As well as improved integration, forecast bias was reduced almost overnight, and all financial reports are now generated from a single system, removing the potential for divergence of critical planning data. Prior to the IBP project, the sales team was deliberately creating high forecasts to ensure customer supply, and over-forecasting was leading to significant inventory stocking. “One of the central pillars to our business culture is customer focus,” says project director, Don Harding. “I’m immensely proud of that, but it turns out it was driving a significant forecast bias.”
Mölnlycke has been awarded the Oliver Wight Class A standard for its Integrated Business Planning (IBP) programme: IBP extends the concepts established by S&OP to all aspects of company planning and execution, so the executive leadership team continuously achieves focus, alignment and synchronisation across all functions of the organisation. To help establish the programme with the workforce, the company named its IBP programme, Mölnlycke Business Management (MBM); this proved a significant move in making it personal to the organisation, says project director, Don Harding. “It’
Headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, Mölnlycke Health Care has a global reach. With markets in more than 80 countries around the world, dedicated sales offices in 30 countries and raw materials and parts sourced globally. The manufacturing operations are spread across six European countries, as well as Malaysia, Thailand and the US. Each manufacturing site is equipped to manufacture highly specialised products.
“We have achieved a significant milestone, but the journey continues,” says Harding. “We’
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Oliver Wight has a 40 year track record of delivering business improvement to some of the world’s best-known organisations. With a team of professionals offering a wealth of experience, Oliver Wight is the largest consultancy of its type, with offices throughout Europe, South Africa, North and South America, and the Asia Pacific region. We believe that sustainable business improvement can’t be delivered by external consultants but only by our clients’ own people, so unlike other consultancy firms, we transfer our knowledge to them, helping deliver performance levels and financial results that last.
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At the leading edge of management thinking and practice, our Integrated Business Planning (IBP) model lies at the heart of our clients’ journey to outstanding business performance. Oliver Wight are the originators of sales and operations planning (S&OP) and IBP can most simply be described as advanced S&OP. However, unlike S&OP, IBP brings a truly strategic perspective, integrating diverse processes - in the extended supply chain, product and customer portfolios, customer demand and strategic planning - into one seamless management process.
Supply Chain Optimisation
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Oliver Wight has a 40 year track record of delivering business improvement to some of the world’s best-known organisations. With a team of professionals offering a wealth of experience, Oliver Wight is the largest consultancy of its type.