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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 …

Content, Visuals

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 …

Game of Chains


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 …

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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, …

Game of Chains


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, …

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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 …

Game of Chains


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


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, …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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? …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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. …


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 …


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, …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …



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 …


‘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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …

Game of Chains


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …

Game of Chains


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 …


‘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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …

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, …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


‘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 …


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 …


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 …

inNOWvate Supply Chain

Events, Trends

Looking ahead to the inNOWvate Supply Chain Event on 24 May

New supply chain combinations “Research has shown that most innovations within successful start-ups are thought up by people who work together in the same office space at an average of just nine metres apart. In other …

Bill Gates

Content, Visuals

Working Wisdom: quote about customers

Bill Gates once said: “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” William (‘Bill’) Henry Gates III (born 28 October 1955) is an American entrepreneur best known as the principal founder of Microsoft Corporation, …


Cases, Content

Supply chain start-up in the spotlight: Xeneta

Founded in Oslo (Norway) in 2012, Xeneta has grown into a leading data source for shippers worldwide, enabling them to compare container shipping rates against market averages and market highs and lows. The company provides …



Jungheinrich expands in Central and Eastern Europe

Intralogistics solution provider Jungheinrich has moved and expanded its regional warehouse not far from the Slovakian capital of Bratislava to achieve even shorter delivery times and increased availability of spare parts. The new site supplies …



Automated drone-based warehouse inventory solution

Global supply chain operator Geodis is working together with Delta Drone, an international player in the area of civilian drones for professional use, to perfect a completely automatic warehouse inventory solution using drones. The solution …


Content, Visuals

Checklist Integrated Business Planning

If you have completed the first few phases of Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) and are now ready to take things to the next level, it is time to take a closer look at Integrated …

Cases, Content

Online retailer Bergzeit opens new logistics centre to improve responsiveness

Bergzeit, a German online retailer of outdoor and mountaineering equipment attracting over 1.5 million visitors per month to its online shop, has opened a newly constructed central warehouse in Otterfing, Bavaria, Germany. The warehouse complex …

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European Supply Chain Start-up Contest attracts 26 entrants

The first-ever edition of the European Supply Chain Start-up Contest has got off to a flying start, attracting entries from no less than 26 participants from all over Europe. Despite the considerable diversity among these …

inNOWvate Supply Chain Event

inNOWvate, Trends

Tremendous interest in inNOWvate Supply Chain Event

What are the latest innovations in the field of supply chain management? And how can these innovations be applied in practice? Find the answers to these – and other – questions at the first-ever edition …


S&OP Mindset Study (2): The key elements of an effective S&OP mindset

Most of us like to achieve high performance consistently and at any time. However, often we can be highly effective at one time, and other times we’re very unproductive. Research shows that there are five …

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