The Authors

André Martin is Co-founder of Factory2Shelf; a consulting organization focused on integrating the Retail Supply Chain from point of manufacture to final point of sale. With more than 35 years of experience in distribution and manufacturing, André created and pioneered the development and very first implementation of Distribution Resource Planning (DRP) at Abbott Labs in 1975. Since then, Andre has 43 successful DRP implementations to his credit. He served as president of Oliver Wight Logistics Group for over 12 years. Also, he was the director of manufacturing and materials management at Abbott Canada. At Abbott, he was the driving force behind the successful implementation of the first integrated DRP/MRP II (Manufacturing Resource Planning) system in industry. In addition, he tied Abbott's financial and operating systems together. Applying his expertise to wholesaler/distributors, André successfully helped pioneer the implementation of DRP in 1983 at two companies American Hardware Supply (now called Servistar) and Mass Merchandisers Inc (now part of McKesson). In 1987 Andre worked with Sears on the first ever Retail DRP implementation. As an educator and consultant for over 25 years, André is a worldwide authority on the subject of developing, refining, and successfully implementing customer E-connectivity programs. He is the author of two books: Infopartnering, the Ultimate ECR Strategy, and DRP: the Gateway to True Quick Response and Continuous Replenishment, as well as the Oliver Wight DRP Video Library. André wrote the DRP chapter for the revised edition of the American Production & Inventory Control Society (APICS) Handbook. He is a member of the Council of Logistics Management and APICS. He has conducted seminars throughout North America and Latin America, as well as France, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand. He has worked internationally with companies such as Coca Cola, Colgate Palmolive, Philips, RJR/Nabisco, Michelin, Digital, Procter and Gamble and Sears.

Mike Doherty is co-founder of Demand Clarity Inc, and specializes in helping client’s design and implement supply chain planning processes and systems. He has considerable experience designing and implementing Flowcasting processes for both retailers and manufacturers. Prior to Demand Clarity, Mike was a partner with NuThink Inc, a supply chain consultancy. Previously, he was Team Leader for Canadian Tire Corporation. In this role, he led a team that designed and implemented a consumer-driven, integrated forecasting and replenishment process that linked the retail supply chain from point-of-sale to manufacturer. Previously, he was Manager of Inventory Control and Total Quality for Westburne Supply Ontario. He has also been a Logistics Manager for Loblaw Companies Ltd. where he led a team that successfully introduced advanced decision support technologies for logistics network optimization. Prior to his industry experience, Mr. Doherty was a management consultant for Ernst & Young specializing in Manufacturing and Logistics. Mr. Doherty holds a B. Math degree from the University of Waterloo.

Jeff Harrop is a founding partner of Demand Clarity Inc. As a supply chain consultant with Demand Clarity (and NuThink Inc. prior to forming Demand Clarity), Jeff has helped several companies design and implement time-phased planning processes and supporting systems. Prior to joining the consulting ranks in 1999, Jeff was part of a large project team that designed a completely integrated time-phased planning process – from the consumer right back to the supplier – for Canadian Tire Corporation. As one of the largest and most successful implementations of its kind in retail (50 planners and over 65,000 stock keeping units), Jeff was invited back to Canadian Tire in 2001 to help implement a similar process in their SKU-intensive Express Auto Parts division (120,000+ SKUs). Previously, Jeff held various analytical and planning positions at TransCanada Pipelines and IBM Canada while working toward his honors degree in Economics from the University of Waterloo.


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