It’s Now Twice as Hard to Find Good Supply Chain Talent

It has been a tough job market over the last couple of years. But things have definitely gotten better, especially in the supply chain field. 

Last year, Demand Solutions held our user conference at the Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando, Florida. I was struck by the juxtaposition of the rock star paraphernalia up on the walls with all the rock star supply chain pros we work with. I, for one, genuinely…

Moving towards IBP? Crawl & walk before you run

Everyone in manufacturing and distribution seems to be abuzz about topics like Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) and Integrated Business Planning (IBP). And with good reason. S&OP has a nearly 30-year track record of helping organizations improve their efficiency and profitability. IBP is a newer strategy that helps companies go one step further by eliminating organizational silos and involving…

The Seven Deadly Sins of Sales Forecasting: Part IV

In my last article, I wrote about companies that commit the Deadly Sin of entering excessive forecast overrides. In a nutshell, they make forecast adjustments based on “gut feel,” not facts. They run forecast collaboration meetings in which forecast planners are allowed to look at forecast numbers, say “That doesn’t seem right,” and change the numbers to reflect their own (mostly nonfactual) opinion…

Supply Chain Planning Systems: Why Integration Matters

Where will your business be in 30 years?

That’s a tough question for any manufacturer or distributor. So, I’ll make it a little easier on you:

Where will your business be in 10 years?

Still not sure? Fair enough. Can you peg where you’ll be in five years? In three?

No matter how carefully you’re planning your company’s future, you can’t possibly anticipate every change…

Find Out Your Supply Chain Planning Score in Just 5 Minutes

If you’ve been following this blog for a while—and if you’ve been listening to what we preach at Demand Solutions—you know we’re all about helping companies enhance their supply chain planning processes in ways that drive profitable business growth.

But I’ll be the first to admit that it’s often very difficult to know whether you’re headed in the right direction. For starters, how can you…