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Supply Planning (Production, Capacity, Materials, Replenishment, Inventory)

What Are Clients Experiencing in Today’s Business Environment?

Our clients continue to experience an unprecedented level of volatility and complexity. The common themes include: Continued supply chain disruptions: From computer chips to commodities to everyday components/ materials, clients continue to experience shortages and/or extended lead times. Continued challenges in finding people: Whether you are looking for a [...]

Upgrade Demand Planning Processes & Software to Navigate Economic Challenges

During times of volatility including inflation and recession, forecasting future sales becomes even more vital than it is during regular business cycles. Emerging from the pandemic, the global markets have experienced rising costs and significant demand. In the U.S. [...]

Production Scheduling Best Practices Drive Increased Customer Service, Operational Efficiencies & Inventory Turns

Manufacturing has struggled to produce what customers want on-time without spending a fortune and tying up excess cash unnecessarily in the wrong, "just-in-case" inventory. It is a tough environment spiraling out of control with supply chain chaos.

Are You Managing Inventory or Is Inventory Managing You?

As executives continue to navigate these volatile economic conditions, the focus on inventory management increases. It is especially tough to determine what to do if you don't know if sales opportunities will dramatically increase as the competition falters and consumers drive demand or if sales will tank as recession fears increase and business optimism falters.

Supply Chain Collaboration & VMI to Get Ahead of Economic Challenges

Manufacturers are experiencing continued inflationary pressures threatening customer service and profit margins with record-breaking price increases and lack of material availability.  To add fuel to the fire, they are also starting to worry about preparing for a potential recession.

Impacts of China & Taiwan on the Global Supply Chain

In this episode of Supply Chain Chats, Lisa Anderson talks about impacts on the global supply chain from the Shanghai lockdown and China’s threats to Taiwan. She discusses how the Shanghai lockdown impacted the ports for a few months, creating stockpiles of container ships waiting [...]

Impact of Russia/Ukraine War on Global Supply Chain

In this episode of Supply Chain Chats, Lisa Anderson talks about impacts on the global supply chain from the Russia-Ukraine war and the infant formula crisis. She discusses a client challenge related to the availability and pricing of nickel stemming from the Russia-Ukraine war and how the client proactively addressed the issue.

State of Supply Chain

The successful companies will not only strive to be the strongest link in your supply chain, but they will ensure that the weakest link doesn't send their customers to the competition. You have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to secure your position as a market leader and thrive for years to come, if you choose to take advantage of the opportunity and start to act NOW.

Proactively Managing Cost & Service with Material Planning Best Practices

Since the pandemic, it has been a constant battle to ensure material availability, let alone to proactively manage cost and service. Even the most proactive and successful clients have experienced brief shortages of key materials and extended lead-times. The rest have been plagued with these issues.

Getting Ahead of Inflationary and Deflationary Pressures Using S&OP

Because we live in a global, supply chain disrupted world amidst record-breaking prices for food, commodities and oil (and all products dependent on these industries), not only are businesses looking to navigate inflationary pressures, but also deflationary pressures. Inflation can lead to deflation as consumers panic and demand softens.
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