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SIOP / S&OP

The Value of Demand Planning

In supply chain circles, there are lots of exciting concepts to discuss and debate such as lean, master scheduling, theory of constraints and many more; however, we have found that our most successful clients start with the customer!   If you concur that we are in an Amazon-impacted marketplace where [...]

Is Your Supply Chain Ready for Growth?

When faced with double digit growth, many businesses are stunted because they haven’t prepared their supply chain for growth.Recently, we worked with a large, complex organization to provide an external assessment of the supply chain organization and how well it was prepared to support scalable growth.  It reminded us [...]

Which Business Best Practices Do Top Notch Trusted Advisors See?

Best business practices, this way....In my ProVisors ODAM (Ontario-hosted Distributors and Manufacturers group – don’t you love the play on words?) meeting this month, we discussed business best practices we’ve seen with our manufacturing and distribution clients. It was a fascinating discussion as our group is diverse and consists [...]

Collaboration & Judgment Can Achieve Wonders

August 11, 2017 Earlier this week, I spoke to APICS Ventura County on the topic of SIOP (Sales, Inventory & Operations Planning).  It was a great conversation because it was really interactive with probing questions on not just the theory and concepts but how to "make it work" - [...]

Raising the Bar With Customer Service

Do your internal operations have a significant impact on your customer service levels?  Yes, in every single client, they can have a dramatic effect! For example, we recently worked with a client that wanted to raise the bar when it came to service levels.  Over time, product mix, distribution [...]

How Far Should You Look into the Future?

Setting strategy or designing a sales, inventory and operations planning (SIOP) process requires forecasting. How far into the future do you look and why? Whether setting strategy or designing a SIOP (sales, inventory and operations planning) process, one of the most important questions to consider is how far into [...]

Hot Topics in Supply Chain Management?

Empower your operation by arming yourself with knowledge of supply chain trends. See the top four I learned from the APICS International Conference.One of the reasons we attend the APICS International Conference is to understand what is trending in supply chain today. Which topics are "hot"? Logistics - APICS' [...]

Project Success Is All About The People

Project success starts and ends with people. Give your project a head start with a top leader to guide the cross-functional tasks along the way. Published in "Project Times" website, May 10, 2016 Click here for original article. In reviewing project successes and failures, it turns out that project [...]

SIOP is Not a Supply Chain Project

The full benefits of SIOP blossom when its treated like an organization-wide strategic initiative instead of a narrower supply chain project.Although the supply chain and operations resources typically coordinate the SIOP process as their skills align best with the majority of the processes, the reason for its success is [...]

SIOP Success is a Straight Line to People

The technical aspects of SIOP still have to filter through people. Success happens when everyone in an organization is operating from a single integrated plan. As with everything in business success, SIOP (sales, inventory and operations planning) success is a straight line back to people. Thus, it is the [...]

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