Although our company is considered to be ahead of many companies where our S&OP Process is concerned, I am what might  be considered to be a “newbie” in the S&OP arena. I began my journey working in Demand Planning (unfortunately we did not use S&OP then) and now work in supply planning, My direct manager is also the company’s S&OP Group Leader and he brought our team to the recent APICS/IBF Best of the Best S&OP Conference to learn more about the process.  I spent the entire conference in the Level 1 sessions, and learn I did!

The two day conference is a fast paced learning session that will give you an insight to S&OP if you use it at your company like we do now.  The conference delivered excellent presenters (HOOAH!), great topics, and was outstandingly well organized. There were  two levels, one for the more experienced practitioners in S&OP, and one for the less knowledgeable.  I stuck with the sessions on the  level 1 track and learned something from them all. Everything from “Resolving Conflict in the Monthly S&OP Monthly Process” to “How S&OP Can Support New Product Launches”.

I would encourage any one reading this who is close to planning to attend any “Best of the Best S&OP Conference’s” in the future. My manager, since he paid for it, is especially satisfied that I attended and actually got something out of a conference that I went to.

Gary A. Zambo, CPIM
Supply Planning Consultant – Central Service Team
SC Johnson – A Family Company

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