Throwback Thursday: Excel and supply chain planning

Kinaxis

It’s appropriate that I’m reading Nucleus Research’s piece “ Beyond Excel in Supply Chain Planning ” on a Thursday. What’s different is that “Beyond Excel in Supply Chain Planning” adds a sense of urgency that was lacking in my throwback 2013 post.

Supply Chain Planning BPO: What’s Driving It and Should You Get On Board?

ToolsGroup

More and more businesses are hopping on the outsourcing bus and letting the experts take the wheel to drive supply chain planning processes. Several years ago ToolsGroup pioneered business process outsourcing (BPO) as an alternative to in-house supply chain planning (SCP).

Supply Chain Planning for Direct-To-Consumer

ToolsGroup

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

Which supply chain planning processes should we automate?

ToolsGroup

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.

“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

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

Autonomous Supply Chain Planning, It’s Not Science Fiction

Logility

He is a supply chain planner for a large manufacturer of packaged food products. Turning in for the night after another repetitive (and rather boring) day, Jim has a vivid dream of the future of supply chain planning.

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.

Supply Chain Planning BPO: What’s Driving It and Should You Get On Board?

ToolsGroup

More and more businesses are hopping on the outsourcing bus and letting the experts take the wheel to drive supply chain planning processes. Several years ago ToolsGroup pioneered business process outsourcing (BPO) as an alternative to in-house supply chain planning (SCP).

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.

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.

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.

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

ToolsGroup

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.

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.

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

ToolsGroup

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.

Digital Transformation of Supply Chain Planning at SKF

ToolsGroup

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.

Retail Supply Chain Planning Best Practices from Frost & Sullivan

ToolsGroup

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.

Supply chain planning – Does it makes dollars and cents to get it all from one vendor?

Kinaxis

Full disclosure: I work for a best-of-breed supply chain planning vendor so I will do my best to take an unbiased approach as I provide my opinions on how to solve the challenges of planning today’s supply chains with all its complexity and volatility.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

How Gartner Sees the Future of Supply Chain Planning

ToolsGroup

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.

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.

Gartner's Five Stages of Supply Chain Planning Technology Maturity

ToolsGroup

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.

[INFOGRAPHIC] Supply Chain Planning: 4 Essential Year End Questions to Ask Yourself

Cerasis

Editor's Note: This guest contribution the Cerasis blog comes from our friends over at Fronetics an inbound and content marketing company who specializes in marketing for companies with a keen value adding business model for those in the supply chain and logistics industries.

Demand-driven supply chain planning in a push business

ToolsGroup

A question we hear often is “How can I have demand-driven supply chain planning in a push business? To answer the question we propose looking at the supply chain of two seemingly unrelated businesses, fashion companies and poultry producers. It would appear that demand-driven inventory optimization software would have little to say on this matter. And this decision can be optimized through multi-echelon inventory optimization (MEIO).

Machine intelligence and human creativity in supply chain planning

Kinaxis

The book did make me reflect on my own experiences and views on the division of labor between the machines and human supply chain planners. I would be remiss in stating that automation will have no impact on planning profession.