The supply chain is no stranger to change. In fact, we are so used to being chameleons, adapting to the latest innovation or problem, that it is very much part of what we do. Businesses which stand the test of time do so precisely because of their skill at adapting to face the latest challenges and indeed thrive from them. Read more
Of all the elements of a supply chain, the planning of manufacturing is the area that is probably most mired in confusing language and acronyms. MRP, MRPII, DDMRP, RCCP, MPS… the list goes on.
Manufacturing is a complex beast and trying to grasp the basic planning processes can be challenging if you’ve not been exposed to manufacturing before.
Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) is a powerful decision-making process that provides a platform to balance supply and demand on a mid-to-long term horizon. The benefits are numerous – improved service performance, stable production rates, enhanced teamwork and reduced inventories.
Combine this with integrated financial planning and it’s a process that every business should operate. However, there are many issues that will break an S&OP process and in this article, we look at five of them. Read more
The role of a supply chain director is to control the movement of material from source to end customer. The remit is simple, but the execution is far from it. The constraining factors on material and information flow across any supply chain make the task challenging and occasionally very near impossible. Read more
Despite technology bringing with it improved clarity and visibility in our supply chains – through data acquisition – much of a supply chain’s understanding of supply and demand still comes down to accurate demand forecasting. How do we improve the accuracy of our forecasting? Indeed, how accurate can we expect our demand forecasting to be? Read more
All too often supply chain development, and investment into supply chain assets, is focused on a single plan at a fixed point in time, be that a budget or a longer term strategic intention. However, plans change in line with market conditions. This article discusses how S&OP can be used to ensure that supply chain development and investment can be made responsive to those changes. Read more