Top 6 Predictions for Supply Chain Planning in 2021 and Beyond


Over the year, COVID-19 introduced even greater complexity into the already difficult work of supply chain planning–and changed supply chain from a practitioner-focused topic to everyday dinner table conversation. Read our blog on open supply chain platforms.

How Disruptions like Coronavirus Test The Resilience Of Supply Chain Planning


The virus continues to compromise supply chains and disrupt companies at a troubling rate, but a re businesses prepared from a supply chain planning perspective? . The era of globalization has enabled supply chains to be broader and more connected. As a result , the resilienc e of supply chain plan ning is being called into question. The resilienc e of supply chain plan ning is being called into question.


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The rise of IoT in supply chain planning


With the number of connected devices estimated to surpass six billion next year and more than 20 billion by 2020, the steady stream of data these devices are providing can easily crowd and clog your supply chain planning processes if you’re not prepared. Gartner Research Director Andrew Downard addressed the issue during his presentation at the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference by outlining three macro trends affecting supply chain planning , chief among them IoT.

How Does a Digital Transformation Apply to Supply Chain Planning?

Logistics Viewpoints

In the Supply Chain Planning context, these include decisions about which […]. The post How Does a Digital Transformation Apply to Supply Chain Planning? appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Supply Chain Planning Digital TransformationWhat is Digital Transformation?

Post-COVID Supply Chain Planning: Steps to Take Now for Rapid Recovery

Speaker: Dave Food, Strategy Director at Prophetic Technology

Supply Chain Executives need to empower their teams to navigate through and beyond the impact of COVID-19 with powerful insights and integrated supply chain networks so that real-time change can be quickly responded to and organizations can come out of this leading from the front. Join this webinar with Dave Food, Strategy Director, Prophetic Technology, who will provide insights into planning for a post-COVID world.

What is Integrated Supply Chain Planning?

Logistics Viewpoints

Mike Reibsamen – the Director of Integrated Supply Chain – at Berry Global, spoke about Berry Global’s supply chain transformation at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) annual conference in early October. Mr. Reibsamen’s primary point was that companies will get much better payback from their supply chain projects if they don’t do them in an ad hoc manner. appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints.

Using AI & ML in Retail Supply Chain Planning

Logistics Viewpoints

Companies like Amazon, Walmart, Alibaba, and Zara are leading the path in the use of technology and advanced analytics in managing supply chains. The post Using AI & ML in Retail Supply Chain Planning appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints.

Digital Transformation of Supply Chain Planning at SKF


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.

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.

Using Digital Supply Chain Planning to Respond to Market-Changing Disruptions like COVID-19


With supply chain planning software you can automate the achievement of service levels, even under changing constraints resulting from major disruptions. As COVID-19 continues its malevolent spread around the world, concerns grow regarding the continued impact on supply chains and business continuity. Commonly companies will use a “firefighting” response in times of supply chain disruption in order to meet service levels.

Supply Chain Planning in Emerging Markets: Four Points to Remember


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. The challenges can be multi-faceted: High logistical costs.

Supply Chain Planning is Indispensable

Enterra Insights

Most supply chain planners are familiar with Dwight D. Eisenhower’s observation, “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” While I agree with the late five-star general and president about the indispensability of planning, I disagree that plans are useless. Because new planning techniques are making plans more realistic and viable. lights out) planning.

Mid-market companies leapfrogging supply chain planning maturity stages


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.”. Outsourcing is one way companies are achieving more autonomous light touch planning and skipping a level.”. Inventory and replenishment planning has been reduced from 10 man-days per week to just one. In a word, technology, or more precisely a change in planning technology.

What’s Wrong with Aftermarket Parts Supply Chain Planning?


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. Let’s start with one striking example of a company that is “knocking it out of the park” with their aftermarket parts supply chain planning – Lennox Residential Systems.

Cognitive Supply Chain Planning

Enterra Insights

As supply chains become more digital, it makes sense to leverage the massive amounts of data being generated by digital transactions in the planning process. At the same time, planners need to remember that technology doesn’t mean planning fundamentals no longer apply. 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.

Step One: Stage Five Supply Chain Planning System of Record (SCP SOR)


Stage Five of a five stage supply chain model. Yes, we are talking about the supply chain planning system of record. The market is confused with terms; end-to-end, control tower, IBP, concurrent planning, integrated supply chain and planning systems of record. The supply chain has changed. Increased volatility, more complex supply chains, more competition, and big data.

S&OP and Analytics at Forefront of Supply Chain Planning Initiatives

Logistics Viewpoints

In September 2015 I began the update of ARC Advisory Group’s global supply chain planning (SCP) market study. In a Logistics Viewpoints article published at that time, I discussed some of the major changes in SCP over the previous decade. Supply Chain Optimization Supply Chain Planning S&OP SCPI am now concluding this SCP market study update.

A Supply Chain Planning Model is a Digital Twin: Is This Just Hype?

Logistics Viewpoints

What value does it add to call a supply planning model a digital twin? Supply chain planning executives disagree. The post A Supply Chain Planning Model is a Digital Twin: Is This Just Hype? appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Supply Chain Planning Digital twinIsn't any model not based on paper and pencil a digital twin? I thought it was hype.

Has Driverless Supply Chain Planning Already Arrived?


There has been a lot of news about driverless cars, and at the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit there was also some news about “driverless” supply chain planning when two companies described supply chain planning with almost no human intervention. More on this later, but to start, by driverless (whether referring to vehicles or supply chain planning) I don’t mean completely no touch at all times.

Clouds are Gathering for an Open Platform for Supply Chain


If this challenging past year has taught us one thing, it is the value of connections–not only in our lives, but in supply chains. How supply chain disconnections disrupt service. 2030 vision: End-to-End supply chains that serve customers.

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


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.

Supply Chain Data Management: Making Data Make Sense for Supply Chain Planning


Managing the data required for supply chain planning is a bit like raking leaves. The amount of available structured and unstructured supply chain data continues to grow at an exponential rate. In addition, it’s difficult to manage data for a fast-paced, global supply chain, especially considering that 75% of supply chain data originates outside the ERP system. Improve tactical and strategic planning and decision making.

Insights into ERP systems in supply chain planning and implementation


In my interview we discuss how to define enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems in supply chain planning, the reasons why we need ERP systems, problems faced with implementation and how to successfully implement a new ERP system in a corporation. In the interview that follows, William will introduce some key concepts and share insights gained from his extensive experience with ERP systems and supply chain planning. by Dustin Mattison.

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A New Approach to Supply Chain Planning

Talking Logistics

Allison Fowler, Senior Director of Planning at LLamasoft discusses the following questions and more in this timely and informative episode: When it comes to supply chain planning, what are some of the challenges or limitations companies are coming up against today? Is the line between supply chain planning and supply chain design starting to blur at the companies you work with today? What does Planning by Design mean?

Friends with Fitbits: Fitness tracking and taking supply chain planning to the next level

DELMIA Quintiq

What does this have to do with supply chain planning? In supply chain planning, we are driven by metrics. We appreciate the motivation and performance-enhancing aspects of direct and immediate feedback in our personal lives like the fitness tracker on my wrist, so why should we expect any less from our planning in our supply chain? This post was first published on Talking Logistics. .

SAP and Oracle vs. The Best of Breeds: Lessons from the Supply Chain Planning Market

Logistics Viewpoints

Oracle and SAP are the two largest suppliers of enterprise applications are also leaders in the supply chain planning (SCP) market, but the leadership is being contested. Their arguements for why customers should choose their planning solution go beyond their applications functionality. The post SAP and Oracle vs. The Best of Breeds: Lessons from the Supply Chain Planning Market appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints.

Supply Chain Planning in the Digital Age

Enterra Insights

In 2017, Gartner introduced a Supply Chain Planning Maturity Model with five planning stages. In the lowest stage (Stage 1), supply chain planning is inside-out, fragmented, local, unconstrained, and focused on revenue. In Stage 2, supply chain planning remains inside-out but achieves functional scale, local optimization, and focuses on reducing costs. Stage 3 straddles the line between inside-out and outside-in planning.

A New Approach to Supply Chain Planning Software: Try Before You Buy!

Logistics Viewpoints

But that is exactly the deal Mayne Pharma got from Vanguard Software for their demand planning application. The post A New Approach to Supply Chain Planning Software: Try Before You Buy! appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Supply Chain Planning SaaSWhile the SaaS era is better for customers, nothing beats a try before you buy program. Indeed, when it comes to enterprise software this is so rare it counts as radical business innovation.

Who is the Supply Chain Planner in the Age of AI?

Logistics Viewpoints

Do we even need supply chain planners, or can we turn out the lights and go home, because we now live in a world of autonomous planning? The post Who is the Supply Chain Planner in the Age of AI? appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints.

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Six Most-Read Supply Chain Planning Blogs of 2019

Brookes Supply Chain Planning Blog

2019 is officially in the books, and it’s a perfect time to reflect on the past 12 months as we dive into planning for 2020. Throughout the year our ToolsGroup supply chain planning blog contributors kept you up to speed on the trends, technologies and influencers shaping our industry. Supply Chain Planning logistics inventory

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.

3 Supply Chain Trends to Keep an Eye on in 2020


What’s on the horizon for supply chain professionals? More and more enterprises will be focusing on processes like ethical sourcing, reverse logistics, and using green materials in response to public demands. Microsoft also announced they plan to be carbon-negative by 2030. . Many are relying on advanced analytics to optimize their supply chain for sustainability. Supply chain complexity and volatility is set to increase this year.

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7 Reasons Why You Need Supply Chain Planning Software

Supply Chain Opz

Supply chain planning has been recognized as one of the best practices due to the force behind globalization and higher level of competitions. This article will explain its basic concept and some reasons why you may need the help of supply chain planning software. Basic Concept Many companies use the word "supply chain planner" to describe an entry level job dealing with the demand forecasting and material scheduling.

Study Shows Two-Thirds of Companies Yet to Execute Digital Transformation in Supply Chain Planning


September 26, 2019) A new study by ToolsGroup, a global leader in supply chain planning software, and Spinnaker, a supply chain services company, has found that only 7% of companies are reaping the benefits of digital transformation of supply chain planning. Drivers of supply chain planning digitization vary significantly by company, with 42% identifying increased operational efficiencies (e.g. PRESS RELEASE.

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Friends with Fitbits: Fitness Tracking and Taking Supply Chain Planning to the Next Level

Talking Logistics

What does this have to do with supply chain planning? In supply chain planning, we are driven by metrics. We appreciate the motivation and performance-enhancing aspects of direct and immediate feedback in our personal lives like the fitness tracker on my wrist, so why should we expect any less from our planning in our supply chain? It’s been a busy week and I forgot to charge my Fitbit.