Supply Planning & Optimization2017-07-10T09:35:56+00:00

Supply Planning & Optimization


Today’s increasingly global supply chain needs to be able to cope with shorter product life cycles and to deal with fluctuating demand and supply. One of the most important benefits of integrated supply planning is increased flexibility. When the supply chain is running like a well-oiled machine, based on solid distribution, production and supply planning, it is easier to maintain and even increase your revenue. Your organization will achieve higher profit margins by producing and delivering at a much faster, more successful rate.

Supply planning entails the translation of the demand throughout the distribution and manufacturing network upstream to suppliers. It also requires the detection of capacity shortages and an appropriate response that considers service, cost and cash in order to deliver the best Return On Capital Employed (ROCE).

Your supply planning process needs to be designed in three dimensions. The first is the hierarchical dimension, whereby complex problems are broken down into manageable pieces. This translates into several planning levels, each with different planning horizons, e.g. strategic planning, budget planning, Rough-Cut Capacity Planning (RCCP), Master Production Scheduling (MPS) and detailed scheduling. The second dimension is the supply dimension; Distribution Resource Planning (DRP) is used to calculate the net requirements on the level of downstream production, while a Material Resource Planning (MRP) calculation translates that into the net requirement of intermediates and raw materials. And when prioritizing upstream orders, you need to know which orders will be impacted downstream. The third dimension is the combination of complexity and maturity. You can sometimes be blinded by the wealth of opportunities that an advanced planning solution offers. However, it is better not to run before you can walk, so a phased approach is recommendable.

At Solventure, based on our years of experience, we can provide answers to questions such as ‘What must the various planning layers contain?’, ‘Which planning levels do we need?’ and ‘How does everything interact?’. We can also help you to define the free, flexible and frozen periods and to determine the Customer Order Decoupling Point (CODP) in a Make-To-Order (MTO), Assemble-To-Order (ATO) or Make-To-Stock (MTS) environment. On the basis of scenario management we demonstrate upstream/downstream possibilities in your distribution network. Furthermore, we’re happy to advise you throughout your planning journey, taking your complexity and maturity into account.

Are you interested in learning how integrated supply planning at a strategic, tactical and operational level can further increase your responsiveness while keeping costs and inventories at an absolute minimum? Contact us or start by reading our white paper.




A customer’s satisfaction largely depends on them receiving the ordered product on time. In that sense, effective supply planning is by far your most effective customer service tool.



Finding the optimal balance between demand and supply automatically has a positive impact on the inventory level, reducing out-of-stocks and minimizing obsolete stock.



A well-functioning supply chain which truly revolves around supply planning is a fundamental strategic differentiator that enables global expansion and revenue growth.

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In this webinar Prof. Dr. Bram Desmet, Managing Director of Solventure will talk about “Rough Cut Capacity Planning as an essential part of your S&OP process’.