November Professional Development Meeting

November 13, 2018
5:45 PM - 8:30 PM

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
4727 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE 19803
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Using the Coefficient of Variation to Better Integrate Demand Planning and Production Planning

John Piechule, CSCP, CPIM, CPF
Supply Chain / Sr. Manager, Product Supply
Arkema Inc., Sartomer Business Unit

In today’s complex demand environments, where high variability with independent demand is more often the norm than not; maintaining the proper product availability, coupled with inventory management discipline and ever stricter trade working capital objectives is a challenge to say the least. Selecting the right processes, techniques and tools to balance demand/supply within the constraints of financial objectives and resource limitations is critical if an organization is to maintain or exceed the desired customer service levels. The often underutilized coefficient of variation can help to act as a bridge to maintain or exceed the required service levels for an organization by tagging those statistical forecasts that can be used with a degree of confidence. Conversely, the CV analysis helps to isolate those statistical forecasts that require a deeper dive before being utilized. While developing and implementing two separate independent CV analysis techniques; one at the detailed customer level for the sales team, and the second at the SKU level to assist the planning team, our business unit has identified what we believe to be significant synergies by joining the two.

What you will learn:

  1. How to quickly separate those statistical forecasts that you have confidence in using from those that should be questioned, before executing tactical activities by incorporating the CV into your master data and subsequent MPS/MRP functions.
  2. Significantly reduce the amount of time to review forecasts required by your sales team by combining the CV analysis at the SKU level with the ship-to/ship-from/item/pack level.
  3. More effectively determine the correct planning/scheduling strategies at the SKU and customer segmentation levels quickly through the addition of the actual demand’s statistical into your selection criteria.

5:45 - 6:30  Registration & Networking
6:30 - 7:15  Dinner
7:15 - 8:30  Announcements and Speaker

Speaker Biography:

John Piechule, CSCP, CPIM, CPF

Mr. Piechule is Senior Manager, Supply Chain at Arkema Inc.’s Sartomer Business Unit headquartered in Exton, PA. Sartomer is a producer of high quality specialty chemicals. At Sartomer he is responsible for supply chain process optimization, sharing best practices within the Sartomer organization and other Arkema business units. He is experienced in demand management, production planning/scheduling, inventory management, quality assurance and quality control. Prior to working at Sartomer he spent significant time in the aerospace and heavy industry business sectors. Mr. Piechule currently holds the APICS CSCP and CPIM and the IBF CPF certifications. He received his MBA and undergraduate degrees at Widener University in Chester PA.

Registration Deadline:
5PM the day before the meeting  (see refund policy)


$35.00 Registration - Brandywine Valley Chapter Members (Login Required)

$35.00 Registration - APICS member but NOT a member of Brandywine Valley Chapter (no login)

$0.00 Student Registration

$40.00 Registration - Non-member of APICS (if applicable, apply Coupon Code at checkout)