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Patrick Dittli: “Supply Chain in many cases mediator in challenges”

Global wholesaler Metro/Makro Cash & Carry launched In october 2015 a new operating model, appointed an operating board and embarked on a new strategy: Its global headquarters in Germany largely decentralised operations and gave a …


Arlanxeo’s Michael Liesfeldt: “Now our SC is aligned to the business strategy”

Chemicals companies need to deliver profitable growth in a hyper-competitive and low-growth environment. Many are undergoing mergers and acquisitions in order to survive. Lanxess, the German based global producer of specialty chemicals has undergone significant …


Canon’s Perry Buenen: “Create a dream team to execute major changes”

“Implementing a major change only makes sense when the company is ready for it,” says Perry Buenen, of Canon europe. He joined the company nine years ago and soon recognised the need to transform the …


‘Feminization of the Supply Chain’: Improving the diversity of thinking

There was a high level of interest in the ‘Feminization of the Supply Chain’ event among female supply chain leaders. On 7 and 8 March, around 35 women from various corners of Europe gathered together …


Henkel’s Dirk Holbach: “Success depends to a large extent on people”

On September 1 Henkel purchased the laundry and home care company, The Sun Products Corporation, in the USA, an acquisition that took it to second position in the North American laundry care market. With a …


Walt Disney’s Edwin Van Der Meerendonk: “I can’t control the volume we’re selling”

You’d imagine having few worries working for the world’s largest media company which regularly brings out box office hits that boost its entire business. Last year Star Wars: The Force Awakens become the highest grossing …

Chris Tyas

Career, Trends

SCM publishes updated list of supply chain leaders

Who are the most influential supply chain executives in Europe? Which leaders are truly shaping their organisations and can be seen as a poster child of the supply chain universe? For the second consecutive year, …


Frank Vorrath, Johnson Controls: “We are undergoing a bi-modal transformation”

The fact that most of us can maintain a comfortable temperature in our homes and places of work is thanks to the founder of Johnson Controls, Warren Johnson. In 1883 he invented the electrical thermostat …


ABB’s Daniel Helmig: “We are moving to virtual centres of expertise”

One year ago global technology company ABB launched the second stage of its Next Level Strategy. this is a huge company-wide transformation that will put more focus on its customer offering as it aims to …


John Gattorna: ‘It’s all about customer segmentation’

Successful companies such as Zara and Schneider Electric are organised from a customer segmentation perspective. Meanwhile, many firms are caught up in short-term thinking because of their single, failing supply chain. Those were the two …

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