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Transform S&OP to make it responsive, granular, and actionable
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Transform S&OP to make it responsive, granular, and actionable

Supply chain organizations must cope with growing demand, supply, and product disruption by becoming better prepared for both the predictable and unexpected. They must have the ability to anticipate and respond to future events with integrated plans capable of responding to disruptive business scenarios.

Supply Chain

Understanding The S&OP Journey

No matter where an organisation starts, this journey is well worth the effort. A successful S&OP initiative can improve revenue by 2% – 5%, reduce inventory 7% – 15% and improve new product launch commercialisation by 20%.

The journey towards S&OP excellence starts by realising outstanding results do not appear overnight: they require time and persistence...

At the start of the journey there are several potential obstacles including limited technology enablers, lack of governance, rigid functional silos, lack of shared performance measures, and ingrained company cultures.

For many companies, S&OP has been a part of the culture for a while but has not been able to gain the traction initially envisioned. If this sounds familiar take an objective look at the process, evaluate your maturity level and match your level of accomplishment against the proficiency profiles of Developing, Performing and Leading. Once you know where you stand, the road-ahead will be a lot less bumpy.

The five-step road map provides a field-tested approach to organising the tasks and analyses needed to supply S&OP participants with the information they need to make tough decisions — decisions that will ultimately determine how well the company performs.

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Supply Chain

Demand Planning

Consensus planning is the most crucial step in S&OP cycle because the impact of any function within the broader supply chain process working with inaccurate assumptions creates a significant risk for the downstream functions.

It has become increasingly more important to improve collaboration to between these functions for more effective consensus planning. 

  • AI enabled statistical forecasting
  • Create, store, and compare multiple versions
  • Integrate top down and bottom-up scenarios. 
  • Adjust and communicate scenarios for risks and opportunities.
  • Manage the impact of changes caused by key events, target markets and product life cycle changes 
Automated solutions quickly collect and process data
Multi-user platforms enable company-wide collaboration and data integration
Unified data removes data sourcing challenges, for improved forecasting
Automation embeds inventory visibility, for improved operational performance
Supply Chain

Supply Planning

A flexible planning solution that caters for both demands driven or supply driven organisations to maximise business performance.

Supply lead organisations such example agriculture or FMCG need to maximise business performance by allocating their product to customer or market sectors that will deliver the most optimum results.

Demand lead organisations face a different challenge where they need align production and ordering schedule with a consensus plan with the ability to respond when there is material change or an event. 

Supply planning ensures that you can supply components, and or, can manufacture the products required for the consensus demand. 

  • Near real time connectively with consensus plans and related supply chain nodes. 
  • Visibility to current supply chain constraints by providing exception-based planning  
  • The ability to execute alterative operating models such as expediting orders through freight alternatives or contract manufacturing to ensure you meet the demand
  • Integration with operation systems to execute master production schedule and or order fulfilment schedule. 
  • The ability to perform bottom up and top-down adjustments factoring real time constraints.
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Supply Chain

Inventory Optimisation

Having the right inventory management system to ensure you can employ lean inventory optimization is vital to any stock holding business”. Getting this right means better customer loyalty and a lower cost to serve.

Supply chain leaders are continuously looking for ways to improve inventory management, and the role of technology and data offers significant advantages. 

To support proactive decision-making the following principles are critical

  • Monitor and improve sales to inventory ratio
  • Proactively manage inventory levels according to policy
  • Use dynamic ABC classification to improve service levels across all channels
  • Improve visibility to manage shortage and surplus stock across all supply chain nodes
  • Analyze and compare alternative operating models before committing to them
Tridant S&OP Brochure 2022
Solve Your Supply Chain

Sales & Operations (S&OP) Planning Brochure

In a world congested by constant disruption and change, businesses must have systems in place that enable intelligence-support agility. Is your organisation equipped to respond to change? Download our free brochure now. 

Why Tridant?

S&OP by Tridant with the replacement of legacy spreadsheets with innovative, modern, real-time systems and best practice processes that empowers end-to-end collaboration and actionable insights across all supply chain nodes.

Tridant brings together people with skills and industry knowledge to help facilitate change in order to harness the business opportunity locked away in complex data using modern, best-in-class technology.
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