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%. Neither technology vendor is an industry leader in delivering a solution that fits the needs of the supply chain planner. The common perception is that SAP and Oracle supply chain planning solutions are superior to best-of-breed Advanced Planning Solutions.

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. Initially companies believe regional planning systems easily adapt to become global, but they quickly learn otherwise and hit roadblocks. Success in Supply Chain Planning Is a Flip of a Coin. 4) Plan By Design.

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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. But are they just creative marketing spin (after all, developing them is kind of part of the job), or is what they stand for actually making a difference in your supply chain planning?

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. For more on this topic, see When SMBs Hit the Inventory Planning Complexity Wall ). Struggling to identifying the right mix of inventory to serve multiple channels (e.g.,

Supply Chain Planning in Emerging Markets: Four Points to Remember

ToolsGroup

Supply chain planning in emerging markets is different. He adds, “Often, last-mile distribution costs to rural areas are high and reliability is low, compounded by the lack of visibility of in-transit shipments.” ( Invest in Four Key Capabilities While Developing Your Demand-Driven Supply Chain Strategy for Emerging Markets , 18 September 2017) Let’s take Indonesia, for example. Not knowing how much inventory is at each location.

Bad habits in retail supply chain planning

The Network Effect

” This is especially true in the world of retail supply chain planning. This month, we’ll explore a bad planning habit that is particularly insidious, because it is often treated as best practice in a non-Flowcasting world: Using the forecast as a “joystick” to control product flow. In a reorder point world, there is little means to plan these types of things in advance. It drives labour planning at the stores. The People Speak!/Flickr.

Keeping It Local: How Shorter Supply Chains Impact Supply Chain Planning

ToolsGroup

After decades of longer and more global supply chains, some are becoming shorter and more localized. This trend has important implications to supply chain planning. Contracting Supply Chains. . A recent special report by The Economist says that while most people assume that shrinking supply chains are caused by political factors such as tariffs, in fact there are deeper long-term trends at play.

The impact of 3D printing on supply chain planning

DELMIA Quintiq

How would 3D printing impact supply chain planning? Supply chain planners would need to plan and optimize workforce to ensure 3D-printed components are available at every stage of the assembly process. However, this doesn’t mean 3D printing will doom the supply chain as most people predicted. Customized production would also result in shorter lead times, lower transport costs and inventory levels. By: Creative Tools.

How Do You Define a Mature Supply Chain Planning Organization? (Part 1)

Supply Chain Shaman

At that time, they planned on spreadsheets. Their goals were lofty, but their understanding of supply chain planning was hazy. In 2006, they made a decision to implement a supply chain planning solution. The cost was 60% more in than average; but even more unfortunate, they never got a good understanding of how to use the planning system. Table 1: Characteristics of a Mature Planning Organization. Tactical Supply. Inventory.

Machine Learning in Supply Chain Planning

Logility

The evolution to using artificial intelligence and machines that learn in supply chain planning is inevitable. In fact, there are early examples of the potential of AI to improve both supply chain planner efficiencies and provide better or optimized supply chain decisions. Still typing “Machine Learning AND Supply Chain Planning” into Google delivers more 16,000 results in less than half a second. Are we ready?

The Future of Supply Chain Planning

Enterra Insights

Few people would argue that lack of planning is a good thing. ” Do things always work out according to plan? Eisenhower once observed about planning. He said, “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” ” Lora Cecere ( @lcecere ), founder and CEO of Supply Chain Insights, believes too many supply chain professionals have forgotten the fundamentals of planning in the digital age.

Analyzing the Analytics of Supply Chain Planning

Logility

Amid the general buzz in the supply chain planning field regarding optimization solutions and algorithmic planning, a diagram of value vs. difficulty lays out four stages of analytics by their difficulty and potential value. In the quest to do more with less, drive costs out of the supply chain, and provide higher levels of customer service, optimization and algorithmic planning are subject to a company’s analytics abilities and level of sophistication.

Addressing the “White Spaces” in Supply Chain Planning

Talking Logistics

This is certainly true when it comes to supply chain planning, where the complexity and frequency of the process have increased while time horizons have shrunk. “We We find companies increasingly saying ‘My planning system is solving the problem that it was put in place to solve, but it’s not really answering the questions and solving the problems that we have today,’” said Allison Fowler, Senior Director of Planning at LLamasoft in a recent episode of Talking Logistics.

Benefits of Digitally Transforming Supply Chain Planning in the Life Sciences Industry

Logility

Today’s life sciences supply chain is constantly changing as complex market forces including regulations, advances in technology, continued globalization, and ever-increasing customer demands combine to create new challenges. Life sciences companies are especially susceptible to changing market forces which necessitate constant evaluation of new processes and technology to ensure robust and agile supply chain capabilities.

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Four Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Inventory Planning and Sustainability

ToolsGroup

You can’t scan the headlines without coming across an article or advertisement about sustainability, but there is precious little information about how supply chain planning software supports green initiatives. I think it’s time we started spreading the good news: when you harness demand and inventory planning to slash unnecessary expenses and improve service to customers, you also reduce waste and support sustainability.

Supply Chain Planning- The Manufacturer’s Guide for Accurate Planning and Forecasting

ThroughPut

What is supply chain planning? A detailed supply chain planning mechanism can help manufacturers with critical elements for operational success including material management, waste elimination, and working capital optimization. Supply chain planning is the process of accurately planning the journey of a material or a product right from the raw material stage to the final consumer. The process involved in supply chain planning.

Supply Chain Planning- The Manufacturer’s Guide for Accurate Planning and Forecasting

ThroughPut

What is supply chain planning? A detailed supply chain planning mechanism can help manufacturers with critical elements for operational success including material management, waste elimination, and working capital optimization. Supply chain planning is the process of accurately planning the journey of a material or a product right from the raw material stage to the final consumer. The process involved in supply chain planning.

Five Things You Need to Know About Machine Learning for Supply Chain Planning

ToolsGroup

First a confession: I borrowed this blog’s title directly from Gartner Analyst Noha Tohamy and her recent research note Five Things Supply Chain Strategists Need to Know About Machine Learning. Finding the right balance of human-based and machine-based approaches will offer the organization the speed and accuracy of science with the art of supply chain domain expertise.”. Machine learning is only part of the total supply chain planning solution.

Building the Business Case for Digital Transformation of Supply Chain Planning

Logility

” The digitization of a supply chain involves creating a detailed data model that mirrors the intricacies of an actual end-to-end supply chain network. Learn more in Technology Evaluation Center’s report, The Impact of Digital Transformation on the Supply Chain.) Model element include forecasts, capacities, inventory positions, lead-times, resource availability, costs, revenues, and profits.

Through the Hype Cycle: Exploring the Many Applications of AIMMS Technology in Supply Chain Planning

AIMMS

As you may have heard, AIMMS was recently featured in Gartner’s Hype Cycle for Supply Chain Planning (SCP). The Hype Cycle is a great resource for Supply Chain and IT leaders. It offers an overview of the enormous breadth of solutions for Supply Chain planning, giving you insight into the many fields where you can leverage technology to boost your company’s performance. End-to-End Supply Chain Risk Management.

Gaining Clarity on Inventory Effectiveness

Supply Chain Shaman

I was moving from a position where I led a manufacturing operation to being a part of a team to design supply chain software to improve planning decisions. The tension I felt reading the brochure on the plane is what I believe every supply chain leader feels every day. That is one of my primary drivers at Supply Chain Insights. As a team we conduct quantitative research of supply chain leaders to help gain clarity of the answers.

[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. We loved this post because as we get towards the end of the year many companies are conducting supply chain planning for 2016 (did I just type that?!

Turn a Good Demand Forecast into the Optimum Inventory Plan

ToolsGroup

How Do You Turn a Good Demand Forecast into the Optimum Inventory Plan? They care if you have the inventory they want when they want it. But carrying too much inventory can reduce profits and might not be practical for some items such as fresh goods.

Supply Chain Planning for the Busy Holiday Season

AFFLINK

Many businesses make the majority of their sales during the holiday season, which is a perfect time to get ahead of managing their supply chains. A sharp spike in any supply chain can lead to disruption, and if a business hasn't planned ahead, they could suffer a potential loss in sales, as the economy as a whole will be churning much faster. The Major Challenges to Holiday Supply Chain Management. Running Out of Inventory.

A Year Without Oktoberfest, Yet New Opportunities Exist in the Beer Industry

DELMIA Quintiq

As manufacturers continue to innovate with new brands and flavors, the existing brand portfolio must be managed to control excess finished goods stock, raw material and container inventory. This demand plan must be matched with a corresponding supply plan.

Help Supply Chain Planners Be More Successful In These Uncertain Times

Supply Chain Shaman

As I shopped at Best Buy for office supplies, I struggled to not think about the massive disruption of electronics supply chain. The Sam’s Club and Costco shortages of water, toilet paper and laundry products signals one thing for me: the spread of the virus will disrupt every supply chain. As markets shift, supply chains struggle to adjust. The order is a poor proxy for demand and few supply chains have access to consumption data.

Is Inventory Waste or an Asset?

Supply Chain Shaman

Next week is the annual Supply Chain Insights Global Summit , and summit preparation is on my agenda for the weekend. In the preparation phase for the summit, I schedule planning calls with the speakers. This morning, unexpectedly, I found myself in the middle of a debate between my two panelists on the Planning Benchmarking Panel for the Summit. We feel so strongly about this that we do not have an inventory planning role.” Inventory is both.

3 Step Beginner Guide to Supply Chain Planning

AFFLINK

There’s a seemingly endless supply of information out there on supply chain planning, but a lot of it seems to assume you’re already an expert. If you need a crash course in Supply Chain Planning 101, we’ve got you covered. Supply chain management is a big topic. Strategic Planning. Strategic planning involves big-picture, long-term decisions. What will your priorities be throughout your supply chain?

3 Steps for Making Digital Transformation Happen in Supply Chain Planning

Solvoyo

In the Supply Chain Planning context, these include decisions about which products to keep in stock, where to keep them, when to replenish them, how to improve service levels for customers, how to liquidate excess stock in the most profitable way, how to respond to changes in customer demand in the most agile way, and etc. Bringing Agility into Supply Chain Management. This goes for Supply Chain Management and the surrounding IT infrastructure as well.

What’s new in the automotive supply chain? (Hint: Inventory Replenishment Policies)

The Network Effect

This is an ongoing series of posts on new developments within the automobile supply chain, with examples of best practices. Today I want to explore how automobile suppliers are improving their operations via inventory replenishment policies. Effective inventory replenishment policies in use today include the 830/862 converted to a delivery release, KanBan, Min/Max, and Sequencing. The post What’s new in the automotive supply chain?

Building a Triple A Supply Chain: Ten Tactics That Work

Supply Chain Shaman

At Supply Chain Insights , as we combed through over 9000 quantitative responses on supply chain management from business leaders to understand what drives supply chain excellence in preparation for the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit , in the process, we proved Hau Lee’s theorem in the Famous Harvard Business Review Article, “Triple A Supply Chains.” First, great supply chains are agile.

Responding to Supply Chain Disruption Amid COVID-19

AIMMS

It’s taking a profound humanitarian and economic toll , impacting supply cha ins in many ways. Our team put several resources together to help supply chain organizations navigate through this crisis safely. . The next 2-4 weeks are critical to understand the exposure throughout your value chain, take actions to address anticipated shortages , and ensure resource requirements to restart. Study 4: Create Multiple Plans for Resource Utilization .

How to Make Supply Chain Complexity Work to Your Advantage

ToolsGroup

With supply chain complexity increasing at an unprecedented rate, perhaps the biggest challenge for businesses is figuring out how to navigate this uncertainty to deliver service profitably. So what’s the secret of making supply chain uncertainty work for you? This invariably leads to extra freight costs and excess and obsolete inventory that either needs to be written off or sold at a heavy discount. Blog Inventory Optimization Supply Chain Planning Featured

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3 Step Beginner Guide to Supply Chain Planning

AFFLINK

There’s a seemingly endless supply of information out there on supply chain planning, but a lot of it seems to assume you’re already an expert. If you need a crash course in Supply Chain Planning 101, we’ve got you covered. Supply chain management is a big topic. Strategic Planning. Strategic planning involves big-picture, long-term decisions. What will your priorities be throughout your supply chain?

Integrated Planning: Is It Rubbish? Be Careful What You Ask For….

Supply Chain Shaman

It was a long week talking to clients about integrated planning. Most of the Integrated Supply Chain Planning Projects Generate Rubbish. At each location, the team wrung their hands as they told me their stories of “ Integrated Supply Chain Planning.” Good planning requires a clear focus on inputs, data model fit to the business requirements, and outcomes. What is integrated planning? A common plan not one number.