MAGAZINE №1 (78) February 2017


CATEGORY  Corporate logistics industrial companies Planning the supply chain Modern concepts and technologies in logistics and supply chain management 


This article is devoted to the consideration of the integrated planning process organization in supply chains. This process is one of the main ones in the supply chain, because it helps to achieve the production quality, decrease total operational costs and volume of the storage materials, and also increase level of the company productivity. Currently, most of the companies which are interested in improving their efficiency through the supply chains integrated planning, faced a lot of problems related with the theory and methodology insufficient development of this direction in the supply chain. This problem mainly concerns companies in the extractive industries due to the fact that all scientific and practical research focused on studies of integrated planning in supply chain at the enterprises of commercial and industrial industries, such as FMCG sector, automotive, textile and light industry, etc. In this regard, in this article there will be described the relevance and necessity of integrated planning in supply chains of mining companies, and also a comprehensive approach which focused on the organization of integrated planning in supply chains of gold mining companies will be considered.


Published in Supply chain planning

MAGAZINE №2 (73) April 2016


CATEGORY  Corporate logistics industrial companies Logistics integration and coordination Planning the supply chain Modern concepts and technologies in logistics and supply chain management 


An integrated volume planning in the form of sales and operations planning is considered as a default universal method applicable to any business in any industry. Meanwhile, numerous researches on implementation of this process focus mainly on the downstream industries, such as automotive, FMCG etc, leaving the upstream extractive industries without due attention. But the latter industries also need a managerial mechanism allowing foreseeing and reacting to the expected imbalance between forecasted demand and resources available to fulfill it.
Thus, this article reviews necessity and specifics of sales and operations planning in gold mining holdings. The specifics include, firstly, the rules of the demand formation and prolonged supply deficit on the market, and secondly, the need to involve numerous business units of vertically integrated business structure into the planning process. Based on the specifics revealed an aggregated model of planning process is proposed and main questions to deal with on each step of the process are articulated. The model proposed differs from the standard one by (a) the stages sequence: particularly, new product and demand planning are proposed to be held in parallel to each other, and operations planning starts from the definition of mining volumes and only then procedes to the processing capabilities; (b) planning objects on each stage: for instance, new product planning should focus on new gold ore minings, and demand planning – on forecasting of the price rather than demand volume; (c) an additional planning contour on the level of business units, in line with the main process flow on the corporate level. 


Published in Supply chain planning


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