Supply Chain Movement issue 32 – Start-ups & Consulting

Contents Supply Chain Movement 32 – 2019 Q1

Date of appearance: March 1st, 2019

6 | News & background

What is the best approach to innovation in the current era of digitalization? A number of high-profile keynote speakers from across Europe, including Professor Carlos Cordon from IMD Business School, will be providing clear and practical answers to this question during the second edition of the inNOWvate Supply Chain Event on 22 May in Amersfoort, the Netherlands. The European Supply Chain Start-up Contest will once again be an innovative feature of this event, which is organized by Supply Chain Media.

10 | Supply Chain Consulting Map Europe 2019

12 | Profile Marc Engel, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Unilever

Marc Engel has earned the title #1 Supply Chain Executive in Europe. The accolade is awarded annually by Supply Chain Media to a senior supply chain leader within a multinational company who inspires, innovates and succeeds in achieving consistently exceptional results.The red thread through his career has been a deep desire to make a difference. “Every Friday I write down what difference I think I made during the past week and if I notice that I haven’t made enough impact, I change my calendar.”

18 | Management: Consultancy firms are having to innovate

Nowadays, a consulting project doesn’t end with the delivery of a report. Companies want concrete solutions that are based on their own data – solutions that will actually have an impact. This means that even consultancy firms are having to innovate, such as by investing in data science and technology or collaborating with partners, and that includes start-ups.

25 | Facts & Figures

26 | Supply chain knowledge holds key to start-up success

Start-ups are making waves in the supply chain management world with their innovative and sometimes astonishing ideas. The biggest challenge is to gain traction for their ideas and find their first customer, even if only for a pilot or proof of concept. How have successful start-ups tackled that challenge? To find out, we asked a number of start-ups and their first customers.

32 | Updated Maturity Matrix of Supply Chain Start-ups

The supply chain start-up landscape in Europe is changing rapidly, which is why this is the second consecutive year that Supply Chain Media has developed a Maturity Matrix showing the most important start-ups. A survey reveals that they are optimistic about their prospects, but that it remains difficult for them to close deals, secure investment and expand internationally.

36 | Four scenarios for last-mile distribution

A city’s economic vitality and liveability depends on good urban logistics. The city distribution situation is partly determined by shifts in consumer behavior and possible governmental regulation. Scenario planning helps companies to capitalize on future possibilities.

38 | Consumers force fashion sector to improve transparency

Transparency and sustainability are hot topics in the fashion world, fuelled by industry scandals such as the deadly fire in a clothing factory in Bangladesh in 2013. Consumers are demanding insight into how clothes are made, which is forcing fashion companies to provide more transparency about their production process and supply chain. The visibility trend is here to stay.

43 | Tools & Technology

Jointly developed by Hardis Group and Voiteq, the Reflex Voice solution enables the entire order-picking process to be controlled by voice. The pick-by-voice system is fully integrated and configurable in the Reflex WMS warehouse management system. With this solution, Hardis Group and Voiteq are responding to the growing use of voice-recognition and speech-synthesis technology in warehouse environments.

45 | Supply Chain Agenda of Sami Naffakh, Arla Foods

Naffakh joined Arla Foods in January 2018 at a critical moment for the dairy cooperative. With 25% of its business in the UK, and a portfolio affected by a disrupted dairy market, the organisation had to act quickly. It is now undergoing a thorough and all-enveloping transformation program that includes putting skills and empowerment back on the shop floor and investing in proven technologies.

Marc Engel