By Jeff Metersky, Vice President, Supply Chain Strategy Practice
Friday, December 18, 2009
Season’s Greetings! At this time of the year, many of our clients are scrambling to satisfy holiday demands or, worse, dealing with excess inventory resulting from inaccurate demand forecasts. Seasonality is often a challenge to many businesses both strategically, trying to balance capacity versus inventory, and tactically, trying to predict demand and operationally manage through the peaks. Over the years, the results of our work has often been impacted by seasonal patterns. The link below is an article we wrote many years ago on the impact of seasonality on strategic supply chain decisions. After the holidays we will release a white paper that looks more tactically at seasonality in an inventory planning context.
Weathering Highs & Lows (2003)