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Why start-ups have an advantage when doing business in China

On 16 February, I attended the Ready for Growth event in The Hague, The Netherlands, organized by World Startup Factory. The morning programme was ‘looking east’, which is what many start-ups do when searching for …

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Lego, Ikea and Disney consulting

Just as the ongoing digitalization is dramatically altering the face of business life around the world, so too is the need for strategic advice changing. I recently heard from a supply chain director at a …

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Supply Chain 4.0: Adidas and Amazon re-write the rules

In an amazing twist, technology is rendering the old fundamentals of supply chain management obsolete. In Russia, Adidas increased sales in Moscow by double digits in 24 hours, thanks to a supply chain initiative. At …

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The Wheel of Five for Supply Chain Management

Recently, one of my customers stated that ‘the total supply chain inventory says as much about the health of a company as weight says about the health of a person’. If you look at it …

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Western passion

“Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress; working hard for something we love is called passion,” is one of the many pertinent quotes by Simon Sinek, the renowned author and popular …

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‘Pee contracts’ are not the way to go

‘Pee contract’ (plascontract in Dutch) just missed out on being crowned Dutch ‘Word of the Year’ in 2016. Pee contract. Maybe you heard about it? The Dutch called it a disgrace. There was a written …

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Continuation of European research Gartner and SCM on supply chain technology

Companies in Europe will invest more in supply chain technology in the coming years, with no less than 71 percent of the companies surveyed expecting to increase their spending for 2018. They feel compelled to …

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Leading like a strategist

Even if companies have a clear corporate strategy, they rarely translate it into a clear supply chain strategy. The standard strategy and supply chain models fall short in this respect. New models are emerging based …

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The holy grail

Supply chain management professionals have been searching for how their discipline adds strategic value for years. It’s similar to the quest for the ‘holy grail’ that will give the supply chain director a position on …

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Mastering the practicalities will lead to delivery perfection

“I’d do more online shopping if only I had a working doorbell,” quipped comedian David Mitchell recently. Indeed, it is laughable that trivial issues like this can scupper what should be a straightforward process of …

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