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November 2011 Workshop

November 18, 2011
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
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Newlands Golf & Country Club
21025 48th Avenue
Langley, BC V3A 3M3

This workshop will describe and clarify the poor business results embedded in most of today’s demand and supply planning systems; discusses the core problems causing the results; present and detail an alternative demand driven structure for planning and controlling materials flow; and presents initial results from actual implementations. This new solution helps companies tackle three pervasive 21st Century problems: unacceptable inventory performance; unacceptable service level performance; and high related expenses and waste.

Carol Ptak and Chad Smith, authors of Orlicky’s Material Requirements Planning 3/E, (McGraw-Hill, 2011) will offer an in-depth exploration of the logic behind the innovative and groundbreaking multi-echelon inventory and materials planning and execution method known as Demand Driven MRP (DDMRP).

The workshop is divided into two sections:

Section 1, MRP in the Modern World, answers four critical questions:

  • Is MRP still relevant?
  • Is MRP failing because it is flawed or poorly implemented?
  • Why do pull oriented philosophies like Lean come into conflict with MRP?
  • Why has MRP failed to significantly evolve over the last 30 years?


Section 2, Demand Driven MRP details the blueprint for the evolution of MRP in the modern world. The five critical components of DDMRP will be detailed:

  • Inventory Positioning
  • Buffer Profiles and Level Determination
  • Dynamic Buffers
  • Demand Driven Planning
  • Highly Visible and Collaborative Execution