Infographic: Digital Transformation in Supply Chain Planning

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ToolsGroup and Spinnaker asked supply chain professionals how they’re formulating their digital strategies for 2020. Blog demand forecasting inventory machine learning supply chain planning

Digital Transformation in Supply Chain Planning: Barrier or Enabler?

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By George Fowler, group vice president, Spinnaker Supply Chain. ToolsGroup and Spinnaker recently partnered up on a digital transformation study, and we found that only 7% of responding companies are reaping the benefits of digital transformation of supply chain planning.

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? Supply Chain Planning Digital TransformationWhat is Digital Transformation?

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. But it’s clear that this platform is not getting you what you want: a “next generation”, “low touch”, and “not stapled together” planning platform.

Has Driverless Supply Chain Planning Already Arrived?

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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.

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. Blog Supply Chain Planning

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.

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.

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. Blog S&OP Supply Chain Planning Featured

Gartner’s Top Ten User-Rated Supply Chain Planning Capabilities

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Gartner Research recently released its new Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning System of Record (SCP SOR) in which 485 user companies identified their top ten rated planning capabilities for delivering SCP goals. Ability to manage planning processes.

Three Mega Trends Driving Gartner Stage 5 Supply Chain Planning

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Gartner says that clients are increasingly asking, “What will the future of supply chain planning look like?” and in a recent report ( Technology Reference Model for Stage 5 Maturity Supply Chain Planning, June 2018 ) they see three “mega trends” driving that vision.

Mid-market companies leapfrogging supply chain planning maturity stages

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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 with Microsoft Dynamics AX

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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.

Touchless Supply Chain Planning

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With very few exceptions, almost all S&OP systems today are “analog” which means much interaction and manipulation is needed from the planners to produce a working plan. The post Touchless Supply Chain Planning appeared first on Adexa Inc.

Three Mistakes Teams to Avoid in Selecting Supply Chain Planning

Supply Chain Shaman

Supply chain planning user satisfaction is a flip of the coin. Satisfaction is low: one-in-two supply chain planning software users state satisfaction. Supply chain planing is now three decades old. Mistakes happen.

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.

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. S&OP Supply Chain Planning supply chain

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.

The supply chain planning system crystal ball

Kinaxis

Today’s supply chain professionals need a crystal ball, too. For example, if a supply chain professional accepts a new order, can they deliver it on time? If they offer a promotion, can the supply chain support it? What-if planning.

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.

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 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).

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.

Tips for a Successful Supply Chain Planning Technology Implementation Part 2: Project Management and Staffing

CHAINalytics

By Steve Thrift | Principal, Integrated Demand and Supply Planning | Chainalytics Supply chain planning technology projects are somewhat in a league of their own.

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.

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.

Key Characteristics of a Good Supply Chain Planning Process

CHAINalytics

Planning processes drive many key activities in supply chain, whether we’re talking about demand forecasting, production scheduling, etc. Based on my experience, here are five key characteristics of a good planning process: It is consistent and repeatable. Supply chain planning processes affect many people in your organization.

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.

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.

George Jetson and the case for modern supply chain planning

Kinaxis

As a supply chain planner of a certain vintage, you remember The Jetsons and likely recall George working for Mr. Spacely at Spacely Space Sprockets. We’re betting Mr. Spacely was all-in on taking a modern, collaborative approach to supply chain planning.

Gartner's Six Levels of Supply Chain Planning Autonomy

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Source: Andrew Downard, Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference, May 2017. Business is moving fast and there is so much new data now speeding through the pipes that Gartner says it’s not possible to plan a supply chain without some level of automation.

Aligning Your Supply Chain Planning Message with Your CEO

ToolsGroup

I advised supply chain leaders to ensure that their initiatives were seen by chief executives as engines for growth. Gartner recommends that Chief Supply Chain Officers take on dual roles — operational caretaker and growth partner. Supply Chain Planning

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.