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Joost Donkers

Trends

Joost Donkers, FrieslandCampina: “My dream is to build a Dairy Park to bring the supply chain together”

When he was younger he wanted to become a vet, but today Joost Donkers feels right at home as Director Supply Chain Business Group Ingredients at FrieslandCampina – the role in which he was also …

Brexit

Blogs

Blockchain for Brexit

29 March 2019 is set to be another D-Day: Brexit. Some people think there might still be a new referendum in the UK which could potentially halt the whole Brexit process, but even if companies …

Cemex

Trends

Cemex wins Supply Chain Management Award 2018

Cemex, a global manufacturer of building materials including cement, ready-mixed concrete and mineral raw materials, won the Supply Chain Management Award 2018 at this year’s Exchainge event for its implementation of an integrated solution for …

supply chain innovation

Reports

How can supply chain innovation unlock business growth?

In this age of disruption, sustainable growth will only come from more radical thinking – especially in mature economies where growth no longer comes easily, according to UK-based research and training organization IGD. The Supply …

Transmate

Trends

Supply chain start-up in the spotlight: Transmate

Transmate is a central web platform with supporting mobile apps allowing shippers, carriers and end customers to collaborate during the different steps throughout the logistics process. The company, founded in Belgium by Philip Poppe and Noël Vranckx …

Blogs, Visuals

Mindmap for Order Management 2018

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 …

service paradox

Trends

Breaking the service paradox

Going on a family holiday entails a whole host of decisions. Some are made early on in the process, such as the period of time, destination and means of transport, and others much later, such …

Content, Visuals

Working Wisdom: quote about planning and execution

“If they can’t start a meeting without you, well, that’s a meeting worth going to, isn’t it? And that’s the only kind of meeting you should ever concern yourselves with.” This quote from Buddy Ackermann comes from …

autonomous supply chains

Trends

The journey towards autonomous supply chains

The ever-better quality and availability of internal and external data is enabling companies to predict their future with increasing accuracy. In the next phase, those predictions will be used to support – and perhaps even …

3PL Summit

Events, Trends

3PL Summit: from employees forming a bottleneck to the digital value chain

The pace of change, the turbulence it is causing and the need for agile supply chains – all of these things became clear during the Eye For Transport (EFT) 3PL & Supply Chain Summit held from 30-31 …

Michelin

Trends

Michelin to close factory in Scotland

The announcement by tyre manufacturer Michelin of its plans to close its factory in the Scottish city of Dundee, UK, has come as a very unwelcome surprise to employees and the wider local community. Workers …

no-touch planning

Blogs

No-touch nonsense

Given the rapid advancement in the capabilities of analytical software, the long-held dream of fully automated supply chain planning seems to be within reach at last. According to several consultants at McKinsey, ‘no-touch planning’ will …

purchasing process

Trends

Identifying savings in the purchasing process

Mercateo has developed a tool that breaks down the costs of the various types of purchasing processes and provides insight into currently untapped savings potential in indirect purchasing. By focusing on digitalization, the process cost …

reliable forecasting

Blogs

Reliable forecasting is a piece of cake

In our attempts to anticipate future changes in demand, we often depend on forecasts. Unfortunately, however, they are rarely reliable in practice – with all the implications that brings. The ‘good news’ is that we …

Howard Saunders

Events, Trends

Howard Saunders: ‘The customer experience depends on people’

Retail as we know it is dead, if retail futurist Howard Saunders (pictured) is to be believed. We live in an era of change, and retailers will have to change too if they are to …

Working Wisdom

Content, Visuals

Working Wisdom: quote about planning and execution

“The enemy of a good plan is the dream of a perfect plan.” Carl von Clausewitz (born 1 June 1780, died 16 November 1831) was a Prussian general who served in the Rhine Campaigns (1793–1794), including …

Tradecloud

Trends

Supply chain start-up in the spotlight: Tradecloud

Founded in 2013 in Delft, the Netherlands, by Tonnis de Boer (CEO, pictured) and Marcel Matthijs (CTO), Tradecloud is based on the belief that technology and big data analysis can help companies to improve their …

digitalization

Events, Trends

‘Digitalization success is all about the mindset’

Where should you board the digitalization roller coaster? Gartner’s hype cycle shows a steep climb followed by a drop to the trough of disillusionment. How can you keep sufficient momentum going to emerge from the …

Mourad Tamoud

Trends

Mourad Tamoud, Schneider: “The entire supply chain on renewable energy by 2025”

The immense rate at which technology and innovation accelerates leaves many in supply chain breathless. As executive vice president for global supply chain operations of Schneider Electric, Mourad Tamoud aims to keep pace by implementing …

PepsiCo

Trends

PepsiCo signs supply agreement for sustainable PET

PepsiCo Inc. in the USA has signed a multi-year supply agreement with Loop Industries Inc., a leading technology innovator in sustainable plastic founded in 2015 and based in Montréal, Canada. The deal secures production capacity …

Audi

Trends

Audi becomes first car maker to achieve ASI sustainability certification

Audi has become the first car manufacturer worldwide to receive certification from the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI). The certificate has been awarded for the sustainable battery housing of the Audi e-tron. The ASI Performance Standard certification …

Content, Visuals

Working Wisdom: quote about innovation and technology

“A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.” Isaac Asimov (born in Russia on 2 January 1920, died in New York City on 6 April …

FretLink

Trends

Supply chain start-up in the spotlight: FretLink

In line with its motto, ‘Shipment made simpler’, FretLink connects shippers and carriers through software as a service (SaaS) and a mobile application for drivers. It not only provides more visibility for everyone in the …

Brexit

Blogs

Blockchain belief

How relevant is blockchain in a supply-chain context? Based on what I’ve heard this year at various international supply chain congresses, opinions differ. Alexander Bahr, Director Supply Chain Information & Integration at McDonald’s, referred to …

DB

Trends

DB revolutionizes precise deliveries with What3words

Logistics companies around the world face a global challenge: imprecise addressing. Large sites such as factories, warehouses or events spaces often have several access points, making specific drop-off locations or delivery entrances extremely hard to …

ground transportation

Reports

“Investment in ground transportation will directly support company growth”

75% of companies believe that spending time and resources to improve their ground transportation will directly help sales. These and other findings – from a DHL Supply Chain survey of more than 200 transportation decision-makers …

AI

Reports, Trends

European manufacturing industry expects massive boost from AI

Industrial companies in Europe regard artificial intelligence as one of the main drivers of growth, in particular due to the opportunities it offers for greater efficiency, flexibility and differentiation. That is a key takeaway from …

first mile and last mile

Reports, Trends

First mile and last mile are critical for flawless delivery performance

The efficiency with which retailers manage their processes at the beginning and end of their supply chain logistics are key to their survival. That claim is made by Zetes – a specialist in identification and …

Walmart

Trends

Retail giant Walmart to track lettuce and spinach from farm to blockchain

In an attempt to further limit the impact of food safety scares and product recalls, US retail giant Walmart is introducing a blockchain database for lettuce and spinach products. In around a year’s time, Walmart will …

sensors

Trends

Sensors: tuning into the supply chain

With its new generation of Internet of Things (IoT) sensors for supply chains, Pharox offers easy-to-manage systems that are scalable, transferrable and can fit into a standardized process. The supplier is responding to the need …

Working Wisdom

Content, Visuals

Working Wisdom: quote about innovation and technology

“The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed.” William Ford Gibson (born 17 March 1948 in South Carolina) is an American/Canadian science-fiction novelist and writer of more than 20 short stories and ten …

Urbantz

Trends

Supply chain start-up in the spotlight: Urbantz

Urbantz was founded in Brussels, Belgium, by Jonathan Weber (photo), Michael Darchambeau and Melanie Applincourt in 2015. Their aim was to make the first- and last-mile delivery business sustainable in cities by improving efficiency, reducing …

reliable forecasting

Blogs

Taming the bullwhip effect

The bullwhip effect is not only one of the best-known supply chain phenomena, but also one of the most damaging. By increasing the upstream variation and uncertainty, it pushes chain partners ever-deeper into the so-called …

Trends

Gartner’s supply chain technology survey 2019

Gartner and Supply Chain Media have teamed up for the 4th time to research supply chain leaders’ views on supply chain practice and technology. These are some questions the supply chain respondents will come across filling …

Toyota

Trends

Hard Brexit would disrupt production at Toyota

A ‘hard Brexit’ could likely cause car manufacturer Toyota to temporarily close its UK production site at Burnaston, said Marvin Cooke, managing director of the plant, when speaking to the BBC on 29 September. Over …

Chris Tyas

Career, Trends

Chris Tyas, Nestlé: “Soon we can expect more CEOs to come from supply chain”

Supply Chain Management is dead, according to a recent report by Harvard Business Review. But before everyone starts polishing up his or her CV, it’s anything but, retorts Chris Tyas, Senior Vice President Supply Chain, …

Lenovo

Trends

Lenovo launches complete end-to-end IT security solution to keep companies safer

Against the backdrop of an ever-increasing number of data breaches, with a record-breaking 2.6 billion incidences last year according to the latest research, companies need secure devices that protect sensitive data and guard against online …

blockchain

Trends

The promise of blockchain

Blockchain holds great promise. It is predicted to result in faster, more transparent and more efficient supply chains that are possibly fairer and more sustainable too, so it’s not surprising that everyone is talking about …

DCbrain

Trends

Supply chain start-up in the spotlight: DCbrain

DCbrain is a publisher of network optimization software for complex networks (including gas, water, electricity and heat as well as logistics) based on big data and artificial intelligence (AI). The team is headed up by …

DSV

Trends

DSV acquires S&H to boost its multi-channel e-fulfilment capabilities

International third-party logistics service provider DSV A/S signed and closed a deal to acquired 100% of the shares in multi-channel fulfilment specialist S&H, on 4 September 2018. Based in the Netherlands and employing approximately 120 people …

Supply Chain Movement

Trends

Students worldwide gain free access to Supply Chain Movement’s knowledge

What is the best way to prepare students of supply chain management for a future career in the industry? The answer: by giving them access to the information in Supply Chain Movement to enrich their up-to-date …

Working Wisdom

Content, Visuals

Working Wisdom: quote about innovation and technology

“If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near.” Jack Welch (born John Francis ‘Jack’ Welch Jr. in Massachusetts on 19 November 1935) is a …

Alpega

Trends

Alpega expands European freight exchange footprint with Wtransnet acquisition

Belgium-based logistics software company Alpega has acquired freight exchange Wtransnet to expand its footprint in southern and western Europe. With the addition of Wtransnet, Alpega is growing its carrier network to significantly more than 70,000 transport …

cloud

Trends

Gartner: Medium-sized companies are embracing cloud-based software

The adoption of supply chain software accelerated significantly worldwide in 2017, according to research and advisory firm Gartner. The total market grew by 14% last year to reach a total revenue of US$12.2 billion, compared …

Working Wisdom

Content, Visuals

Working Wisdom: quote about innovation and technology

“Good artists copy, great artists steal.” A quote from Steve Jobs (1955-2011), an American entrepreneur and business magnate. He was the chairman, CEO and a co-founder of Apple Inc., as well as chairman and majority shareholder …

Everoad

Trends

Supply chain start-up in the spotlight: Everoad

Everoad wants to revolutionize the road freight industry by utilizing technology and digitalization to connect shippers with carriers, and has been likened to the ‘Uber’ of European trucking. The online platform facilitates the booking process, …

Brexit

Blogs

VR escape room

How can companies find out whether – and how – they can use cool new technologies such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) in their supply chains? There are already several practical applications …

Supply Chain Executive in Denmark

Trends

Jean Marc Lechene of Vestas is No. 1 Supply Chain Executive in Denmark

Jean Marc Lechene of Vestas has been ranked as the most influential supply chain leader in Denmark for 2018. Supply Chain Media arrived at that conclusion by applying its tried-and-tested methodology to produce the second …

Visuals

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 …

Shypple

Trends

Supply chain start-up in the spotlight: Shypple

Shypple was founded in the Netherlands by Jarell Habets in 2016, and the workforce grew from two to eleven full-time employees in the space of just one year. The start-up has developed a central and …

advanced analytics

Trends

Survey reveals top advanced analytics priorities in supply chain

According to a recent survey into the use of advanced analytics, 30 percent of supply chain leaders regard the need to respond to customer mandates for faster, more accurate and unique fulfilment as a top …

Chris Tyas

Trends

Nestlé trials blockchain to improve food-ingredient supply chain transparency

Swiss food manufacturer Nestlé SA is involved in a project to trial the use of blockchain technology. The key aim is to improve the transparency of the worldwide food-ingredient supply chain, and hence to strengthen …

START model

Blogs

Successful sourcing in China using the START model

“Catch the goat when it’s passing” is one of my favourite Chinese sayings, and it is particularly apt when you’re looking to source new products or materials in China. Even after conducting thorough desk research …

Amazon

Trends

Will Amazon do to the grocery industry what it did to ecommerce?

Amazon has been busy lately. After entering the grocery delivery market with Amazon Fresh and buying Whole Foods, it is now in the process of launching its own supermarket, Amazon Go. These moves have many wondering if …

Working Wisdom

Content, Visuals

Working Wisdom: quote about innovation and technology

“If you can dream it, you can do it” Walt Disney (born in Chicago on 5 December 1901, died in California on 15 December 1966) was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer who …

wind turbine supply chains

Reports

Potential human rights violations in wind turbine supply chains

According to a study into wind turbine supply chains, wind turbine manufacturers do not sufficiently know where the minerals they use have come from and hence are unaware of possible violations of human rights in …

H&M

Trends

Logistics problems impact on H&M’s profit

Logistics problems at the Swedish fashion retailer H&M contributed to a 22 percent drop in net profit in the second quarter of this year. H&M’s profit has now fallen for four consecutive quarters. Another factor is …

Everysens

Trends

Supply chain start-up in the spotlight: Everysens

Everysens is a supply chain optimization platform intended for asset-intensive industries. The start-up harnesses the power of IoT, big data and artificial intelligence (AI) to boost assets’ fleet performance for small businesses and very large …

Working Wisdom

Content, Visuals

Working Wisdom: quote about innovation and technology

“Technology frightens me to death. It’s designed by engineers to impress other engineers. And they always come with instruction booklets that are written by engineers for other engineers – which is why almost no technology …

Trends

Supply chain start-up in the spotlight: Shippeo

Founded in Paris, France, in 2014, Shippeo is a real-time transport visibility platform providing shippers, carriers and logistics providers with instant access to predictive and real-time information about all deliveries. Based on a self-learning, proprietary …

Savant

Trends

Pharmaceutical company MSD achieves one-number planning

A key characteristic of integrated business planning (IBP) is the involvement of the financial director in the monthly planning cycle. Sometimes, the financial director may even be the initiator of an integrated planning approach – …

Intel

Reports

Intel leads the way in eradicating forced labour from its supply chain

With a score of 75 out of 100 points, Intel currently leads the way in tackling forced labour in its supply chain, according to the 2018 Information & Communications Technology Benchmark study by KnowTheChain. HP and …

JDA

Trends

JDA Software to acquire Blue Yonder

JDA Software Inc., a leading provider of end-to-end retail and supply chain solutions, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Yonder, the market leader in artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for retail. This acquisition reflects the increasing …

Scania

Trends

Scania wins Greener Supply Chain Award

Scania recently won the Greener Supply Chain Award for its environmentally friendly transport operations in Germany and the Benelux countries. The prize was presented at the first-ever Automotive Logistics Awards ceremony, which was held on …

Magnitude Software

Trends

Magnitude Software acquires Every Angle

In late June 2018, Magnitude Software, Inc., a leader in delivering unified application data management to global organizations across industries, announced the acquisition of Every Angle Software Solutions, a business analytics and reporting specialist that …

Transparix

Trends

Logistyx Technologies acquires Transparix to support its parcel shipping SaaS solution

Logistyx Technologies, a US-based leader in parcel transportation management execution (TME) systems and multi-carrier parcel shipping software solutions, has acquired Transparix, a TME Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company headquartered in the Netherlands. The acquisition supports Logistyx’s strategy to …

transport management

Trends

Total solution for transport management

Alpega, a logistics software supplier and the owner of companies including Teleroute, recently acquired the Swedish firm TenderEasy to further improve its ability to meet the transport management needs of carriers, freight forwarders, logistics service …

Chris Tyas

Trends

Chris Tyas of Nestlé No. 1 Supply Chain Executive in DACH region

Who is the most influential supply chain leader in Germany, Austria and Switzerland (the ‘DACH’ region)? To answer this question, Supply Chain Media applied its methodology to produce the Top 27 Supply Chain Executives in …

LuckaBox

Trends

Supply chain start-up in the spotlight: LuckaBox

Founded in August 2017 in Winterthur, Switzerland, LuckaBox’s vision is to become the largest on-demand supply platform for deliveries and warehousing in Europe. Its mission is to enable retailers and e-tailers, particularly in the Fashion, …

Joris Jellema

Trends

Joris Jellema, Givaudan: “The challenge is to model the trend”

Givaudan, the global leader in flavours and fragrances, began its long journey of innovation and acquisition 250 years ago. From its beginnings in Grasse, France, in 1768 to the recent Naturex acquisition, the company works …

Integrated Business Planning

Trends

Leadership crucial in Integrated Business Planning

A growing number of companies that have implemented Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) are now taking the next step towards Integrated Business Planning (IBP). This means that the likes of the Finance and Strategy departments …

Dutch Army

Trends

Dutch Army starts cooperation with Dimanex to solve spare part supply challenges

In May 2018, the Material Stock Logistic Command of the Dutch Army signed a letter of intent to cooperate with Dimanex – a provider of a cloud-based, end-to-end service for distributed 3D manufacturing through a …

Content, Visuals

Working Wisdom: quote about business and globalization

“Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” Warren Buffett (born 30 August 1930) is an American businessman and investor. He is the long-serving chairman (since 1970) and CEO of the company Berkshire Hathaway …

Volkswagen

Trends

Potential interruptions to manufacturing at Volkswagen

There is a strong chance that Volkswagen’s production activities will face interruptions this autumn as a result of tighter European standards for passenger cars. According to the car manufacturer, the inspection bodies lack sufficient staff …

Joost Donkers

Events

FrieslandCampina’s Joost Donkers named as Supply Chain Professional 2018

Joost Donkers has become the new ambassador for the Dutch supply chain management discipline. The Director of End2End Supply Chain in FrieslandCampina’s Ingredients Business Group was named as winner of the Supply Chain Professional of …

forklifts

Events, Trends

Even forklifts are going digital

The supply chain digitalization trend is spreading further into the warehouse. During the World of Material Handling event, forklift manufacturer Linde presented various digital applications aimed at improving the efficiency and convenience of working with …

Allianz

Reports

Allianz: companies face increasing risks related to ‘natural capital’

Companies are increasingly facing new threats from the depletion of natural resources or ‘natural capital’, according to Allianz’s analysis of over 2,500 companies. In a report titled ‘Measuring and managing environmental exposure: A business sector …

thinking fast and slow

Blogs

Siri, can you improve my OTIF?

It is amazing how fast things are developing and how quickly the number of options is expanding: Apple’s Siri, Google’s Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa, Alibaba’s Genie, etc. Who would have believed ten years ago that a …

Cargonexx

Trends

Supply chain start-up in the spotlight: Cargonexx

Germany-based start-up Cargonexx is a European pioneer in the use of artificial intelligence in road transport and is the first digital freight forwarder to operate an intelligent transport network. Founded in Hamburg in 2016 and …

service

Trends

Service is eating the world

Seven years ago, Mark Andreessen wrote his now-famous essay called ‘Software is eating the world’. He predicted that all companies will become software companies and that organizations that fail to adapt rapidly enough will go …

Working Wisdom

Content, Visuals

Working Wisdom: quote about business and globalization

“Outsourcing is inevitable, and I don’t think it’s necessarily treating people like things.” Stephen Covey (24 October 1932 – 16 July 2012) was an American educator, author, businessman and keynote speaker, born in Salt Lake City, …

Intel

Reports, Trends

Intel reduces supplier labour violations by focusing on supply chain responsibility

Intel’s 2017-2018 Corporate Responsibility Report shows that the firm’s continued focus on supply chain responsibility is paying off. In concrete terms, supplier violations related to forced and bonded labour decreased by 60 percent last year, …

gender wage gap

Reports, Trends

Supply chain salary surveys reveal gender wage gap

The results of an inaugural survey published by Apics, an American association for supply chain management, in May 2018 reveal a substantial wage gap between men and women within the field. The 2018 Supply Chain …

Sabine Simeon-Aissaoui

Trends

Sabine Simeon, Schindler: “Avoid making a transformation sound too complex”

Talented and ambitious, Sabine Simeon-Aissaoui was in full flight when an unsuccessful project, which she initiated in China, knocked her confidence. It gave her time to regroup, think, and come back with renewed energy and determination. …

Content, Visuals

An S&OP and IBP travel guide

The topic of sales & operations planning (S&OP) continues to receive plenty of attention from supply chain professionals. As far back as 2010, I reported on it as a ‘hot topic’ and noted that conference …

innovation

inNOWvate, Trends

Diversity drives innovation

Few companies nowadays would deny that innovation is crucial to their long-term survival, but innovation doesn’t just happen by itself – as Lego knows from its own bitter experience. Fons Trompenaars, keynote speaker at inNOWvate: …

Supply Chain Movement 29

Content, Reports

Supply Chain Movement issue 29 – From S&OP to IBP

Contents Supply Chain Movement 29 – 2018 Q2 Date of appearance: May 25th, 2018 6 | News & Background 8 | Snapshots 10 | IT Subway Map 2018 12 | Profile Sabine Simeon-Aissaoui, Schindler Group: “Avoid making a transformation sound too …

Brexit

Blogs

S&OP motivation

Why is sales & operations planning (S&OP) such a difficult decision-making process? How hard can it be to hold a product review, then a demand review, a supply review and a business review in the …

Sustainabill

Trends

Supply chain start-up in the spotlight: Sustainabill GmbH

Sustainabill GmbH was founded in Cologne, Germany, in 2017. The strong, multi-disciplinary founder team includes a sustainability expert, a data and requirements analyst, a full stack developer and machine learning expert and a former global …

BYD

Trends

BYD Europe organizes supplier conference to increase focus on local sourcing

At BYD Europe’s first-ever supplier conference, held at the BYD bus and truck plant in Komarom, Hungary, the focus was on helping to integrate increased local sourcing into the bus production activities and building a …

Unilever

Trends

Unilever retains top spot in Gartner’s 2018 Supply Chain Top 25

Unilever has once again held on to its number-1 position in this year’s edition of the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25. With a composite score of 6.36, Unilever was significantly ahead of the rest of …

Dell

Trends

Dell introduces supply chain virtual reality customer tours

Stimulated by the ongoing rise in the number and range of the customer requests it was receiving, especially about the manufacturing of its products, Dell Technologies decided to improve its transparency as part of demonstrating …

Working Wisdom

Content, Visuals

Working Wisdom: quote about business and globalization

“It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.” Henry Ford (30 July 1863 …

Tesco

Trends

Tesco Direct website to close due to high fulfilment costs

In an announcement on 23 May, UK grocery giant Tesco has partly blamed high fulfilment costs for its decision to close down its non-food website Tesco Direct. After conducting a detail review of Tesco Direct, …

Luckabox

inNOWvate, Trends

Luckabox wins the first European Supply Chain Start-up Contest

The Swiss start-up Luckabox was chosen as winner of the first-ever European Supply Chain Start-up Contest on 24 May 2018. The competition for European start-ups is organized by Supply Chain Media, publisher of the Dutch …

Stockspots

Trends

Supply chain start-up in the spotlight: Stockspots

Founded in 2017 by Coen de Lange and Remko Been, Stockspots connects organizations that need warehousing space and services with organizations that have surplus space and labour availability. From a single platform, users can manage …

Content, Visuals

Working Wisdom: quote about business and globalization

 “Trade has been a cornerstone of our growth and global development. But we will not be able to sustain this growth if it favours the few and not the many.” Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961) …

START model

Blogs

Building strong relations through innovation & co-creation in China

Design thinking can help SMEs to improve their attractiveness to Chinese business partners. And innovation and co-creation can save companies up to €200,000 and ten weeks of product development work. How? Heidi Larsen reveals all …

Cardinal Health

Trends

Inventory problems for Cardinal Health and Under Armour

Earlier this month, two publicly listed companies saw the price of their shares fall sharply following reports of inventory issues: Cardinal Health Inc., a US-based wholesaler of drugs and medical supplies, and Under Armour, an American sportswear manufacturer. Cardinal …

consulting

Trends

Consultants being swept along by wave of digitalization

The digitalization of supply chains is posing new challenges for companies. What possibilities does digitalization offer? Which technologies should they implement? How can they utilize the data they gather to add value? For the answers …

Roberto Canevari

Career, Trends

Roberto Canevari: “It’s in Burberry’s DNA to act responsibly and with integrity”

Burberry has pushed the boundaries on innovation and design since Thomas Burberry invented gabardine in 1879. This waterproof, breathable material formed the basis for the iconic trench coat that was first worn by military officers …

Stefano Picasso

Career

Supply Chain Agenda of Stefano Picasso from Siegwerk

People are mostly creatures of habit, so changing behaviour can be a challenge. Stefano Picasso, head of global operations and supply chain management (SCM) for Siegwerk, one of the world’s leading suppliers of printing inks …

Cargonexx

inNOWvate, Trends

10 Companies through to Second Round of European Supply Chain Start-up Contest

Out of the 26 entries from across the continent for the first-ever edition of the European Supply Chain Start-up Contest, ten companies have now been selected to progress through to the second round. This means …

Working Wisdom

Content, Visuals

Working Wisdom: quote about business and globalization

“In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.” This quote is attributed to Sun Wu or, as he is best known in the Western world, Sun Tzu (an honorific which means ‘Master Sun’). He was …

Quicargo

Trends

Supply chain start-up in the spotlight: Quicargo

Quicargo is focused on road freight matching through an online transport platform that identifies unused empty space in trucks from different carriers. The smart technology matches real-time shipment requests with directly available carriers, enabling customers …

Iiyama

Trends

Iiyama outsources European logistics to Geodis

Iiyama has entered in a long-term strategic partnership with logistics service provider Geodis, who will provide the Japanese manufacturer of computer monitors with an end-to-end solution in the Netherlands. From now on, Geodis is taking care …

zalando

Trends

Segro seals new logistics real estate deals with Ikea and Zalando

In the first quarter of this year Segro, a UK real estate investment trust and owner, manager and developer of more than six million square metres of logistics real estate for light industrial distribution activities …

Brexit

Blogs

Game of Chains

The traditional boundaries between sectors and industries are blurring, or even vanishing, due to the increasing digitalization of business globally. It's now much easier for new digital players to enter - and completely transform - …

Key Boardroom Conversations of the Chief Supply Chain Officer in 2018

Content, Trends, Visuals

Key Boardroom Conversations for Supply Chain in 2018

It’s 2018; in mature companies, the board of directors includes a Chief Supply Chain Officer (CSCO). He – in spite of gender diversity efforts, the CSCO is still a man in most cases – reports …

timeless wisdom

Books, Trends

Timeless wisdom for supply chain managers

In view of the rapid advances in technology, the world seems to be on the brink of a new age and a new generation. This inevitably leads to changes and uncertainty. When looking for clarity, …

Brexit

Blogs

Blockchain unleashed

What impact could blockchain have on supply chains? In my opinion, a very big one. In principle, this encryption technology that enables data to be shared securely has the power to finally solve two major, …

retail aiga priede

Cases

Rimi Baltic improves retail supply chain by expanding central DC

Rimi Baltic replenishes 263 stores in three countries, seven days a week. As the Baltic food retailer gradually outgrew its central distribution center (DC) in Riga, the efficiency and effectiveness of this logistics operation came …

Brexit

Blogs

Small Data Analytics

Nowadays, big data is a ubiquitous topic in the business media; everywhere you look, the financial newspapers and magazines are filled with articles telling you how big data can be transformed into valuable insights. Over …

Freight Cost Management

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 …

Reports

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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 …

reliable forecasting

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. …

reliable forecasting

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 …

no-touch planning

Blogs

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 …

reliable forecasting

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 …

Career

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 …

revolution

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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 …

Career

‘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 …

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

Brexit

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

Brexit

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 …

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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 …

Career

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 …

Career

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 …

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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

Hilton Double Tree.

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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 …

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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 …

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What makes an attractive business climate for warehousing?

For years, the Netherlands has been lauded as the ‘Logistics Gateway to Europe’. But the country doesn’t just have its geographical situation to thank for this. Its success rests on a number of pillars that …

network models

Trends

Growing need for own network models

We still believe in free trade in Europe, but government leaders elsewhere in the world are increasingly using trade as a political instrument. This is increasing the uncertainty in supply chains, which is creating a …

Working Wisdom

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Working Wisdom: quote about planning and execution

“Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.” This quote is widely attributed to Nils Henrik David Bohr (7 October 1885 – 18 November 1962), who was a Danish physicist. He received the Nobel …

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Survey: What will be the supply chain challenges and trends in 2020?

What will be the most relevant supply chain-related challenges and trends in the consumer goods industry in the near future? Miebach Consulting has launched a new, international survey in collaboration with GS1 Germany in order …

thinking fast and slow

Blogs

How thinking fast and slow can help you when choosing S&OP/IBP software

There is much to do about  S&OP/IBP software lately. Last month Involvation had the pleasure of presenting the executive programme on ‘From S&OP to IBP’ at the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM). The RSM session …

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