Beware the gap between planning and execution

When reality doesn’t follow the forecasts and plans you’ve carefully crafted, when and how do teams respond? Too often issues are overlooked, falling into the gap between planning and execution until it’s too late, and you’re left manually firefighting once again.

Problems are not met with timely solutions because there are:

Gaps between processes


Inventory risks and opportunities are missed or not identified until the last minute, when they’re expensive and hard to address

  • Ad hoc analysis, in manual spreadsheets
  • Decisions with incomplete information

Gaps between teams


Planners, customer supply chain, inventory managers and others each have their own view on the most pressing issues

  • No shared understanding of problems
  • Hours of calls, meetings and emails to create alignment

Gaps between systems


Data to understand the upstream and downstream impacts of changes sit in different systems that can’t talk to each other 

  • Forecasts, orders, POS, shipments and inventory spread across tools
  • Data comes in different formats, requires translation

Why the chaos? 

Exposing the gap between planning and execution

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Consumer goods companies that effectively bridge the gap avoid losing market share, improve service levels, reduce working capital and mitigate waste. 

“I’m not sure why we spend so much time trying to marginally improve the S&OP process each month. We always end up changing our plan later.” - Koray Guleyupoglu, Sr. Supply Planner, Ferrero

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Why the chaos?

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