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Machine builders become reliable, fast and efficient

Machine manufacturers suffering from high costs and long unreliable lead times can make huge gains in terms of competitive edge if they manage to resolve the so-called ‘service paradox’: from relatively slow, unreliable and inefficient to reliable, fast and efficient. By …

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Oil tanker versus speedboat

In today’s rapidly digitalizing world, companies can be divided into two categories based on their speed and agility. On the one hand we have the traditional firms and large multinationals that, just like oil tankers, …

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Agile vs. death-by-committee: What Spotify and Hilti are doing right

The writing is on the wall: if you want to innovate in the digital world, you must be agile. Four of the top five companies by market cap  - Microsoft, Apple, Alphabet and Amazon - …

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Why CrossFitters are better Supply Chain Managers

More than 380,000 people have signed up for the CrossFit Open 2017, a challenge to find the fittest person on Earth based on 5 painful workouts for 5 weeks. That’s a whole lot of effort …

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Using Digitalization and Big Data Wisely in your Supply Chain

In my work to optimize supply chains, I get to visit a lot of different companies in many different industries. Since I have a huge curiosity for leaning new things, I tend to ask a …

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Service is a choice

In an edition of the Dutch newspaper Het Parool dated 17 February 1967 I came across a full-page advertisement in which the high-end Amsterdam department store De Bijenkorf proudly announced its 26 (!) collections per …

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Digital supply chains – Do you risk falling behind?

Key lessons from the second IMD Global Supply Chain Survey The second edition of the IMD Global Supply Chain Survey examines how organizations rate themselves on 20 important trends in supply chain management. It shows that …

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Mindmap for Order Management 2017

Global competition is forcing companies to optimally manage the orders they have scored. Supply chain execution software can coordinate the necessary alignment process between the various systems within the network. Together with MPO, supplier of …

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How is the IOT evolving the supply chain?

Over recent years the Internet of Things (IoT) has caused some major changes to the world of consumer goods, but it’s how the IoT is evolving the supply chain that’s really grabbing attention today. By Ian …

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Why start-ups have an advantage when doing business in China

On 16 February, I attended the Ready for Growth event in The Hague, The Netherlands, organized by World Startup Factory. The morning programme was ‘looking east’, which is what many start-ups do when searching for …

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