18
May

Capacity Modeling Against Erratic Demand

May 20, 2020 1:00 PM CT / 11:00 AM PT

Even with a good forecast, a customer’s prerogative to change their demand is always present in a volatile, fluctuating marketplace. When events occur that are completely outside your preview or control, and demand mix and volumes change, is your enterprise capable of supporting the new demand? Does your business know if long term capital investments are needed to support future demand?

The capability to quickly constrain a demand plan based on capacity is critical to being responsive to market demand. In this webinar, our experts will present the case for developing a more responsive supply chain by employing best practices and machine learning in capacity modeling.


What You’ll Learn

Avoid the pitfalls of this ask-answer scenario: “Tell me what you want and I’ll tell you what I can make, and when the demand changes, ask me again and I’ll get back to you.”

Define a fungible capacity model that can provide a rough-cut plan based on capacity of machines/tools, labor, warehouse space, transportation lanes, or any other pinch-point that could prohibit your organization from delivering your product or service.

Learn key concepts in designing a capacity model that can provide a mix-sensitive, fungible representation of your capability to deliver a product or provide a service.

Effective strategies for presenting this information in ways that are most meaningful to each of your internal stakeholder organizations impacted by this process, i.e., Sales, Marketing, Supply Chain, and Customer Service.

 


Webinar Speakers:


Bill Mrzlak
Co-Founder, ChainSequence®, Inc.
Bill Mrzlak is co-founder and managing partner of ChainSequence®, Inc., with over 25 years of experience leading teams in driving the development and optimization of best-in-class supply chain planning organizations and processes in the U.S., Europe and Asia. His specialization is in the area of business process re-engineering through facilitated sessions, as well as managing systems development and project deployments.


Chris LaCava
VP of Product, Expero
Chris has spent the past two decades defining, designing and building software for a variety of industry verticals. He has experience as a usability engineer, interaction designer, front-end developer as well as product manager for both consulting and product-oriented organizations. At Expero, Chris applies his multidisciplinary background to solve complex business challenges with solutions grounded in user-centered design.

 

19
Mar

ChainSequence® President Bill Mrzlak Earns 4th Consecutive Pros To Know Honor

Chicago, IL- March 18, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ChainSequence, Inc., a Supply Chain and Sales & Operations Planning Consulting firm, has confirmed that President Bill Mrzlak earned the esteemed “Pros to Know” designation in 2020 for the 4th consecutive year. This 20th annual listing of the 2020 Pros to Know in the supply chain industry was released by Supply & Demand Chain Executive, the executive’s user manual for successful supply and demand chain transformation.

The Pros to Know Awards recognize supply chain executives, and manufacturing and non-manufacturing enterprises, that are leading initiatives to help prepare their companies’ supply chains for the significant challenges of today’s business climate. This year’s list includes more than 200 individuals from software firms and service providers, consultancies or academia, who helped their supply chain clients or the supply chain community at large prepare to meet these challenges—and more than 40 Practitioner Pros, who do the same within their own companies.

Mrzlak’s recent engagements have focused on solving supply chain challenges in manufacturing within the personal healthcare product space and as well as for products used by primary medical service providers. “Over the last twenty-plus years, I’ve had the opportunity to work in many different industry sectors with multi-national companies located throughout the world,” said Mrzlak, adding, “The real value of this experience comes when we collaboratively apply and transfer this knowledge to organizations, helping them first own the process and then make it work for their specific environments.”

Regarding this year’s award designations, John R. Yuva, editor-in-chief for Supply & Demand Chain Executive, stated, “The supply chain profession is ever-changing, with transformative technologies and evolutionary best practices driving greater efficiencies and innovations for companies. At the heart of it all are supply chain professionals. Supply & Demand Chain Executive congratulates the 2020 Pros to Know recipients who are setting the bar for supply chain excellence.” Yuva also noted, “Whether you’re a practitioner or provider, the leaders in the profession are growing each year, with rising standards and thought leadership. Reach out to our 2020 recipients and engage with them, ask questions and seek feedback. The supply chain profession is a community with a commitment to excellence that should not be overlooked.”

Supply & Demand Chain Executive received more than 500 entries for the 2020 Pros to Know Awards.

Check out Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s website at https://www.sdcexec.com for the full list of all of the 2020 Pros to Know and Practitioner Pros winners.

About ChainSequence, Inc.
Headquartered in Chicago, Global Supply Chain expert ChainSequence® Inc. offers a fresh perspective toward re-engineering outdated supply chain methodologies and resolving persistent challenges in S&OP planning, to measurably improve the integration of supply chain processes with sales and operations goals. ChainSequence’s twenty-plus years of experience focuses on leading full life-cycle initiatives from planning and designing to implementing more advanced business processes, based on each client’s custom needs. ChainSequence’s progressive, knowledge-share approach is designed to give businesses the forward-thinking tools and training to better compete and effectively respond to ever-shifting supply chain requirements, increased client demand, and fluctuating market changes. For more information, please visit https://www.ChainSequence.com.

About Supply & Demand Chain Executive
Supply & Demand Chain Executive is the executive’s user manual for successful supply and demand chain transformation, utilizing hard-hitting analysis, viewpoints and unbiased case studies to steer executives and supply management professionals through the complicated, yet critical, world of supply and demand chain enablement to gain competitive advantage. Visit us on the web at http://www.SDCExec.com

9
Dec

ChainSequence “Best Performing SCM Companies” in 2019

Chicago, IL- December 9, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ChainSequence®, Inc., a Supply Chain and Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) consulting company, was recognized as one of the “Best Performing SCM Companies in 2019” by CIO Look magazine.

As a business solution magazine, CIOLook focuses on emerging, fastest growing and leading companies covering all the aspects of trending businesses around the world. In selecting ChainSequence, the publication honors the success and contribution ChainSequence has made to the supply chain industry.

CIOLook’s editorial team noted that ChainSequence was among the firms whose traits and competencies set them apart from other predominant leaders, enabling them to contribute value and shape clients’ company culture, while navigating through ambiguity and complexity to take the their client organizations ahead with strategic choices and action. CIOLook added, “This has nudged our editorial team to decide and come out with the special edition “Influential Leaders in Supply Chain 2019” to unfold your success stories around the world through this creative medium.”



About ChainSequence, Inc.
Headquartered in Chicago, Global Supply Chain expert ChainSequence® Inc. offers a fresh perspective toward re-engineering outdated supply chain methodologies and resolving persistent challenges in S&OP planning, to measurably improve the integration of supply chain processes with sales and operations goals. ChainSequence’s twenty-plus years of experience focuses on leading full life-cycle initiatives from planning and designing to implementing more advanced business processes, based on each client’s custom needs. ChainSequence’s progressive, knowledge-share approach is designed to give businesses the forward-thinking tools and training to better compete and effectively respond to ever-shifting supply chain requirements, increased client demand, and fluctuating market changes For more information, please visit http://www.ChainSequence.com.

2
Dec

S&OP 5 Step Process and Data Toolkit Webinar

December 10, 2019 1:00 PM CT / 11:00 AM PT

If your S&OP program isn’t giving your enterprise the positive results you expected, or you want to better understand how effective S&OP programs are supposed to function, this webinar is for you. Learn the fundamentals of building a truly effective process and discover the data analytics necessary to support S&OP’s purpose – sound decision making.

Leading S&OP authority Bill Mrzlak, President of ChainSequence, Inc. and Data Analytics expert Chris LaCava, VP of Products at Expero, Inc. will walk you through discovering what really matters within your data, aligning stakeholders, diagnosing ongoing issues, and proactively evaluating what-if alternatives to help your business succeed.


What You’ll Learn

Innovation and Strategy Integration – Collect and review internal and external market factors and product roadmaps that could influence the overall plan.

Demand Management – Create an unconstrained consensus demand plan reflecting market demand and internal corporate objectives and financial goals.

Supply Management – Create a supply plan that best supports the unconstrained consensus demand plan.

Operations Alignment – Identify scenarios that close supply plan gaps to unconstrained consensus demand to meet financial goals.

Business Alignment – Final executive review and decision point to release plan to execution.

 



Webinar Speakers:


Bill Mrzlak
Co-Founder, ChainSequence®, Inc.
Bill Mrzlak is co-founder and managing partner of ChainSequence®, Inc., with over 25 years of experience leading teams in driving the development and optimization of best-in-class supply chain planning organizations and processes in the U.S., Europe and Asia. His specialization is in the area of business process re-engineering through facilitated sessions, as well as managing systems development and project deployments.


Chris LaCava
VP of Product, Expero
Chris has spent the past two decades defining, designing and building software for a variety of industry verticals. He has experience as a usability engineer, interaction designer, front-end developer as well as product manager for both consulting and product-oriented organizations. At Expero, Chris applies his multidisciplinary background to solve complex business challenges with solutions grounded in user-centered design.

 

10
Jun

ChainSequence’s Bill Mrzlak to Discuss Business Planning with AI

Chicago, IL- June 10, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

We are pleased to announce that ChainSequence’s President Bill Mrzlak will share his experience on “Effective Collaborative Business Planning in The AI World,” during International Business Forecasting and Planning’s 2019 “The Best of the Best S&OP Conference” in Chicago, slated for June 13-14, 2019. This two-day event is co-sponsored by ASCM (Association for Supply Chain Management).

Mrzlak’s presentation will begin with what’s lacking in today’s Sales and Operations Planning efforts and expand on how organizations can adapt to a more agile, responsive supply chain by integrating IOT, demand sensing, AI, and predictive analytics into the planning and decision-making process. Mrzlak will offer practical takeaways to bring your S&OP up to date and turn it into a driver of efficiency and growth.

To obtain more information on Mrzlak’s session, scheduled for Friday, June 14, or to register for this educational event, please click on the following link: IBF 2019 Best of the Best S&OP Conference.

About ChainSequence, Inc.
Headquartered in Chicago, Global Supply Chain expert ChainSequence® Inc. offers a fresh perspective toward re-engineering outdated supply chain methodologies and resolving persistent challenges in S&OP planning, to measurably improve the integration of supply chain processes with sales and operations goals. ChainSequence’s twenty-plus years of experience focuses on leading full life-cycle initiatives from planning and designing to implementing more advanced business processes, based on each client’s custom needs. ChainSequence’s progressive, knowledge-share approach is designed to give businesses the forward-thinking tools and training to better compete and effectively respond to ever-shifting supply chain requirements, increased client demand, and fluctuating market changes. For more information, please visit http://www.ChainSequence.com.

About Institute of Business Forecasting and Planning – IBF
The Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning – IBF is a membership organization recognized worldwide as the premier full-service provider of demand planning, forecasting, business analytics, S&OP (Sales & Operations Planning)/ IBP (Integrated Business Planning) education, benchmarking research, corporate training, e-Learning, professional certification, world-class conferences, and advisory services. Since 1981, the IBF has been helping businesses improve their forecasting and planning performance in an effort to enhance growth, optimize supply chains, and improve their bottom line. It has been said that no other organization on the globe has as much depth in its educational content for S&OP, Demand Planning & Forecasting as IBF. The IBF is known for two levels of certification: Certified Professional Forecaster (CPF®) and Advanced Certified Professional Forecaster (ACPF®). Visit us on the web at https://ibf.org/

26
Feb

Bill Mrzlak Receives Pros To Know Award for 3rd Straight Year

Chicago, IL- February 26, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ChainSequence President Bill Mrzlak was recently awarded the elite “Pros to Know” designation by industry analyst Supply & Demand Chain Executive for his progressive advancements in supply chain planning and S&OP process integration. This 19th annual listing of “Pros to Know” in 2019 marks the third consecutive year Bill has achieved this honor from the editorial board of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

This year’s list includes more than 200 individuals from software firms and service providers, consultancies, or academia who helped their supply chain clients—or the supply chain community at large—prepare to meet these challenges. More than 40 Practitioner Pros who engage in this work within their own companies were also chosen.

Mrzlak said he is thrilled to be among this year’s “Pros to Know” experts for the third consecutive year for fostering true partnerships based on mutual respect and common goals. “People are an organization’s best asset, and part of our role, beyond subject matter expertise, is to empower people. By building a better business process together, we achieve the desired outcomes across all functions in the pursuit of the greater good,“ Mrzlak added.

The “Pros to Know” Awards recognize supply chain executives as well as manufacturing and non-manufacturing enterprises that are leading initiatives to help their companies’ supply chains better prepare for and conquer the significant challenges of today’s business climate. “Every year we receive more submissions from outstanding supply chain leaders. It’s evidence of the growth in the supply chain profession as well as the importance of the profession within companies. Supply & Demand Chain Executive congratulates the 2019 Supply & Demand Chain Executive Pros to Know recipients. Our Pros to Know listing showcases the leaders and innovators shaping the profession and making substantial impact on their companies,” says John Yuva, editor for Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

About ChainSequence, Inc.
Headquartered in Chicago, Global Supply Chain expert ChainSequence® Inc. offers a fresh perspective toward re-engineering outdated supply chain methodologies and resolving persistent challenges in S&OP planning, to measurably improve the integration of supply chain processes with sales and operations goals. ChainSequence’s twenty-plus years of experience focuses on leading full life-cycle initiatives from planning and designing to implementing more advanced business processes, based on each client’s custom needs. ChainSequence’s progressive, knowledge-share approach is designed to give businesses the forward-thinking tools and training to better compete and effectively respond to ever-shifting supply chain requirements, increased client demand, and fluctuating market changes. For more information, please visit http://www.ChainSequence.com.

About Supply & Demand Chain Executive
Supply & Demand Chain Executive is the executive’s user manual for successful supply and demand chain transformation, utilizing hard-hitting analysis, viewpoints and unbiased case studies to steer executives and supply management professionals through the complicated, yet critical, world of supply and demand chain enablement to gain competitive advantage. Visit us on the web at http://www.SDCExec.com

1
Nov

5 RULES FOR TRULY ADAPTIVE SUPPLY CHAIN PLANNING

5 Rules For Truly Adaptive Supply Chain Planning

Companies that have survived decades of change have done so by flipping the script on long-established business tenets, and ripping up the rule book to adapt to new business realities. However, the maxim “the more things change, the more they stay the same” still rings true for many businesses…..Read our full Article on the IBF (Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning) site


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31
Oct

The Future of Supply Chain Planning

Chicago, IL- October 31, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ChainSequence’s Bill Mrzlak Shares Supply Chain Planning and S&OP Principles in Interview for The Daily Telegraph’s Business Reporter.

Global supply chain/sales and operations planning consultants ChainSequence confirmed its President, Bill Mrzlak, was part of a group of leading supply chain practitioners recently interviewed by the Business Reporter for its “The Future of Supply Chain” information campaign launched in early October. Business Reporter is the online business and management resource for The Daily Telegraph news organization located in the United Kingdom.

Mrzlak’s discussion with Business Reporter host Alistair Greener focused on ways organizations can better balance their supply chain processes with sales and operations planning goals in today’s fast-moving, global economy. Mrzlak addressed how his teams assimilate into client environments to create order out of chaos and help staff resolve persistent supply chain constraints and various issues concerning client prioritization, product segmentation, and inventory optimization, among other topics. During the segment, Mrzlak weighed in on the debate concerning whether people, process, or technology has more impact on the success or failure of a given solution, asserting, “It’s people, collaboratively working together toward common strategic goals…technology can enable a solution, but it’s not the solution itself.”

The Business Reporter also partnered with ChainSequence to develop a 12-part masterclass educational video series to advise individuals responsible for supply chain planning within organizations. This series launched concurrently with the Future of Supply Chain campaign, expanding on topics from the interview while sharing essential guidance on other challenges, including combatting the “Hero Syndrome” and establishing more pragmatic approaches in product design.

About ChainSequence, Inc.
Headquartered in Chicago, Global Supply Chain expert ChainSequence® Inc. offers a fresh perspective toward re-engineering outdated supply chain methodologies and resolving persistent challenges in S&OP planning, to measurably improve the integration of supply chain processes with sales and operations goals. ChainSequence’s twenty-plus years of experience focuses on leading full life-cycle initiatives from planning and designing to implementing more advanced business processes, based on each client’s custom needs. ChainSequence’s progressive, knowledge-share approach is designed to give businesses the forward-thinking tools and training to better compete and effectively respond to ever-shifting supply chain requirements, increased client demand, and fluctuating market changes For more information, please visit http://www.ChainSequence.com.

About Business Reporter
Business Reporter is distributed with The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph and City AM, each of our publications reaches an average of 1.5 million people. In addition to their publications, they host conferences, breakfasts meetings, and exclusive summits. These events bring together some of the most influential decision makers and innovators in modern business. Their exclusive events for business leaders complement the content and direction of their editorial projects, allowing them to have direct contact with their reader.

13
Oct

The Future of Supply Chain Planning Campaign

The Future of Supply Chain Campaign

The world of supply and demand is changing, as consumers have started demanding things in different ways. ‘Click and collect’, ordering online or on mobile, buying little and often rather than in bulk – these all impact how the supply chain operates. Agility and visibility has never been more important. Forecasting has also become much more difficult, as seasonal trends are lost in unpredictable spikes like Black Friday.

The strategies and technologies of most companies’ supply chains are only just catching up, and they need to adapt to a multi-channel delivery environment rather than a traditional one in order to meet the new types of demand. This campaign addresses the above issues and puts the supply chain at the heart of future business success.

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13
Oct

The Art and Science of Supply Chain Planning: 01 – Introduction

The Art and Science of Supply Chain Planning: 01 — Introduction

This twelve-part series provides insight into the major topics of an integrated, end-to-end supply chain planning process. This introductory module launches the series.

Through “The Future of Supply Chain” campaign of The Daily Telegraph’s Business Reporter, ChainSequence created this “The Art and Science of Supply Chain Planning” 12-part masterclass video series.

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