Chain Plannin

Supply Chain Planning in Emerging Markets: Four Points to Remember

ToolsGroup

Supply chain planning in emerging markets is different. Now supply chain professionals have another different set of challenges on how to get product to the entire country where consumer-oriented outlets (i.e. Not knowing how much inventory is at each location.

ToolsGroup to Highlight Service-Driven Supply Chain Planning at Gartner EMEA Supply Chain Executive Conference 2019

ToolsGroup

MANN+HUMMEL to Present How It Partnered with ToolsGroup to Increase Fill Rate and Cut Inventory. Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference 2019 is the world’s most important gathering of supply chain leaders.

Mid-market companies leapfrogging supply chain planning maturity stages

ToolsGroup

Is the latest technology enabling some mid-market companies to leapfrog supply chain planning (SCP) stages of maturity? Not just analytics, but in planning overall.”. Inventory and replenishment planning has been reduced from 10 man-days per week to just one.

Yowza! A Nine-Step Decision Process to Help Guide Supply Chain Planning Selection

Supply Chain Shaman

<Bear with me… > Here I share a nine-step process in an attempt to help companies unravel the process for buying supply chain planning software. Let’s face a hard fact: the supply chain planning market is a mess. Supply Chain Analytics.

A Shift in Supply Chain Planning Priorities?

ToolsGroup

but supply chain planning priorities are changing. For several years there has been a commonly held belief that focusing on improving demand forecast accuracy should be a top priority for Chief Supply Chain Officers (CSCOs).

Supply Chain Planning

LeanCor

Balancing the People, Processes, and Purpose of Supply Chain Planning. To be a leader in supply chain planning is to own a complex system, where you are at the nexus of hundreds, maybe even thousands, of different parties with their own constraints and goals in mind.

Gartner releases new Supply Chain Planning Magic Quadrant

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Gartner Research just released its new Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning System of Record (SCP SOR). Gartner adds that a Stage 3 planning SOR “is usually distinct and separate from the transactional SOR, which is typically encapsulated in various ERP systems.

Revisiting Supply Chain Planning

Logistics Viewpoints

I chose “Revisiting Supply Chain Planning” as the title for this blog post because I believe the phrase captures both the current focus of my research agenda (what I am doing) and the heightened priority SCP has taken on the agenda of many supply chain executives (what practitioners are doing). Earlier this week, I began updating ARC’s Global Supply Chain Planning (SCP) market study, last published in 2013.

Supply Chain Planning with Microsoft Dynamics AX

ToolsGroup

But growth poses supply chain planning (SCP) challenges. This invariably leads to manual interventions and firefighting, as you struggle to manage demand volatility and improve forecast accuracy while dealing with the limitations of a basic supply chain system.

How Supply Chain Planning Can Create Profit in a Declining Market

ToolsGroup

Trends and other market forces that impact commercial opportunities need to appear on the planning radar. Therefore, traditional push-driven supply chains are wholly unfit for this situation. They also cut inventory levels, grew sales and resolved capacity issues.

Top 3 Supply Chain Planning Buzzwords

Kinaxis

When it comes to supply chains, certain words seem to be bandied about like the ball at a championship tennis match. Back and forth, over and over, these supply chain buzzwords seem to have an endless lifespan.

Three Reasons Why SAP Supply Chain Planning Is a Risk to Your Business

Supply Chain Shaman

High-tech manufacturers in the Silicon Valley of the United States are some of the best at supply chain planning. With changing product profiles, short life cycles, constraints with downstream suppliers, and changing markets, being good at supply chain planning matters.

Benchmarking Your Supply Chain Planning in 2017

ToolsGroup

The ToolsGroup customer base of more than 300 companies has allowed us to access a wide array of supply chain planning data for benchmarking in different industries and different circumstances. We hope that this analysis sheds light on supply chain benchmarking and KPIs.

How to Attain “Stage 4” Supply Chain Planning Maturity

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Gartner has identified five stages of supply chain planning maturity and they say that 70-80% of companies plan to increase their supply chain planning (SCP) technology spend over the next two years to climb to the next level.

Gartner releases new Supply Chain Planning Magic Quadrant

ToolsGroup

Gartner Research just released its new Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning System of Record (SCP SOR). Gartner adds that a Stage 3 planning SOR “is usually distinct and separate from the transactional SOR, which is typically encapsulated in various ERP systems.

Digital Transformation of Supply Chain Planning at SKF

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Jörg Schlager describing SKF's Integrated Planning (Source: Optilon). At last week’s TG18 ToolsGroup user event , global bearing manufacturer SKF laid out an impressive review of their transformation to “ Integrated Planning ”. The company is moving from location-based planning to a global planning model, including a complete revamp of its supply chain planning operations to processes organized by product and factory. Inventory planning was local.

Is your supply chain planning ready for the “Experience Economy”?

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Gartner says, “To guarantee this, the supply chain operating model must change. AI systems boosts planning agility by supporting decision-making in highly complex, changing environments, all the time getting smarter as they acquire more human knowledge and context.

The future of the supply chain planning profession

Kinaxis

by Dr. Madhav Durbha It is a great time to be a supply chain planning professional. Advances in processing power, networking, and storage aided by the enduring power of Moore’s law have opened doors for some exciting new developments in supply chain planning.

Retail Supply Chain Planning Best Practices from Frost & Sullivan

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Frost & Sullivan has reported its best practices in technology leadership in supply chain management for the Retail and Wholesale Distribution Industry. This “outside-in” tactic translates multi-channel demand into the forecast and supply chain.

Three Reasons Why SAP Supply Chain Planning Is a Risk to Your Business

Supply Chain Shaman

High-tech manufacturers in the Silicon Valley of the United States are some of the best at supply chain planning. With changing product profiles, short life cycles, constraints with downstream suppliers, and changing markets, being good at supply chain planning matters.

Bad habits in retail supply chain planning

The Network Effect

” This is especially true in the world of retail supply chain planning. In a reorder point world, there is little means to plan these types of things in advance. It drives replenishment across all locations in the supply chain simultaneously.

What’s Wrong with Aftermarket Parts Supply Chain Planning?

ToolsGroup

What’s wrong with aftermarket supply chain planning really has nothing to do with planning, but with management expectations. New technologies have enabled far better approaches to planning aftermarket and service parts and far better results.

The Challenge of “Click and Collect” Supply Chain Planning

ToolsGroup

Think of a vending machine-type setup in the airport that sells travel supplies like headphones and travel pillows. The idea of the locker is the latest addition to the growing menu of e-commerce delivery options,” says Kent Savage, CEO at Apex Supply Chain Technologies. “It

Gartner's Five Stages of Supply Chain Planning Technology Maturity

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In any business or trade you need the right tools for the job, and the supply chain business is no different. At every level of supply chain expertise and competitive differentiation you use certain tools, and seek others to move to the next level. He calls this the Scotch tape of supply chain planning. Planning is departmentally focused, with lots of independent decisions. They want higher-fidelity plans. Demand Planning.

How Gartner Sees the Future of Supply Chain Planning

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Source: Algorithmic Supply Chain Planning: The Future of SCP , Amber Salley, May 2016. Michael Burkett presented Supply Chain 2025: Planning the Future Supply Chain; followed by Amber Salley presenting Algorithmic Supply Chain Planning: the Future of SCP.

Getting Confused about Supply Chain Planning?

Enterra Insights

We all know planning is important. While that concept seems straight forward, supply chain planners are faced with a constellation of articles talking about sales & operations (S&OP) planning, demand planning, integrated business planning, periodic planning, continuous planning, concurrent planning, and the list goes on. It drives a supply chain planning gal like me crazy.”[1] Always on planning.

Solving the Supply Chain Planning Puzzle

Logility

To survive in today’s highly competitive global environment, manufacturers need to piece together the many parts of the supply chain puzzle to lay the foundation for more mature capabilities in the future. Accurate demand forecasts lay the foundation for an effective supply chain.

Making the Right Call with Supply Chain Planning “Instant Replay”

ToolsGroup

Similar technology is now available in supply chain planning—helping planners improve the supply chain planning process by allowing them to review past decisions and the resulting outcomes. Supply chains are complex systems.

Five Things You Need to Know about Inventory Optimization in the Digital Age

ToolsGroup

With all the buzz around digital transformation, someone peering in from outside supply chain may assume most businesses have already digitized essential tasks like inventory planning. Long-tail demand complexity has completely changed how we optimize inventory.