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Why You Should Embrace Uncertainty in Demand Forecasting

1, November, 2016

 It's human nature to look for certainty. We believe that if we can predict the future with perfect certainty, then we...

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Intermittent Demand is Not Unforecastable Demand

25, October, 2016

Has this happened to you? Your forecasting or demand planning system says an SKU is “unforecastable” because demand is...


Sales & Operations Execution (S&OE) vs. S&OP

18, October, 2016

S&OP (Sales & Operations Planning) and SI&OP (Sales, Inventory & Operations Planning) are two well know acronyms. Now...


Another Way to Think About Supply Chain Risk Management

11, October, 2016

In a previous blog we described a new concept introduced by Gartner Research about the need for both macro-agility and...


Has Driverless Supply Chain Planning Already Arrived?

4, October, 2016

There has been a lot of news about driverless cars, and at the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit there was also some...


Supply Chain Complexity and the Need for Disruptive Technology

28, September, 2016


The keynote address at the always enlightening Supply Chain Insights Global Summit was given by Lora Cecere, and she...

The Self-Correcting Supply Chain

20, September, 2016

Compared to conventional mathematical models (left), self-correcting models (right) are logical, so they can be created,...


The Amazon Revolution, Part II: Tuning Your Multichannel Supply Chain to Compete

13, September, 2016

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In the retail revolution, Wal-Mart first brought low-cost goods to the shelf. Amazon then...

The Amazon Supply Chain Revolution, Part I

6, September, 2016


You can tell it’s a revolution when heads roll, and “heads” (brick-and-mortar stores) are rolling in retail. Macy’s is...


New Gartner Report Identifies Biggest Supply Chain Obstacles

30, August, 2016


Demand variability is a problem even with fast moving items (shown on left), but especially with slow moving items...

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