Wednesday Apr 01, 2015

Optimizing Sales & Trade Planning and Delivering New Proficiency in Your Value Chain With Oracle


 - Is your brand growing?

 - Are you cannibalizing your own products or your competitors?

 - Are you just moving volume from 1 week to the other?

A comprehensive trade management process facilitates the alignment of account teams, trade marketing, finance and supply chain stakeholders. Without an integrated process there is a disconnect cross the value chain consisting of sales, marketing, trade marketing, finance and operations which leads to missed opportunities, poor performance of promotions and too much or too little inventory in the channels to meet category and brand objectives. The account managers may plan a campaign with a certain set of expectations for volume and margin but they may end up being ineffective and a poor use of trade funds. In addition, incremental volume due to events may not be Optimizing Sales & Trade Planning communicated to supply chain that may place insufficient or excess inventory into distribution resulting in a waste of promotional spend.

Check out this recent whitepaper to  review best practices and how Oracle helps companies achieve an optimized sales & trade planning process.

To learn more about Oracle Supply Chain Management solutions visit www.oracle.com/scm


Webcast - Accelerate M&A and Divestitures

During this webcast you’ll hear from Avata and Oracle experts discuss how other customers have leveraged Oracle Value Chain Planning solutions to assess supply chain synergies, enter new markets and build risk-resilient supply chains.  John Stamm, Director Sales Operations at CSR, will also discuss how Oracle Demantra assisted in the pre / post acquisition activities.

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015

Time: 9:00 AM PST (12:00 PM EST)

Registration Link

To learn more about Oracle Supply Chain Management applications, visit www.oracle.com/scm

Wednesday Mar 18, 2015

Services Parts Planning Seminar

Oracle and Inspirage are hosting a Services Parts Planning Lifecycle Management seminar where customers will learn how leading companies are streamlining and optimizing their service supply chain operations.

It takes place on Monday, March 23 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:20 p.m. at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA.   

Click here for event details.

To learn more about Oracle Supply Chain Management applications, visit www.oracle.com/scm


Monday Mar 09, 2015

Promotion Optimization Institute 2015 Event

Oracle is sponsoring the Promotion Optimization Institute (POI) event which takes place April 13 – 15 in Chicago, IL.

Oracle customer, Mead Johnson, will present in a keynote session, there will be a booth showcasing Oracle solutions, as well as an Oracle and AVATA sponsored networking reception on April 13 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at Eataly Chicago.

To learn more about Oracle Supply Chain Management applications, visit www.oracle.com/scm

Friday Feb 06, 2015

Transforming the Healthcare Supply Chain

Healthcare transformationAs the Patient Protect and Affordable Care Act changes the landscape healthcare providers are being driven to transform how they deliver services. Providers are searching for ways to make healthcare more affordable, by reducing operational costs and creating efficiencies across their supply chains.

Demand and inventory management provide one of the most direct and compelling opportunities for improvement in the healthcare supply chain. On average, one-half of inventory holdings in a hospital are inactive, and ten percent are obsolete. Inventory in the supply chain represents forty percent of a hospital system’s operating expense. A five percent improvement in forecast accuracy can drive a four day reduction in inventory while improving service by insuring that the right items are on hand when they are needed.
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Friday Dec 05, 2014

Is S&OP as Obsolete a Name as MRP II?

End of the road for S&OP?S&OP (Sales and Operations Planning) has been around for years as an essential enabler for customer centric supply chains and a key tool for strategic execution. But many firms are wary of implementing S&OP fearing long and painful cross functional transformations that will need strong executive sponsorship for success.

Is the supply-and-demand legacy associated with S&OP keeping supply chain practioners from enlisting executive support to fully realise its benefits? Perhaps we should be talking about executive concerns instead of mid-level manger concerns?[Read More]

Wednesday Nov 12, 2014

Shale Oil & Gas Producers Transform Supply Chains

As the world price of oil approached and exceeded $100 per barrel, the economics of energy production using advanced technologies became more attractive. In the United States, thanks to technological innovations in extraction of hydrocarbons from shale (fracking), we have a boom in natural gas and oil production. However, this increase in supply is putting pressure on prices and oil has now fallent in to the mid $80 range.  This is causing a major profit squeeze for producers and they are looking at ways become more efficient.

Steve Banker of ARC Research has been looking into this problem. In a recent article for logisticsviewpoint.com, he says:

"In the process of doing research in this area—I talked to 45 subject matter experts on this value chain—I came to the conclusion that the single biggest opportunity to improve cash flows in this value chain will be based on implementing a form of integrated business planning specific to shale oil & gas. Oracle and Accenture have teamed up to create a solution set for shale oil & gas focused on doing better integrated business planning. Oracle will focus on software, Accenture on change management and implementation."

You can read the entire article here: Declining Oil Prices makes it Imperative for Shale Oil Companies to improve their Value Chains.

Thursday Oct 16, 2014

Healthcare: Kaiser Permanente Transforms Their Supply Chain

As the Baby Boom generation ages increasing demand, and the Patient Protect and Affordable Care Act changes the landscape, healthcare providers are being driven to make changes to survive.With 38 hospitals in six states and 17,000 doctors and 48,000 nurses, Kaiser Permanente provides healthcare to more than 9.5 million members, and is one of the largest healthcare providers in the country.

Kaiser Permanente has been on a multi-year journey to transform their supply chain from an afterthought, to making it a critical player in the organization’s competitiveness - central to reducing costs and improving patient outcomes.  Kaiser Permanente executives presented the details of their initiative at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco in late September. Steve Banker attended the presentation and wrote up what he learned in Forbes Magazine.  Here is an example.

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Thursday Sep 25, 2014

Optimizing the Service Supply Chain: How Oracle Cut it's Sun Worldwide Spare Parts Inventory by 50%

"A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large,” Henry Ford, founder of one of the world’s largest manufacturing companies, once said. Service organizations are becoming instrumental in achieving top line growth, profitability, and customer loyalty.

Oracle Service Parts Planning enables companies to effectively manage the challenges of a multi-echelon service supply chain. You can simultaneously analyze forecast and replenishment decisions, and release execution plans. Effective Service Parts Planning also provides the statistics and optimization that service planners need to improve forecast accuracy and calculate optimal replenishment and redistribution for all service parts.

Do you need to manage a complex after sales service supply chain with its unique challenges? Would you like to improve parts availability and customer satisfaction? Could you benefit from reduced investment in service parts inventory? If yes, yes and yes, then check out this video below and learn how Oracle can help you manage your service supply chain for increased margins. In fact, Oracle cut it's own Sun worldwide spare parts inventory by 50% by using Oracle's Service Supply Chain solutions.

Learn how Oracle did it by watching this video

To learn more about Oracle's Supply Chain Management solutions, click here.

Tuesday Sep 23, 2014

Advanced Supply Chain Modeling for Risk Management

Alice asked: "Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?" "That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat. And this same conversation (or at least a variant of it) happens all of the time in today's commercial enterprises as they decide where to point the business and how to get there.

The past twenty-five years has seen great progress in supply chain planning capabilities, and companies continue to make progress in developing and deploying operational plans that are more and more detailed, and which have improved congruence with the financial goals and plans of the enterprise. The continual march of improvement in computer hardware and software have provided today's planners advanced supply chain models and tools that can handle large amounts of data, honoring constraints and optimizing on costs or profits. If it weren't for the real world, we might have achieved supply chain Nirvana by now. Unfortunately we live in a world where it is impossible to know the future and stuff happens. We don't really know what our customers will want, what our competitors might do, or what might happen at our suppliers.  In other words, we are trying to optimize our plans under uncertainty.

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Wednesday Sep 03, 2014

NCR Improves Focus on the Customer with Oracle Demantra

NCR ATMNCR is a survivor.  They have managed to reinvent themselves when necessary, and to remain a vibrant and innovative company. In the past few years, NCR has made a number of strategic acquisitions and has transformed themselves into what they call a hardware enabled software company.

During this transformation, NCR has also used some some software (Oracle Demantra Demand Management, and Real-time Sales and Operations Planning) to help them with their growth and to enable a customer-centric supply chain that puts the customer first, understands what motivates them and what their needs are, and then enabling them to be more successful.

Watch this new video, and see how NCR transformed its forecasting and planning processes with Oracle VCP to improve customer service, reduce freight and inventories and increase the utilization of capital resources by 30 percent.

Wednesday Aug 13, 2014

Planning Data Quality Webcast - Sept. 4, 2014

Data is the lifeblood that powers the supply chain in today’s highly connected and competitive marketplace. Accurate Information has replaced inventory as the means to provide exceptional service in a cost effective manner. Planning Data has become a critical component of the supply chain, a valuable asset that must be carefully managed to avoid the risk of data quality problems negatively impacting the customer.

Timely, Reliable, Accurate and Complete planning data can provide your business with a competitive advantage. Learn How Oracle Sun leveraged these principles to achieve results like:

  • More than 90% of planned orders released without manual intervention
  • Over $100M reduction in manufacturing WIP
  • Finished good reduction of 9.7%
  • Spare parts inventory reduced 50% ($400 M)
  • Service backorder reduced by 50%
  • Standardized and accurate lead times
  • On-time shipments improved to 100%
Join Oracle and Oliver Wight on an exclusive webcast where you can learn about best practice methodologies and tools that will get your planning data correct.  The webcast will be held on September 4, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm EDT.  Register now.

 

Monday Jul 14, 2014

Why Supply Chain Risk Management is Increasingly Important

Social media tag cloudIt used to be that supply chain risk factors were mostly physical. Your supplier might have a fire, there might be an earthquake, an important shipment might get lost. But supply chain managers now need to deal with a wider array of possible disruptions to their supply chain.

Two recent news articles highlight the increased risks. As the world has become evermore interconnected, and as information expands and moves at the speed of light onto our desktops, social issues can be just as important as traditional supply chain issues. Intel recently announced that they had rid their supply chain of minerals from Congo sold by militias accused of human rights abuses. And Samsung suspended operations with a Chinese supplier who has been accused of employing under-age labor. Today, when threats to your supply chain may arrive via an act of God, or appear in an exploding flurry of Twitter messages, it is important to plan for disruption, and to have the tools in place to develop low cost strategies for dealing with disruption.

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Friday Jun 27, 2014

Best in Class Demand Planning at KIND Healthy Snacks

The May 2014 issue of Profit Magazine features an interview with KIND Healthy Snacks founder and CEO, Daniel Lubetzky, in which he discusses the challenges of demand planning within his organization.

Read the full article and find out why Oracle Demantra for demand planning is regarded as best-in-class at KIND.

Click here for the full article.

To find out more about Oracle's supply chain management solutions, click here.

Thursday Jun 19, 2014

The Perks of Integrated Business Planning

The cover story in the May issue of Consumer Goods Technology highlights how Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA, one of the largest coffee roasters in the U.S.A., transformed their demand management and promotions by implementing a state of the art integrated promotion and demand planning system.

Massimo Zanetti owns Chock full o’Nuts, Hills Bros., Segafredo Zanetti, MJB and Chase & Sanborn and can run 250 to 300 promotions per month. With 70 to 75 percent of their volume sold on promotion, demand and promotion management are vitally important to the profitability and success of the company.

Massimo Zanetti Beverage used Oracle Demantra Predictive Trade Planning and Oracle Demantra Demand Management to improve management and visibility of their demand management, and trade promotion processes.

Read the cover article in the May issue of Consumer Goods Technology, to learn about the challenges Massimo Zanetti faced, and how they solved them with their new Oracle systems.

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