The 10 Must-Read Supply Chain Blogs for 2019

Missing out on the most current trends or what the forward-thinkers are writing about in supply chain? Want to read more case studies on the sales and operations planning process?

The big picture is this: Worldwide, the supply chain industry is a big business. In fact, Harvard Business Review reports the U.S. supply chain employs 44 million people.

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Ventana Research: Sales and Operations Planning Process Scores a 'C'

Ventana Research has released its Sales and Operations planning (S&OP) Dynamic Insight research which gives companies an opportunity to self-assess their S&OP, or Integrated Business Planning process.

More than half of the companies participating gave themselves a “C” grade for this core business process, citing several key complaints:

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How to Perfect Your Risk Mitigation Strategies

As we well know, there are risks inherent in almost every major business decision. Even if decision-makers opt out of an opportunity because it seems too risky, that decision in itself can still be hazardous. Being too timid could lead to things like new markets not being pursued, new products not being developed or allowing competitors to gain the advantage. Therefore, it's crucial to have a detailed, data-backed strategy in place to measure and reduce risk.

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Demand Shaping: Strengthening the S&OP Process with What-if Analysis

While embedding financials is the bedrock for expanding the value from S&OP, adding robust what-if analysis capabilities can unleash its maximum potential, thus delivering true Integrated Business Planning.

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Webinar: Data-Driven Decisions in S&OP—Bring Reliability and Speed to Optimized Scenario Analysis

River Logic and Supply Chain Consulting Partner Spinnaker Management will be hosting a webinar on March 7, 2018 entitled "Data-Driven Decisions in S&OP—Bring Reliability and Speed to Optimized Scenario Analysis."

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Gartner's 8 Supply Chain Planning Trends You Can't Ignore

Gartner recently identified the top eight disruptive technologies most likely to impact organizational supply chains in 2018. Keep in mind, these trending technologies are scattered throughout the various stages of the Gartner Hype Cycle, which charts the development of technologies from concept to maturity and adoption. Starting with those closest to commercial viability, here are the eight supply chain trends that you can't ignore when it comes to the S&OP process.

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S&OP Process: What does it mean to Integrate with Finance?

Whether it’s referred to as Integrated Business Planning, Profit Sales & Operations Planning (PS&OP), “Strategic” S&OP or another name, the market is looking for the next generation of the S&OP process to include financials as an integral part of the process. 

However, through my conversations with customers, management consultants, industry analysts, and other software providers it has become clear there isn’t a commonly understood definition of what this means. One thing is clear, with fluctuating input costs, constantly changing promotional campaigns, wide portfolios of products, and shifting constraints in the supply chain, adding financials to S&OP is needed more than ever.

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Optimizing the Trade Promotion Planning Process

During this Q&A Session with Nathan Goldstein, VP Solutions at River Logic, we discuss how to go about optimizing a trade promotion plan.

Question: What are the traditional methods firms employ to plan trade promotion campaigns today?

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Applying Price and Revenue Optimization for Demand Shaping

In our first post on optimizing supply and demand through demand shaping, we expanded upon the traditional definition of demand shaping to mean a process where the optimal demand and supply decisions are made by using all available supply and demand information.

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River Logic Positioned in the Leaders Quadrant of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for S&OP Systems of Differentiation

Dallas, TX—May 11, 2017. River Logic, Inc. announced today that it has been positioned as a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Sales and Operations Planning Systems of Differentiation. River Logic believes that it has been positioned as a leader based on the functional offerings of its Planning and Prescriptive Analytics Platform that has recently expanded to include a cloud-based scenario creation, visualization and analysis component purpose built for business leaders.

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