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The End-to-End Oracle Value Chain Planning (VCP) Solution

Whether it’s Oracle Value Chain Planning (VCP) or Oracle Planning Central Cloud, Oracle’s solutions align demand and supply and enable to you make better and faster planning decisions with visibility across the entire value chain.

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CSS solves your biggest business challenges

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    Identifying business growth barriers

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    Demand planning

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    New product impact/cannibalization & proliferation

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    Speed to market

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    Accurate forecasting

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    Production capacity

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    Price performance

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    Supply Chain Planning

Demonstrated Business Value for your Company

  • Increased Forecast Accuracy
  • Inventory Level Reduction
  • Constrained Supply Plans
  • Reduced Planning Cycle Times
  • Increased Visibility Across the Supply Chain
  • Increased Planner Productivity

The CSS Oracle Advantage

Our consultants combine the very best in Oracle wisdom with hands-on, deep industry knowledge to keep your business moving forward. With an average of 20 years of experience in value chain planning, our consultants understand your day-to-day issues from a business perspective, and with low turnover, bring consistency of resources to every project.

Integrate your business with Oracle VCP

When it comes to implementing Oracle enterprise solutions, we know where to fill in the gaps—with Cloud components or third-party systems—to create a holistic solution that integrates your processes and gives you visibility to your entire supply chain. We also collaborate with Oracle to create new industry-specific tools for our customers, like automated product allocation—a tool to understand production, logistics, availability, and prioritization in the consumer goods industry.

Cloud Supply Chain Integration


"Having CSS' managed services group has enabled us to continue to support our organization and refine how we're leveraging our ERP, even with limited in-house support staff."

- Bayer Healthcare

Supply Chain Management FAQs

What is supply planning?

This is a comprehensive planning process that can encompass sourcing materials, manufacturing, inventory storage and management, distribution, and more. Through supply planning, companies analyze forecasts for demand, as well as a company’s capacity to meet demand, and then create a plan that will supply product in the optimal way. Overall, through supply planning, companies attempt to balance supply and demand in a way that meets business goals.

CSS consultants can recommend and implement solutions to align enterprise demand and supply, giving you high visibility across the entire value chain. This allows your team to make faster, better planning decisions in real time. Effective supply planning allows companies to reduce inventory levels and planning cycle times. Contact us for supply planning solutions.

How does a supply chain work?

The ultimate goal of a supply chain is to get products to your customers in the most efficient and cost effective way. They range from fairly simple, straightforward ones to global supply chains that are quite complex. At the heart of any supply chain is customer demand, with companies needing to analyze data to determine what products customers want to purchase, when, and in what quantities. Companies then manage sourcing, manufacturing, vendor relationships, inventory, storage, distribution, and more, with the goal being to have the optimal amount of inventory delivered at the right time and places to effectively meet demand.

Enterprises need high visibility into their entire supply chains, with the ability to use analytics to optimize their operations.

What is S&OP in supply chain?

S&OP refers to sales and operations planning, a process that aligns supply and demand to provide quality service to customers while managing inventory costs. More specifically, this process involves demand planning that includes insights from the sales team and accounts for, as just one example, upcoming promotions. Once demand and sales/revenue projections are made, supply chain planning can take place to determine how to meet projected demand.

This information allows sales executives to set goals for team members and to monitor how closely sales are matching expectations. Monitoring and reporting play a key role, with real-time visibility allowing companies to more nimbly adapt to market conditions. Experienced CSS supply chain consultants can implement exactly the right Oracle solutions.

What is IBP in a supply chain?

Integrated business planning (IBP) is a comprehensive form of business planning that takes the components of sales and operation planning (S&OP) and then applies them throughout the enterprise’s entire supply chain. With effective IBP, a company can seamlessly align its resources, from people to inventory, and its time and money, to provide customers what they need, when they need it.

To successfully create an integrated business plan, an enterprise needs high visibility into its operations, including the entire supply chain, in real time. Strong alignment and integration must exist between supply and demand; local, regional, national and global teams; customers and suppliers; and so forth.

Choosing the right technology is crucial for IBP—so contact CSS consultants today.

Why is planning so important in supply chain management?

Effective supply chains are really sets of people, locations, distribution choices, and more, strategically connected to maximize cost efficiency and facilitate quality service when delivering products to customers. These chains can become quite complex with intricate, interdependent connections—and successful enterprise supply chains must also be flexible and nimble when responding to changing demand, market conditions, and more.

In today’s fast-paced, highly competitive world, visibility into the entire supply chain is crucial for effective planning, and that’s where Oracle solutions, implemented by the experienced team at CSS, play a key role. Enterprises benefit from holistic solutions with gaps appropriately filled in with Cloud components and/or third-party systems to provide comprehensive visibility needed for supply chain planning.

What is the difference between demand planning and supply planning?

Demand planning involves planning for customer demand, while supply planning focuses on managing inventory to meet that demand. Demand planning consists of forecasting how many customers will want each of your products; companies may look at seasonal data from the previous year, current sales, upcoming promotions, and more to project demand figures. The more that patterns can be identified and analyzed, the more closely demand can typically be estimated.

Supply planning consists of analyzing materials sourcing, manufacturing, inventory metrics, distribution channels and more, with the goal being to efficiently supply enough for customer demand without having too much excess inventory in storage. CSS implements value chain planning solutions that provide high visibility. Contact us today!