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Step by Step Guide to Production Planning Software

If your business relies on proper supply chain management systems, then you’re going to want help with your production planning. Production planning software is an excellent way to make your supply chain planning more efficient and effective.

What is Production Planning Software?

These software suites fall under the umbrella of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, and are used to…

How Your Business Can Improve Sales and Operations (S&OP) Planning With Software

Sales and operations planning, also known as S&OP, is a key business activity for production heavy firms. It integrates sales & marketing strategies with supply chain considerations, allowing for a more unified mission across multiple departments of the business.

So how can your firm improve your sales and operations planning? This is a short guide on how to do so.

Why Focus on S&OP?

S&OP…

The Seven Step Process to Reducing Supply Chain Lead Times

Are your lead times too long? Are customers and retail partners complaining that you move too slow? If you believe your firm’s lead times could be shortened, then they probably can. With these seven simple steps, you can work to optimize your supply chain and make the process more streamlined.

Choose Suppliers Closer to You

Many firms choose to source outside their home country in order…

Understanding Your Safety Stock Calculations

If you manufacture or distribute products, it's safe to assume that you have a specified safety stock level— or at least we certainly hope you do. If you're on the fence about whether or not to hold safety stock, we recommend reading up on why it's critical to overcoming variability in your supply chain.

At this point, you may be saying to yourself, "but carrying excess inventory is expensive!"…

Why Safety Stock Is So Important to Your Supply Chain

Managing a supply chain is not easy, although the job description is seemingly straightforward: Ensure that the right products are available at the right location at the right time. Sounds easy, right? That's because you haven't considered the factors that constantly get in the way — factors such as inaccurate forecasts, transportation delays, and inclement weather.

Of all the factors that…

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