Demand planning is a supply chain management process that forecasts demand for products to ensure they can be available and delivered to customers. The goal is to hit a balance between having sufficient inventory levels to meet customer needs without having a surplus. A Demand Planner helps to ensure that these levels are consistently met in a cost-effective manner.
Introduction From your local coffee shop to a networking happy hour to meeting your significant other’s friends for the first time, typically the first thing people ask is “So what do you do for a living?” Today, while the supply chain discipline is more widely known, it’s still important to quickly and effectively be able to articulate what you do and the value you bring within your organization in layman's terms. It’s always important to have a quick 30-60 second elevator pitch prepared for ANYONE you meet, as you never who you encounter and how they could not only [...]
Large scale tech layoffs could lead to a solution to the supply chain talent shortage. Companies like Meta, Tesla, Coinbase, Robinhood, google, Microsoft and Amazon hacked portions of their workforce in efforts to address what many believe to be an economic downturn coming down the pike. A lot of these job losses were in the technology and software sector. It is estimated that 200,000 tech employees have been laid off in reduction of force measures since the beginning of 2022. Meanwhile, supply chain organizations suffer from the opposite problem: not enough talent to handle a rapidly accelerating technology base. [...]
A Continuous Improvement Director position drives implementation across the supply chain including development, planning, and execution of strategies and metrics for Lean principles. A Continuous Improvement Director leads the company initiatives to save cost, eliminate waste, prove customer satisfaction, reduce product defects and increase market share through the use of Lean Six Sigma tools and continuous improvement technologies. This role is responsible for managing and facilitating all Continuous Improvement initiatives and strategy for the company.
Recession proof jobs are a hot topic in the post-Pandemic world. Economic turbulence plagues much of the world, causing rippling effects on supply chains here at home. It is likely that there will be an economic downturn in the not too distant future, if not a recession. Indicators are hard to read and forecasts vary depending on which expert you engage. The clouds on the economic horizon have been accompanied by the thunder of layoffs and restructuring. And the lightning is getting closer to your desk. So, why not prepare for the worst and hope for the best? Here [...]
Sourcing and finding talent in the Pandemic era has posed significant challenges in most every industry. Supply chain human resources partners have been tasked with an additional burden of finding top-tier talent that can adapt to a rapidly changing field and work place. What are some of the most common challenges facing supply chain HR partners and how can they overcome them without missing out on the best talent? Supply Chain Talent Shortage As the Pandemic settled upon the world, everything came to a halt. We all remember the twilight zone-esque feeling of not knowing what was going to [...]
As the 2nd quarter of 2022 approaches, the world continues to confront massive supply chain disruptions. Oddly, 2022 showed some promise of calm and stability in world markets. The latest Covid surge was slowing, allowing for production and manufacturing to return to normal in southeast Asia. American ports were finding relief in their previously heavily congested cargo bays and berths. The American economy continued adding jobs and surging ahead with strong earnings and low unemployment. The rest of the world started to echo these moves. And then a disruption that has threatened to crater these gains: War. Russia invades [...]