better planning


Better planning makes companies more agile

Companies with better planning score better on agility and are performing better during the current pandemic. But better planning first requires a horizontal, integrated planning process that shows how changes in supply or demand affect …

Wheel of Five


The Wheel of Five: Manage predictable variation with effective decision-making

To help organizations recognize and effectively deal with good and bad variability, Involvation has developed the Wheel of Five for Supply Chain Management. This is Part 3 in a series of five articles about the …



Fairphone’s industry influence continues to grow

Fairphone, a Dutch producer of ethical smartphones, continues to increase its influence on the electronics industry. The company achieved an 87% increase in sales in 2020 and became profitable for the first time, according to …



Forecast-as-a-service supports rapid progress

There are various solutions available to supply chain professionals who are dissatisfied with their forecasting, such as to implement new software or set up their own data science team. A third option is to outsource …

Ever Given


Ever Given to be released soon following agreement on damages

The Japanese owners of the Ever Given have reached a preliminary compensation agreement with the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) according to Stann Marine, the law firm representing the owners. The 400m-long container ship blocked the …

supply chain start-ups


European supply chain start-ups heading for consolidation cycle

The number of supply chain start-ups in Europe continues to grow. The current total stands at 220, according to the most recent figures from the soon-to-be-published Supply Chain Management Startups Handbook 2021. These start-ups are …



‘Potential tensions’ in ESG in supply chains

More and more companies are prioritizing environmental, social and governance (ESG) in their supply chains. But while companies recognize the importance of achieving sustainable outcomes, they are less inclined to acknowledge that most of that …

Harald Emberger


Harald Emberger, Beiersdorf: “The acceleration of a real time supply chain requires enormous agility”

Nivea is one of the world’s best-known skin care products. But its manufacturer Beiersdorf is ‘relatively small’, according to Harald Emberger. Having worked for Mars Inc and Unilever he might say that. Emberger joined Hamburg-based …


Trends, Whitepaper

Recording webinar Supply Chain Start-ups in Europe

Supply chain start-ups in Europe experienced a very challenging year in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic crisis. But the need for innovation and digitalization seems higher than ever for manufacturing, …



Mestergruppen: successful implementation thanks to perfect preparation

Norwegian DIY retailer Mestergruppen has successfully implemented Blue Ridge’s supply chain software. The investment has already almost paid for itself after just eight weeks of operation. During a webinar by Supply Chain Media and Blue …

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