Articles & News

S&OP, MRPII/ERP and Lean in the Rice Industry

Agribusiness in Australia can be a very challenging business environment given the harsh and varying climatic conditions that companies in Australia are required to handle.  From the high’s of a record crop size of 1.7 million tonnes, to the low’s of 300 000 tonnes...

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Sales & Operations Planning – How do you rate?

Article from IT Magazine on S&OP and Lean Without doubt two of the hottest business practices around at the moment are: "Class A" Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) and Lean Manufacturing A simple "yahoo" search reveals the enormous number of companies...

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S&OP FAQ by John Dougherty

How would you show the Production line on an S&OP supply & demand spreadsheet for a lean pull production line? The title and definition of a production plan would not vary between a lean or not lean environment. A lean environment does not preclude making some...

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Japanese Style Execution vs. American Style Planning!

(Do Better Execution Methods Eliminate the Need for Planning?) By John Dougherty Planning!  That's old fashioned!  "MRP, MRP II, they never worked well any way and you certainly don't need them if you can execute (make and buy products) quicker and more reliably using...

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