Sales and Operations Planning: Aligning Business Goals with Supply Chain Tactics

Sales and operations planning (S&OP) was identified as companies’ number two area of focus, in a survey of 805 companies for Aberdeen’s Supply Chain Executive’s Strategic Agenda study. Further research on the supply chain identifies how the S&OP process is helping corporate executives accomplish their overall business strategies. Find out what the four broad strategies are, and how best-in-class companies are using them.

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Case Study: Terumo

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Sales and Operations Planning: The Key to Continuous Demand Satisfaction

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