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5 Tips to Hacking Distribution Requirement Planning in the Food and Beverage Industry

The Food Waste Reduction Roadmap Report of 2019 show that a third of food, which includes beverages, is wasted around the world. Further analysis of the ongoing waste across the food and beverage production chain in the United Kingdom highlights [...]

A Comprehensive Guide to Predictive Inventory Planning and Management

Inventory management remains an important operational feature that determines the successes and failures of enterprises especially in the manufacturing and retail industries. For inventory management, the challenges for most enterprises are similar at a basic level. The mom and pop [...]

5 Steps to Digitize Your Inventory Planning Process

Many companies cite “inventory optimization” as a goal.  And with the digital tools available today, companies can manage their inventories better than ever with cutting edge inventory planning software such as that provided by DemandCaster.  These platforms empower companies to [...]

Top 5 Production Capacity Planning Challenges You Should Know

Modern manufacturing is a complex endeavor for any company.  Equipment capability, labor and productivity must be balanced against demand, sales forecasts, supply chain issues and many other factors to produce the right volume at the right time. Too much and [...]

Advanced Planning Challenges in Brownfield Facilities

The manufacturing industry relies on its legacy systems and equipment to get work done. This has been the way for decades. A report on the state of the manufacturing industry states that only 26% of manufacturing plants believe implementing new [...]

Best Practices for Resource Capacity Planning for Small and Medium Businesses

Manufacturing can be challenging in the best of conditions.  But for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) striving to remain competitive with large companies, their smaller size and reach mean that planning is even more crucial.   Small and medium-sized businesses often [...]

6 Questions that will Improve Your Capacity Planning Strategy

Capacity planning has always been a core strategic process in the manufacturing industries' quest to meet the demand of customers in a timely and efficient manner. Having accurate insight into your plant’s production capacity within specific durations of time while [...]

6 Tips to Improve Inventory Management through Automation

For companies with outdated or manual inventory management systems, lack of certainty about the accuracy of inventory levels can make managers and decision-makers apprehensive during busy times.  If calculations and inventory management practices are off, companies may find themselves with [...]

Strategies for Optimizing Customer Service Levels

  While every business works diligently to improve efficiency and operational excellence, at the end of the day it’s the customer who determines a company’s success.  And companies are looking for new ways to optimize customer service levels to improve [...]

How Demand Planning Fits into Integrated Business Planning

For years, many companies relied upon Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) to align processes in their supply chain.  By doing so, companies were able to improve performance and profitability.  As the value perception of S&OP matured it became apparent that [...]

The Method in the Madness – Choosing the Best Demand Planning Method

Aligning demand with supply is a critical function for any company.  And it’s one with a lot of moving parts.  The right demand plan must have a balance of inputs from all areas of the company to create forecasts that [...]

Supply Chain Planning in the Face of Rapid Change

There’s little that could properly prepare the world for the magnitude of global events such as the COVID-19 global pandemic. These situations not only impact us as individuals, but often highlight critical vulnerabilities in our business processes. Supply chain planning [...]

Demand and Supply Planning in Unpredictable Times

With everyone’s health a top priority due to Covid-19, we’re facing unprecedented times, and in many cases flying by the seat of our pants to maintain as much normalcy for ourselves and our families as possible. Now enter the workforce, [...]

Do you need MRP software?

How do you know if you should be using MRP software? Start by learning about what it is and what it does. Tech Day said, "The aim of MRP software systems is to ensure that material and production planning processes [...]

Are you considering customer service?

Customer service should be part of S&OP. While many businesses don't include customer service in the process flow, they should! Quality communication and collaboration with those in your business that are part of customer service can streamline planning initiatives. They [...]

Going Green in Supply Chain

Can supply chain professionals help their business become more sustainable? Absolutely! You will be helping the environment, but going green can also help your business with brand building and efficiency. It can even be as simple as moving to the [...]

Why you need more than just data

Is just having data good enough? Absolutely not!  You need to be able to use all that data to make informed decisions.  IndustryWeek said, "Analytics have the potential to totally reconfigure the factory, but they must be utilized in every [...]

What supply chain professionals should look out for this year

Part of being in this industry is looking out for new trends and staying on top of new technology. What should supply chain professionals be looking for in 2020? Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and big data. All of these trends [...]

Bottom line: Why S&OP is Important

There are many, many reasons why S&OP is important for growing businesses. To start - Forbes said, "Use S&OP to anticipate changes, react to them and position the company to respond appropriately. S&OP enables demand-fulfillment responsiveness." You can also use S&OP [...]

Step up your demand planning in 2020

How can you take your demand planning to the next level? Start with communication. As Tech Target said, "Demand planning is not a compartmentalized component within the company. It's an integrated and detailed set of actions that connect multiple activities [...]

Sales and Operations Execution for the Short Term

One current problem in supply chain is with short term execution. Sales and operations planning usually looks ahead at least three months, so the short term is where S&OE comes in. Supply Chain Digital said, “S&OE fits within the immediate [...]
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