demand planning

Risk-Adjusted Supply Chains Help Companies Prepare for the Inevitable

Each time I get in my car and drive to work, or the grocery store or wherever, there are a myriad of dangers that I might encounter. I could get t-boned at an intersection by a distracted driver; I might blow a tire and swerve into a ditch or a piece of space debris could crash through my windshield. Some perils are, obviously, less likely than others, but the reality is, anything… Read more>>

New Learnings from Day 1 of IBF’s Business Forecasting & Planning Academy: An Attendee’s Perspective

Last week I had the opportunity to attend IBF’s Business Forecasting & Planning Academy held in Las Vegas. The two days were filled with fourteen educational sessions, three roundtable discussions, and multiple opportunities for connecting with peers and instructors. Each educational session, organized as introductory or advanced level, was two hours in length allowing for a deeper dive… Read more>>

How Many SKUs Can A Forecaster Manage? —IBF Research Report 14

  It is difficult to arrive at one fixed number of SKUs that a forecaster can manage, because situations vary from industry to industry and company to company. There are several factors at play. It depends on how easy or difficult it is to forecast, what the lead time is, the cost of forecast error, whether forecasts are prepared on an aggregate or granular level, type of data… Read more>>

Passion & Spice Missing From Your S&OP Relationship?

During a recent IBF conference in Chicago I was asked numerous times about how to make Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) less boring.    It is not the first time.    This is a very common question.    I suspect this is becoming more common place as S&OP processes mature past “storming” and into “norming”.   When processes hit this inflection point it helps… Read more>>