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Why is it time to start thinking about digital supply chain planning?

The term ‘digital planning’ is increasingly being mentioned in connection with supply chain management. So what is digital planning? Why the recent surge in interest? And, more importantly, what should you be doing about it? One thing is certain: based on the ever-faster pace of change, there’s no time to waste.

S&OP: The essential do’s and don’ts for Sales & Operations Planning

S&OP: The essential do’s and don’ts for Sales & Operations Planning Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) is indispensable for all organizations with a sizeable goods flow, yet many companies struggle with it. We have put together an overview of essential do’s and don’ts. Hans van der Drift, a partner at Involvation, sees many European...

How can you embark on your journey into digital supply chain planning?

Digital planning is such a new topic offering so many possibilities that it can be difficult to know where to start. However, in view of the ever-widening gap between the businesses that work with digital planning and those that don’t, plus the fact that the next supply chain disruption is inevitably just around the corner, this is no longer...

Key success factors when implementing IBP for supply chain resilience

The urgent need for supply chain resilience is becoming increasingly apparent in today’s volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world, so it’s time to take action. In my view, IBP is a great place to start. But what should you bear in mind to ensure that the implementation is successful?

Scrum or waterfall: what’s best for your planning organization?

Digital planning is high on the agenda for many IT and supply chain directors. They often ask themselves ‘What’s the next step?’, ‘Which tooling should we use?’ and ‘How should we tackle the implementation?’ – and they usually consider those questions in that order. I would like to suggest reversing the order of the questions. First ask yourself...

Ten common S&OP pitfalls

S&OP in the past years has been demystified and has become a mature process with many successful implementations. Companies reap the benefits in terms of higher revenues and margins and improved supply chain performance. We also know that getting there is not straightforward, mainly because S&OP is tactical and cross-functional. Most companies...

Why does sales & operational planning (S&OP) make sense for a logistics service provider?

“S&OP helps us to seize growth opportunities” – Sabine Zijderlaan Typical S&OP topics: Scaling capacity up and down proactively Responding to expectations faster Providing transparency into workload & priorities Agreeing on when to stimulate or hold back customer demand Aligning execution with strategy

Roundtable discussion: Digital Planning of retail promotions

Recently, Involvation and aim10xran a roundtable discussion on the evolution of forecasting in the retail industry. Question on the table was how retailers can leverage emerging forecasting capabilities.

How digital planning can truly strengthen your supply chain resilience

Although digital planning has been around for decades, it suddenly seems to be on everyone’s lips. With the pace of technological advancements continuing to accelerate, digital planning can offer huge benefits and will undoubtedly play a key role in strengthening your supply chain resilience. However, it is important to remember that technology...

5 ways to manage complexity in your supply chain

Today’s supply chains have become extremely complex, and many businesses are struggling to cope. The good news is that much – if not most – of that complexity has been self-created. And if you can create something yourself, you can also stop creating it.