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What makes a great demand planner?

What characteristics does a great demand planner have? First of all, they can solve problems. Being creative and objective is a vital part of their job! However, they can also communicate their problem solving methods very well. It’s important for [...]

DemandCaster to Exhibit at the Best of the Best S&OP Conference Presented by ASCM and IBF

According to Mark Moon, a co-author of Advanced Demand /Supply Integration (DSI) Best Practices, a white paper published by the Global Supply Chain Institute of the University of Tennessee Knoxville, "S&OP really needs a strong rebranding effort." We couldn’t agree [...]

Making your demand planning the best it can be

If your demand planning isn’t going as well as you hoped, there are a few things you can do! First, make sure you are really committed to demand planning and you are not just doing it out of perceived obligation. [...]

Are you utilizing technology for S&OP?

Technology keeps getting better in sales and operations planning, and businesses are really utilizing it! Supply Chain Management Review reported, “Nearly 70% of the respondents in APQC’s survey of S&OP professionals consider technology to be an extremely critical or very [...]

Traits that define a good leader in the manufacturing industry

What do successful leaders in the manufacturing industry have in common? First of all, their employees trust them. How do you build that trust? Industry Week said, “It requires the real work of building a culture around teamwork, creativity and [...]

How to advance your career in demand planning

How do you advance your career in demand planning? First you need to know the language. That might sound simple - you already use it every day! However, different companies and areas use different terminology to take the time to [...]

Our Takeaway from SuiteWorld: 5 Ways Supply Chain Planning Software Supports the Blueprint for Growth

While it is easier than ever before to start a business today, many companies are not able to remain successful and grow to the next level. It’s not surprising that the theme of last week’s SuiteWorld19 was Grow Beyond. For [...]

The laws you should really know about demand planning

How confident are you in your demand planning knowledge? Institute of Business Forecasting and Planning says there are a few laws you should follow. First, there are a few times that your planning gets less precise - when you get [...]

What you should know about correlation and causation

Just because you see patterns doesn’t mean you should make your business decisions around them. It’s easy to find connections and mix up correlation and causation, so do you research and don’t mix them up. The Institute of Business Forecasting [...]

Computational thinking in today’s industry

Industry Week defines computational thinking as, “A structured approach to problem-solving, which ultimately allows you to come up with a solution that can be effectively carried out by computers, people, or—typically—a combination of both.” This is a great tool when [...]

Embracing change starts with you

Change is necessary for a business to grow and develop. However, you can’t change the way that people think or a company’s culture overnight. Industry Week said, “Leaders should try to change how people act in the organization by defining [...]

6 Reasons to Avoid Using Spreadsheets for Supply Chain Planning

First introduced to the business world in the late 1970’s as a computerized representation of bookkeeping worksheets, spreadsheet software has become a staple in almost every office. Used in a wide variety of industries from manufacturing to retailing to professional [...]

Ara Surenian, Founder of DemandCaster, to Discuss ‘Growing Beyond the Status Quo’ with S&OP at SuiteWorld19

Ara Surenian, founder of DemandCaster and a supply chain visionary with over 30 years of industry experience, will present 7 Steps to Getting Started with Sales and Operations Planning at the upcoming Oracle NetSuite SuiteWorld. The session will explain the [...]

Do You Know the True Cost of Your Supply Chain?

As globalization continues to expand, many product companies are beginning to see other aspects of supply chain complexity increase as well. In addition to globalization, the growth toward mass customization and greater consumer insistence for accommodations in the speed of [...]

Demand Planning vs. Supply Planning: Balance is the Key to Success

Organizations that manage a supply chain have a number of priorities that need to be continually balanced: meeting financial goals, completing customer orders on time and in full, and keeping facilities at optimal productivity levels, to name just a few. [...]

Make the Transition to Inventory Forecasting Software

Maintaining the right amount of inventory is key to keeping up with the ebb and flow of customer orders. But what level is the “right” level? If a company doesn’t have enough product on hand, it may miss too many [...]

Building efficiency through teamwork

Dave Turbide said, “The very essence of supply chain management is coordinated activity; working together to move the materials and products through the chain from source to manufacturing, from manufacturing through the distribution network, and out to the customer in [...]

The Importance of Effectively Managing Raw Materials Inventory

In today’s world, the system of vendors, activity, and data required to source, produce, and deliver products to customers is increasingly complex. And the supply chain represents the steps required to make this happen. But as product companies extend their [...]

DemandCaster Announces Gold Sponsorship of SuiteWorld19

DemandCaster is excited to announce it will be a Gold sponsor at SuiteWorld19, an annual celebration of Oracle NetSuite customers and partners. SuiteWorld will take place April 1-4, 2019 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas. “We’re [...]

What is CPFR in supply chain?

CPFR stands for collaborative planning, forecasting, and replenishment. The Institute of Business Forecasting and Planning said, “CPFR strategies allow aligning of multiple S&OP processes and jointly plan supply chain activities to ensure that the joint business plans between organizations are [...]

Why analyzing IoT data isn’t always easy

You have all the data you need - now what? Data that isn’t actionable is not helping anything. The problem with big data is that it can accumulate very quickly and can become hard to manage! As Supply Chain Analytics [...]
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