You Cannot Have New Product Planning without S&OP

At the recent “Best of the Best S&OP” conference jointly sponsored by IBF and APICS, one of the Marquis topics, and one which generated much positive feedback, was presented by Douglas Kent, former SVP at Avnet and adjunct professor at the International University of Monaco. The title of his presentation was “Supply Chain as Innovation Driver: Aligning New Product planning with… Read more>>

Comments from the Recent IBF APICS Best of the Best S&OP Conference

Just finished the “IBF’s Best of the Best S&OP” conference held from Jun 13 – 14, 2013 at the Rosemont Hilton in Chicago in partnership with APICS. This conference has to have been the most successful gathering of Business Professionals over the past 2-3 years. The guest speakers were all seasoned business professionals from companies such as Kellogg's, Avnet, DuPont, Milwaukee… Read more>>

Executing the New Product Launch: Why Your Forecast is Critical Throughout the Process

I recently attended an IBF conference session by Michael Birch, Vice President Operations at Ping Golf on why forecasting is so critical to the product launch.  Michael spoke about the multiple stages of a product launch, the various stakeholders involved, and the criticality of “the forecast” relative to a successful launch. Michael went as far to state “the forecast is the foundation… Read more>>

Benefits of Forecast Sharing With Your Suppliers

A lot of attention is paid to the value of demand planning and forecast accuracy as it relates to benefits to the enterprise. These benefits include better production, inventory, distribution and buying plans. Customer deliveries are improved, while excess inventory is reduced and operations on the production floor can perform like clockwork. The “right stuff” is purchased, built… Read more>>

Putting Marketing Back in S&OP: Journal of Business Forecasting

Volume 32 Issue 1 Spring 2013 Click here to DOWNLOAD a sample copy of the latest Journal of Business Forecasting (JBF) Click here to become an IBF member and get a JBF subscription FREE FEATURED ARTICLES: Putting "M"arketing Back in S&OP By Charles W. Chase, Jr. Smart organizations share common goals and performance metrics. They are also nimble and work collaboratively, focusing… Read more>>

“Perfect Candidate Profile” in Business Forecasting & Planning”

Panel discussions are most interesting when the panelists represent similar disciplines across a variety of industries. At the recent IBF Conference in Scottsdale, each of the 4 panelists were asked about various aspects of the planning process within their respective organizations. The range of topics included the single forecast plan (the one number plan), execution of the plan… Read more>>