Short answer: It doesn’t matter.
Operations folks like to talk about corporate versus site roles. In their mind, there is the corporate supply chain planning group and the site planning group.
Traditionally, the corporate planners sit in the “head office” and they plan the global supply chain. The site planners sit in a manufacturing facility or distribution center and plan the operations of their site.
Supply chain planning is based on information. These days, we digest most of our information digitally. Is there any technical reason for the site folks not to have the exact same information as the corporate folks?
Is the version of Excel any different in corporate than the ones in the site?
Do you need anything more to effectively plan a supply chain?
The one thing that you do have to guard against is objectivity. We’re all human (unless you’re something like Siri, in which case, well…you’re not).
If you spend most of your working time in a particular site, you just have to be more proactive in seeking equal amounts of information from all nodes of the supply chain. Not just the information that is convenient for you to get.
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