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Which strategic choices does a company face? This question was covered in depth during a recent – and extremely interesting – workshop for supply chain managers and directors at Nyenrode. Just a couple of the …

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The start-up pack

How can fledgling companies secure a foothold in the market? That’s a crucial question for all start-ups, including those in the supply chain sector. Over the past two years I have been closely monitoring and …

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How to harvest success with S&OP in agribusiness

S&OP is often pictured as a largely standard process; textbook S&OP starts with agreeing an unconstrained demand plan that is handed over to supply planning who need to ensure product availability. In case of important …

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Choosing the right organizational chart to your Chinese setup

I recently coached a Danish SME on how to design the organizational chart for their Chinese office. The office was not new – it had been there for about fifteen years – but recent changes in the …

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Blockchain for Brexit

29 March 2019 is set to be another D-Day: Brexit. Some people think there might still be a new referendum in the UK which could potentially halt the whole Brexit process, but even if companies …

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How thinking fast and slow can help you when choosing S&OP/IBP software

There is much to do about  S&OP/IBP software lately. Last month Involvation had the pleasure of presenting the executive programme on ‘From S&OP to IBP’ at the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM). The RSM session …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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