Sales and operations planning

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The Journey for Excellence

By | Sales and Operations Planning, Supply Chain, Supply chain excellence, Supply Chain Excellence, Supply Chain Insights, Supply Chain Talent | No Comments

It is finally spring in Philadelphia. Yesterday, as I walked the streets on the way to ballet, I saw flowers for the first time in a year. I love spring. It is a time for awakening. My body is decompressing from travel, but my mind is full of ideas. I have been on the road for the past three weeks speaking at seven events. Travel is both enriching and exhausting….

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Don’t Let the Old Horse Die

By | Demand, Supply Chain | No Comments

Sales and operations alignment. It is the promise. For many this seems like an old horse to ride. It is tough because operations and commercial teams are not naturally aligned, and the implementation of an S&OP process is not a quick fix. The processes of S&OP are now over 35 years in evolution. In many ways they are quite different, and in many they are the same. Let me explain. What…

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The Shaman’s Journal Now Available

By | Sales and Operations Planning | No Comments

Today, I launched the The Supply Chain Shaman’s Journal. The Journal will be published quarterly, and will be a collection of posts from the Supply Chain Shaman blog. Each Journal is centered around a theme. It published today in PDF format, and will be released later as an ePub on the Apple iBookstore, and as a .mobi for Kindles on Amazon.  In the meantime it can be downloaded  as a .pdf from…

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Why It Matters

By | Demand, Demand driven, Sales and Operations Planning | 2 Comments

As I work with companies, I often contrast the strategies, approaches and outcomes within a peer group. Over the last five years, I have helped two companies, Sonoco Products and Owens Illinois (OI) with their selection of technologies to improve Sales and Operations (S&OP) planning. Both companies provide packaging materials to the food manufacturing industry. Owens Illinois provides glass products and Sonoco Products provides flexible packaging. Here I contrast their results. Six…

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