Increase and decrease purchased items in supply chains

Roger OakdenLogistics Planning, Procurement, Supply Chains & Supply Networks

Time to deliver

Improve performance by ‘doing something’. Increase sales and/or profitability or reduce cost. This is the pressure that a new CEO or division manager can often be under; preferably to ‘do something’ that affects all three – and the pressure is increased if the business is not performing to expectations. But can ‘doing something’ lead to sub-optimal supply chain decisions? A … Read More

Operations Planning in a changing demand market profile

Roger OakdenGlobal Logistics, Logistics Management, Logistics Planning, Supply Chains & Supply Networks

Propose a different planning application

A changing business landscape. Organisations tend to take a safe path when selecting an enterprise resources planning (ERP) system. The desire from senior management and corporate IT for an ‘integrated’ system can override calls from functions to implement applications that best suit the needs of the organisation. This situation can occur for Operations Planning, a core part of your supply chains. … Read More

The matrix of Supply Chain Risks contains Categories

Roger OakdenLogistics Management, Logistics Planning, Procurement, Supply Chains & Supply Networks

What category for this supply chain risk

Placing risks into categories. To identify the resources and time required to address the critical and operational Supply Chain Risks in your organisation, the initial step is to structure the current assortment of uncertainties into an understandable matrix of risks. The previous blog discussed potential risks within four classifications: external; value network; internal and supply chain processes. Each risk must … Read More

Managing Risk informs the structure of a Supply Network

Roger OakdenLogistics Management, Logistics Planning, Procurement, Supply Chains & Supply Networks

Supply Chains and Risks

Uncertainty comes before risk. Measuring the performance of your Supply Network is likely to become a requirement of the board and senior management in enabling the required levels of service for customers and consumers. It is also likely to be an increasing requirement of insurance companies. The financial measures for supply chains are discussed in my eBook Supply Chains Operating … Read More

A common S&OP process for your business helps planning

Roger OakdenGlobal Logistics, Logistics Management, Logistics Planning, Procurement, Supply Chains & Supply Networks

Designing a process

The elements of S&OP. For Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) to be successful within your organisation, three elements must work together: People, Process and Applications. As discussed in my previous blog the most critical element is people, S&OP is a journey towards collaboration so, without the willingness by senior managers (and their reports) to change behaviour a S&OP implementation will fail. The … Read More