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  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    Meeting and Exceeding Supply Chain Expectations

    Upon returning from APICS 2015 in Las Vegas, I have time to reflect on the excellent speakers I heard (and interviewed), motivated people I met, and invigorating conversations I had. APICS was proud to welcome Jack Welch, legendary management expert and best-selling author, to the stage for the conference’s opening general session.
  • Posted by
    Peter A. Bolstorff
    Executive Vice President, APICS

    Tips for coaching a team of Millennials

    Two years ago, I was reviewing the profile of the team we put together for a Sales and Operations Planning project kickoff. The team included people from design and steering, as well as sponsors. And while some of those folks were Baby Boomers (including myself) and Generation Xers, a majority of our team were Millennials.
  • Posted by
    Peter A. Bolstorff
    Executive Vice President, APICS

    Align Supply Chain and Product Managers to Upgrade S&OP

    The elephant does look different depending on your proximity to the beast. The same can be said about inventory. There are two roles in your organization that often view inventory from vastly different perspectives: the supply chain manager and the product manager. The two are frequently pushing against each other, but getting these two roles on the same page will upgrade your sales and operations planning (S&OP).
  • Posted by
    Peter A. Bolstorff
    Executive Vice President, APICS

    The Seven Principles of Effective Supply Chain Planning

    Question: Is best practice supply chain planning simply a function of incorporating more leading practices? Answer: No. Leading practices in supply chain planning abound. A simple Google search yielded more than 54 million results. Those practices include everything from sales and operations planning to material requirements planning and demand management to vendor-managed inventory. And new principles in supply chain planning are constantly emerging, including demand shaping, demand sensing, and agile response.
  • Posted by
    Peter A. Bolstorff
    Executive Vice President, APICS

    S&OP: A Case Study

    Sales and operations planning (S&OP) has been around a long time. With the economic challenges in recent years, the process has seen a resurgence of importance with companies striving to balance demand and supply while maintaining appropriate inventory levels and hitting projected revenue and profits.
  • Posted by
    Peter A. Bolstorff
    Executive Vice President, APICS

    Closing The Supply Chain Generation Learning Gap

    In preparation for an upcoming Sales and Operations Planning project kickoff, I reviewed the profile of the team–project leader, design team, steering team, and sponsors. The list includes four generations–Baby Boomers (including me), a host of Generation X, and a majority of Millennials.
  • Posted by
    Peter A. Bolstorff
    Executive Vice President, APICS

    Effective Tactical Planning Makes S&OP Better

    Good pairings make the individuals better, i.e. red wine and steak, batman and robin, hardware and software, etc. Tactical planning and sales and operations planning (S&OP) is a critical process pairing for supply chain.
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