Blogs

Blogs

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Has China lost its relevance as a production location?

China’s position as a production location is currently a hot topic amongst global thought leaders in supply chain. The general price level of products made in China is rising rapidly, and it has been claimed …

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Project supply chains – a different world

The overlooked supply chain model Companies are increasingly investing in their sales and operation planning (S&OP) process and tools. Gartner, an American technology research and advisory firm, considers demand planning accuracy at the top of the …

Sean Culey

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The Rise of the Personal, Automated and Local Value Chain

Ever since the financial crash a decade ago (yes, it’s been that long), investment has increasingly moved from speculation in financial products to supporting the activities of start-ups and entrepreneurs who are hard at work …

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The state of S&OP according to 7 thought leaders

S&OP continuous to be a popular topic that remains high on the agenda of executives. To assess the current state of S&OP, I interviewed 7 S&OP thought leaders at the end of 2016 for my …

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Learn from the Vikings

When the phone rings at my company Plus 7, it’s usually for one of two reasons: either the caller wants to establish a business venture with a Chinese partner and has no idea how or …

struggling to innovate

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The DNA of S&OP software

I often get asked ‘Which software should my company use for sales & operations planning (S&OP) and integrated business planning (IBP)?’ Les Brookes, CEO of consultancy firm Oliver Wight EAME (who came up with S&OP …

reliable forecasting

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MRP does more harm than good

After years of oscillating between shortfalls and surpluses and the necessary chaos and frustration that entailed, calm has recently returned for one of my clients and his supplier. How come? They simply turned off their …

reliable forecasting

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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 …

struggling to innovate

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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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