Customer-Centric Supply Chain Planning: The Difference is in the Details

I was fortunate to join the Arkieva team in strategy sessions with our Belgium team and European partner - Solventure. Since this was my first time visiting Belgium, I couldn’t help but notice the picturesque sceneries, the architecture, and how beautifully meals were presented. I started pondering if the locals saw all the details that

By | August 24th, 2016|Supply Chain, Supply Planning|2 Comments

A Critical Insight to Successful Supply Chain Planning

During my apprenticeship, one of the critical lessons I learned to work successfully with managers and planners is consistently make clear which planning / scheduling problem is the current focus and how it relates to other planning and scheduling decisions. I have organized these decision points into a tier hierarchy for better understanding of what can make business planning successful.

By | July 1st, 2016|S&OP, Supply Planning|0 Comments

Analytics and S&OP: What is Analytics, and how to spot Buzzwords

Sales and Operations Planning is a continuous business process that enables firms from hospitals to chemicals to respond to emerging situations intelligently. Today we will discuss the relevance of buzz words such as Analytics, Predictive Analytics, Data Science, and Machine Learning, for S&OP.

A Guide to Supply Chain Management: Making Intuition More Valuable

Organizations, from health care facilities to manufacturing giants to small restaurants, can be viewed as an ongoing sequence of loosely coupled activities where current and future assets are matched with current and future demand across the supply chain or demand supply network. These planning and scheduling decisions occur across a complex playing field. Read to learn more about these planning activities.

By | June 23rd, 2016|S&OP, Supply Chain, Supply Planning|0 Comments

Sales, Inventory & Operations Planning (SiOP) – Part Five

Last time in Sales, Inventory & Operations Planning (SiOP) – Part Four I talked about the Supply step of the cross-functional process of SiOP. For this blog we will conclude this discussion with the Exec SiOP step.

By | June 14th, 2016|S&OP, Supply Chain, Supply Planning|0 Comments

Sales, Inventory & Operations Planning (SiOP) – Part Four

Last time in Sales, Inventory & Operations Planning (SiOP) – Part Three I talked about the Demand step of the cross-functional process of SiOP. For this blog we will discuss the Supply step.

By | June 9th, 2016|S&OP, Supply Chain, Supply Planning|0 Comments

Sales, Inventory & Operations Planning (SiOP) – Part Three

Last time in Sales, Inventory & Operations Planning (SiOP) – Part Two I talked about the Demand step of the cross-functional process of SiOP. For this blog we will discuss the Inventory step.

Sales, Inventory & Operations Planning (SiOP) – Part Two

Last time in Sales, Inventory & Operations Planning (SiOP) – Part One I talked about the Segmentation and Product Management steps of the cross-functional process of SiOP. For this blog we will discuss the Demand step.

Sales, Inventory & Operations Planning (SiOP) – Part One

I pride myself on being an expert in designing and implementing Sales, Inventory and Operations Planning. Companies that have a good SiOP process can’t imagine how to live without it. It is the key instrument for the CEO to navigate the business along the budget towards its strategic targets. In Part One of the SiOP series of blogs we’ve distilled from the many projects we have done over the last 10 years.

By | May 31st, 2016|S&OP, Supply Chain, Supply Planning|1 Comment

Do You Have a Bimodal Supply Chain?

I attended the Gartner conference in Phoenix and heard from many speakers and analysts. The key theme at the conference was that of a bimodal supply chain. For those who did not attend, this phrase might not mean much. In this post, I will try to explain this phrase.

By | May 24th, 2016|Supply Planning|5 Comments

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