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What Is S&OP (also known as SIOP) & Why Should We Care?

We are thrilled to introduce our S&OP webpage with everything you need to know about Sales and Operations Planning (also known as SIOP, Sales, Inventory and Operations Planning or IBP, Integrated Business Planning). You'll find sections: What is S&OP? How do you benefit from SIOP? Why implement SIOP? Client [...]

Q&A: Why Implement S&OP / SIOP?

Are you concerned about inflationary pressures? Implementing a SIOP process will provide quick access to changing sales volumes and prices as well as manufacturing and supply chain requirements and costs so that you can make directionally correct informed decisions to mitigate inflationary pressures. For example, you could buy ahead [...]

Applying Lessons Learned from Supply Chain Chaos to Thrive in 2022

Manufacturers and distributors struggled mightily with supply chain disruptions and escalating prices in 2021. The significant risks of the global supply chain were not only exposed but aggravated as clients experienced extended lead times, stock-outs, and increased levels of demand and supply volatility. Clients are increasingly wary of their [...]

Interview with Industrial Insights on How SIOP Can Address Business Volatility

Volatility started with the pandemic and has been exacerbated by weather disruptions such as the Texas storms, labor shortages throughout the world, accidents such as the ship that got stuck in the Suez canal, and wars such as the Russia-Ukraine war. The bottom line is that demand volatility is [...]

SAC: Successful Organizations Move Beyond the Great Resignation

"Our most successful clients see employees as their #1 asset," points out Lisa Anderson, president of Claremont, CA-based LMA Consulting Group, Inc. and manufacturing expert known for creating supply chain resiliency. "People don't leave companies; they leave people. Thus, successful companies prioritize people.

Cleansing, Connecting & Consolidating Data to Support SIOP / S&OP and a Superior Customer Experience

One issue of significant importance during the current volatile times that was also key during previous periods (aggressive growth prior to the pandemic, the downturn of the Great Recession, etc.) is the critical importance of providing a superior customer experience. It is evergreen for companies that want to grow [...]

Do You Have Suppliers or Partners?

As originally published in ASI Adhesives & Sealants Industry on March 11, 2022 Partners are always prioritized over transactional suppliers during times of allocation and disruption. Supply chain disruptions were up 88% in 2021, according to Resilinc, a leading supply chain risk monitoring and mapping solution. Lifesciences and healthcare [...]

More Inflation & Supply Chain Chaos – What Should We Do?

Inflation rose to 7.9% in February and continues to soar! Russia invaded Ukraine and trade has been halted. Oil and gas prices will continue to rise and seem to have no end in sight with some saying it will get to $200 a barrel.

Is It Possible to Realign the Supply Chain?

Global supply-chain disruptions are rampant. Manufacturers and business owners now routinely deal with triple and quadruple lead times, widespread shortages, escalating prices, and transportation delays. Every link in the supply chain is out of alignment. Think of the imbalance as a sixth-grader on one end of a teeter-totter and a kindergartner on the other—only worse.

E-Commerce Times: Piecing Together the Supply Chain Puzzle

"There is an unprecedented volatility and disruption in the end-to-end supply chain,” said Manufacturing and Supply Chain Expert Lisa Anderson, MBA, CSCP, CLTD, President of LMA Consulting Group Inc.
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