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Align supply, at an aggregate level, to the demand plan generated by the consensus demand planning process.

The challenge of aligning supply to demand has become more difficult in recent years due to constrained global supply and highly volatile demand. Ensure continuous alignment across planning processes, identify gaps between demand and supply plans, and avoid excess or gating material and capacity. Users can collaborate with other functional areas to resolve issues and finalize the supply plan as a reference point for the master production scheduling (MPS) process.

Tailored for Your Business

RapidResponse applications are based on best-practices and standard process flows established by our years of successful deployments at a multitude of world-leading manufacturers. The out-of-the-box Aggregate Supply Planning application enables quick implementations and also acts as an advanced starting point for a tailored solution that meets your company’s unique needs.

The Added Value of Integrated Applications

Among the greatest advantages of any given RapidResponse application is the ability to leverage it in conjunction with other applications as part of a broader, integrated solution. Depending on the need, significant added benefits can be achieved by using the Aggregate Supply Planning application alongside one or more related applications to ensure synchronization across interrelated planning processes. Companies that use the Aggregate Supply Planning application can achieve advantages and broader value by using it with connected applications such as (but not limited to):

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Benefits

  • Early identification and proactive management of variances between the consensus demand plan and the aggregate supply plan
  • Quick and complete evaluation of the feasibility of the aggregate supply plan with respect to material and capacity constraints*
  • Informed tradeoffs between supply, demand and inventory risks at the product, regional or channel level
  • Ability to directly integrate the aggregate supply plan into the S&OP, capacity planning (constraints) and MPS processes for effective demand and supply rebalancing

Functional capabilities

  • Identify and evaluate gaps between the latest consensus demand plan and the aggregate supply plan
  • Identify the impact of late supply (e.g. unsupported demand plans and inventory violations)
  • Identify gating material and capacity constraints* affecting the aggregate supply plan
  • Identify excess material and capacity* driven through the aggregate supply plan
  • Manage assumptions

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Managing Performance

In addition to the standard corporate measures of revenue, margin, inventory value, on-time delivery and constraint utilization, metrics associated specifically with aggregate supply planning are also included in the application’s out-of-the-box dashboards. This allows for focused management of the performance measures that are most applicable to the function at hand.

Added measures presented in the Aggregate Supply Planning dashboard include:

  • Revenue Missing Period—summary of the value, by period, of revenue expected to be late.
  • Supply Plan at Risk—summary of the count of parts, by period, where the supply plan is unobtainable due to material or capacity constraints.*
  • Overloads—count of overloaded constraints, by period, broken up into key constraints and other constraints.*
  • Underloads—count of underloaded constraints, by period, broken up into key constraints and other constraints.*
  • High Inventory Violations—summary of the value, by period, of inventory that exceeds target levels set in the annual plan.
  • Low Inventory Violations—summary of the value, by period, of inventory that is below target levels set in the annual plan.
  • Excess Value—a time-phased measurement of the excess value over a horizon.
  • Obsolete Value—a time-phased measurement of the obsolete value over a horizon.

*Applicable when Capacity Planning (Constraints) application is purchased

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Aggregate Supply Planning Process Components

The following graphic illustrates the out-of-the-box Aggregate Supply Planning application process. This process can be tailored to meet your company's specific business needs.

Aggregate Supply Planning Process Flow Chart

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