Buffers for Dummies

 

A Demand Driven Buffer, what's that? 

In the Demand Driven jargon we talk about "buffers" of different types. What are they used for? How do they work? This post introduces some basic concepts, which are explored in detail in the Demand Driven Institute's training courses. 

DDMRP vs MRP: Long Live Independence

 

In one of my previous lives, I was responsible for a supply chain where most of the suppliers were in Asia, supplying our European factories and distribution centres by sea. 

Historically our service was poor and our inventory was overflowing everywhere. Our Chinese or Thai suppliers only accepted monthly orders, and imposed at least 2 months of firm orders on their production plan - our [...]

Is DDMRP Really a New Idea?

Demand Driven Material Requirements Planning (DDMRP) is compatible with, and even supportive of, many other manufacturing philosophies: Lean, TOC, Flow, Pull, etc. However, since some of these ideas have been around for decades, most notably Lean Manufacturing, it can seem like DDMRP is an old idea given new life under a different name.

The Bottom Line Benefits of DDMRP

In my last post, I talked briefly about the benefits of being demand driven using Demand Driven Material Requirements Planning (DDMRP): lower inventory levels and increased service levels. 

You may be thinking, “Yeah, Ivan, that all sounds good, but isn’t that what other methodologies like Lean Manufacturing were supposed to do? What’s the difference here?”

If so, you’d be right. DDMRP [...]

A Paradigm Shift in Supply Chain Thinking

A DDMRP Practitioner Talks About the Evolution of PwC's Global Operations Practice

Ivan Lavatelli is the operations leader for PwC Italy and the global lead for PwC’s DDMRP practice. He’s also been a driving force behind Demand Driven Technologies’ presence in the European market. We sat down to chat with Ivan about his experience evolving PwC’s operations focus from traditional APICS [...]

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Don’t Trust Your MRP Systems? There’s a Better Way

What’s the greatest manufacturing innovation in history? I’ll bet a lot of you immediately thought, “the assembly line.” Introduced by Henry Ford in 1913, the assembly line revolutionized manufacturing, reducing the time it took to build a car from half a day to just over two hours.

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Aligning Inventory with Actual Consumption

It is one thing to read about the benefits that Replenishment+® NetSuite (NS) brings to your supply chain management operation, but it is an entirely other thing to hear it from an expert in the field. Here we interview Brad Mitchler, VP of Channels and Product Management, to get his take on why Replenishment+ NetSuite (NS) is key to Improving supply chain performance, Reducing inventory [...]

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