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An effective S&OP process often takes time to discover. Following are some fundamental strategies, concepts, steps to follow, and lessons learned I have discovered in my career. With any luck, these reflections can contribute to the development or maturation of your own S&OP activities.
In today's volatile world, it’s essential to set up a planning process that regularly looks at the most challenging areas and helps you think through the impact of what is happening.
One of the most challenging tasks for materials professionals is working to a large project schedule when building a product. An integrated schedule is vital for supply chain success.
A group of companies in Japan that are among the leanest in the world have not yet adopted S&OP, and they’re feeling its absence keenly.
An advanced planning and scheduling (APS) system alone is not the solution to alleviate capacity constraints. You cannot schedule your way out of a capacity problem; you can only control which orders are completed late.
Scheduling software aims to provide decision makers with a simulation of what is likely to occur. However, it is the manager or supervisor’s responsibility to start with a scheduler’s recommendations and make adjustments to fit the current situation.
Accuracy and precision may sound like the same thing, but they are distinct entities in the science and business fields. To begin applying these ideas to your own forecasts, first consider if your organization's needs favor accuracy or precision.
Today, many hospitals are adopting modern manufacturing techniques, including six sigma, lean operations, quality function deployment, and radio frequency identification.
Sales and operations planning must play an integral role in your budgeting.......Read More
The greatest amount of variability in most businesses today is found in the demand plan. Statistical forecasting is seen by forward-thinking professionals as only one of several inputs into a process of true demand management.
All inventory management systems have the same purpose—the right amount of inventory at the right place at the right time. A strong inventory system enables people to purchase and manufacture items based on consumption, yet buffers from variation.
Growth and strength in supply chain processes often are achieved by maintaining control—over manufacturing operations, sourcing partners, and ordering processes. However, in even the most well-planned supply chain, control is no longer sufficient.
At many organizations, e-commerce was an afterthought or simply a mechanism for brand and company awareness. The worst offenders were late in developing systems that could provide both strong functionality and a viable Customer Relationships Team.......Read More
Sales and operations planning can’t by itself solve the challenges that businesses face every month, quarter, and year. When implemented correctly, however, it can support a cultural change that enables people to have control and achieve optimization.......Read More
Paired-cell overlapping loops of cards, or POLCA, was created as an alternative to kanban. Kanban is not intended to operate in environments of low volume or custom products, but POLCA is designed specifically to meet these needs.......Read More
At my company, an electronics manufacturer, we recently learned some lessons that stemmed from interdepartmental conflict. Since then, we have streamlined our handling processes, boosted our quality, and improved our overall organizational effectiveness.......Read More
All good technology applications take something complex and make it very simple. A successfully designed sales and operations planning process must do the same thing while keeping that simplified design as relevant as possible.......Read More
Extrinsic forecasting is most useful for evaluating the external conditions common to supply chains, large markets, and geographies. The forecast horizon and scope are necessarily long and broad, as the method depends on the aggregate picture.......Read More
While the initial steps of a merger or acquisition can seem simple, they often are trampled by tight timelines and competing objectives. Managing these areas quickly enables a valid perspective on the new business through sales and operations planning.
When a company has no standards for creating forecasts or conventions for reacting to them, foolishness can result. In well-managed companies, sales forecasting is synchronized with finance and operations. ......Read More
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