You’re likely too familiar with RACI charts. For those who aren’t, RACI stands for Responsible, Accountable, Consult, Inform. The way it works is you lay out a matrix. In the rows, you list tasks. In the columns you list groups. You then go row by row and put an R, A, C, I in the […]
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You can very quickly drown in data when building a supply chain plan. We’ve discussed why S&OP shouldn’t be that complicated. In the end, there are really only three data elements to focus on. 1. Independent Demand You are typically managing many different forecasts in a sales and operations planning process. Some forms these take: production plans […]
We know a lot of you are looking for free sample APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional questions. Maybe you fall into one of these categories: You just want to see what the questions are like so you can decide if you want to pursue certification. You want to find out how easy or hard the […]
We know that sales and operations planning needs to be end-to-end. Meaning, it has to be optimized factoring in the entire operations of the company. It’s useless to have the “optimal” manufacturing, distribution or procurement process if in the end you’re stocking out more! But here’s the problem. Who leads sales and operations planning? A […]
Getting a simple explanation for sales and operations planning (S&OP) seems unnecessarily hard. Here are a few possible reasons for this: Different industries use the term in different ways People tend to use it loosely (like how people use “logistics” to mean making arrangements for a party) Companies that sell S&OP software and consulting tend […]