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Inshore, offshore, which shore?

For the past decade and a half the decision around outsourcing has been a relatively straightforward one: it allows companies to cut costs, to make better use of their resources and to focus on growth. …

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Supply Chain Meltdown

Japan has been hit. The March earthquake, and subsequent tsunami, has wreaked havoc on the country and its people. And the domino effect continues as nuclear facilities explode and fears of a nuclear meltdown increase.In …

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The impact of company culture on IBP part III: Sustain IBP

In my recent survey on Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP); the S&OP pulse check 2010, survey participants that had implemented S&OP for longer then 5 years showed higher satisfaction in the S&OP process. More important, …

Supply chain network in LinkedIn map

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Supply chain network in LinkedIn map

In January the Dutch logistics world was dominated by Social Media. The Logistic Management association took it as its theme for its annual members get-together. The next day the recruitment and advise bureau, BLMC discussed …

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The impact of company culture on IBP part II: Change

Implementing Integrated Business Planning (IBP) processes may challenge many existing values and behaviours in a company. For IBP to be effective a set of values is required. Some important ones are:1. Group thinking: take a …

The global influence of LinkedIn

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The global influence of LinkedIn

Already in the 1960s, more than 40 years ago, a scientific, mathematical study was made of social networks. Professor Stanley Milgram of Harvard university, well known for his experiments on subjects who had to give …

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The impact of company culture on IBP part I: Strategy

Most experts agree that advanced Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) or Integrated Business Planning (IBP) has a monthly check and balance with the strategic plan and objectives of a business. In this way, a well …

To the buttons

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To the buttons

Companies in the supply chain are becoming more and more dependent on third parties. They outsource  more and more production to contract companies. At Apple, it has gone so far that the entire supply chain …

Logistics Money Providers

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Logistics Money Providers

Getting logistics service providers and shipping companies to work well together continues to be an issue. Last year, Lenny Visser wrote her thesis on this very topic whilst finishing her studies at Tilburg University. “The …

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Time for fl€xibility

Some 20 years ago, when I was still a student, flexibility was the hot topic in the world of business administration. It was all about one’s ability to respond to change. Of course this was …

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