Sales and Operations Planning – For Real or Not?

There is a vast amount of articles, best practices, books and ironically…blog posts about S&OP, including its transformation to integrated business management led by executive management to drive profitable growth. In contrast, more than 50 percent of inquiries on this topic from various companies have little to do with transforming their existing S&OP to integrated business management

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Big Data Meets the Supply Chain

Big data is a hot topic in various strategy circles: it was one of the hottest topics of discussion at this month’s NRF conference – including in a recent Retail Wire post: Why Retailers are Still Complaining About Big Data. Is it hype or should I pay attention? Last year, McKinsey published a report that…

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Must-Have Transportation Resolutions for Manufacturers and Retailers

Multi-channel retailing, the shelf-connected supply chain, near-shore sourcing, constrained capacity and supply chain differentiation are all trends for manufacturers and retailers that we saw in 2011 and that we will continue to see throughout 2012. So where does transportation fit? As we move into this year and beyond, here are the four must-have transportation resolutions.…

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Four Key Strategies for Supply Chain Managers in 2012

Demand variability, globalization, new product introduction and increasing customer expectations will all contribute to continued volatility in 2012. That being said, supply chain managers should seek strategies that deliver profitability, reliability and agility. This requires synchronization across two dimensions: 1) from business plan to operations, and 2) from demand through supply. Based on my own…

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