A New Approach to Effective Demand Planning – Journal of Business Forecasting Summer 2014

Volume 33 Issue 2 Summer 2014 Click here to DOWNLOAD a preview of the latest Journal of Business Forecasting (JBF) Click HERE to become an IBF member and get a JBF subscription FREE FEATURED ARTICLES: A New Approach to Effective Demand Planning By Richard Loretto Global companies are changing their operating models to meet increasingly complex demands on their businesses. Too often… Read more>>

Using S&OP to Drive a Step Change in Achieving World Class Customer Service

  In September 2013, I accepted a new challenge as Forecasting and Demand Specialist at Wolf Oil Corporation, an independent lubricants company. Wolf Oil shows fantastic growth figures, which focuses on their private labels and the introduction/ re-launch of the two company trademarks. The company has grown to such a level, a step change in the business process is required… Read more>>

Getting New Innovation to the Market Fast with S&OP Best Practices from Nokia

Now, your company has an amazing new product to be launched for the next Christmas season. It’s said to be a make or break for meeting this year’s business goals. The launch is going to be a big event, and consumers expect to get the product in their hands as soon as possible. Engineers are working hard to get the product tested and ready; marketing is building the story and campaign… Read more>>

The Demand Planning Career, Is it a Curse or a Blessing?

If you have any knowledge of Demand Planning, I am sure that you have heard the following: “Demand Planners are like meteorologists, they rarely get credit for doing the job correctly and they’re only noticed when they get it wrong.” Even so, the bottom line is that there are serious and costly ramifications which can occur if these decisions are wrong. For this reason, the demand… Read more>>

Thoughts from IBF’s Supply Chain Forecasting & Planning Conference in Dubai

As I consider the evolution of the role demand planning and forecasting has gone through over the years and what the future may hold for the involved professionals, I can’t help but think we could be on the cusp of a renaissance. Last month, I was truly delighted to be part of the prestigious IBF Conference in Dubai for the second year in a row. I learned many new things from a large… Read more>>

Change Management in S&OP – What’s In It For Me (WIIFM)?

I imagine we've all been in situations where we are trying to implement a change of some sort for the good of the business, and those around us just don’t seem to get it! Frustration builds up on both sides and momentum can be lost. Involving the people affected by the change is key to moving forward; from those pressing the button to those owning the process itself. Managing… Read more>>