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The Bubble!!

Are we in one - slowly heading up like that DisneyWorld Splash mountain ride before that exhilarating drop into the water splash?! The one difference between Splash mountain and t ...

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Forecast
Who owns the Forecast?

Demand Planning as a function relies on customer information and sales intelligence that provides insights into customer activity. Most companies have a two-tiered organization ...

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Missing Demand Planning
Is Demand Planning MIA?

Is Demand Planning missing in action in some companies? Or is it completely missing and never part of the operational planning process? I know smaller businesses miss out on the ...

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DP vs S&OP Process Flow

When people talk about Sales and Operations Planning, there is a grey area. In some of our diagnostic engagements I have noticed that people describe the Demand Consensus process ...

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Measuring Forecast Error

Do you consider Constrained or Unconstrained Forecast? I had a long conversation recently with the President of a CPG company on adding some form of Forecast quality as a metric for Sales Managers&n ...

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From Bricks to Clicks

There is a huge competition amongst e-tailers and retailers to win customers by providing good customer service and quick delivery.  Furthermore, all of this at a low cost.    & ...

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Is S&OP an Event?

What is the state of S&OP today? I interact with supply chain professionals in conferences and consulting assignments across different industry verticals.        ...

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Forecast accuracy (%)

Regarding the measurement of the forecast accuracy I would like to ask a question. The Formula 1 below shows a common (or intuitive) suggestion and is het one I would use as well. Ho ...

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Is SAP APO DP complicated?

I have heard feedback from many business users and demand planners that SAP APO DP is complicated.  Some think it is too rigid!!  I have heard that it is too enormous and complex. &n ...

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Forecast Alerts

Popular software packages have forecast alert monitors. Each software may term it differently: 1.  Manugistics calls them lists 2.  APO and Dematra call them as alerts An ov ...

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Tracking Signal

Tracking Signal   Tracking signal is a measure used to evalue if the actual demand does not reflect the assumptions in the forecast about the level and perhaps trend in the demand p ...

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Is MAPE controversial?

MAPE = Mean Absolute Percent Error.  This is the common error measure used by the Supply Chain profession.  Demand Planners and Demand Forecasters spread across the manufacturing sec ...

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Hello Demand Planners!

Welcome to the forecasting blog!  These are collection of thoughts on forecasting, demand planning, Sales and Operations planning and corporate strategy!  Please contribute your t ...

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