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Best Practices in Demand and Inventory Planning for Chemical Companies
Supply chain planning involves functions such as demand forecasting and planning, distribution inventory planning, and plant capacity planning and scheduling

inventory planning  Practices in Demand and Inventory Planning for Chemical Companies Supply chain planning involves functions such as demand forecasting and planning, distribution inventory planning, and plant capacity planning and scheduling. The right mix of strategy, education, and systems can have a very high impact on a manufacturer’s overall operations—and ultimately its bottom line. Understand how supply chain functions such as demand and inventory planning can positively impact your company.

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Discrete Manufacturing (ERP)

The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as order processing and production scheduling. ERP began as a term used to describe a sophisticated and integrated software system used for manufacturing. In its simplest sense, ERP systems create interactive environments designed to help companies manage and analyze the business processes associated with manufacturing goods, such as inventory control, order taking, accounting, and much more. Although this basic definition still holds true for ERP systems, today its definition is expanding. Today’s leading ERP systems group all traditional company management functions (finance, sales, manufacturing, and human resources). Many systems include, with varying degrees of acceptance and skill, solutions that were formerly considered peripheral such as product data management (PDM), warehouse management, manufacturing execution system (MES), and reporting. During the last few years the functional perimeter of ERP systems began an expansion into its adjacent markets, such as supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), business intelligence/data warehousing, and e-business, the focus of this knowledge base is mainly on the traditional ERP realms of finance, materials planning, and human resources. The foundation of any ERP implementation must be a proper exercise of aligning customers'' IT technology with their business strategies, and subsequent software selection. 

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Inventory Planning & Optimization: Extending Your ERP System


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inventory planning  specialized functionality such as Inventory Planning and Optimization. Often there is a misconception that Inventory Planning & Optimization software performs the same functions as the MRP (material requirements planning) module, the Item Master modules and ordering module of an ERP system. Some of these differences between an ERP and the value of Inventory Planning and Optimization Solutions are explained in this document. A good way to introduce Inventory Planning and Optimization (Inventory management) Read More

How Better Inventory Planning Can Unlock New Profit Potential for Distributors


Distributors increasingly play a value-added role in the supply chain. To remain competitive, they must rapidly react to the slightest changes in demand. But current forecasting techniques and the tools most distributors use don’t allow the needed long-term visibility. Discover how new solutions for demand planning can address the challenges of forecasting, and reduce obsolescence and the cost of inventory investment.

inventory planning  Better Inventory Planning Can Unlock New Profit Potential for Distributors Distributors increasingly play a value-added role in the supply chain. To remain competitive, they must rapidly react to the slightest changes in demand. But current forecasting techniques and the tools most distributors use don’t allow the needed long-term visibility. Discover how new solutions for demand planning can address the challenges of forecasting, and reduce obsolescence and the cost of inventory investment. Read More

Inventory Optimization: A Technique for Improving Operational Inventory Targets


To boost efficiency, run leaner, and drive down the cost of supply, many organizations are exploring inventory optimization—a technique for improving operational inventory targets to address the realities of today’s highly complex, ever-evolving global supply chains. This paper examines how the stochastic multistage, multi-inventory model supports inventory optimization.

inventory planning  Technique for Improving Operational Inventory Targets To boost efficiency, run leaner, and drive down the cost of supply, many organizations are exploring inventory optimization—a technique for improving operational inventory targets to address the realities of today’s highly complex, ever-evolving global supply chains. This paper examines how the stochastic multistage, multi-inventory model supports inventory optimization. Read More

Inventory Planning & Optimization: Extending Your ERP System Part Two: How It Works


Organizations today realize that although strategies focusing on outsourcing transportation, e-business and new distribution models are important, these are all secondary in relation to what lies at the heart of any supply chain: INVENTORY. Although firms have invested significantly in ERP and MRP systems in the last decade, overall inventory levels within the extended supply chain remain relatively unchanged.

inventory planning  Two: How It Works Inventory Planning & Optimization Solutions Inventory optimization software is the most recent addition to the suite of Supply Chain Management (SCM) solutions. Software companies like JustEnough and i2 have emerged as leaders in this space. These solutions establish the optimal mix between inventory investment and service levels for each inventory item at each location within an organization. Inventory Planning and Optimization solutions do not process transactions. Rather, they use the Read More

SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation


The SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation application can help unify and streamline the planning, budgeting, and forecasting process, and can enable a faster close. Finance-owned and maintained, the application unifies planning, financial consolidation, and management reporting for the enterprise-which can improve budget cycle times, drive compliance with regulatory and financial standards, help reduce external audit costs, instill confidence, and reduce business risk. With SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation, functionality companies need to meet their bottom-up and top-down financial and operational planning requirements, as well as complete consolidation and reporting, is available through a single, unified application and user interface. Companies can benefit from the following advantages: Improved agility-quickly model new business scenarios and decide on a course of action that maximizes value creation. Reduced cycle time-finance and line-of-business managers can collaborate in a unified landscape, streamlining the process of creating and approving plans, budgets, and forecasts. Minimized business and compliance risk-transparent financial data and a single version of the truth enable fast, accurate management and statutory reporting. Increased user productivity-an intuitive interface and familiar office tools help workers make the most of their time.

inventory planning  BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation The SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation application can help unify and streamline the planning, budgeting, and forecasting process, and can enable a faster close. Finance-owned and maintained, the application unifies planning, financial consolidation, and management reporting for the enterprise-which can improve budget cycle times, drive compliance with regulatory and financial standards, help reduce external audit costs, instill confidence, and Read More

How to Select a Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) System


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inventory planning  to Select a Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) System Mature sales and operations planning (S&OP) is more than a sales forecasting or tactical planning tool. S&OP is a decision-making mechanism for aligning strategic plans with sales, operational, and financial plans. Download this TEC executive brief for pointers on selecting an S&OP system, information about how mature S&OP processes can help tackle critical business issues, and key S&OP system capabilities to look for. Read More

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Sales & Operations Planning Summit - September 9/10, Boston MA


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