Scott W. Luton
Staff Member (Volunteer)
APICS Southeast District 

Managing Partner

Cell: 678.296.5268
Twitter: @ScottWLuton

S&OP Best Practices

UPS Headquarters recently hosted an APICS Atlanta dinner meeting, where Sara Park (VP, Planning & Logistics Capabilities) of The Coca-Cola Company shared excellent S&OP insight.

Sara's team had recently conducted a large S&OP initiative at her organization that led to a few impressive results: 


-- Improved Forecast Accuracy 1.4%


-- Decreased Inventory Volume (in $) by 3.4%


--Improved OTIF by 2.5%


Keep in mind: given the size of the enterprise, these are significant improvements. As Sara's team reflected on what drove the project's success, she shared these key learnings:

1: Simplify, simplify, and then simplify.

2: Be Flexible. Go with the Flow. Evolve.

3: Be Patient. Be Kind. But be Tenacious!

4: Constantly ask for Feedback (and don't be surprised when you get it!). And maintain Balance.

 The presentation was very well-received by APICS Atlanta membership. To download a copy of the presentation: click here

November 2

TalentStream Webinar:

"The Increased Need for MORE Control, Speed & Profit: How to Thrive in this Environment"

Lisa Anderson 

Join us as we explore the Amazon Effect and its impact across industry.

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Thank you for participating in our
APICS Southeast District Webinar Series in recent months. We wanted to cordially invite you to attend our next scheduled sessions:

October 27th @ 12 noon EDT

"Best Practices for Maintaining Your APICS Certification

Featuring Chris Barnes, CFPIM, CSCP, LSSYB
President, APICS Atlanta

To register: click here

November 16th @ 12 Noon EDT

"5 Steps to Maximize Your ERP While Managing to Keep Your Hair"

Featuring Mike Roman, CPIM
APICS Hall of Fame Nominee

To register: click here

Please also note: 

Our friends at the APICS Mid-Florida Chapter are holding a webinar on November 9th entitled: "Wisdom of the Supply Chain". To learn more or register: click here

Additionally, our friends at the APICS South Alabama Chapter are holding a webinar on November 22nd entitled: "Are You Running Your ERP Systems OR Is It Running You?". To learn more or register: click here

Again, thank you for joining us for our webinar. Please let me know how the
APICS Southeast District staff may serve as a resource for you & your team.


Scott W. Luton
Staff Member, APICS Southeast District
Past President, APICS Atlanta
Managing Partner, TalentStream

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Don't miss the next APICS Southeast District Meeting in Atlanta!

Mark Your Calendars: 
Feb. 3rd & 4th, 2017

Janine Mansour with the Port of New Orleans presents at APICS SED Meeting in October 2016

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