Supply Chain Movement Q1 2011 – Visibility Special

12         PROFILE JOHN VAN DONGEN

Treat others as you would have them treat you: If you want to organise the supply chain properly, you have to take responsibility for the whole chain, end-to-end, says John van Dongen. This is the case at Electrolux Home Products. To achieve the best results, the director Demand Flow Planning & Scheduling Europe stresses the need for a fusion between mission and strategy; a continuous improvement process; and an optimum balance between service and cost. John van Dongen adds that this entire concept is dependent on good people management.  It’s not without reason that he was voted Supply Chain Professional 2009 on account of his excellent knowledge and management qualities. 

18         VARIETY IN VISBILITY

Supply chain visibility is a somewhat hazy concept. A look behind the scenes at Hunkemöller, Samsung, Heineken and Van Leeuwen Pipe and Tube Group shows that each organisation has different visibility requirements and that, as a result, the solutions needed to improve visibility in the supply chain, differ from business to business.

22         COLUMN JAAP-WILLEM BIJSTERBOSCH

Supply Chain Meltdown: Japan has been hit. The March earthquake, and subsequent tsunami, has wreaked havoc on the country and its people. And the domino effect continues as nuclear facilities explode and fears of a nuclear meltdown increase. In response to the situation, many Japanese production sites – including refineries, car plants, semiconductor companies and electronics manufacturers – have been closed down, albeit temporarily. Local decisions with global repercussions, these shutdowns immediately led to operational supply chain issues, and may have severe long-term consequences for supply chains.

24         ANALYSTS ON VISIBILITY SOLUTIONS

From static to predictive visibility: Supply chain visibility has been a hot topic for years, among both users and suppliers of supply-chain software. Yet it is still proving difficult to achieve complete transparency of the entire chain – with data exchange presenting a particular challenge. Meanwhile, software developers are already gearing up for the next step: the integration of business intelligence into supply chain visibility software, in order to detect problems early on in the process – because, at the end of the day, it’s all about a healthy supply chain.

30         CASE STUDY LAMBORGHINI

The Lamborghini factory is all about people. No robots on the sports car production line in the factory near Bologna, but several workstations for manufacturing improvements. Each working station has its own teal leader. “This new role has created an awareness of possibilities. Therefore, it is important to first discuss the overall organisation before moving on to the methods”, says Simone Zamboni, who is in charge of logistics and engineering at Lamborghini.

 38         OPINION CARLOS CORDON

Inshore, offshore; which shore? – For the past decade and a half, deciding whether to outsource has been a relatively simple one: it allows companies to cut costs, to make better use of their resources and to focus on growth. Yet over the past 18 months, there has been in shift in the business landscape; so much so, that old realities no longer hold true. The risks associated with outsourcing are more obvious and the financial advantages less clear. The future is not about rapid growth anymore and some companies see big opportunities in insourcing and nearshoring instead of outsourcing and offshoring.

FURTHER IN THIS ISSUE

6          NEWS & BACKGROUND

  • Sales & Operations Planning remains a talking point
  • Supply Chain in Boardroom’
  • European supply chain software mapped out

27         FACTS & FIGURES

Supply chain visibility

34         TOOLS & TECHNOLOGY

  • Simulation tool: For logistics service providers, retail and industrial companies, there is a new solution on the market for calculating the optimal composition of a truck fleet. Released by the German company Axxom Software, the benefits are higher transport efficiency, reduced environmental impact and lower costs.
  • Transportation planning: During Logicon on 3rd February 2011 in Amsterdam, Terra Technology – not to be confused with Teradata – presented its newest solution to the European market: Transportation Forecasting. “Most transportation management solutions are based on historical data. Our transportation forecasting tool focuses on what’s going on now”, comments Robert Byrne, CEO of Terra Technology.

38         BOOK REVIEWS

  • The New Supply Chain Agenda. The 5 Steps That Drive Real Value’ (2010), by Reuben E. Slone, J. Paul Dittmann and John T. Mentzer
  • ‘Dynamic Supply Chains. Delivering Value Through People’ (2010), by John Gattorna. Published by Prentice Hall
  • ‘Operations Rules. Delivering Customer Value through Flexible Operations’ (2010), by David Simchi-Levi

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 PERSONS, COMPANIES & ORGANIZATIONS IN THIS ISSUE

PERSONS
A
Ron Ashkenas3Hau Lee37
Martijn Lofvers3
B
Jaap-Willem Bijsterbosch22M
Erik Brouwer6Maurits Matthijsse20
Robert Byrne34Keith McLoughlin16
Philippe Meouchy6
CJohn T. Mentzer37
Carlos Cordon38
Stephen Covey15R
Henning Reihe6
DDarrel Rigby3
J. Paul Dittmann37Anton de Romijn21
John van Dongen12
S
FJoep Savelkoul21
Enzo Ferrari31David Simchi-Levi3, 22, 37
Reuben Slone37
GLuke Skywalker37
Louis van Gaal15
John Gattorna37T
W.M.J. Geraerds7Noha Tohamy25
James Tompkins24
HNiels Toussaint21
Hans Hoefnagels19
Geert-Jan van Houtum7V
Darth Vader37
KMartijn Vermunt19
Bastian Katz34
W
LMaarten van der Weijden15
Ferruccio Lamborghini31
Z
Simone Zamboni31
COMPANIES & OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
AL
Aberdeen Group24, 27Lamborghini30
Apple39
Audi15, 31M
Axxom Software34Maersk19
Management Dynamics25
BMars6
Bain & Company3Massachusetts Institute of Technology3, 37
Business Objects25Maxeda19
BMW31Minihouse9
BP38
N
CNike21
Campbell6, 34Nokia21
Capgemini27
Cognos25O
ConQuaestor16Oracle25
Credit Suisse37
P
DPerfetti Van Melle6
Damco19P&O Nedlloyd19
Descartes25Procter & Gamble21, 34
DHL20, 25
Dutch Army16S
Samsung19
ESAP6, 9, 16, 20, 25
Eindhoven University of Technology7Savi25
Electrolux Home Products12ShipitSmarter9
Every Angle6, 9Slimstock21
Eyefortransport7SmartOps9
Spyker31
F
FedEx25T
Ferrari29Teradata34
Terra Technology34
G3M21
Gartner | AMR Research9, 24, 27Ticontract9
GT Nexus25Tompkins Associates24
Toyota22
HTradeBeam25
Heineken19Transwide9
Holland International Distribution Council16TruEconomy Consulting22
Hunkemöller19
Hyperion25U
Unilever34
IUPS25
i29, 25
IBM25V
IMD38Van Leeuwen19
INTRA25Vrumona22
JW
JDA9Whirlpool37