Lauren Bossers

Director of Digital and Content Marketing

As the director of digital and content marketing, Lauren is responsible for marketing communication, public relations, customer references, and social media at Steelwedge. She brings 14 years of experience in marketing for the supply chain management industry to her role. Prior to joining Steelwedge, she held positions in marketing at i2, Kinaxis, and Tata Consultancy Services.

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Five Tips to Convince Sales to Join the Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) Game

Change is a challenge. Implementing sales and operations planning (S&OP) can be a massive challenge. Supply chain executives put recurring processes in place with meetings scheduled months in advance. They gather vast amounts of data and force it into predefined buckets. And they expect diverse functional groups to talk with one another and arrive at […]

What’s Your S&OP Maturity Score? Answer 9 Questions to Find Out

Sales and operations planning (S&OP) maturity is based on a progressive assessment of where your organization is in relation to the six layers that drive supply and operations planning success. The main reason supply chain executives should strive for S&OP maturity is for sustainability. It shouldn’t go unnoticed that each S&OP process needs an owner […]

Three Criteria for Selecting S&OP Technology

Even though, according to Gartner, organizations are expected to spend about $10 billion in 2014 on supply chain planning technology, poor forecast accuracy and demand variability remain the top obstacles to meeting supply chain goals. These have been the top two obstacles for the last seven or eight years for sales and operations planning (S&OP). […]

S&OP Technology Drives the Alignment that Enables Agility

Alignment and agility go together. The overall goal for S&OP as agility increases is to align on sales, orders, and shipments, but additionally to be able to align on market data, such as distributor pull through, retail sales, supplier inputs, and market drivers. Each goal along the way to S&OP maturity will require orchestration with technology […]

New Documentary Examines the Evolution from “Supply Chain” to “Value Chain”

The traditional notion of supply chain management takes a linear approach to moving goods from the supplier’s supplier to the customer’s customer. Anyone involved in the industry knows that today’s marketplace dynamics are anything but linear. So a “supply chain” becomes a bit of a misnomer. The term “value chain” was popularized in the 1980s […]

S&OP Agility is About Maturity

Agility in the supply chain is the ability to recalibrate the plan while maintaining comparable cost, quality and customer service. According to research by Supply Chain Insights, 85% of supply chains have experienced a disruption and 90% are grappling with skyrocketing costs and supply volatility. The ability to address these issues to maximize opportunities and […]

Using S&OP to Reach Equilibrium – 5 Qualitative Factors

Equilibrium is the state at which market supply and demand are in balance. It’s common sense to want to produce the amount of product that the market will bear, but that has traditionally been a difficult goal to achieve given the nature of change in today’s markets. Sales and operations planning (S&OP) as an integrated […]

The Top 6 Capabilities of an Ideal S&OP Solution

According to recent Gartner research, companies that are at the forefront of sales and operations planning (S&OP) have significantly improved their overall business performance. These companies attribute a more than 7% improvement in cash flow and 6% improvement in gross profit to a successful S&OP process. Moreover, these companies enjoy twice the improvements in areas […]