Seeking low-cost labor markets has lead to increased cycle times, transportation costs and uncertainty in supply markets. That means that in order to maintain control and prevent surprises, each component of the Supply Chain must work seamlessly, which is not generally the case. So, although you may no longer make things in-house, the need for production planning software is still high. Somewhere, someone in your supply chain is making things, and that still calls for planning! Your production philosophy and supply chain structure are critical elements in determining what kind of technology you should use today for planning.
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