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Supply Chain Planning has remained largely unchanged since the 1960s. Is it time for a new approach?


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Is it time for a new approach to supply chain planning?

Gartner predicts that by 2026, “90% of supply chains will still be demand-driven (aka forecast-accuracy-driven), significantly impacting their overall performance” (Gartner Maverick Research: ‘Demand-Driven’ Is Deadly to Your Supply Chain, 2021, Tim Payne).  Supply chain plans can no longer be rigid and fragile. It’s time to break free of this paradigm. This special Gartner report discusses the legacy of Material Requirements Planning (MRP) and why conventional approaches are now detrimental to supply chain resilience.  

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You’ll find: 

  1. Compelling arguments against deterministic planning 
  2. Next steps you can take to adopt a new approach, including the use of scenario modeling  

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Tools to embrace the new paradigm

With AIMMS, you can break free of the deterministic approach and embrace the new world of planning. AIMMS Network Design helps you deliver a resilient network to meet a variety of demand scenarios and stay agile as things come up. It provides you with faster insights to improve key issues like cost reduction, better service levels, agility and resilience leading to ~ 2-5% logistics cost savings.

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Why Supply Chain Design Tools Are Now Essential To Boost Resilience

Capabilities Recommended by Analysts

AIMMS has been listed as a Sample Vendor for Supply Chain Network Design in numerous Gartner reports, including Gartner Hype Cycle for Supply Chain Strategy, 2020. With AIMMS, you can conduct scenario planning more frequently to improve decision making.


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“We chose AIMMS because its app wraps a state-of-the-art solver engine in an easy-to-use data interface with strong scenario modeling and results visualization tools. This enables us to quickly evaluate various scenarios that drive supply chain efficiency and customer satisfaction. The system allowed us to be up and running very quickly.” – Read the press release

“AIMMS provides outstanding value. It allows us to quickly answer very specific questions affecting our business. The benefits from optimizing our business based on those answers provides a great ROI for FMC-NA.”

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“A lot of network design decisions have cost implications. We can use AIMMS to get answers we can trust and believe in. These answers add weight to those conversations.” – Read an interview

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The Gartner document is available upon request from AIMMS. Gartner, Maverick* Research: ‘Demand-Driven’ Is Deadly to Your Supply Chain, April 21, 2021, Tim Payne