Supply Chain Blog

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How to avoid the customer service trap

Many companies are stuck in the mindset that the only way to provide good customer service is by saying ‘yes’ to everything. But offering too much flexibility is costly and could restrict your ability to grow. Here’s how to operate more effectively and profitably while at the same time giving your customers the service they expect.

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7 steps to better demand forecasting

A good demand plan provides the platform for a high-performance supply chain and guides both strategic decision making and financial planning. This post looks at seven critical considerations for demand planning success.

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Optimization: Enabling environmentally sustainable supply chains

This post looks at how supply chain optimization can support companies as they transition from linear supply chains to circular models, and how sustainability can be incorporated into the core business model.

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Why is Supply Chain Optimization important

For any manufacturing or distribution company, planning is one of the most complex and critical parts of the business. This post explains how supply chain optimization works, why it’s superior to traditional planning approaches.

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Supply Chain Resilience - definition

With volatility here to stay, supply chain planning is all about resilience

It was only a year ago that business leaders and investors were trying to anticipate the next twist in the US-China trade negotiations. Meanwhile, in Europe, all eyes were on the UK-EU Brexit negotiations. Then came the pandemic...

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Supply chain planners - why is it so hard to let go of planning spreadsheets?

Spreadsheets are still widely used in supply chain planning and many planners rely solely on Excel. With so much to gain in terms of business performance and competitiveness, why is it so hard for companies to leave their spreadsheets behind and make the switch to a modern planning solution?

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Supply Chain Planning for the food & beverage - Optimity Software-Bakery

10 things food and beverage companies should look for when choosing a planning tool

Food and beverage companies operate some of the most challenging supply chains in business. We’ve compiled a list of must-have capabilities for your planning solution.

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How to 'Moneyball' your Supply Chain

Moneyball is one of those “true story” baseball movies, and a great one at that. But it’s not about baseball – it’s about data – and about using data in the right way to get an incredible outcome. The “Moneyball’ philosophy has had a massive impact on professional sports, and the principles will be game-changing for business as well, and in particular will have a profound impact on how you manage and plan your supply chain.

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Patrik Fardow - Supply Chain Effect Magazine article

By mastering logistics you can manage almost any aspect of a company

Patrik Färdow – COO of Orkla Foods Group talks about the challenges faced by consumer goods manufacturers, why speed and agility are so critical to supply chain planning, and the importance of not letting the quest for the perfect plan get in the way of timely execution.

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Is this the end of Material Requirements Planning (MRP)?

Why companies must look beyond MRP to Supply Chain Optimization for holistic, profit-driven planning.

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Thinking about Optimity? Here's what's involved....

At Optimity we use prototyping to make sure you’re fully informed before making your investment decision. Find out what’s involved and why prototyping before you buy is such a good idea.

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Sales & Operations Planning with Optimity Software

Are you suffering from S&OP churn?

The S&OP process should resolve most planning issues prior to the executive review, but the reality is often very different. Find out why, and how Integrated Business Planning can help you achieve your planning goals.

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Production Scheduling with Optimity Software

Balancing make-to-stock and make-to-order

Trying to find the balance between customer orders and managing your bottlenecks to avoid scheduling gaps? Find out how optimization will help you get it right.

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Supply Chain Planning for the dairy industry - Optimity Software

Best Practice Planning for the Dairy Industry

This post takes a close look at supply chain planning in the dairy industry. Find out about best practices and how to turn the dairy industry's unique planning challenges into a competitive advantage.

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Supply Chain Planning for the Poultry Industry Optimity

5 Considerations for "Balancing the Bird"

This post discusses the use of supply chain optimization in the poultry industry and a best practice for "Balancing the Bird". The post is also relevant to any business looking to optimize the use of a single input.

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Planning for profit in the food processing industry

A well-executed Integrated Business Planning process can bring significant benefits to the food processing industry. Find out what's involved.

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2 Key Symptoms of a Broken Planning Process

Is your planning process doing what it's supposed to? This post looks at two common symptoms of a broken planning process.

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