The Future of Planning [Video]

In this video, Vikram Balasubramamian talks about the future of planning. A new world where in order to exceed increasing customer expectations, supply chain solutions must be more intelligent, predictive and capable of delivering to your customers when, how and where they want it. Like never before, your supply chain must deliver differentiated customer experiences…

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Cross Functional Planning as a Way of (Business) Life

Remember the good old days when planning was something you did once a quarter just to make sure your annual plans were still on track? We don’t live in that world anymore. Today’s complex, global, customer-driven world requires all companies to be agile and responsive to constantly changing customer demand, competition, disruptions and geopolitical events.…

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Solving the Supply Planning Crisis

If your home was on fire, would you want firefighters to attempt to douse the flames with an old manual bucket line? Of course not. You would want them to use the most modern, effective equipment available. So why are you asking your supply planners to fight the fires of supply disruption with the manual…

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Supply Chain Digitalization Is Top of Mind for Many Manufacturers – Are You One of Them?

The world is changing constantly and quickly. Digital technologies and their related information flows continue to disrupt industries – creating new opportunities for customer service, revenue streams, efficiencies, and competitive advantage. Those that once viewed Amazon’s wild success as primarily a retail concern have now reconsidered, and if they want to be successful, re-positioned. Amazon…

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Supply Chain Planning Basics: Implications – Part 5 of 5

“For every complex problem … there’s a simple solution … and it’s wrong.” (H.L. Menken) In our fourth blog we considered execution in the context of the planning and scheduling processes; now let’s summarize our findings and consider why and how we uniquely consider these supply chain planning domains. To accomplish an objective we plan: we…

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Supply Chain Planning Basics: Planning to Execute – Part 4 of 5

In our third blog we considered scheduling in the context of a manufacturing planning process; now, let’s explore how both planning and scheduling enable the execution of a plan, noting their respective roles and analyzing their interdependencies. We plan/schedule to help us execute: to do the right things at the right times in the right ways to efficiently achieve an objective. But in…

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Supply Chain Planning Basics: Planning to Schedule – Part 3 of 5

In our second blog we considered planning theory as a unique problem solving domain within contexts like supply chain planning, so now let’s compare and contrast planning and scheduling, to better understand how they work together. In most every plan, like a manufacturing plan, we’re following a series of steps, tasks following one after another, where the sequence is driven…

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