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Vacancy: Agro-logistics supply chain research associate at Wageningen University

We are looking for: A staff member with knowledge of logistics, distribution, and supply chain management in agrifood chains, who can operate independently within a given assignment, both nationally and internationally. A product-market analysis must be performed …

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Job opportunity: Buyer Specialists at EPO

The European Patent Office is looking for enthusiastic buyer specialists to join in different areas of Central Procurement at the EPO, Europe's second-largest international organisation. Are you interested to be part of an international procurement …

Reports

Whitepaper: Freight Cost Management

When it comes to freight, audit, and pay (FA&P) in the transportation business, many shippers still resort to manual processes when managing their freight costs across transportation flows and all the parties involved with them. Unfortunately, …

Reports

The challenges of peak pressure that come with e-commerce

Peak pressure (like Christmas, seasonality in fashion and Black Friday) is quite a challenge for companies who are active in the fashion ecommerce sector or even in e-commerce in general. The increasing demands of the …

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Get your free digital trial issue of Supply Chain Movement now

Are you passionate about supply chain management? And are you keen to stay up to date on the very latest European developments? Supply Chain Movement puts the perfect mix of supply chain-related facts & figures, trends …

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First SAP-certified DDMRP Software

Camelot ITLab, a consulting firm based in Pennsylvania, USA, has developed the first SAP-certified solution for demand-driven material requirements planning (DDMRP). Called Camelot Lean Suite 4.0, the solution for integrated lean supply chain planning balances …

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Global Supply Chain Risk Intelligence Report

BSI's Global Supply Chain Intelligence Report provides an overview of the top supply chain threats and trends by region to help organizations increase their visibility and understanding of potential exposures within the supply chain. In 2016 …

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Mindmap Automotive Logistics

The automotive supply chain is a large, complex operation that requires sophisticated management techniques, substantial information technology expertise, and close coordination. logistics service provider dsv and supply chain movement have created a mind map for …

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Checklist for optimizing transport procurement

Most companies with a Transport Management System (TMS) in place have a wide range of transport data available to use in transport optimization efforts or as the basis for transport tenders. Without access to external …

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Self-assessment for e-fulfilment

Many companies face the same dilemma: should they do e-commerce themselves or outsource it? And should they outsource only their logistics activities, or also customer service and marketing? So when is outsourcing the right solution? …

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Checklist: 10 questions about Demand Planning

Understanding the characteristics of a best-in-class Demand Orchestration process is important to determine how to improve your company’s demand planning capabilities. A forecast is a projection of future business: a request for product and resources that …

Blogs

MRP does more harm than good

After years of oscillating between shortfalls and surpluses and the necessary chaos and frustration that entailed, calm has recently returned for one of my clients and his supplier. How come? They simply turned off their …

Trends

From an inside-out to an outside-in perspective

Risk of over-reliance on current business models Where can we find the new technologies and business models that are going to dominate our market? That’s the question many companies are asking themselves now that new disruptions …

Trends

Growing frequency of supply chain design reviews

Incidents are forcing companies to rethink more regularly The result of the Brexit vote, the bankruptcy of Hanjin, the attacks on foreign firms in Ethiopia – numerous recent incidents illustrate that supply chains are under pressure. …

Blogs

Machine builders become reliable, fast and efficient

Machine manufacturers suffering from high costs and long unreliable lead times can make huge gains in terms of competitive edge if they manage to resolve the so-called ‘service paradox’: from relatively slow, unreliable and inefficient to reliable, fast and efficient. By …

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Oil tanker versus speedboat

In today’s rapidly digitalizing world, companies can be divided into two categories based on their speed and agility. On the one hand we have the traditional firms and large multinationals that, just like oil tankers, …

Blogs

Why CrossFitters are better Supply Chain Managers

More than 380,000 people have signed up for the CrossFit Open 2017, a challenge to find the fittest person on Earth based on 5 painful workouts for 5 weeks. That’s a whole lot of effort …

Blogs

Using Digitalization and Big Data Wisely in your Supply Chain

In my work to optimize supply chains, I get to visit a lot of different companies in many different industries. Since I have a huge curiosity for leaning new things, I tend to ask a …

Blogs

Service is a choice

In an edition of the Dutch newspaper Het Parool dated 17 February 1967 I came across a full-page advertisement in which the high-end Amsterdam department store De Bijenkorf proudly announced its 26 (!) collections per …

People

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 …

Blogs

Digital supply chains – Do you risk falling behind?

Key lessons from the second IMD Global Supply Chain Survey The second edition of the IMD Global Supply Chain Survey examines how organizations rate themselves on 20 important trends in supply chain management. It shows that …

Blogs, Visuals

Mindmap for Order Management 2017

Global competition is forcing companies to optimally manage the orders they have scored. Supply chain execution software can coordinate the necessary alignment process between the various systems within the network. Together with MPO, supplier of …

People

‘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 …

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Mindmap for Continuous Supply Chain Learning

Driven by big and global developments and specifically in supply chain management, continuous learning should be seen as a continuous process. Since each individual and organisation is unique, developing and implementing effective learning programs is …

Trends

Gartner researches representation of women in Supply Chain roles

Gartner is currently researching the representation of women in supply chain roles at different levels in the organization, for the second consecutive year. The analists are trying to answer questions such as: How many women are …

Blogs

How is the IOT evolving the supply chain?

Over recent years the Internet of Things (IoT) has caused some major changes to the world of consumer goods, but it’s how the IoT is evolving the supply chain that’s really grabbing attention today. By Ian …

Blogs

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 …

Reports

Learn how dock scheduling can optimise your supply chain

Trucks waiting cause frustration, safety risks, additional costs and disruptions in the supply chain. Dock scheduling is the solution for these problems and much more: Increase visibility and predictability Create a lean and agile supply …

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Business transformation drives growth European supply chain consulting

4th SCM Consulting Subway Map Europe The market of supply chain consulting is growing in Europe. Niche consulting firms are becoming more international and are opening new offices across Europe and in the USA. Following on …

Blogs

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 …

Reports

Supply Chain Movement issue 24 – Trends & Consulting

Contents Supply Chain Movement 24 – 2017 Q1 Date of appearance: March 3rd, 2017  6 | News & Background IFS World Conference in Gothenburg Winner of last quarter: VDL Nedcar Loser of last quarter: Peugeot International SAP …

Blogs

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 …

Cases

Three-legged system keeps McDonald’s supply chain strong

For the fourth year running McDonald’s occupied the No 2 spot in the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 of global companies. Its secret to long-term success is based on a ‘System’ that is attributed to …

Blogs

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 …

Blogs

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 …

Blogs

‘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 …

Cases

Tesla gears up Gigafactory for launch of Model 3

Tesla’s mission to produce sufficient electric vehicles to force change in the automobile industry is accentuating its focus on lithium ion battery production. With planned production of at least 500,000 cars by the end of …

Blogs

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 …

People

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 …

Blogs

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 …

People

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 …

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Europe: an attractive market with complex supply chains

Fifth edition of the european SCM Map Europe Whereas other regions in the world are struggling, Europe is delivering sustained – albeit modest – economic growth. According to the World Economic Forum, no less than six …

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Checklist production management

Get more out of your production Effective production management contributes to achieving the company goals. However, manufacturing companies regularly face challenges such as disappointing customer experiences and excessive costs. All too often it becomes apparent that …

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A strategy compass for companies

Research by McKinsey in 2011 revealed that just 35 percent of companies have a successful strategy which enables them to beat the competition. And only 20 percent of companies explicitly interconnect their strategy, product portfolio …

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Mindmap for Supply Chain Network Redesign

Iterative network design and planning is essential for companies to be successful in serving costumers efficiently, consolidating new assets, or expanding into new markets or products. Fact-based analysis helps them to increase market share, reduce …

People, 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, …

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Checklist for monitoring On-Shelf Availability

According to independent studies, the average out-of-stock (OOS) percentage ranges from between four and eight percent worldwide. This is resulting in billions’ worth of lost sales plus dissatisfied shoppers and trading partners. The costs of …

Blogs

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 …

Reports

Supply Chain Movement issue 23 – Strategy

Contents Supply Chain Movement 23 – 2016 Q4 Publishing date: 25 November 2016 6 |  News & Background Peri wins Supply Chain Management award 2016 Winner of last quarter: PepsiCo Loser of last quarter: Caterpillar Gartner Supply …

Trends

Peri wins Supply Chain Management award 2016

Peri Group, the German formwork and scaffolding specialist with operations around the world, has won the Supply Chain Management Award 2016 in Germany. The multinational sells, rents and refurbishes formwork and scaffolding systems for construction …

Trends

‘Companies need to be bi-modal’

In order to be successful nowadays, companies must combine an efficient mode with an agile mode. That was the overarching message from research and advisory company Gartner during its supply chain conference in London in …

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Supply chain leaders exchange thoughts on preparing for change

Preparing for potential effects is more effective than predicting future events, according to Chris Caplice from the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics. He was speaking on 19 October 2016, when European supply chain leaders …

Blogs

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 …

Visuals

Mindmap Digital Supply Chains 4.0

Digital technology is disrupting traditional business and their supply chains. The Internet of Things, big data analysis, Augmented/Virtual Reality, 3D printing, and robotization will have a huge impact on the supply chain strategy. The main …

Partners, Visuals

General management underestimates the strategic value of logistics

Based on a three-year study and data from 450 senior supply chain professionals, and in partnership with Nyenrode Business Universiteit, Districon and DSV, Supply Chain Media has presented findings offering valuable insights into trends in …

Blogs

Checklist for Transport Spend Management

If there’s one thing all manufacturers have in common, it’s the pressure they’re under to drive down the costs involved in producing and supplying goods. For many companies, transportation spending is a perennial target of …

People, Trends

Supply Chain Media Launches Ranking of Denmark’s Top 25 Supply Chain Executives

Supply Chain Media is entering a new country after Germany: Denmark. In reflection of the growing recognition of supply chain management’s strategic importance in the corporate environment, Supply Chain Media went in search of a …

People

Job Opportunity: General Manager Forwarding & Iceland Services at Samskip

Are you focused on results and do you have experience as a manager in the (food) transportation industry? Samskip is looking for a manager with strong commercial, communication and coordination skills! The General Manager we are …

Trends

‘E-commerce fulfilment starts with the customer’

When it comes to the logistics behind online orders, companies still all too often think in terms of different delivery options. In fact, it’s more important to uncover and respond to the customer’s real need. …

Trends

Cloud-based Artificial Intelligence promises supply chain benefits

Advancing the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the supply chain discipline, Infor – a builder of cloud-based business software for various industries – has announced an enterprise-grade, industry-specific AI platform called Coleman for its …

Blogs

Start-ups, corporate or customers – Who is actually doing the innovation?

One of the first major existential questions every human faces is perhaps the mystery of their own existence; “where do babies come from?” Is a question every parent must prepare for. In order to find …

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