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COVID-19 has accelerated the digitalization of value chains

For me, the year 2020 will always be a turning point in history due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 caused a seismic shift that put supply chain management in the spotlight worldwide. The …

COVID-19

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Digital twin

A digital twin – who wouldn’t want one of their own? A virtual copy of yourself that effortlessly takes care of the tax returns and other boring administrative activities. Then you could spend more time …

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Bol.com versus Amazon

In terms of their business models, Dutch web shop Bol.com and Amazon are very similar. But the strategy of Bol.com, the Netherlands’ e-commerce market leader, is fundamentally different from that of Amazon. This became clearer …

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The sustainability slog

The path to sustainable supply chains is proving to be a long, hard slog with numerous obstacles along the way. Firstly, there is a gaping hole between the rhetoric and the reality. According to a …

IBP

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IBP is a strategic weapon in times of crisis

“Now, absolutely everyone’s convinced of the value of our new IBP process!” said the IBP manager at a client where we set up an Integrated Business Planning (IBP) process last year. The company is now …

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Crisis was inevitable according to chaos theory

During our Trend Dinner just under a year ago, which was attended by almost a hundred supply chain directors, I predicted that we would find ourselves in an economic crisis around this time. Anyone with …

shorter supply chains

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Do shorter supply chains really cost more?

Shortening global supply chains will lead to significant extra costs, claimed Steven Brakman, a lecturer in international economics at the University of Groningen, in the Dutch financial newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad recently. However, all Brakman’s …

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Pandemic paradox

The coronavirus pandemic has created an interesting paradox. The lockdown has given numerous directors and managers a broader perspective on their companies and the world in general. In between the countless digital meetings in Zoom …

COVID-19

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Coronavirus communication

For companies involved in supply chain, these are very hectic times due to the coronavirus pandemic currently sweeping the globe. In preparation for our European survey on the business impact of COVID-19, I called a …

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High-scoring talent

In today’s rapidly changing world, companies should no longer focus on their employees’ weaknesses. Striving to be an all-rounder – just good enough in all areas – belongs to the previous decade’s era of continuous …

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