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Siri, can you improve my OTIF?

It is amazing how fast things are developing and how quickly the number of options is expanding: Apple’s Siri, Google’s Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa, Alibaba’s Genie, etc. Who would have believed ten years ago that a …

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S&OP motivation

Why is sales & operations planning (S&OP) such a difficult decision-making process? How hard can it be to hold a product review, then a demand review, a supply review and a business review in the …

innovation & co-creation

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Building strong relations through innovation & co-creation in China

Design thinking can help SMEs to improve their attractiveness to Chinese business partners. And innovation and co-creation can save companies up to €200,000 and ten weeks of product development work. How? Heidi Larsen reveals all …

S&OP

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Learning by doing in S&OP takes forever

When scanning through a whole set of recent S&OP publications, I noticed that the vast majority were focused either on processes and systems or on the creation of buy-in. Two important aspects, obviously, but it …

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Supply chain start-ups

Why are mature companies so interested in start-ups lately? Large organizations are seeing the arrival of start-ups rapidly changing the world around them, while they themselves have become too big and bureaucratic to act quickly. …

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How action ready are the people in your S&OP process?

Last week I found myself in a roomful of supply chain professionals where, as Involvation, we’d been invited to chair a discussion on ‘S&OP: achieving and maintaining S&OP effectiveness… and keeping all disciplines on board’. …

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Creating high-performance supply chain teams using the Kraljic model

Even though the era of ‘procurement through power’ is well over, I still see a lot of purchasers getting lost or sidetracked in the wrong quadrant of the Kraljic model in their quest for good …

S&OP

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Game of Chains

The traditional boundaries between sectors and industries are blurring, or even vanishing, due to the increasing digitalization of business globally. It's now much easier for new digital players to enter - and completely transform - …

3D printing

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The real value of 3D printing in the supply chain

Prototyping, the earliest stage of the manufacturing lifecycle, has been driver for 3D printing for many years. With the technology maturing, there has been a strong movement towards the production of functional parts. Spare and …

revolution

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Is fulfilment still a FMCG core competency?

Why some companies are outsourcing delivery and what that says about the future Over the past several years, Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) companies have looked more and more to third party logistics providers (3PLs) to …

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