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Can we have it a little bit quicker?

Recently a friend told me about his visit to his local hospital. While he was waiting to be seen by the Doctor, a nurse walked up to him to inform him that they had not …

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The shape of infinity

While innovation and sustainability have of course both been around as long as time itself, they appear to be the hottest topics in the business world at the moment. In the aftermath of the recent …

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The costs of sustainability

Driving sustainability in supply chains has been a popular subject over the past few years, but recently, this changed. In mid January, research initiated by Actal, a Dutch agency responsible for reducing bureaucracy between government …

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Energy supply

Sometimes I wonder if we are paying the real price for energy, especially the price for oil used in transportation: Bear in mind that fifty percent of oil is used in vehicles. Recently, the price …

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Visibility of complexity

According to Professor David Simchi-Levi from MIT in Boston, there are six trends that are challenging current thinking on supply chain management: globalisation, the increasing cost of logistics, higher levels of risk in the chain, …

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The World of Service Logistics

As a professor in maintenance and reliability at Eindhoven University, I often find myself reflecting on the developments in service logistics. Service logistics covers all the activities needed to keep technical systems up and running. …

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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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