As a result of ongoing supply chain challenges, publishers are facing more difficulty than ever getting the materials they need to produce the books their customers need. This has led to publishers ordering at higher volumes — creating capacity shortages and perpetuating longer lead times for the industry as a whole.
To combat this, some publishers are looking to integrated sales and operations planning (S&OP) to gain better visibility into the volume they’ll actually need to have produced.
In this article from Publishers Weekly, author Ken Brooks explores how publishers can leverage S&OP to prepare a demand plan and turn that into a corresponding supply plan for action. River Rock Advisors partner Steve Keener also shares insights into the firm’s expertise in supporting trade and education publishers.