Directing the Flow of Product: A Guide to Improving Supply Chain Planning

  • 4h 57m
  • Jeffrey Schutt
  • J. Ross Publishing
  • 2004

Refuting the idea that there is “one best way” that all enterprises should plan operations and reviewing the state-of-the-art in production and distribution planning, Directing the Flow of Product: A Guide to Improving Supply Chain Planning presents principles and methods you can use to design the best way to plan your operations. It covers collaborative planning, lean philosophy, emerging techniques such as ant algorithms, and much more.

Dr. Schutt’s unique exploration of the product flow planning discipline cuts across technical, functional, methodological, and practical issues in an easy-to-read manner. Providing a high-level survey of planning approaches, he sheds new light on those techniques, explores the principles that are requirements for good planning system design, and supplies a methodology for designing the right planning system for your enterprise. Rather than expounding a silver bullet answer to all your problems, this book highlights fundamentals that give you the ability to solve problems today and ten years from now.


  • Offers a methodology for designing and implementing new planning approaches based directly on the product flow decisions that have to be made, rather than on traditional planning categories
  • Provides practical guidance on implementing new planning techniques and managing data and systems and how to integrate collaborative planning with traditional approaches
  • Delineates unprecedented management perspective on planning philosophies and techniques, including mathematically “intense” versus simple approaches, MRP type approaches, Operation Research approaches, and others

About the Author

Jeffrey Schutt, Menlo Worldwide Technologies, holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University. He has spent three decades doing strategic logistics planning, working closely with production and distribution planners to design and develop new planning tools and processes, and implementing packaged Supply Chain Planning software.

In this Book

  • Directing the Flow of Product—A Guide to Improving Supply Chain Planning
  • Introduction to Product Flow Planning: Defining Our Context and Some Key Concepts
  • Our Heritage of Planning Techniques: The Tools In Our Toolbox
  • Principles of Product Flow Planning: The Foundation on Which We Build
  • Planning Structures: Concepts Underlying Our Design Work
  • Planning Under Different Operating Philosophies and Supply–Demand Strategies
  • Methodology — Creating Better Product Flow Planning: From A “Gleam In Your Eye” To Improved Operating Results
  • Cases In Planning Structure Transformation: Successes and Partial Successes
  • Data and Systems for Planning: The Computer’s Contribution
  • The Most Successful Planning Approaches: Elegant Simplicity and Other Reasonable Goals