Publications

Integrated Business Planning is now more important than ever!


“Now, absolutely everyone’s convinced of the value of our new IBP process!” said the IBP manager to a client where we set up an Integrated Business Planning (IBP) process last year. This company is gaining a competitive edge by making smart choices related to market segments, customer focus, production capacity and inventory management with a six-month horizon plus an estimation for beyond. “We would never have done this a year ago. Back...

Whole new 3D version of the Involvation Supply Chain Game (any place, any time)


At Involvation, we are strong believers in experiential learning; the active process of learning from experience successfully embeds newly acquired knowledge. Over the years we have developed more than 20 serious games and simulations for use with our customers. We have utilized this approach hundreds of times, with thousands of participants, both in consultancy projects and as part of our training services. The best-known examples are The...

The Wheel of Five: Eliminate waste of capacity, stock and time


To help organizations recognize and effectively deal with good and bad variability, Involvation has developed the Wheel of Five for Supply Chain Management. This is Part 4 in a series of five articles about the Wheel of Five.

The Wheel of Five: Manage predictable variation with effective decision-making


To help organizations recognize and effectively deal with good and bad variability, Involvation has developed the Wheel of Five for Supply Chain Management. This third part in a series of five articles is about effective decision-making.

The power of resilience: Involvation helps companies to cope with supply chain disruptions


It is now over a year ago since – with the global credit crisis still relatively fresh in people’s minds – the world suddenly went into lockdown. The COVID-19 virus created a crisis within many nations’ healthcare systems, plus the economy came close to meltdown: shops were forced to closed, factories shut down and supply chains suffered severe disruption. The current crisis has not yet passed, but it will; crises come and go. In the ‘Ready...

Behavioural change is the best medicine for resilience


The world has changed. Are we heading towards the ‘old normal’, the ‘new normal’ or the ‘new abnormal’? No one knows, but let’s focus on looking ahead and keeping it relevant. It seems that the term ‘resilience’ is suddenly being presented – and not always appropriately – as the best solution for surviving the current crisis. Thankfully, supply chain resilience (SCR) is finally getting the attention it deserves.

The Wheel of Five: Eliminate unnecessary variation in supply and demand


To help organizations recognize and effectively deal with good and bad variability, Involvation has developed the Wheel of Five for Supply Chain Management. This is the final part in the series of five articles about the Wheel of Five.

The Wheel of Five: Absorb variation with stock and time


To help organizations recognize and effectively deal with good and bad variability, Involvation has developed the Wheel of Five for Supply Chain Management. This second in a series of five cases about the tool examines absorbing variation. Of the five principles in the Wheel of Five, ‘Absorb variation with stock and/or time’ is possibly the one that is most commonly ignored. Rather than being absorbed as quickly as possible to reduce the...

SCM Webinar on Supply Chain Resilience: hype or lifestyle?


The SCM webinar on Supply Chain Resilience was held on Wednesday 2 December. It was moderated by Martijn Lofvers (Supply Chain Media) who interviewed Alfons Willemsen, a partner at Involvation. The webinar was inspired by an article that Alfons wrote in early October (Read here: supply-chain-resilience-hype-or-lifestyle). As underlined by the large audience of around 50 viewers for the webinar, it is clearly a topical theme. Supply Chain...

Tenth Final of The Fresh Connection Global PRO Challenge 2020


The tenth final of the event known as ‘The Fresh Connection Global PRO Challenge’ was held last month. In this Global PRO Final, 20 company teams from all over the world compete for the title of Global Supply Chain Management Champion plus an illustrious prize: an intensive four-day executive course at MIT in Cambridge, USA. Four demanding rounds are spread over four days. Due to the unprecedented circumstances this year, the event was held...