Publications

Resilience and the cost of doing nothing


When you’re unsure about what to do, doing nothing can sometimes seem like the best option. But believe me, that’s definitely not the right solution when it comes to your supply chain. Failure to act could end up costing your company money, draining your team’s energy reserves and putting your long-term survival at risk. Read on to find out which...

Counting the benefits of a resilient supply chain


Supply chain resilience offers companies so many advantages that there are almost too many to count, but in reality they all add up to the ultimate business benefit: long-term survival. And given the fact that the next disruption is always just around the corner nowadays, it’s one that your organization can’t afford to miss out on. 

Why is it time to start thinking about digital supply chain planning?


The term ‘digital planning’ is increasingly being mentioned in connection with supply chain management. So what is digital planning? Why the recent surge in interest? And, more importantly, what should you be doing about it? One thing is certain: based on the ever-faster pace of change, there’s no time to waste.

How can you embark on your journey into digital supply chain planning?


Digital planning is such a new topic offering so many possibilities that it can be difficult to know where to start. However, in view of the ever-widening gap between the businesses that work with digital planning and those that don’t, plus the fact that the next supply chain disruption is inevitably just around the corner, this is no longer...

The key success factors when implementing IBP as the basis for supply chain resilience


The urgent need for supply chain resilience is becoming increasingly apparent in today’s volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world, so it’s time to take action. In my view, IBP is a great place to start. But what should you bear in mind to ensure that the implementation is successful?

‘Scenario planning makes organizations resilient’


If the past two years have taught us anything, it’s that organizations are vulnerable. That’s why more and more organizations are turning to scenario planning, according to Involvation’s Peter Tielemans. “For example, what will you do if Shanghai’s COVID-19 lockdown drags on?” he says. By planning for such scenarios, organizations will become...

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


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. First ask yourself...

Ten common S&OP pitfalls


S&OP in the past years has been demystified and has become a mature process with many successful implementations. Companies reap the benefits in terms of higher revenues and margins and improved supply chain performance. We also know that getting there is not straightforward, mainly because S&OP is tactical and cross-functional. Most companies...

Why does sales & operational planning (S&OP) make sense for a logistics service provider?


“S&OP helps us to seize growth opportunities” – Sabine Zijderlaan   Typical S&OP topics:  Scaling capacity up and down proactively  Responding to expectations faster  Providing transparency into workload & priorities  Agreeing on when to stimulate or hold back customer demand   Aligning execution with strategy 

Roundtable discussion: Digital Planning of retail promotions


Recently, Involvation and aim10xran a roundtable discussion on the evolution of forecasting in the retail industry. Question on the table was how retailers can leverage emerging forecasting capabilities. 

How digital planning can truly strengthen your supply chain resilience


Although digital planning has been around for decades, it suddenly seems to be on everyone’s lips. With the pace of technological advancements continuing to accelerate, digital planning can offer huge benefits and will undoubtedly play a key role in strengthening your supply chain resilience. However, it is important to remember that technology...