Brewing Up A Better Schedule

Mother Parkers Tea and Coffee tackles manufacturing complexity with a scheduling system.


  • Analyzing the demand stream—looking at historical patterns, demand variations among different products lines, seasonality and order sizes.
  • Creating an inventory profile—identifying the relevant inventory attributes such as product, package, production date, amount and warehouse and manufacturing locations.
  • Creating a demand planning process that can be routinely executed—deciding on a level of aggregation that generates a statistical forecast without losing too much detail and identifying the persons or functions that contribute changes to the demand plan.
  • Create a model to balance supply with demand—constraints and cost factors such as manufacturing facilities, transportation resources, contract facilities and other resources can be balanced with revenue or margin optimization to find the balance point in keeping with business objectives.
  • Implement an ongoing sales and operations planning process—far more than a "monthly meeting," S&OP is the way effective supply chains are managed on a daily basis, providing a disciplined way of responding to change while minimizing disruption in the day-to-day operations.
  • Building an ATP (available to promise) capability—in this final step, companies build additional quantitative and communications structures to provide specific calculations and reporting procedures for your most common promise transactions.

 

 

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