Global Management Consulting Firm, Oliver Wight Americas, Inc., Helps Weyerhaeuser Attain Class A Status

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Integration of time-tested best practices ensures the global manufacturer meets its S&OP goals.

S&OP specialists at Oliver Wight help Weyerhaeuser's Cellulose Business attain Class A status.

Class A is how we run our business. It brings world-class supply chain discipline while surfacing the key business issues for timely decision making to build trust via transparency, truth, and teamwork without 'turf.'

Oliver Wight Americas, Inc., the global management consulting firm that developed S&OP (sales and operations planning), announces the release of its newest case study documenting the path that one of the world's largest forest products companies took to achieve Class A status. Through educational initiatives and integration of Oliver Wight's Class A checklist, Weyerhaeuser's Cellulose Fibers business began utilizing a series of best practices to serve customers more efficiently and ensure in-house processes run seamlessly.

The integration of the management consulting firm's Class A best practices into Weyerhaeuser's existing processes helps ensure that customer needs are supported and business goals are met. "Class A is how we run our business. It brings world-class supply chain discipline while surfacing the key business issues for timely decision making to build trust via transparency, truth, and teamwork without 'turf,'" said Shaker Chandrasekaran, senior vice president of Cellulose Fibers, Weyerhaeuser.

As results from the management consulting firm's S&OP and Class A practices proved positive to the business and continued to drive significant improvements, Weyerhaeuser decided to go one step further, applying this newfound knowledge not only to sales, but also to its Cellulose Fibers mill system. In short order, all six of Weyerhaeuser's Cellulose Fibers production facilities achieved Class A in Integrated Planning and Control using Oliver Wight's ABCD Checklist and its Proven Path methodology. One year later, all five of the Weyerhaeuser's Cellulose Fibers sales regions attained Class A in Demand Management, leading Oliver Wight to certify the entire Cellulose Fibers business as Class A.

Using this results-driven knowledge to meet supply and demand in a timely manner, Weyerhaeuser Cellulose Fibers streamlined business goals and now operates as a structured, disciplined, numbers-based team. "Weyerhaeuser's Cellulose Fibers business diligently sought a process that would help create a more streamlined business model and, ultimately, improve results," said George Palmatier, Principal of Oliver Wight Americas. "With active participation across its functions, Cellulose Fibers was able to achieve its goals using guidance from Oliver Wight's intuitive Class A checklist." To read how the management consulting firm transformed Weyerhaeuser's in-house operations, please visit http://www.oliverwight-americas.com/cust_profiles/index.htm. Or, for additional information about the S&OP process, contact Oliver Wight Americas, Inc. at 1-800-258-3862; or visit http://www.oliverwight-americas.com.

About Oliver Wight Americas, Inc.
Oliver Wight Americas has been both a thought leader and hands-on practitioner for over 40 years. As a global business management consulting and education firm, the company specializes in helping organizations work smarter, faster, and better than their competitors. Its principals are seasoned professionals who have real-world manufacturing experience and transfer this knowledge to the people at all levels of an organization, providing tools to help organizations internalize that knowledge and achieve a competitive advantage in the marketplace. The largest world-wide consultancy of its type, Oliver Wight has offices throughout Europe, North and South America, and the Asia/Pacific Region. For more information, please visit http://www.oliverwight-americas.com.

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