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Request For Problems (RFP)

Request For Problems (RFP)

23 januari 2023

As a company involved in supply chain, how do you find the right software vendor to support your necessary digitalization? That’s a question that comes up again and again during the many conversations I have with supply chain directors and executives. As I walked around the exhibition area at Gartner’s recent supply chain conference in … Read More

Scrum or waterfall: what’s best for your organization?

Scrum or waterfall: what’s best for your organization?

12 augustus 2022

Digital planning is high on the agenda for many IT and supply chain directors. They often ask themselves ‘What’s the next step?’, ‘Which tooling should we use?’ and ‘How should we tackle the implementation?’ – and they usually consider those questions in that order. I would like to suggest reversing the order of the questions. … Read More

A successful S&OP ‘marriage’ depends on more than just functionality

A successful S&OP ‘marriage’ depends on more than just functionality

14 januari 2022

Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) is a tough nut to crack, according to renowned American analyst Lora Cecere of Supply Chain Insights. Recent research reveals disappointing results: only half of all S&OP projects recoup the investment in the business case, only one in three are delivered on time and only one in ten stay within budget. So … Read More

System dynamics

System dynamics

13 december 2021

In view of the current global chaos in supply chains, what knobs are still left for companies to ‘twiddle’ right now? In the United Kingdom, there are reports of empty retail shelves and long queues at petrol stations due to the driver shortage exacerbated by Brexit. Meanwhile, the price of gas has risen to such … Read More

Green inertia

Green inertia

1 december 2021

With numerous wildfires raging around the world while other areas are hit by extreme flooding, few people can now doubt that sustainability is a top priority. A recent survey by the renowned MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics in Boston shows that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a positive effect on companies’ commitment to supply … Read More

T-shaped towers

T-shaped towers

11 juni 2021

As far as forward-thinking companies are concerned, control towers are passé in 2021. There has been considerable confusion about the term ‘control tower’ in recent years. Does it refer to the global central procurement of raw materials and components, or the centralized control of transport (which may or may not be performed by a logistics … Read More

Digital twin

Digital twin

11 december 2020

A digital twin – who wouldn’t want one of their own? A virtual copy of yourself that effortlessly takes care of the tax returns and other boring administrative activities. Then you could spend more time on the more interesting aspects of business, such as innovation and collaborative partnerships. The use of digital twins for supply … Read More

IBP is a strategic weapon in times of crisis

IBP is a strategic weapon in times of crisis

27 juli 2020

“Now, absolutely everyone’s convinced of the value of our new IBP process!” said the IBP manager at a client where we set up an Integrated Business Planning (IBP) process last year. The company is now gaining a competitive edge by making smart choices related to market segments, customer focus, production capacity and inventory management with … Read More

Machine learning lessons

Machine learning lessons

29 november 2019

Nowadays, it’s as if every article about digitalization is casually peppered with the terms ‘artificial intelligence’ and ‘machine learning’. They are almost always used together and without any extra explanation. I’ve recently spent some time reading up on the subject to finally understand how the two differ. The term artificial intelligence (AI) originates from computer science and … Read More

Standstill in S&OP

Standstill in S&OP

3 mei 2019

For many companies, the most important supply chain process, Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP), appears to be at a standstill. The cross-functional matching of supply and demand and its translation into the financial budget is crucial for producers, wholesalers and retailers. However, recent research among European manufacturers of a wide range of products has shown … Read More

The DNA of S&OP software

The DNA of S&OP software

30 mei 2017

I often get asked ‘Which software should my company use for sales & operations planning (S&OP) and integrated business planning (IBP)?’ Les Brookes, CEO of consultancy firm Oliver Wight EAME (who came up with S&OP in the 1980s and, more recently, IBP too), fittingly summed up the difference during a recent supply chain conference in … Read More