Supply Chain Insights: Was Integrated Planning a Hoax?

June 23, 2014
Supply Chain Insights: Was Integrated Planning a Hoax?

In my role with Logility, I have the opportunity to work with a wide variety of companies and executive management teams around achieving their supply chain goals and prioritizing their initiatives.

Top Five Winning Habits for Retail Planning and Allocation

June 11, 2014
Top Five Winning Habits for Retail Planning and Allocation

I recently sat down with MID Retail co-founders Mike Ruhana and Chuck Miller to discuss the qualities that lead to retail supply chain success. Drawing on their experience with more than 100 leading retailers, they have identified five habits for retail planning and allocation success that are, in their words, “true difference makers.”

Gartner: Supply Chain Led the Last Decade

May 20, 2014
Gartner: Supply Chain Led the Last Decade

We are at Gartner's 2014 Executive Supply Chain Conference this week and the opening keynote just wrapped up. Noha Tohamy, research vice president, and Debra Hofman, research vice president, discussed where the supply chain is headed by taking a retrospective look at where we have been.

Supply Chain as a Competitive Centerpiece

April 17, 2014
Supply Chain as a Competitive Centerpiece

It’s exciting when you see a company that “talks the talk” and “walks the walk” with complete conviction. Bill Nienburg, Vice President of Global Merchandising and Sales Planning, Under Armour, did just this in front of 300 supply chain practitioners at the recent Logility Connections 2014 conference in Atlanta, GA, calling the athletic apparel maker’s supply chain “a cornerstone for [Under Armour’s] overall growth agenda.”

Supply Chain Insights Survey: Is Faster Better?

April 15, 2014
Supply Chain Insights Survey: Is Faster Better?

Supply Chain Insights is hosting a survey that explores how supply and demand planning software implementation time impacts ROI. Take the survey and Supply Chain Insights will email you the final report at no charge--and you can receive a personalized review of the results by phone with Supply Chain Insights Founder and CEO Lora Cecere.

Supply Chain at Your Fingertips

April 09, 2014
Supply Chain at Your Fingertips

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.

The S&OP Word Cloud

February 26, 2014
The S&OP Word Cloud

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. 

Corralling New Product Innovation and S&OP

January 28, 2014
Corralling New Product Innovation and S&OP

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?  

Ann Grackin: Is the Crisis in Demand Management Being Exacerbated by Spreadsheet Dependency?

January 22, 2014
Ann Grackin: Is the Crisis in Demand Management Being Exacerbated by Spreadsheet Dependency?

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.

Lora Cecere Asks: Why Do People Question the Value of S&OP?

January 15, 2014
Lora Cecere Asks: Why Do People Question the Value of S&OP?

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. 

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