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The supply chain benchmarking World Cup

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The supply chain benchmarking World Cup

It has taken most people (the sensible ones) only a few days to get over the result of the World Cup final and at least we can say we made it to the top of …

Rise like Robin Hood

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Rise like Robin Hood

Is leadership nature or nurture? My personal opinion is that we are either born to be leaders, or we are not. But as became evident in a recent poll amongst supply chain directors in our …

The SCM and S&OP journey

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The SCM and S&OP journey

Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) is currently a hot topic. But the new buzz word in the supply chain is currently ‘journey’. This week, Niek Visarius, interim supply chain manager at AkzoNobel, called S&OP a …

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Greek myth

Several of my respected colleagues are Greeks. When I asked one of them how he was upon meeting him recently, his reply demonstrated a critical awareness of the current situation: “Perfect. The sun is shining …

A time of shortages

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A time of shortages

In terms of our standard of living, we are in the midst of a time of excess in the Netherlands, despite the current economic crisis. However, we are all too aware of the periods of …

Fat finger

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Fat finger

8 May 2010. Yesterday, the stock markets on Wall Street went into freefall. At the start of the day, share prices dropped by a whopping 9 percent. The drastic fall in value was most likely …

Natural circles

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Natural circles

The word ‘sustainable’ causes various responses, in several senses. In April this year, economists at ING observed an ongoing recovery of industrial activity in the Netherlands, yet there was no mention of a sustainable recovery …

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Help! Lack of demand! Oops…lack of supply.

Now what? Having spent the past year doing our utmost to survive a lack of demand, we now find ourselves under attack from a different direction. The first-quarter results have been announced, and  companies in …

Compact supply chain communication competition

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Compact supply chain communication competition

Supply chain management is all about efficiency and effectiveness: correct delivery to the customer in as few steps as possible. That sounds clear and simple, ‘efficient and effective’, yet it can only be achieved through …

10 trends in 2010

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10 trends in 2010

I’ve been promoted! Having chaired the well-received congress that we organised, Supply Chain in One Day, twice Iast year, I will be speaking as closing key note speaker at two different events within the space …

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