Posts tagged as 'China'

Qualcomm: What’s Wrong With Traditional S&OP? – SupplyChainBrain & Kinaxis Video Series

MelissaClow
  • by Melissa Clow
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SupplyChainBrain attended our annual Kinexions user conference, and while there, they completed a number of video interviews with customers, analysts, and Kinaxis executives. And, we’d like to share them!

In this interview, hear Kathyleen Beveridge, director of sales operations with Qualcomm discuss “What’s Wrong With Traditional S&OP?” According to Beveridge, the sales and operations planning (S&OP) process brings great value to an organization, but companies need to take a fresh approach in order to ensure more efficient planning cycles.

Sales and operations planning involves a number of sequential stops. Mistakes anywhere along the way can lead to inefficient planning, says Beveridge. A new approach is needed that allows companies to become more agile in a difficult business climate.

Under the traditional approach to S&OP, it can take upwards of two weeks to compile data. “By the time you get in front of the management team, that data has already changed,” Beveridge says. Qualcomm has adapted S&OP to a weekly cycle, under which it has more frequent discussions with key decision makers. They focus on the state of the company’s supply and demand balance, with an eye toward making “immediate course changes” if necessary. The company also conducts monthly S&OP meetings that focus on longer-range issues.

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S&OP in Las Vegas! Let’s Learn, Laugh, and Be Entertained at the S&OP Innovation Summit

CJWehlage
  • by CJ Wehlage
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SandOP in Las VegasThis past week was the IE Group’s S&OP Innovation Summit at the beautiful venue of the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Kinaxis was well represented, especially with the wonderful keynote speech from Kathleen Geraghty from Celestica. Her keynote hit the main theme of the conference: S&OP Skills. Having attended and presented at many S&OP conferences, I was expecting the standard S&OP challenges of maturity and alignment with cross functional teams. The reason I found this conference surprisingly unique, is the focus on talent and skills.

Celestica’s keynote centered on “Planning with Predictive Power”, which is done as a managed service from Celestica. Having worked many years in the supply chain with the contract manufacturing firms, I find this managed service, sometimes called PaaS (Planning-as-a-Service), extremely intriguing. The contract manufacturer, Celestica, already manages manufacturing and inventory. They are best prepared to do the planning service. Kathleen spoke about managing demand planning and scenario modeling of the Brand’s S&OP process, with the goal of improving forecast accuracy to above 85% and modeling in minutes, not days.

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Inventory Gluts: Avoiding butter mountains and wine lakes

JennyTyrrell
  • by Jenny Tyrrell
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In the 1980’s, Europe had what was colloquially known as butter mountains and wine lakes. Farmers in the EU under capitation grants were being paid to produce product for which there was no market. The overhang was enormous, and this inventory glut of unsold butter and wine went on to impact the price industry could […]

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Rising Labor Costs in China and Their Impact on the Supply Chain

JennyTyrrell

In October 2011, Simon Rabinovitch of the Financial Times published an article entitled “China labor cost soars as wages surge by 22%.” This figure is an average across the breadth of the country, with Shenzen and Beijing named as the costliest locations to do business. This trend has been covered extensively by the media in […]

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The Shifting Sands of World Economies

TrevorMiles
  • by Trevor Miles
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It is amazing to me that there are many in the West that continue to hope—dare I say, pray—that the shift in the world economies over the past 5-10 years is an aberration, and soon we will be back to the heady daysof the mid-2000s. Every day I read stories about how manufacturing is going to […]

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Did the Japan earthquake impact your supply chain? What if something similar happens in China?

JohnWesterveld

We have all been awestruck by the human impact the quake and tsunami had (and is still having) on the good people of Japan. The impact of the quake is also financial, however, and impacts people and companies around the world.  Toyota cites the quake as being responsible for a drop in earnings for 2011.  […]

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People don’t see the distinction between the company that owns the brand and the company that makes the product

JohnWesterveld

The headline in this Reuters article jumped out at me. “Big-name brands sourcing from polluting China firms”. Wow. I would hate to be those guys. Why? Because people don’t see the distinction between the company that owns the brand and the company that makes the product. The article named several major companies including Adidas, Nike, […]

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Observations from a trip around the world – Part 2: Are we ready for the China ‘tsunami’?

TrevorMiles
  • by Trevor Miles
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I am fascinated by the social and cultural changes taking place throughout the world, driven largely by the emergence of the so-called BRIC countries, and hastened by the predominantly Western recession in 2008. I used to love the fact that only certain products were available only in certain countries and regions. When I write ‘used […]

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