S&OP: Myths & Truths

When fully understood and properly managed, S&OP can provide transformational benefits to an organization. However, companies often struggle with how people think about and manage the S&OP process. To avoid these missteps and harness the true power of S&OP, you must be aware of the common myths and misconceptions surrounding the process.

Join us on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 to hear from S&OP masters and APICS 2018 speakers, Patrick Bower and Robert Stahl, as they explore a host of mental myths and misunderstandings regarding S&OP, compare and contrast them to an underlying concept or principle, and reveal a fundamental truth, followed by a real-world example. By demystifying these myths, you can create clarity, helping organizations and individuals bring about the full potential of this powerful and transformative practice.

When: August 28, 2018
Time: 07:00pm - 08:00pm CT


About the Presenters

Patrick Bower, CPIM
Senior Director, Global Supply Chain & Customer Service | Combe

Patrick Bower, CPIM, is senior director of supply chain planning and customer service at Combe Incorporated. A demand planning and S&OP expert, Bower is a self-professed “S&OP nerd.” He is a frequent speaker and writer—most notably, he serves as co-author of the S&OP section of APICS magazine. Prior to Combe, Patrick was practice manager of a boutique consulting firm where his client list included Bayer, Glaxo Smith Kline, Pfizer and Unilever. His professional experience also includes roles at Cadbury, Kraft Foods, Snapple and Unisys.

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Robert Stahl
President | R.A. Stahl Company

Bob Stahl has more than 45 years experience as a practitioner, coach and thought leader. He is a teacher, writer and S&OP coach with a strong track record of success. He has authored six books, including S&OP -The How To Handbook and S&OP—The Executives’ Guide. Several of his books have been used in the APICS certification program and are translated to seven languages. He has served as S&OP editor for the Foresight Journal of the IIF and is a prolific speaker at corporate and professional events. His June 2016 keynote address to the SAPICS Conference in South Africa earned him the event's “best conference speaker” award.