Optimize Supply Chain Planning

Build an efficient supply chain process with an improved supply chain planning system

Forecast accuracy and demand volatility

Supply chain planning (SCP) is a challenge for many companies. Research conducted by Gartner reveals that improving SCP is one of the top three key initiatives for supply chain leaders. Within the planning space, supply planning dissatisfaction prevails. Gartner research shows that almost 60% of companies are dissatisfied with the fit between their supply planning objectives and supply planning capability.

While any organization can throw technology at planning, it makes more sense to pause a minute and think about what type of digital technology is appropriate.

Tim Payne

VP Analyst, Gartner Research & Advisory

Insights you can use

Robust and credible demand planning is the starting point for supply chain planning excellence. But a demand plan alone isn't enough. To establish a more responsive, agile and cost-efficient supply chain, you must link demand planning to supply planning and inventory management processes. Our insights, advice and tools can help.

How to Set Up S&OE in Supply Chain Planning

Many supply chain planning leaders don’t consider S&OP and S&OE as separate processes, and therefore end up with a mix that doesn’t work well for either planning or execution. Supply chain planners should set up a distinct S&OE process to better execute on S&OP plans and optimize costs.

Drive True Accountability Into S&OP Decision Making

Many organizations struggle with forecast bias in their sales and operations planning. Gartner helps supply chain leaders with accountability for S&OP reduce bias by aligning their operational, sales and financial plans, and warns against sales owning the demand-planning process.

Sustain and Improve S&OP Post-Transformation

When an S&OP transformation is finalized, there is a risk that, with reduced attention, the S&OP process can regress and diverge. Gartner provides supply chain leaders with insights on the steps to take during project closure to sustain and improve process quality and business value.

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Gartner Supply Chain Symposium/Xpo™

The World’s Most Important Gathering of CSCOs and Supply Chain Executives

Turn your vision into action at Gartner Supply Chain Symposium/Xpo™ 2020, where chief supply chain officers (CSCOs) and their leadership teams gain a strategic view of the trends disrupting their business. Through collaboration with Gartner experts, thought leaders, industry peers and solution providers, explore new ways to approach your most critical challenges and achieve greater impact as a leader.

Before coming to this conference, I thought I’d get information on how supply chains run in different companies. It exceeds my expectations on digitalization — what it means and how to get there. I gain a lot from this conference and am able to link up with like-minded peers.

James Chu

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