Inventory and Operations Planning

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 [...]

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 [...]

SIOP beyond Borders

In today’s interconnected business environment amplify SIOP’s reach and potential to include all supply chain partners, even globally.SIOP (Sales, Inventory & Operations Planning) is one method to align demand with supply while also aligning the various functions within an organization to deliver strategic objectives and maximize business value. As [...]

Types of Capacity

Businesses with growth ambitions have to gauge the current capacity of every facet of their facility to plan future productivity.Capacity is a critical element for any business – and especially those interested in growth! A good place to start is to understand your capacity, which can mean different things [...]

What are the Benefits of SIOP?

Companies that conduct effective Sales, Inventory and Operations Planning (SIOP) are able to balance supply with demand and exceed customer expectations.Sales, Inventory and Operations Planning (SIOP) is a process that manufacturers and distributors utilize to align supply with demand. What are the key benefits? Happy customers: Lately, I've seen [...]

Cycle Counting

The key to effective cycle counting is to not get bogged down in resolving every dollar, but rather focus on the significant discrepancies.The main goal of cycle counting is to cycle through your inventory to ensure inventory accuracy on a consistent basis. (In contrast, a physical inventory is a [...]

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