Omni-Channel Retailers Supply Chain Survival Plan

Omni-Channel Retailers Supply Chain Survival Plan

January 19, 2017
It’s an omni-channel world out there. Mobile and e-commerce customers expect to receive the same experience and service regardless of where or how they shop. Of course, customers do differ from store to store, and online desktop shoppers can be different from mobile app shoppers.

Common Sales and Operations Planning Myths – Part 1

January 17, 2017
This is the first of a series of five posts that investigates common myths and mistruths I have heard over the last 20+ years regarding Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP). Hopefully, by exploring these myths we can generate a greater understanding of what S&OP is and what it is not.

The Battle for Supply Chain Talent

December 13, 2016
Over the last few years I have heard a reoccurring theme from many supply chain professionals, “there is a war for talent being waged.” Nowhere is this more apparent than in the area of demand and supply chain planning.

What is Integrated Business Planning?

December 6, 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?
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