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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 [...]

Why 2019 was a disruptive year in supply chain

2019 was definitely a year of change for supply chain. While the word disruptive might have a negative context, in this case it can be seen as a good thing. Turbulence brings change and progress. The past year in supply [...]

How the cloud is impacting supply chain

Cloud-based technology is significantly impacting supply chain everywhere. More companies are jumping on board with this technology as its capabilities continue to grow. Supply Chain Management Review said, “Quite simply, cloud is becoming a supply chain utility. It is a [...]

How you can implement automation without going totally digital

Going completely digital is a big step that not every business is ready for. That’s alright! There are still smaller steps that can move you in that direction. Manufacturing.net said, “Starting small with workflow automation allows organizations to streamline simple [...]

Setting the record straight: Logistics vs. Supply Chain

Let’s settle this - what’s the difference between logistics and supply chain? To start, logistics is about materials but not people. It has to do with transportation, warehouses, etc. Supply chain encompasses much more than that. In supply chain, we [...]

What’s next for supply chain software?

Like many industries, supply chain is changing rapidly. The software used for supply chain is evolving to keep up! Predictive analytics are becoming smarter and more accurate. Additionally, technology is playing a role in companies becoming incredibly efficient. As for [...]

Are you effectively managing your inventory?

Inventory management is essential in today's industries.  Poor inventory management can lead to a lot of problems such as too much inventory, disorganization, or low product turnover. Avoiding these issues can save your business time and money.  CGN said, "Fast paced [...]

Why does your business need S&OP

S&OP is valuable for businesses because it helps in planning for the future. When done well, it can help your business to grow and succeed.  Forbes said, "A more effective and holistic S&OP process goes straight to the heart of [...]

What is S&OP all about?

When it comes down to the basics, what is S&OP all about? To start, it stands for sales and operations planning.  Hubspot said, "The S&OP process includes forecasting, demand and supply planning, and executive review. The goal is to coordinate [...]

What every beginner warehouse owner should know

There are a few strategies and techniques that every new warehouse owner should be aware of. On the top of that list is inventory management! After all, inventory is the reason we have warehouses.  While it might seem like common [...]

Thinking through digital supply chain

Going digital in supply chain takes knowledge and careful planning.  As Gartner said, "While any organization can throw technology at planning, it makes more sense to pause a minute and think about what type of digital technology is appropriate." Think [...]

Your business growth could be hiding in supply chain

78% of the businesses studied were missing significant opportunities in their supply chain. Accenture said, “The remaining 22% of companies, referred to as “Leaders,” are making smart moves in three areas — digital investments, customer-centricity and ecosystems. This is enabling [...]

Is S&OP owned by supply chain?

S&OP is commonly under supply chain, but should it be? The Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning said, “As S&OP maturity evolves the requirement for ownership of the process becomes more and more focused on business leadership and decision-making.” It [...]

Why you should be using an S&OP Calendar

Do you use your S&OP calendar? It is a great tool to help you meet your goals and work together. The Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning noted, “By consistently indicating where they contribute in the process, and indicating that [...]
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