Supply chain management: Achieving agility through the sales inventory operations planning process

September 2010
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Supply chain management: Achieving agility through the sales inventory operations planning process

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Developing a vibrant supply chain that responds with agility to changing conditions is essential to achieving a competitive advantage. The direct route to this is through a rigorous sales inventory operations planning (SIOP) process. But how effective are corporate leaders’ SIOP processes? PwC stresses the urgent for a review to make sure the process can control costs, reduce capital expenses and improve customer service.

As senior executives continue to confront a difficult and uncertain economy, they understand that developing a vibrant supply chain that responds with agility to changing conditions is essential to achieving a competitive advantage. The route to agility in a supply chain is through a rigorous sales inventory operations planning (SIOP) process. Most companies have SIOPs in some form, but many are seriously inadequate for meeting the challenge of today’s environment.

In this paper, PwC discussed the urgent need for corporate leaders to review the effectiveness of their SIOP process to be certain it enables the supply chain to achieve the company’s goals of controlling costs, reducing capital expenses, and improving customer service.