DS Blog Articles from 2015: The Results are In!
Read the Top 5 Most Read Supply Chain Articles from DS Blog
Demand Solutions publishes a steady stream of fresh blog articles on supply chain planning topics each year. Here’s a list of the five most popular articles from 2015.
1. Best-of-Breed or ERP: What’s Your Pick for Supply Chain Planning?
Here at Demand Solutions, we’re big fans of Lora Cecere’s work on her blog, Supply Chain Shaman. Lora deserves every bit of the credit she gets for being an honest commentator on today’s leading supply chain planning solutions and strategies.
And so when Lora wrote earlier this year about the evolution of supply chain planning systems and the corresponding impact on user satisfaction, we sat up and listened.
2. S&OP: A Journey from Chaos to Prosperity – a Webinar
My initial exposure to the impact of the Sales & Operations Planning process was perhaps the single most important experience in my career. I was a marketing manager at the time … the stereotypical caricature of genetically optimistic unaccountability. When my counterpart in manufacturing promised to make as much ice cream as I projected we’d sell, I recoiled in horror. “Whoa,” I remember saying, “that’s just a forecast. There’s no way you should make that much product.”
3. Supply Chain Planning: Is Trying to Do Everything Worse Than Doing Nothing?
“If you’re not getting ahead, you’re falling behind.”
This mindset pervades the world’s most competitive businesses nowadays. It’s a hard-charging, spare-no-effort approach that drives companies to new levels of performance.
4. Develop a Stocking Policy
One of your products had two “hits” in 2014. Should you continue stocking it in 2015?
My gut feeling is “no.” But maybe you feel it’s worth keeping in your warehouse because it’s a $200,000 product with a high profit margin.
And that leads me to the point of this article: your company needs a clearly defined stocking policy that guides decisions like these.
5. New Year’s Resolution #2 for Supply Chain Planners: Purge Your Database
In my last article, I explained why I think New Year’s resolutions are important in the supply chain planning sphere—even for people who don’t make New Year’s resolutions in their daily lives. To put it simply, the New Year is always a good time to see things through a new lens. Something about the turning of the calendar makes us all more receptive to change—and change is good.
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