What is Integrated Business Planning?

What is Integrated Business Planning?

December 06, 2016
Integrated Business Planning (IBP) is gaining a lot of traction as more companies look at maturing their sales and operations planning (S&OP) process. But what is it? Is it just an extension of S&OP? Another name for S&OP?
 
 

Question and Answer: Hostess Brands’ Supply Chain Comeback

December 1, 2016
Hostess Brands has a long tradition of creating iconic products loved by consumers young and old. In 2012, Hostess devotees feared the Twinkie might disappear forever, but Hostess Brands executed what many consider one of the most successful re-launches in history. How did they launch a company from the ground up in just a matter of months?
 

Analyzing the Analytics of Supply Chain Planning

November 22, 2016
Amid the general buzz in the supply chain planning field regarding optimization solutions and algorithmic planning, a diagram of value vs. difficulty lays out four stages of analytics by their difficulty and potential value. In the quest to do more with less, drive costs out of the supply chain, and provide higher levels of customer service, optimization and algorithmic planning are subject to a company’s analytics abilities and level of sophistication.
 
 

You Don’t Have a Supply Chain Planning System Roadmap?

November 17, 2016
Does your team face the challenge of having too many options in the supply chain planning space? With a plethora of solutions available today and the desire to move away from homegrown solutions and spreadsheets (see Are Spreadsheets Sabotaging Your Supply Chain), some more capable than others, you may feel a bit like a kid in a candy store. It’s hard to know what you need and what you don’t. And if you already have some supply chain systems in place, how can you know if they are the best mix for your business? Will they be the systems you’ll need in the future?
 
 

Planning Optimized – A Journey of Excellence

November 15, 2016
Often the ultimate goal of a supply chain planning professional is to optimize the capabilities of the company’s supply chain to meet customer requirements while minimizing costs and maximizing company performance. Despite its importance, this goal is often unreached—and if it is reached, it may last only a short time. Why? Because supply chains are ever-changing, driven by changing customer requirements, supply chain characteristics, industry dynamics, and company objectives.
 

Omni Channel Implications from the NRF Holiday 2016 Report

November 10, 2016
The National Retail Foundation’s (NRF) Holiday 2016 update predicts sales to increase 3.6% during November and December. At the same time, online sales are expected to increase by 7% to 10% over 2015. What does this mean to you? 
 
 

Merging the Art and Science of Supply Chain Management

November 8, 2016
At the 2016 CSCMP Annual Conference a member of the audience posed the question, “is forecasting a science or an art?” As a 40+ year amateur musician and a supply chain professional for the past 25 years I couldn’t help thinking about the similarities between music and supply chain management and how each of these is a combination of both art and science.
 
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