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no-touch planning

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No-touch nonsense

Given the rapid advancement in the capabilities of analytical software, the long-held dream of fully automated supply chain planning seems to be within reach at last. According to several consultants at McKinsey, ‘no-touch planning’ will …

reliable forecasting

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Reliable forecasting is a piece of cake

In our attempts to anticipate future changes in demand, we often depend on forecasts. Unfortunately, however, they are rarely reliable in practice – with all the implications that brings. The ‘good news’ is that we …

blockchain belief

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Blockchain belief

How relevant is blockchain in a supply-chain context? Based on what I’ve heard this year at various international supply chain congresses, opinions differ. Alexander Bahr, Director Supply Chain Information & Integration at McDonald’s, referred to …

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Taming the bullwhip effect

The bullwhip effect is not only one of the best-known supply chain phenomena, but also one of the most damaging. By increasing the upstream variation and uncertainty, it pushes chain partners ever-deeper into the so-called …

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VR escape room

How can companies find out whether – and how – they can use cool new technologies such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) in their supply chains? There are already several practical applications …

START model

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Successful sourcing in China using the START model

“Catch the goat when it’s passing” is one of my favourite Chinese sayings, and it is particularly apt when you’re looking to source new products or materials in China. Even after conducting thorough desk research …

S&OP

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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 …

START model

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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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