Transforming the Supply Chain with Forecasting and Demand Planning at Electrocomponents plc

April 14, 2011
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Transforming the Supply Chain with Forecasting and Demand Planning at Electrocomponents plc

Tweet The Background… Throughout a financially turbulent 2009, the Supply Chain at Electrocomponents plc needed to better integrate into the business and become more intelligent, agile and effective. Just two years into our long-term transformation journey, our key innovations have been to: Introduce formal forecasting. Embed leading Supply Chain thinking including demand planning and SIOP…

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The Perfect Forecast and the Cost of Error: Radio Shack’s Experience

April 11, 2011
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The Perfect Forecast and the Cost of Error: Radio Shack’s Experience

Tweet Forecasting & Planning Professionals strive to reduce error in their work.  For all this effort, what is the reward? When asked what the cost of forecast error is, most discussions turn to the consequential impact of inaccurate forecasts.  Consequential impacts include lost sales and profits, expedited freight, excess and obsolete inventory, and unhappy customers.…

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Proof Positive, Sticking to the Basics in Forecasting and Planning Works

March 17, 2011
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Proof Positive, Sticking to the Basics in Forecasting and Planning Works

Tweet Trading Places The storyline is an old one. It was the theme of the 1983 American comedy titled Trading Places starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy.  You may remember it; It is one of my favorite funny movies in which an upper class commodities broker and a homeless street hustler switch roles when they…

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ST2AR – Sell Thru Triggered Automated Replenishment and Improving Forecast Accuracy

March 16, 2011
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ST2AR – Sell Thru Triggered Automated Replenishment and Improving Forecast Accuracy

Tweet I came to work at SONY 16 years ago with lots of passion and energy. I worked across several countries and held many different responsibilities from marketing to finance to supply chain. Now, at my present vocation, being operations director at SONY, I find myself responsible for many different areas of the business. My…

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There Were no Couches to Lie On, but Forecasting Therapy Was In Session

March 4, 2011
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There Were no Couches to Lie On, but Forecasting Therapy Was In Session

Tweet The IBF’s 10th annual Supply Chain Forecasting and Planning Conference turned out to be an incredible three days at the Villas of Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Florida. We kicked things off with a spectacular golf outing where we got to meet new friends and enjoyed the summer like conditions. We all did our…

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Forecasting and Calibrating Demand with Economic Cycles

February 23, 2011
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Forecasting and Calibrating Demand with Economic Cycles

Tweet I started my demand planning career in the summer of 2008. Looking back, I know now that this turned out to be the worst possible time to break into the field.  At Ingersoll Rand, we were just starting to feel the initial pains of ‘The Great Recession’, but our system forecasts did not provide…

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