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.

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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.

Monday Jun 02, 2014

S&OP Best Practices That Can Help Your Organization Be More Responsive and Effective

Watch the replay of our recent Webcast to hear Christopher Neff from NCR Corporation discuss how NCR Corporation is leveraging Oracle's Real-Time Sales and Operations Planning solutions. Learn best practices that can help your organization be more responsive and effective.

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Thursday May 22, 2014

Upcoming VCP Events

Technology in CPGJoin Oracle for two supply chain events coming up in June.

First, Oracle will be sponsoring the CGT Consumer Goods Sales and Marketing Summit in Manhattan, June 9-11. This event features presentations from leading Consumer Goods companies who will relate their experience with best practices in demand management, demand sensing, inventory management, and trade promotion optimization.

Visit the Oracle booth to say hello and to see a demo of our segment-leading products.

Oracle is also a sponsor for the APICS/Institute of Business Forecasting Best of the Best Sales and Operations Planning conference in Chicago, June 13-14. Attendees will be able to hear leading firms describe how Sales and Operations Planning has grown from a supply/demand balancing exercise, into a strategic process of Integrated Business Planning that encompasses the whole gamut of value producing processes from new product development and introduction all the way through the service supply chain.

Be sure to attend the Oracle-sponsored reception on Thursday evening, and stop by the Oracle display to see the iPad-hosted demos of Demantra Forecasting and Real-time Sales and Operations Planning.

Thursday May 01, 2014

Gartner Publishes "Vendor Panorama for Trade Promotion Management in Consumer Goods"

Gartner has released its most recent overview of trade promotion management in consumer goods. This research is an update to the report published in August of 2012, and in this version, has been expanded to cover 20 vendors of trade promotion software.

Gartner defines the market for this specialized software, explains the differences between Trade Promotion Management (TPM) and Trade Promotion Optimization (TPO) and explores the ways in which vendors and users are linking the two to create best of breed solutions. Gartner notes consumer goods firms use this software to analyze promotional outcomes, better collaborate with retail partners, and to use these processes to improve demand forecasting and get the best results from their trade promotion spending.

In addition to the market overview, the report profiles 20 companies in this space, providing both a company assessment and a product assessment.  Oracle has purchased the distribution rights to this report to help its customers evaluate their options in TPM and TPO.

The report can be viewed at this link: "Vendor Panorama for Trade Promotion Management in Consumer Goods 2014" (which will expire in April, 2015).  Oracle customers might also want to bookmark the Industry Analyst Reports page on Oracle.com, for access to all of the most up to date analyst reporting on Oracle.

How Land O’Lakes uses Oracle’s Demand Management solution to anticipate market demand and increase margins.

An interesting case study on how Land O’Lakes’ dairy business is better able to manage demand using Oracle.  http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/profit/features/122811-landolakes-1917723.html

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Friday Apr 04, 2014

Oracle Named a Leader in Gartner 2014 Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning System of Record

Over the last 20 years, Supply Chain Planning has matured from a niche process for early adopters to an integral and indispensable strategic tool for competing in the global marketplace. Supply Chain Planning practices are now critical for ensuring high customer service levels at the lowest possible cost, in a business climate characterized by increased demand volatility and supply chain complexity. [Read More]

Thursday Jul 18, 2013

Transform Your Value Chain with Oracle’s Latest In-Memory Applications

By Rick Jewell, Senior Vice President of Applications Development, Oracle

Complex and changing. These are perhaps not the words you want to hear, but they describe the reality of modern supply chains. The more complex things get, the more difficult it becomes to understand the impact of changes and make the right decisions in a timely fashion. Also, the degree of planning difficulty increases with the continuously expanding volume of supply chain data.

All too often, outdated planning processes and disconnected planning systems are simply not adequate. Without the right systems in place, planners can’t get a complete view of activities, let alone analyze them in real time to help ensure informed decision making. The result: their organizations get left behind.

To overcome these problems, many companies are looking to Oracle Value Chain Planning as they look to improve the efficiency and reliability of their global supply chains and transform them to demand-driven value chains. Oracle has released two new Oracle In-Memory Applications, Oracle In-Memory Consumption-Driven Planning and Oracle In-Memory Performance-Driven Planning that will help those efforts. These In-memory applications help companies plan more complex value chains, more frequently, to a greater level of detail, and help make more informed decisions faster. This step change is accomplished by engineering the applications specifically to take full advantage of the unique features of Oracle Engineered Systems to dramatically improve the performance of existing planning processes and enable new processes that were not previously feasible.

Additionally, with an expanding range of next generation in-memory applications, Oracle is able to deliver unparalleled performance for a wide range of business processes that help organizations realize a range of benefits from improved efficiency and lower costs to enhanced reliability and profitable growth. In current business conditions, it’s simple to see these are the kinds of benefits any organization would welcome.

Monday Feb 18, 2013

Value Chain Planning Summit a Rousing Success

The first ever Oracle Value Chain Planning summit, which took place as part the early February Oracle Value Chain Summit in San Francisco, was a blow-out success. Over two hundred Oracle VCP customers attended. There wasn't a meeting room large enough, so the VCP pillar sessions were presented in the Grand Ballroom.[Read More]

Tuesday Jul 24, 2012

Gartner Analyst to talk about Integreted Business Planning

Join Oracle on August 21st at 9AM PST / 12PM EST for an exclusive webcast on Integrated Business Planning featuring Tim Payne, Research Director, Gartner and Randall Wood, Vice President of Leggett Business System Office, Leggett & Platt.

Featured speaker, Tim Payne, will present Gartner’s view of how Sales and Operations planning is moving to Integrated Business Planning (IBP). He will the seven building blocks for IBP and best practices for firms at all stages of the journey. He will also discuss required governance changes as S&OP matures from Supply Chain to Business Planning, and Supply Chain Performance Management matures to Business Performance Management.

In the second half of the webcast, Randall Wood will explain how Leggett & Platt managed steady growth and continual financial improvement, by implementing a strategy of improving and linking financial and operations planning systems. Mr. Wood will discuss how Leggett & Platt has been able to manage global economic uncertainty and volatility, agilely responding to events, and capitalize on strategic opportunities.

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Wednesday Apr 25, 2012

May 1st Webinar will hightlight S&OP in Medical Devices Industry

ICU Medical a supplier of medical devices used in vascular therapy, oncology and critical care applications, will be featured on a public Webcast, May 1st at 10 a.m. PDT where they will discuss how they substantially improved forecast cycle time, efficiency, and accuracy.

Kathleen Apalatea, Senior Forecasting-S&OP Analyst will discuss building their S&OP platform, which included Oracle Demantra Demand Management, Oracle Demantra Sales and Operations Planning, Oracle Advanced Planning Command Center, and Oracle Advanced Supply Chain Planning.

To attend this webinar, register using this link: Performance Driven Supply Chains in the Life Sciences Industry with Sales and Operations Planning.

Tuesday Apr 17, 2012

Cabot Microelectronics to Outline Success with Integrated Business Planning

Business today runs at the speed of information. Unfortunately, the information used in most companies' Finance and Operations functions are not particularly speedy ,nor are they aligned.  Finance often uses a monthly closing, and Operations is continually reacting to supply chain inputs. Is there any wonder that financial goal are often missed?

Modern firms have invested in financial planning systems, and sales and operations systems, but few know if their financial plan is achievable in the real world of operations, and when changes are made in supply chain execution, even fewer know the financial impact of those changes. Integrated Business Planning brings all of these departments into alignment. It focuses on developing and measuring common metrics that drive business success – allowing companies to proactively drive towards their financial goals rather than be reactive.

Attend a live webcast Wednesday, April 19th, at 11 a.m. PDT / 2 p.m. EDT to hear Laura Ortega, Business Systems Analyst – Finance & Procurement and Anita Schmall, Manager, Global Business Applications, of Cabot Microelectronics discuss how they brought their financial and operational planning together, achieving better operational resultsng.

Register for this event using this link..

Wednesday Jan 25, 2012

Land O’Lakes uses Oracle’s Demantra software to anticipate market demand and increase margins

Every year, twelve billion pounds of milk turn into 12 billion dollars at Land O'Lakes, the 90-year old butter producer from Minnesota. In 2010 Land O'Lakes deployed Oracle Demantra demand management and saw their forecast accuracy rise from 40% to 70%, with big reductions in inventory and improvements in sales. You can read about this transformation in the Oracle Profit Magazine article: "Land O’Lakes uses Oracle’s Demantra software to anticipate market demand and increase margins."

Demand planning isn't the only Oracle tool in use at Land O'Lakes, they also use Trade Promotion Management.  On February 22, 2012 Jeanine Viani, Director of Supply Chain and Dustin Braun, Manager of Supply Chain Strategy and Applications from Land O’ Lakes will discuss Demantra Demand Managment and Trade Promotions Management on a webcast.

Use this link to register and attend the presentation.

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