Resources based on E2open's years of supply chain industry experience.

E2open's team includes industry experts with years of experience solving the most complex supply chain challenges for the largest and best companies in the world. We've worked with analysts and industry leaders to address today's issues and look at what's coming next for the global supply chain. Explore the resources below to see our viewpoint on complex industry topics and delve into customer successes with E2open.

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Predictive Analytics Webinar

Supply chains are using predictive analytics in a variety of ways from creating more accurate retail forecasts to reducing costs by anticipating maintenance and repair of physical assets. Pawan Joshi, SVP, Product & Strategy, shares best practices for harnessing the power of predictive analytics in the supply chain.

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Fueling Sales & Operations Planning with Technology

Over the past decade, advanced technology has become commercially available to dramatically improve the S&OP process and provide a single view of rationalized, harmonized planning data to power monthly cross-functional and multi-enterprise business reviews.

In this webinar, Lisa Aleman, Senior Supply Chain Strategist at E2open, shares why enabling technology is necessary to support a company's S&OP journey, benefits of supporting the components of S&OP with advanced technology, and key factors to consider as you broaden your solution footprint. 

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From Good to Great: The Business Case for Best-in-Class S&OP

Most organizations recognize the need to have a robust, holistic sales and operations planning (S&OP) capability to drive intelligent business decisions. But many struggle to quantify the benefits generated by their S&OP investments. This webinar addresses how a strategic value assessment can help you:

  • Develop a vision of what “great” S&OP looks like to your organization
  • Assess your company’s current S&OP process and the development of a roadmap to get to “great”
  • Realize the benefits of S&OP, determine the changes with the most positive impact, and measure success

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Republic Wireless Fuels Rapid Growth with S&OP

Republic Wireless shares its Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) Journey, including how technology has helped them power better business decisions and achieve their growth objectives. 

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A Practitioner's Guide to Successful S&OP and Demand Management

Many companies that have become “best-in-class” at S&OP have something in common: they have implemented successful strategies and tactics for building and securing approval for their S&OP technology business case. Learn firsthand from leading experts how to take you and your company to S&OP and integrated business planning (IBP) success.

This webinar addresses the following questions: 

  • Why so many S&OP initiatives fail
  • How to get started with S&OP and how to sustain success
  • What’s the power of proven S&OP processes and technology 
  • How to remove barriers to S&OP success

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Who Owns the "S" in S&OP?

In recent years, functions other than Sales – including Supply Chain and Finance – have often taken ownership of predicting future sales. The process has become an aggregation exercise done by specialists, and the name itself – demand management – indicates that the Sales team is not intimately involved. But true S&OP requires Sales to “own their number,” which delivers company-wide benefits because Sales is the closest to the demand signal. 

In this webinar you will learn about: 

  • The Sales Planning Challenges 
  • The Keys to Success 
  • How a Sales Planning Platform Can Help You Hit Your Number

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Range-based S&OP: How to Tame Demand Volatility in 3 Steps

Demand forecasts are critical input to your business plan, yet forecast error is unavoidable. Supply chain agility can overcome this error with capacity and inventory, but comes at a cost. The solution?  Proactively plan for a range of demand and supply within your Sales & Operations Plan (S&OP).

In this webinar, Stanford Consulting Professor Blake Johnson shares:

  • How forecastable is demand over the planning horizon?
  • What is the right type and amount of supply chain flexibility?
  • What level of supply chain flexibility optimizes P&L and customer delivery performance?

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How to Build an Agile Supply Chain: Lessons from the Best Companies

Running an agile supply chain means being able to quickly and accurately sense and respond to changes. Sounds simple, but as everyone knows, it is difficult for companies to achieve agility in an environment that is defined by intense competition, high service expectations, unpredictable demand, and increasingly global supply chains.

In this webinar, Patrick Lemoine shares how to design an agile supply chain and the benefits that companies realize from running one. 

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Five Supply Chain Best Practices for Life Sciences Companies

Supply chain management is playing an increasingly important role for the pharmaceutical industry - an industry that is facing new cost, performance, and quality issues. 

In this webinar, Patrick Lemoine, VP of Product Marketing at E2open, addresses five best practices you should start looking into if you haven't already to tackle these challenges. 

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Procurement and the Business Network

Cloud-based business networks are making it easier for procurement officers to collaborate in a simple and scalable way to drive value throughout their organizations. Turning payables into profit centers, tapping into a large community of global suppliers and vetting partners are some of the benefits that business networks offer.

Patrick Lemoine, VP, Product Marketing at E2open, explains how companies can take collaboration to the next level in this panel webinar. 

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Creating a Demand Planning System Worthy of the Digital Supply Chain

History is a poor predictor of future sales in today’s fast-moving world. However, many companies still rely on traditional demand planning systems that employ time-series analysis to create forecasts. Increased dependence on new products and promotions to drive growth further compounds the problem; new items lack the two years of data required for time-series analysis and promotions are by nature designed to ensure that history does not repeat itself.

There are, however, some bright spots with leading companies using new demand sensing technology capable of capturing and analyzing the abundance of real-time data in the digital supply chain.

In this webinar, Piet Buyck, VP of Sales, Forecasting Solutions at E2open, explores this new technology, barriers to change, and how it will affect the future supply chain.  

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The State of Demand Planning Performance

How good is best-in-class forecasting performance? How bad is item proliferation? Can prescriptive analytics like Demand Sensing provide a step-change in performance?

In this webinar, John Lash, VP of Product Marketing at E2open, addresses these questions and more based on recent findings from our 2016 Forecasting Benchmark Study

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Predictive Analytics for Demand Planning: What Can It Do for Your Organization?

The wealth of real-time data available today can help determine future demand for your organization’s products and services. In global supply chain management, the application of predictive analytics is key to creating flexible and nimble supply chains that are as responsive as they are intuitive.

Hear John Lash, Vice President, Product Marketing, E2open, discuss the advantages of predictive analytics for organizations.

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E2open and Terra: Enabling the End-to-End Supply Chain Operating Network

When E2open announced the acquisition of Terra Technology in March, the response from media, industry analysts and customers was overwhelmingly positive. 

Now our customers can leverage solutions that combine massive amounts of data from the demand side to dramatically improve forecast accuracy with a network that connects, collects, and collaborates on these demand signals in real-time across the multi-enterprise supply chain.

Watch this recorded webinar to learn how your company can leverage combined supply and demand capabilities that dynamically sense market changes and synchronize operations from retailers through to suppliers.

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The Effect of Volatility on Safety Stock

Volatility is typically associated with fast-moving markets and changing consumer preferences, but one of the major drivers is unchecked SKU proliferation.  This webinar explores what drives safety stock and how it relates to other forms and functions of inventory, how demand uncertainty directly impacts inventory, and steps to control volatility by using current data.

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The True Cost of a Long Tail

SKU growth continues to significantly outpace sales growth, creating a disproportionate cost burden on manufacturers and eroding margins instead of improving the bottom line. This webinar explores the latest industry data on the rapid pace of SKU proliferation and how to reduce the impact of a long tail and improve business performance.

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Trends in Supply Chain Visibility

Visibility in the supply chain is very important to enable you to not only make proactive decisions, but make sure you are making the right decisions. How far can you currently see into the supply chain today and how are you using that information? In this webcast, Patrick Lemoine will share what respondents are saying about their supply chain visibility from a survey recently conducted by Gatepoint Research.

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Videos

E2open Demand Planning & Sensing Solutions

E2open's Demand Planning & Sensing solutions use automation and machine learning algorithms to analyze real-time information from across the extended supply chain and create a more accurate picture of demand for any time horizon. Learn more about our Demand Planning & Sensing solutions in this 1-minute video.

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E2open Harmony Demo

Harmony is E2open’s new common user experience. Harmony extends across all of E2open’s supply chain solutions enabling any and all users across the extended business eco-system to seamlessly connect, visualize, plan and execute supply chain operations in a closed-loop, collaborative manner using real-time information. 

In this demo, you will see firsthand how you can operate a completely connected and digital supply chain (from retail stores, to distribution and manufacturing, to suppliers) all in one place, using E2open Harmony.

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E2open Recall Management Overview

Product recalls can become an existential risk for companies when negative publicity goes viral on social media. The only way to be properly protected is to have the right systems in place before any recall so that defective or contaminated batches can be immediately identified and brought back quickly, without disrupting regular operations. While it’s not possible to eliminate all recalls, it is possible to mitigate the damage.

Learn how E2open's Recall Management solution helps companies establish standard recall workflows and operating procedures, gain end-to-end traceability, and identify root causes and isolate impacted batches quickly. 

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E2open Demand Sensing Overview

Demand Sensing is a next-generation forecasting technology invented by E2open in 2002, that analyzes current demand signals such as orders, shipments and retailer data like point-of-sale, to predict the most likely amount of future demand for every item, at every location, every day.

Unlike traditional demand planning technology that relies on historical sales, Demand Sensing is fully automated, using algorithms and machine learning to find patterns within real-time data. It extracts actionable information based on what is actually happening in your supply chain, helping you better understand what your customers will order and when.

E2open Demand Sensing is proven to reduce forecast error by 30-40% and is trusted by some of the world’s largest manufacturers. In fact, E2open Demand Sensing predicts demand for over $250 billion in annual sales every year.

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E2open Harmony Overview

Harmony is E2open’s new common user experience that spans across all our supply chain solutions, enabling our customers to extract maximum value from the sophisticated connectivity and powerful applications we provide. 

E2open Harmony is revolutionizing the way in which supply chains are digitally represented and orchestrated, allowing users across the extended business eco-system to seamlessly connect, visualize, plan, and execute supply chain operations in a closed-loop, collaborative manner using real-time information.

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Software Provider E2open is On the Move - CEO Michael Farlekas on Strategy

Supply chain software provider E2open is certainly on the move, making a number of acquisitions in the past two years to expand its original solution focused on multi-tier visibility for manufacturers across the extended supply chain. Those acquisitions include demand sensing vendor Terra Technology, demand signal repository provider Orchesto, and just recently Steelwedge, a provider of S&OP solutions.

SCDigest editor Dan Gilmore recently had the chance to discuss where E2open is headed with CEO Michael Farlekas in the brief video below.

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The Business Debate with E2open - Innovations for Global Supply Chains

The Business Debate interviews Shawn Lane, VP Sales & Marketing, E2open, on what digitization means for businesses and consumers, why connectivity is required outside a company's four walls, and how companies can enable this transformative change. 

"Digitization is a buzzword these days, but the concept is quite simple. It means moving from siloed, disconnected, non-networked processes in companies and moving those online. This allows for connectivity and collaboration between multiple companies using the technology of the internet." - Shawn Lane

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The Future of Supply Chain: Better Living Through Better Technology

Shawn Lane, SVP Sales and Marketing at E2open, shares his view of the future of supply chain and how to prepare for changes that come along with a digital supply chain transformation. 

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Seagate and E2open's Partnership

Joe DiIorio, Director, Supply Chain at Seagate Technology talks about the partnership Seagate and E2open have and how E2open's solutions have automated processes at the company.

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Land O'Lakes: The Value of Demand Sensing and What's Next

Dustin Braun, Director of Supply Chain Analytics & Demand Management, Land O'Lakes, discusses the value of Demand Sensing, what's next for Land O'Lakes and the future of E2open. 

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E2open Company Overview

E2open provides the largest and most comprehensive Supply Chain Operating Network, including a broad suite of collaborative supply chain solutions.

See why leading global enterprises rely on E2open to provide greater end-to-end visibility, more accurate data and insights, and real-time business process orchestration across complex, multi-enterprise trading partner networks.

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Demand Sensing - Fact and Fiction

Piet Buyck, Vice President of Sales, Forecasting Solutions at E2open, explains how demand sensing works, the myths around it, and why leading companies are using it. 

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Cloud Connectivity: Transform your Supply Chain

Cloud connectivity is the next generation of B2B integration and can transform how you run your supply chain. Take your connectivity to the next level, and let it empower your People, your Technology, and your Business Processes.

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Vendor Managed Inventory: Three Keys to Success

Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) is a brilliant concept in theory, but in reality, few companies are able to achieve its full potential. At its best, VMI creates a mutually beneficial relationship between a customer and its suppliers – one that maintains the optimal availability of inventory at the lowest possible cost. Unfortunately, a mutually beneficial relationship is hard to come by – too often the customer is happy and the supplier is unhappy or the other way around.

In this video, we share three keys to making VMI a truly win-win scenario, achieving and maintaining the optimal availability of inventory at the lowest possible costs

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How L'oreal manages the complexities via collaboration with their supplier network

Morris Lenczicki, VP of Industrial Systems Applications L’Oréal, USA shares how L’Oréal manages the complexities of seasonality, promotions and new product introductions via collaboration with their supplier network.

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How does E2open help Celestica drive a more efficient supply chain?

Arpad Hevizi, Senior Vice President and CIO at Celestica, comments on his experience working with E2open to drive greater efficiencies in his supply chain organization. 

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Forecasting Benchmark Study

2016 Forecasting Benchmark Study

Blog

Thursday 31 August 2017

Your Forecast Isn’t Accurate – Is Your Inventory Optimization Solution Making Things Worse?

Mohit Dubey, Senior Director, Product Marketing, E2open
Mohit Dubey, Senior Director, Product Marketing, E2open

Inventory buffers can counteract the effects of inaccurate forecasts. But, are you setting wrong inventory targets because your inventory optimization solution doesn't understand how bad…

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Monday 7 August 2017

Four Capabilities that Will Help You Be Better Prepared for Your Next Recall

Mohit Dubey, Senior Director, Product Marketing, E2open
Mohit Dubey, Senior Director, Product Marketing, E2open

Companies whose products cater to end-consumers – especially in industries such as Consumer Electronics, Pharmaceuticals, Cosmetics, Food & Beverage, Consumer Packaged Goods and Automotive –…

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Wednesday 26 July 2017

Why an Integrated Business Planning Process Cannot Be Effectively Managed Using ERP and Spreadsheets

John Lash, Vice President, Product Marketing, E2open
John Lash, Vice President, Product Marketing, E2open

Breaking free of spreadsheets is an important milestone in the journey to a mature integrated business planning process.

Excel is a natural starting place because…

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Tuesday 23 May 2017

Realizing Value from Order Promising

Sudy Bharadwaj
Sudy Bharadwaj, Senior Director, Value Engineering, E2open

Turning Your CFO into a Supply Chain Fan

Value measurement for solving supply chain problems has been a challenge in the past. However, the emergence…

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Monday 17 April 2017

S&OP as an Organizational Decision-Making Process

Mohit Dubey, Senior Director, Product Marketing, E2open
Mohit Dubey, Senior Director, Product Marketing, E2open

"S&OP is dead," the caller said. This unsettled me – “Are lead-times dead, too?” I wondered. I had to find out.

Work is changing –…

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Monday 3 April 2017

E2open Holds User Forum on New On-time In-Full (OTIF) Package

Will Thomas, VP of Sales, E2open
Will Thomas, VP of Sales, E2open

Effective February 2017, Walmart is requiring its suppliers to meet either a same-day or two-day shipping window instead of its previous four-day window. It has also…

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Thursday 30 March 2017

E2open and Steelwedge Join Forces: Analyst Reaction to our Vision for Collaborative S&OP

E2open
E2open

It has been a little over a month since E2open acquired Steelwedge and the media and analyst receptions to the announcement have been extremely strong. It’s…

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Friday 17 March 2017

How E2open’s Scalable DSR Platform Delivers a Competitive Advantage for CPG Companies

Will Thomas, VP of Sales, E2open
Will Thomas, VP of Sales, E2open

In late 2016, E2open acquired Orchestro, a leading provider of Demand Signal Repository (DSR) technology and preemptive analytics for retail and omnichannel fulfillment. Orchestro’s data,…

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Tuesday 31 January 2017

A Moment of Reflection for the New Year

John Lash, Vice President, Product Marketing, E2open
John Lash, Vice President, Product Marketing, E2open

Each January, the pundits are abuzz with talk about the new food trends for the year. Whether it’s antibiotics, sugar levels, food waste, GMO-labeling or cauliflower…

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Friday 20 January 2017

The Journey to a Customer-Driven Supply Chain

Patrick Lemoine, Vice President, Product Marketing, E2open
Patrick Lemoine, Vice President, Product Marketing, E2open

A Challenging Planning Environment

For consumers, the world of electronics is full of exciting new gadgets. For the companies involved in designing, manufacturing, and bringing…

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Monday 12 December 2016

Removing the Bullwhip Effect Across the Network

Pawan Joshi, Senior Vice President, Products & Strategy, E2open
Pawan Joshi, Senior Vice President, Products & Strategy, E2open

In 1961, Jay Forrester formalized the recognition of the bullwhip effect in his book titled, Industrial Dynamics. 55 years later, companies still struggle to…

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Wednesday 9 November 2016

A Better Approach to Managing Your Extended Supply Chain

Patrick Lemoine, Vice President, Product Marketing, E2open
Patrick Lemoine, Vice President, Product Marketing, E2open

Outsourcing various parts of manufacturing started in the high tech industry a few decades ago. Today, outsourcing is now the new norm in most industries today.…

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Thursday 13 October 2016

In Pursuit of Productivity

John Lash, Vice President, Product Marketing, E2open
John Lash, Vice President, Product Marketing, E2open

Does planner workload affect productivity? Can technology help companies achieve a step-change in productivity? The answer to both of these questions is yes. Here are

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Tuesday 30 August 2016

The Power of Predictive Analytics

John Lash, Vice President, Product Marketing, E2open
John Lash, Vice President, Product Marketing, E2open

The use of predictive analytics is rising

According to KPMG’s 2016 Global Consumer Executive Top of Mind Survey, the use of predictive analytics will…

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Wednesday 20 July 2016

How to Build an Agile Supply Chain – Lessons From the Best Companies

Patrick Lemoine, Vice President, Product Marketing, E2open
Patrick Lemoine, Vice President, Product Marketing, E2open

One of the top priorities for executives is to improve the agility of their company. It is not hard to understand why: competition is more…

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Monday 11 July 2016

Turning Your Consumer Goods Supply Chain Into a Competitive Advantage

Michael Farlekas
Michael Farlekas, CEO, E2open

Today’s modern supply chains are multi-enterprise, starting with consumers, retailers, distributors; and flowing through an extended network of suppliers, contract manufacturers, and other third parties.…

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Tuesday 24 May 2016

How the Terra Acquisition Fits Into the Future Supply Chain

Robert Byrne
Robert F. Byrne, VP and GM, Forecasting Solutions, E2open

This is probably not a surprise but supply chains are inherently multi-enterprise. Despite this, companies have tried to manage their supply chain with ERP systems which…

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