Take the Survey!
Supply Chain Insights is hosting a survey that will explore how supply and demand planning software implementation time impacts ROI. Example questions:
- How quickly was your demand or supply planning software implemented?
- How did speed of implementation impact ROI and software satisfaction?
- How many planners do you need for effective planning?
In exchange for taking the survey, Supply Chain Insights will email you the final report at no charge. Plus, you can also receive a personalized, one-hour review of the results by phone with Supply Chain Insights Founder and CEO Lora Cecere.
Who is it for?
This survey is for Manufacturers, Retailers and Wholesalers / Distributors / Co-operatives who have demand and/or supply planning software.
This survey is confidential. Responses will be reported in aggregate and no individual- or company-identifiable information will be shared with anyone.
Click here to take the survey
Cloud. Mobile. On Demand. Analytics Everywhere.
These were just a few of the themes discussed at this year’s Connections 2014, Logility’s customer conference. Held at the Loews Atlanta, the conference brought together several hundred of the industry’s brightest supply chain professionals to share their opinions, techniques and experiences.
When the mist clears can we see a picture of S&OP?
Last week, with several feet of snow out my window, I had some fun trying to visualize sales and operations planning (S&OP). I came up with this word cloud.
A word cloud is a graphical representation of the occurrence of words on a web site or in a document. The more prevalent the word is in a document the more prominent it displays in the graphic. Some people see little value in these graphics but I believe there is some insight to gain.
Gates, triggers and uncertainty envelopes. One of the greatest areas of opportunity for companies maturing their sales and operations planning (S&OP) processes is in New Product Innovation. Why?
Demand management has always been at the top of supply chain professionals’ list of challenges. Of late, many companies have also indicated that having grappled with cost cutting a few years back, now they are more focused on growth. Predictably, 62% of the respondents sought growth through channels, 46% through more direct customers, and approximately 20% by creating new products.
Frequently, I get asked the question, “What is the value of S&OP?” When I get the question, I smile. For clients that I have worked with on this topic, the value speaks volumes, but to companies trying to get started, the value proposition is elusive. So, today, let me answer the question by telling a story.
Just before the holiday break, dropped the very interesting results of a Gartner survey on the challenges to sales and operations planning in Consumer Goods. The top challenge was surprisingly down-to-earth. It bodes well in that it reveals a maturing of S&OP in the industry and an opportunity to make even more progress.
Anyone who has worked with asset intensive process manufacturers knows how hard it is to change the thinking about machine capacity utilization. For years asset utilization has been the de facto measurement where running smaller lot sizes was not an option.
Amazon’s recent announcement that they will start Sunday delivery through a deal with the USPS is, from a supply chain point of view, another example of the cadence of business speeding up. What used to be monthly became weekly, what used to be weekly became daily, what used to be daily became hourly and it continues to trend towards instantaneous.
According to the report, Demand Planner Benchmark – Survey 2013: Current Practices and Results, more than half of companies in North America and Europe (52%) view demand planning as “just a stepping stone to other roles in supply chain or finance.” Less than one third of respondents said “a nice career could be built in the demand planning area alone.”