Is Your Supply Planning Process Agile and Collaborative?

How Do You Ensure Continuous Demand, Supply and Capacity Alignment?

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Effectively aligning supply to demand has always been a challenge, but it has become an order of magnitude more difficult in recent years.

For many, demand is highly volatile and global supply is often constrained. Consequently, effectively aligning finished goods supply to the mid-long term consensus demand plan has become a critical business challenge.

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Typically done in the context of an S&OP cycle, planners are tasked with building a plan that accounts for the constraints at a high level and produces a viable reference point to be executed at the MPS planning level. 

Constrained Supply Plan

Plan supply at an aggregate level to align with the consensus demand plan, taking into account key material and capacity constraints.

Cross-Functional Collaboration

When elements of the supply plan cannot be supported, collaboration with other functional areas must take place to resolve issues. This collaboration must occur in the same system as where the supply plan is being managed so reconciliation happens both in context, and in harmony with the rest of the planning process.

Planning Across Hierarchies

Define and maintain the supply plan at multiple hierarchies to enable planning views from multiple perspectives, as well as to ensure the supply plan can be directly applied to, and used by, the MPS planning process.

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The RapidResponse® Aggregate Supply Planning application provides key planning capabilities, including:

  • Identification of gaps between consensus demand plan and aggregate supply plan
  • Identification of gating material and capacity constraints affecting the aggregate supply plan through multi-level supply chain management, including cross-functional collaboration
  • Visibility to excess material and capacity driven through the aggregate supply plan
  • Integration with inventory management process for inventory planning input and analysis
  • Integration with S&OP process for demand and supply rebalancing
  • Assumption management

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With the RapidResponse Aggregate Supply Planning service solution, you can perform supply planning in the same system as connected functions such as inventory planning, master production scheduling (MPS), capacity planning, and S&OP to ensure continuous alignment across planning processes. 

THE RESULTS?

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Quick evaluation of aggregate supply plan feasibility with respect to supply chain material and capacity constraints, including the facilitation of cross-functional collaboration.

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Focused identification of gaps between consensus demand plan and aggregate supply plan.

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Intelligent tradeoffs between supply, demand and inventory risks at product, regional and channel level.

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More responsive, collaborative and profitable supply chain operations overall.

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