Jul 29, 2020

Anaplan: The Power of Connection in Supply Chain

Supply Chain Management
Supply Chain
decision making
supply chain partners
Emily Cook
2 min
supply chain management using cloud-based platform to improve supply chain decision making
Founded in 2006, Anaplan is a cloud-based SaaS platform impacting the way business decisions are made daily...

Founded in 2006, Anaplan is a cloud-based SaaS platform impacting the way business decisions are made daily.

What they do

Anaplan works with different sectors across multiple industries to help companies make value-based decisions, this includes the supply chain. Supply chain management leaders face a face-paced environment, but they need to be encouraged to make well-informed decisions to meet customer demand and needs. 

The supply chain is a rapidly shifting market that is now fully digitalised and adopting new technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. In order to keep up with these new advancements, companies need to use dynamic, intelligent systems to stay informed and improve decision making skills. 

As supply chain partners can access and operate one cloud-based platform, companies can successfully plan and manage, build connections and allow partners to share business goals. When all essential partners are working from “unified data on a single platform”, it allows for adjustments to be made while ensuring that the ecosystem continues to function.  

Importance of Decision Making

Anaplan works as a ‘holistic approach’ to supply chain management, providing real-time data, allowing companies to predict and drive demand, and enable S&OP (sales and operations planning) processes. Anaplan provides on demand insight with intelligent planning and attention to the market, allowing for decision makers to take appropriate course of action based on internal and external factors. 

Decision making within the supply chain regarding goods and services can lead to significant impacts on costs, capital availability and product flows. Successful decisions are based on the flow of information, funds and product that overall fall into one of three categories: strategy, planning or operation. 

Previous Case Studies

Tarmac, a CHR Company , cuts building materials firm’s forecasting time by 75% using Connected Planning across supply chain and finance. 

Tarmac is the UK’s leading supplier in sustainable building materials, they manage 330 facilities and move millions of tons of construction materials to thousands of customer companies every year. Using Anaplan, they created a Connected Planning platform to streamline it’s S&OP and financial planning. Hosted using Anaplan Partner Mentat Technology, the new solution delivers “dynamic stock management, greater visibility into material flows and inventory, and more accurate sourcing decisions” 

Tarmac has shortened its monthly financial process by 2 weeks and rid the use of hundreds of spreadsheets. Sales forecasting has benefited from it too, once a 16 day process now only takes 4 days. 

Our partnership with Anaplan has transformed the way we plan and forecast,” says Sam Fergus, Tarmac’s Senior Manager: Logistics Excellence. “It allows us to support our customer network across the country to ensure that they continue to have the right product in the right place at the right time.”

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Jul 23, 2021

UK Food Supply Chain to be Exempt from COVID-19 Isolation

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Emergency measures will allow workers in the UK’s food supply chain to continue working after potential contact if they test negative

Vital workers in the UK’s food supply chain will be exempt from isolating after contact with COVID-19 under new emergency measures announced by the British government. 

More than 10,000 people working in supermarket distribution centres, manufacturing plants and other food logistics services will be affected by the initiative. Staff who are told to isolate by test and trace or are notified by an official app will be allowed to continue working as long as they test negative. 

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said the scheme would undergo a limited trial this week after consultation with the country's biggest food retailers. It plans to extend the measures through a wider roll out next week, impacting around 500 sites dedicated to stocking supermarkets and producing staple foods such as bread and milk. 

“Food businesses across the country have been the hidden heroes of the pandemic,” said Environment Secretary George Eustice. "We are working closely with industry to allow staff to go about their essential work safely with daily testing.”

Speaking to Sky News, Eustice added that the exception would not be extended to other sectors. 

"The reason we have made a special exception for food is for very obvious reasons,” he said. "We need to make sure that we maintain our food supply. We will never take risks with our food supply."

UK Supply Chains Under Strain

The news follows reports of empty shelves and widespread shortages in British supermarkets after a record number of people were told to isolate via the NHS app. Branded the ‘pingdemic’, more than 600,000 alerts were sent out to phones and mobile devices in the week beginning 8 July, warning people that they had come into contact with those infected by the virus. 

It left already strained food supply chains under staffed and unable to cope. The mass alert has also caused disruption in other supply chains, exacerbating a prevailing shortage of drivers and other essential logistics professionals. 

READ MORE: Driver shortages: Why the industry needs to be worried

Savid Javid, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, who was appointed last month following the departure of MP Matt Hancock, said: “As we manage this virus and do everything we can to break chains of transmission, daily contact testing of workers in this vital sector will help to minimise the disruption caused by rising cases in the coming weeks, while ensuring workers are not put at risk.”


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