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I have spent a large part of my career helping business leaders derive greater value from their supply chain operations. Whether working as an operations analyst, a manufacturing systems consultant, a director of supply chain planning, or a sales and operations planning (S&OP) process lead, I have enjoyed improving the operations of clients and employers alike.......Read More
Metrics such as inventory turns, on-time shipments, production efficiency, and the like are woven into the fabric of most manufacturing operations in order to gain control over production and costs. But each has the potential to be subverted for personal advantage. The most-often-abused metric is purchase price variance (PPV). ......Read More
Here in the United States, we are in the midst of our lengthy political season. The airwaves are full of rhetoric; opinions; and, of course, debate. I often find myself watching the candidates and shaking my head because real issues aren’t being discussed, questions are going unanswered, and facts are getting mangled beyond all recognition. Unwilling to discuss politics at work or in polite company, I am relegated to screaming at my TV in the privacy of my own home. It’s maddening.......Read More
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While driving home from work a few weeks ago, the haunting Zager and Evans song “In the year 2525” came on my satellite radio. The tune is an odd blend of pessimism about humankind’s ability to survive and the benefits of scientific achievement. The song was popular in 1969 during the height of the Vietnam War. Despite the stunning accomplishments of that time (humans had just landed on the moon), the musicians seemed to doubt that all technological advances would be positive.......Read More
This real-life, sales and operations planning (S&OP) account offers a comprehensive look at how a disciplined, step-by-step S&OP revamp can succeed. It is a story of transformation and advancement at a $1 billion biotechnology division of a leading corporate materials science innovator. This company had more than 10,000 stock-keeping units (SKUs); 16 manufacturing sites in 7 global regions; hundreds of product lines, product groups, and business segments; 3 key distribution centers on different continents; more than 50,000 individual data points to forecast throughout a 24-month horizon; and multiple separate forecast models that did not connect or share a common format. The challenges were significant. ......Read More
The days of dealing with sustainability only in terms of compliance and corporate positioning are over. Today, sustainability is about business success via real top-and bottom-line performance. Companies of all kinds must manage complex issues driven by global competition, speed, and the visibility and volume of information out there. Progress is difficult, and change often seems impossible.......Read More
For a long time, the fundamental assumption in sales and operations planning (S&OP) has been that the CEO should actively lead the process. And this makes sense, right?......Read More
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I often am asked what I do for a living, and I find myself challenged to describe my profession simply. “Well, I am a sales and operations planning (S&OP) lead,” I’ll say, chest thrust forward. This is usually followed by deafening silence. My own mother doesn’t even get it; she still thinks I do “something with computers,” a vestige of my early career choice.......Read More
Organizations seeking to improve their planning methods aren’t limited to following a single path. Sales and operations planning (S&OP) combined with hoshin planning principles is a unique new device in the toolbox.......Read More
Over the last decade, my team’s sales and operations planning (S&OP) efforts have focused on development and performance both within the organization and universally. In that time, we have made some important realizations.......Read More
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