Part 2: An S&OP Q&A with SCM World’s Kevin O’Marah

Part 2: An S&OP Q&A with SCM World’s Kevin O’Marah

August 04, 2015

In Part 1: An S&OP Q&A with SCM World’s Kevin O’Marah we discussed the drivers impacting S&OP, the value of the process and the changing rhythm of S&OP meetings. In Part 2 we will talk about the changing role of S&OP, the difference between tactical and strategic S&OP and the benefits a robust, mature process can bring to your organization.  

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S&OP in Consumer Goods: A Cumulative Research Study

July 30, 2015
S&OP in Consumer Goods: A Cumulative Research Study

Since 2009 we have worked with industry publication Consumer Goods Technology to check the pulse of sales and operations planning (S&OP) in the consumer goods industry. This week we have kicked off the 2015 research project and invite you to participate and share your thoughts and experience on the adoption and evolution of S&OP within your organization.                                                                                                             

An S&OP Q&A with SCM World’s Kevin O’Marah

July 28, 2015
An S&OP Q&A with SCM World’s Kevin O’Marah

Recently I had the pleasure to sit down with Kevin O’Marah, Chief Content Officer at SCM World, to discuss one of the hottest topics in supply chain—sales and operations planning (S&OP). From top drivers to best practices and benefits, we covered a lot of ground in this two part post.

S&OP Maturity – Going Beyond the Demand-Supply Match

July 14, 2015
S&OP Maturity – Going Beyond the Demand-Supply Match

We’ve seen many companies reach plateaus in their S&OP maturity. For some organizations, the momentum slows shortly after they successfully balance demand and supply volumes. This is the point where, in order to keep the S&OP benefits growing, ownership of the S&OP effort must expand beyond the primary jurisdiction of the supply chain team.

Gartner: Recognize and Embrace Change - 2015 Keynote Address

May 13, 2015
Gartner: Recognize and Embrace Change - 2015 Keynote Address

The digital business is here. It is now.

This was the opening statement of the 2015 Gartner Supply Chain Executive keynote address delivered by Peter Sondergaard, SVP of Research for Gartner. There are quite a few compelling stats behind this statement.

The Value of Speed

May 07, 2015
The Value of Speed

The other day I was wrapped in a conversation about speed and it reminded me of a very interesting blog post in the Harvard Business Review I read last year about General Electric applying concepts of Lean Startups to appliance design. The part that resonated with me is the emphasis on speed.
 

ChainLink Research: Making Allocations Smarter

April 28, 2015
ChainLink Research: Making Allocations Smarter

Allocation processes and their supporting technology are getting a fresh look by retailers of late.  

 So, why are Allocations so important? Spotting the big product trends is critical for the retailer’s brand. But just as important is ensuring merchandise gets to the right channels and store locations in the appropriate quantities to gain happy customers and higher revenues.
 

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