Ask anyone in the manufacturing industry: No matter how hard you try, disruptions, exceptions, and bottlenecks are just part of the business. In today’s global, complex automotive supply chain where demand planning and production programs often shift and change depending on a wide range of variables and elements - everything from the availability of component parts to labor to facility capacity and job scheduling - the ability of manufacturing companies to respond and weather these variables is critical to remain competitive in an increasingly crowded landscape.
But to help mitigate the risks associated with global manufacturing, companies have a new tool at their disposal: sales and operations execution (S&OE). Coined in the last few years by supply chain industry publication Gartner, S&OE acts as a demand planning supplement or safety net to detect the possibility of bottlenecks or breakdowns in larger-scale planning platforms. This in turn allows planners and managers to create and deploy solutions to these disruptions to enhance each touchpoint of a company’s overall value chain.