A world class planning is required in the today’s highly competitive environment to increase the efficiency, flexibility in operations and optimum capacity utilization. In a multinational and/or multi-site environment, planning processes should be allocated at different levels. Long-term capacity planning must be balanced with product portfolio development, the planning for sales and operations must balance demand and supply on a monthly level, materials and resources planning must assure that raw materials and other resources are in place at the right time, while detailed scheduling must fulfill all order needs.
Creation and maintenance is a part of a planning process. As such, planning is a fundamental property of intelligent behavior. This thought process is necessary to the creation and refinement of a plan or integration of it with other plans; that is, it combines forecasting of developments with the preparation of scenarios of how to react to them.
There are three major types of plans that help managers in achieving their organizational objectives. These are :-
All these plans are inter related to each other. Operational plans result in the fulfillment of tactical plans, which in return leads to the achievement of strategic plans. In case, their original plans are failed, managers should also develop contingency plans in addition to these three types of plans.
What VJM & Associates Offers
At VJM & Associates we have expertise in improving planning at all levels, from long-term strategic planning through S&OP, MRP planning and detailed scheduling. We acknowledge and understand that planning dynamics can differ per type of industry. As example the planning processes for the process – discrete – and repetitive industry is very different. Even, within the process industry differences exist, e.g. food, chemicals and pharmaceuticals.
We organize knowledge of supply-chain management and planning at all levels with wide experience in ERP, advanced planning & scheduling systems, and with in-depth experience in business process and organization.
The concepts like Just in Time, Lean, Make to Forecast, Stock Replenishment, Make to Order or Available to Promise can be applied, or an appropriate mix of these can be developed which depends upon the type of industry.