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InSights

By Dr. Larry Lapide · November 2, 2017
The rise of globalization and consumerism led to the evolution of global supply chains that strived to source, transport, make and deliver goods from any country in the world and to sell in any other.
By Dr. Larry Lapide · September 1, 2017
Here is a sentence I never thought I would write: Sears may go out of business. Indeed, last April, The Wall Street Journal ranked the American retailing icon at the top of a list of the 10 retailers “most at risk to default within the next 12 months.”
By Larry Lapide · May 4, 2017
Business forecasters and planners can learn from the mistakes of the pollsters in the 2016 presidential election.
By Larry Lapide · March 2, 2017
When S&OP goals are aligned to the business strategy, strategicallybased execution happens every day. But, it’s not as easy as it sounds.
By Larry Lapide · January 12, 2017
I have long been encouraging a reduction of oil consumption in global supply chains. While I think that oil will be readily available into the foreseeable future, its price will rise as both demand and extraction costs increase over time.
By Larry Lapide · November 4, 2016
Looking back at 10 years’ worth of columns, I see two related supply chain trends that need to evolve more quickly.
By Larry Lapide · September 1, 2016
E-tailers are exerting significant pressure on traditional brick-and mortar retailers.
By Larry Lapide · July 6, 2016
Two years ago I began writing about retail e-commerce, mainly highlighting the struggles that brick-and-mortar retailers have had competing against the likes of Amazon.com.
By Bob Trebilcock · May 5, 2015
Two words are driving procurement and supply chains, says ISM CEO Tom Derry: Innovation and sustainability. There are opportunities in a flat economy for the organizations that get them right.
By Larry Lapide · May 1, 2015
Cassandra suffered from a special curse: She was the Greek prophetess that no one believed—sometimes to his or her detriment. The same can be true for demand forecasters and the sales and operations planning (S&OP) team when they are planning for, or living through, a downturn that no one else sees coming or believes is possible.
By Larry Lapide · March 1, 2015
Last summer I wrote a column titled “Holiday e-Commerce: Innovation Required” (SCMR Jul/Aug 2014). In it, I delved into the causes of the substantial late deliveries that occurred during the 2013 holiday season.
By Larry Lapide · November 1, 2014
I have been researching, speaking, and writing about Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) for over 15 years and in that time I have seen the industry increasingly embrace the process. I
By Larry Lapide · September 1, 2014
For successful S&OP, Telescoping Planning Horizons are best. I met a young woman at a semi-conductor manufacturer who wanted advice concerning Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) processes. Her Chief Operating Officer (COO) had asked her to start a process among executives. Her main concern was that the COO wanted it to focus exclusively on the immediate fiscal quarter.
By Larry Lapide · July 1, 2014
With the past Christmas season’s shipment delays, how did UPS and FedEx (ironically) get positioned to become among the “Grinches That Stole Christmas?”
By Larry Lapide · May 1, 2014
When it comes to S&OP, forecasters and planners need to work together to achieve financial performance targets.

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