SAP Supply Chain Planning


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Supply Chain Management: SAP Supply Chain Planning

The art of orchestrating supply chain planning can be intricate. Unforeseen changes in supply, demand, and market changes are a test in agility. The ability to synchronize planning for sustainable growth is the key to building a resilient supply chain.

Supply Chain Planning Defined

Supply chain planning (SCP) is a forward-looking process. It is coordinating assets to optimize the delivery of goods, services, and information from suppliers to consumers. Organizations can leverage solutions to help navigate the complexities of planning and orchestrating supply chain operations flawlessly. SAP Integrated Business Planning (IBP) is powered by SAP S/4HANA memory and is a cloud-based planning software for supply chain management. IBP is a process for aligning a company’s business goals across operational functional areas.

Supply Chain Management: SAP Supply Chain Planning

The art of orchestrating supply chain planning can be intricate. Unforeseen changes in supply, demand, and market changes are a test in agility. The ability to synchronize planning for sustainable growth is the key to building a resilient supply chain.

Supply Chain Planning Defined

Supply chain planning (SCP) is a forward-looking process. It is coordinating assets to optimize the delivery of goods, services, and information from suppliers to consumers. Organizations can leverage solutions to help navigate the complexities of planning and orchestrating supply chain operations flawlessly. SAP Integrated Business Planning (IBP) is powered by SAP S/4HANA memory and is a cloud-based planning software for supply chain management. IBP is a process for aligning a company’s business goals across operational functional areas.

Key integration elements are:

  • Supply and demand
  • Finance and Operations
  • Functions and business processes
  • Strategy outcomes
  • Non-financial measures
  • Cash flow, costs, and revenues.

A structured process that comes from an IBP approach enables companies to make better informed and fact-based decisions. It provides planning, what-if scenario capabilities, and real-time demand commitments, considering constraints. Increased visibility enables companies to incorporate insights from supply chain projections, financial projects, and strategic plans. There are unmatched benefits of IBP for SAP Supply Chain Planning, like optimization of logistics, improved cross-functional collaboration, planning agility, risk mitigation, and improved forecast accuracy.

SAP Supply Chain Planning yields several benefits:

  • Decreased costs
  • Increased profits
  • Reduction in delays
  • Improved efficiency
  • Increase in output
  • Better cooperation.

Vendor partners that can offer software solutions or operational intelligence include – SAP, Reveal or Gib.

Key Considerations for SAPinsiders are:

  • Video Q&A with Eric Jones from GIB on Connecting the Dots Between Supply Chain Planning and Execution. Learn how to tame many supply chain complexities with end-to-end -supply chain solutions by watching this video. The discussion gives a perspective on why supply chain planning tools are an imperative in today’s highly complex supply chains.
  • Demand Planning Alerts Increase the Accuracy of your Forecasts. David Ducray explains that demand planners are often faced with converting large amounts of data into an accurate forecast. Review different ways to spot trends and errors in data by using alerts to help you create a more accurate forecast. Allow planners the ability to manage by exception.
  • Meeting Demand with a Constrained Supply Using Product Allocation in SAP APO Global ATP. Alok Jaiswal reviews the process flow of how product allocation can be used in SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization (SAP APO). This utilizes global available-to-promise (ATP) to meet customer requirements by managing the supply of scarce products.

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    Russia Ukraine War Brings Increased Complexity to Supply Chains

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    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, is adding to existing challenges in global supply chains. Tensions continue to rise as new sanctions are levied. Industry experts predict long-term supply chain impacts from this geopolitical conflict. For supply chains, it is yet another global event requiring their companies to pivot in the face of adversity. The…...…
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    Retail Industry Grows Despite COVID-19 Supply Chain Challenges

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    Despite the recent surge in COVID-19 cases and supply chain disruptions, the retail industry grew a robust 14.1% during November and December to $886.7 billion, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF).   The strong growth encouraged NRF to hold its annual conference in person at the Javits Convention Center in New York this week. The…
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    Conquering the Next Disruption with a Built-to-Evolve Supply Chain

    Disruption keeps rewriting the rules for supply chains, and many companies simply cannot keep up. From changing customer demand to pricing pressures to shipping bottlenecks, constantly evolving supply chains require businesses to constantly transform. Discover how you can make your business more resilient and respond at the pace of disruption with built-to-evolve Kinetic Supply Chain…
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    How Wholesale and Distribution is Using Available Technologies to Win in the Current Market

    The Wholesale Distribution Industry has been facing pressure from a changing marketplace due in part to mass-market retailers. Recent events and disruptions increase this pressure. With Retail pushing into the wholesale market space, customers expect B2B transactions to mimic their personal consumer transactions. The need for visibility into inventory or source alternatives is increasingly important.…
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    SAPinsider Supply Chain Management Summit

    Disruptive events are rapidly changing the global supply chain. Resource shortages, transportation challenges, geopolitical instability, and the lasting effects of the pandemic are causing organizations to quickly and frequently alter plans and reconfigure their supplier networks. The SAPinsider Supply Chain Management summit is designed to help you leverage SAP technology to improve planning, streamline logistics,…

    July 21, 2022-July 22, 2022 - Las Vegas, NV

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  6. Streamlining End to End Supply Chain with Rodan+Fields

    When global growth is your target, avoid manual processes that slow your progress and compound complexities. Facing widespread challenges in order fulfillment and supply planning, Rodan+Fields (R+F) needed to make a change. Rapid growth and a global reach led this skincare manufacturing and distribution company to outgrow its mostly manual processes. The company’s legacy processes…
  7. Five Stages of Disruption: A Digital Supply Chain perspective

    Reading time: 4 mins

    By Kumar Singh, Research Director, SAPinsider                                                     A disruptive technology will not be “disruptive” during all stages of its life While every other provider, vendor, and “expert” is shouting about digital…
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    Democratizing AI Within Your Supply Chain Leadership

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    By Kumar Singh, Research Director, Automation & Analytics, SAPinsider   Supply Chains may never become fully autonomous but…. Supply chains of the future will be increasingly driven by algorithms. Key planning processes will be significantly automated and managed by Algorithms. In a nutshell, supply chains of the future will be part of mathematical corporations -corporations…
  9. Data Scientist Ants and the Power of Heuristics in Building Smart Supply Chains

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    By Kumar Singh, Research Director, Automation & Analytics, SAPinsider   Delivery Drones and Ants- What is the connection ? You probably read the news last year regarding FAA approval of drone deliveries. Now that an easy action item box has been checked ,the next step will be to test the real execution. Drone deliveries, from…...…
  10. Why AI Needs to Play a Critical Role in America’s Supply Chain Innovation Capabilities

    Reading time: 7 mins

    By Kumar Singh, Research Director, Automation and Analytics, SAPinsider The Tomorrow War In the movie “The Tomorrow War”, people from the future (2051) time travel to 2030 to ask for help. In 2051, our planet is being overrun by invading aliens from outer space and with their numbers dwindling rapidly, humans are bound to lose…
  11. Understanding the Key Aspect of Supply Chain Visibility

    Reading time: 8 mins

    In the world of supply chain, the more information available on what is going on in the supply chain, the more confident players in the chain can be about seamless execution. This visibility leads to increased certainty, and with that, the need for “just in case measures” like time buffers, labor buffers, inventory buffers etc.…
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    Big Opportunities in TinyML : Leveraging AI at the Edge in Supply Chains

    Reading time: 6 mins

    If you have not heard of the term “TinyML” before, you are not alone. The good news is that you are probably already aware of the underlying technology behind this terminology but were probably not aware of this marketing term that was assigned to it, sometime in late 2019. So let us first start by…
  13. Leveraging No-Code Platforms to Eliminate Information Silos in Your Supply Chain

    The importance of supply chain visibility in reducing risk, controlling costs, and maximizing revenue has never been more prominent than it is now. Having an end-to-end visibility across your supply chain is becoming a must have capability but building that capability requires organizations to overcome certain challenges. A key challenge is information silos within supply…
  14. Achieving Operations Agility in Life Science

    The pandemic has created the need to put patients’ care at the center of your company and intensified the need for supply chain visibility. Organizations need to know how patients are responding to treatments. Organizations also need to build resilient supply chain with end-to-end visibility that can adjust at a moment’s notice.   View this webinar to:   Understand…
  15. The Importance of End-to-End Planning in Modern Supply Chains

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    by Kumar Singh, Research Director, SAPinsider   As supply chains become more global, complex, and interconnected, they become increasingly difficult to manage and plan. Fortunately, technology now provides us solutions that can help us tame many of these complexities. A key category of imperative supply chain solutions is end-to-end-supply chain planning solutions. These solutions plan…
  16. Is a Resilient Supply Chain Enough ?

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    by Kumar Singh, Research Director, Data & Analytics, SAPinsider     What is needed for today’s VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguious) world is a supply chain that is both resilient and agile It is an indisputable fact that supply chains across the world were significantly disrupted by the pandemic. The interruption was across industries,…
  17. Case study: Campbell’s Soup improves inventory turns by 38%

    Get an inside look at how Campbell's Soup leveraged standard SAP technology to drive worldwide change in its core planning and supply chain processes to achieve stability, inventory turns and organizational capability. Hear how Campbell Soup tackled the transformation challenge to achieve significant benefits by: - Standardizing its global SAP supply chain utilizing one system…
  18. Ask the Supply Chain Experts – Insights on Managing Disruption

    Join our SAP Panel of experts, drawn from all of SAP’s Digital Supply Chain areas, for a lively Discussion, Insights, Ideas and Q&A. Bring your questions and learn from our panelists as they share their observations on best practices in Design, Planning, Manufacturing, Delivery, and Maintenance as companies work toward building a resilient Supply Chain.…
  19. Case Study: The Successful and Sustainable Supply Chain Optimization Initiative

    One of the most challenging questions to answer as a business leader who has embarked on an improvement project, or as the project manager who delivered the project to the client, is the one that comes a few months after the project has completed and been handed over to the local teams to entrench and…
  20. Understanding Why “Agile SAP” Is Not a Contradiction

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    By Martin Rowan, Managing Partner, Reveal We all depend on supply chains to get us what we need, when we need it. If the COVID-19 pandemic has given us anything—aside from a heart-breaking toll on humanity and the sacrifice of frontline workers—it is clarity on the critical role supply chains play in all aspects of…
  21. How McKesson Ensures Business Continuity While Accelerating Innovation

    Reading time: 9 mins

    McKesson runs one of the largest SAP platforms in healthcare, with 24 SAP instances (running both SAP ERP and SAP S/4HANA systems) in their SAP stack alone. The company’s complex distributed IT environment makes it possible for them to deliver medicines, medical products, and healthcare services to patients in several facets of healthcare. To accelerate…
  22. The Future of the Airline Industry in a COVID Environment

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    This article explores the impact that COVID-19 has had on the airline industry, how these companies are using SAP solutions to prepare for an uncertain future, and suggests how air travel may adapt as the industry adjusts to a new normal. Two experts from SAP weigh in on what they're hearing from the airline industry,…
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    Hunter Douglas Gets Illumination from SAP S/4HANA Consolidation

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    Window treatment company Hunter Douglas, like many SAP customers, has grown through a continuing series of acquisitions. As business owners come into the family, they benefit from the organization’s minimum interference approach, however, the decentralized model presented challenges over time, particularly in supply chain management and purchasing. Learn how Hunter Douglas consolidated its business processes…
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    Supply Chain During Times of COVID-19

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    Society’s increased reliance on certain products during COVID-19 and a dramatic drop in demand for others has disrupted supply chains around the world. Read what two experts in the field have to say about the impacts and learn how they’re using SAP technology to navigate the changes.
  25. What Did Members of the SAPinsider Community Contribute in March?

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    We covered SAP S/4HANA migration topics, how to improve customer experience, several ways to optimize your supply chain function, and considerations for deploying SAP to the cloud.
  26. How SAPinsider Delivers Key Insights to Address Business Challenges

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    “The brand speaks about a very trusted relationship between SAP and SAPinsider. I remember when I first heard SAPinsider I thought, who wouldn’t want to go to an SAPinsider [event]? And then I found out that there was a whole range of additional offerings to deliver and gain insight and share it among the SAP…
  27. Experience Management Could Take Supply Chains from Operational Parity to Brand Differentiation

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    Many organizations do not use the supply chain or logistics management tools within SAP ERP or SAP S/4HANA as the developers intended. This misuse often leads to poorly aligned data sources that impede inventory accuracy and negatively affect company strategies. By using standard SAP tools for supply chain management (SCM) correctly, maintaining data integrity, and…
  28. Strategic Supply Chain Management, Part II of II

    Reading time: 11 mins

    In Part I of this two-part series, Understanding what to measure for effective KPI development, key performance indicators (KPI) were defined, the article reviewed how to develop effective KPIs for your business, and several examples of KPIs that have proven effective for the different domains in the value chain, regardless of the industry, were provided.…
  29. Desires Delivered in an Experience Economy: Learn How to Successfully Manage Supply Chains to Improve Customer Experience

    Reading time: 6 mins

    Today’s consumers have expectations for instant gratification and customizable orders, and those demands are starting to creep into business-to-business (B2B) transactions. B2B organizations need to be responsive to change to satisfy customer demands, for example, making mobile app ordering a priority. This article reveals how SAP customers can become winners in the experience economy. You…
  30. Understanding What to Measure for Effective KPI Development

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    Strategic Supply Chain Management, Part I of II By Venkata Ramana Nethi CSCP, CPIM, Business Process Lead – Operations, Schlumberger Key performance indicators (KPIs) allow organizations to measure performance as it relates to specific projects, products, or workflow and use the information to evaluate their success at reaching business objectives. KPIs, also known as level-1…...…
  31. An Experienced SAP Supply Chain Management Lead Shares Views on Implementations and Steps Toward Digital Transformation

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    In this Q&A, Muhammad Riaz Hussain Shan, SAP Lead for supply chain, quality management, and plant maintenance at Sitara Chemical Industries Ltd, shares with SAPinsider some key emerging trends in 2019. He offers insights from lessons and tips from his SAP implementations as well as his views on digital transformation of supply chain processes and…
  32. How Do Operations and IT Approach the Digital Transformation of the Supply Chain Differently?

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    SAPinsider recently published a report titled, “Transforming the Intelligent Supply Chain,” which benchmarks the leading SAP customers in supply chain management on their progress in digital transformation in the supply chain. Digitally transforming the supply chain involves a range of technical and strategic considerations. In this case, digital transformation of the supply chain means multiple…
  33. Bringing Automation and Collaboration into the Supply Chain: Overall Trends and the Path Forward

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    In recent months, SAPinsider has conducted a significant amount of research around solutions for digital supply chain management (SCM) — particularly in the areas of automation and collaboration, both of which our research has revealed as playing a significant role in the successful modernization and optimization of supply chains. To build on that research, and…
  34. Digitally Transforming the Supply Chain

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    As supply chains become more complex, and technology continues to evolve at increasingly rapid rate, companies need to embrace innovation to stay competitive and achieve their business goals. So how can SAP customers make sure they are well positioned for this reality — now and in the future? Based on SAPinsider research, this article provides…
  35. Best Practices for SAP Customers Operating in China

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    Financial planning and analysis (FP&A) is a top financial concern for SAP customers, according to a recent SAPinsider benchmark report, “SAP S/4HANA Finance: State of the Market,” where more than 400 individuals across all lines of business from nearly 150 companies were surveyed regarding their strategy for SAP S/4HANA Finance. However, many organizations are still…
  36. SAPinsiders Should Proceed with Cautious Optimism in China

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  37. Strengthen Your Core Before You Do More

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    Before investing in additional technology to improve their supply chain, SAP customers must consider what value they currently receive from their existing SAP software. Supply chains specifically can feel the negative effects of organizations’ underutilization of the SAP capabilities available to them. This article reveals several areas where SAP customers can concentrate to make better…
  38. Prepare for a Supply Chain Digital Transformation

    Reading time: 4 mins

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  39. Delivering on the Digital Supply Chain Promise

    Reading time: 5 mins

    The drones are taking over. If not the drones, then artificial intelligence (AI) will take over and make decisions on our behalf. We will just lean back, and our jobs (if we still have them) will amount to pushing some corrective buttons, occasionally. Whatever the spin, and whatever people imagine, parts of the digital supply…
  40. HR: Case study: Pacific Coast Building Products’ journey to the cloud using SAP SuccessFactors Rapid Deployment solutions

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    Gain insights from Pacific Coast Building Products’ journey to transition to the cloud with SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central and talent management solutions using SAP SuccessFactors Rapid Deployment solutions. HR2017_Musillani_Casestudypacificcoast Robyn Musillani If you have comments about this article or publication, or would like to submit an article idea, please contact the editor…. This content is...…
  41. Points to Consider on Your Supply Chain Digitization Journey

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  42. New Horizons: An Outline of the SAPinsider Digital Supply Management New Research Approach

    Reading time: 3 mins

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  43. How SAP Uses Emerging Technologies to Help Its Customers Realize Their Dreams

    Reading time: 11 mins

    Q: You’ve had a lot of roles within SAP. Could you tell us a little bit about your path to your current role within SAP? A: I have always been curious and wanted to understand how companies run. And what better way to do that than to join the world’s largest enterprise software provider and…
  44. The SAP Customer Experience and Connecting with Purpose

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    This second article in a series of five on the Intelligent Enterprise shows how apps and extensions to SAP Cloud Platform can benefit vendors building solutions and products to help companies optimize their service to customers. This content is available to (General or Premium) members. Sign in or Join for free! Sign In Become a…
  45. Cardinal Health Enhances Trust in Products, Services, and Processes with Automated Regression Testing and Robotic Process Automation

    Reading time: 8 mins

    With millions of patients, pharmacies, and hospitals relying on its healthcare services and products, Cardinal Health employs an IT landscape consisting of thousands of SAP and non-SAP applications running countless business processes to conduct its business. To uphold stringent quality standards, improve operations, and provide necessary maintenance and business process testing, the company sought a test automation…
  46. Supply Chains Are Key to Profitability

    Reading time: 3 mins

    Without a way to measure the success of its supply chain strategy, your organization’s profitability could be in jeopardy, along with its status among competitors. A forward-thinking plan that measures key elements of the supply chain’s performance and is aligned to the business is a must. Companies can ensure their supply chains deliver financial value…
  47. Building a Digital Supply Chain Strategy for SAP S/4HANA

    Reading time: 19 mins

    Panelists: Martin Rowan and David Carroll from Reveal Date: Wednesday, August 22 Sponsor: SCM 2018 The Fourth Industrial Revolution has arrived, and the BIG question is… Is your business ready?  SAP S/4HANA is here to stay and other technologies that facilitate concepts like Machine Learning, AI, VR, Demand Sensing, etc., are moving fast.  Learn what to do when…...…
  48. Dan Roam and the Power of the Visual Mind

    Reading time: 12 mins

    Dan Roam, best-selling author of five books on business visualization, joins SAPinsider for a podcast on how using the power of our visual mind in a business setting can lead to supply chain efficiencies. Roam is a speaker at the SAPinsider SCM Optimization Bootcamp, presented by Reveal, with two sessions on the topic.  Below is…...…
  49. Best Practices to Implement a Maquiladora Process in a Global SAP System Implementation

    Reading time: 13 mins

    Learn how to effectively implement the maquiladora (also referred to as maquila) process using the best design practices in your global SAP system implementation. Discover the complex processes on maquiladora in your supply chain management, take away lessons learned in maquiladora implementations, and know how to automate the maquiladora transactions in the SAP system. Key…...…
  50. A Real-Time Supply Chain for Digital Business

    Reading time: 7 mins

    Delivering the products customers want, when and where they want them, requires a delicate balance between demand planning, response, and execution — a balance that is complicated in modern supply chains by evolving customer expectations for speed and personalization. The traditional supply chain planning and execution tools still deployed in many organizations are simply not…
  51. Connecting All Parts of the Supply Chain

    Reading time: 6 mins

    In the past, supply chain technology revolved around traditional, on-premise ERP systems supported by siloed applications. While this model worked well for years, it is no longer sufficient with market trends such as e-commerce, omnichannel retail, and the Internet of Things (IoT) driving the need for an agile, digitized supply chain. Discover how an SAP…
  52. SCHOTT KAISHA Bottles a Fresh Start

    Reading time: 9 mins

    SCHOTT KAISHA is a prolific provider of containers for the pharmaceutical industry, but as its business increased, the organization’s legacy system could not contain its growth. The company needed a systems upgrade if it was going to keep up with the pace of production. To do so, it partnered with Deloitte to undergo an SAP…
  53. Modernizing supply chains for the digital age

    Reading time: 2 mins

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  54. Connecting People, Assets, and Processes

    Reading time: 5 mins

    Smart products and smart devices are accelerating the transition to a full-scale digital and service economy. To keep pace with this change, organizations need to digitize their supply chains, which requires the effective, strategic use of Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 technologies. Read this article to learn how SAP’s new IoT innovation portfolio —…
  55. Keeping Goods Moving at Interroll

    Reading time: 6 mins

    Interroll Worldwide Group, a global core product provider, recently looked to SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud to replace its legacy data center, increase the reliability and availability of its system, and set the company up for future business intelligence projects. Discover how this global manufacturer had its SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud implementation live in six months…
  56. Foodstuffs Turns the Art of Grocery into a Science

    Reading time: 15 mins

    Find out how Foodstuffs North Island is turning the art of grocery retailing into a science in a post-merger landscape with an SAP reimplementation and working with BackOffice Associates on a national data alignment project. See how the business is bringing science to how it manages its stock for its retail, wholesale, and liquor brands.…
  57. Digitizing the Extended Supply Chain

    Reading time: 7 mins

    By necessity, companies everywhere are changing how they interact with customers, suppliers, and vendors in the design, production, and distribution of goods and service. Learn about the digitization of the supply chain and the four key priorities that organizations are using in a transition to a real-time model to capture opportunities in the digital age.…