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2021 State of Supply Chain Planning

To say that 2020 saw significant disruption in supply chains and supply chain planning would be an understatement. Not since World War II have both national and economies encountered the level of stress, pressure, and magnitude in global upheavals of supply chains.

As 2021 begins to take shape, leaders are looking for guidance on what to expect next. Companies have responded to supply chain planning disruptions in ways they could not have predicted, and wonder what will remain of the “new normal” once the worst of the pandemic passes. They also seek to understand what can be learned to improve supply chain planning and insulate them against future disruption.


Key Issues for Supply Chain Planning in 2021

1. COVID-19

No analysis could begin without looking at what COVID-19 has done to supply chain planning and what to expect going fo

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06 Apr 2021
Why change is essential during a supply chain digital transformation

Global change, business evolution, technology disruption, digital transformation – all terms with which we have become very familiar. We thought we fully understood the implications of these terms prior to Covid-19. However, now we understand them at entirely new levels as most of what we know

Anne Robinson
06 Apr 2021
Can the Cloud Really Improve Logistics Flexibility?

A flexible supply chain logistics management system should be efficient and contain end-to-end visibility. Supply chains are ever-changing and combating disruptions, so logistics flexibility is crucial to overcoming challenges quickly and at low cost. While organizations recognize this, many still s

Martin Pahulje
31 Mar 2021
The Integrated S&OP and S&OE Process

What's the difference? Sales and Operation Planning (S&OP) is the process where all business planning comes together. This process includes customer service, sales, marketing, development, manufacturing, sourcing, and financial planning, melded together into an integrated set of tactical

Robin Hornung
31 Mar 2021
3 questions manufacturers should address for digital transformation success

Last week, Phil Lewis, Infor VP Solution Consulting EMEA, spoke at the virtual Future Factories Summit MENA and offered key insights on how manufacturers can successfully digitally transform, and help propel the sector to new heights. According to Phil, manufacturers should take a step back and ask

Mark Humphlett
30 Mar 2021
Industry 4.0: The importance of an overarching digitalization strategy

From individual solutions to an integrated concept: How companies can implement the digital factory   When the term “Industry 4.0” was first mentioned in the early 2010s, a veritable hype ensued around concepts such as Big Data, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things

Oliver Knapp and Marc Bayer
Roland Berger

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News & Trends

Last update 6 Apr 2021
March PMI at second-highest on record amid marked new order growth and supply chain disruptions
   Source: Markit US Manufacturing PMI   -  IHS Markit
United States 

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