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Strenghten your supply chain resilience by making the right trade-offs


Effective supply chain collaboration gives you access to lots of data and information as the basis for your decision-making. But how can you optimally utilize the relevant intelligence to make the right trade-offs that support your long-term success – especially in today’s ‘VUCA’ world? The key lies in implementing an effective operational framework that strengthens your resilience by integrating the financial aspect into your cross-disciplinary...

First hybrid IBP Boost Camp was a great success


As always, this year’s IBP Boost Camp was based on the concept of “learning by doing”: hardly any PowerPoints but getting to work yourself in a realistic but virtual environment. Participants from very diverse companies including Albert Heijn, FrieslandCampina, Nexperia, Brocacef, Shimano, Stedin and Puratos tested their S&OP / IBP skills in “The Cool Connection”, Involvation's new IBP simulation. 

S&OP: Sales, Operations & …Purchasing?


For years now, supply chain blogs and articles have invariably begun with a statement about the changing world. There is certainly plenty going on right now, and even the causes themselves are changing. Whereas we used to be able to blame the increasing uncertainty and volatility on changing consumer behaviour, more recently the culprits have been COVID-19, the Suez Canal, Russia and who knows what else lies ahead. Supply chain disruption and...

Why true resilience requires a lifestyle change


Just as we all thought that life was slowly returning to normal and we could congratulate ourselves on surviving the COVID-19 disruption, the conflict in the Ukraine has reared its ugly head. But even when that's over, it will inevitably be followed by another, equally unexpected disruption. If you want to minimize fire-fighting and maximize long-term profitability, supply chain resilience is more essential than ever. But there’s no ‘quick fix’;...

Why supply chain resilience is the next step in risk management


Why did the COVID-19 pandemic take so many companies by surprise? And, more importantly, how can your organization anticipate – and deal with – disruption more successfully next time around? Because one thing’s for sure: there will be a next time! 

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 power of simulation in S&OP competency building


For any process to work well, the people running it need to have the right skills and competencies and S&OP is no exception. Even when having done an excellent job in creating buy-in and setting-up processes and systems, S&OP will not be effective if the practitioners are not able to execute it.

Talent Development 2.0, especially during the pandemic


Since March 2020, the world has changed completely: from the old normal to the ‘new normal’ and everything in between. That has placed great demands on everyone, and supply chain management professionals are no exception. Today, resilience is more important than ever. While it is tempting to throw ourselves into the work at hand and the problems brought on by the pandemic, it is important to keep looking ahead. If we want to be able to depend on...

Supply chain resilience: hype or lifestyle?


The word ‘resilience’ suddenly seems to be cropping up everywhere – and not only in relation to supply chain. It’s as if resilience is being presented as the key to surviving the current crisis in almost every context. So am I going to argue against resilience in this article? No, definitely not. I fully agree that supply chain resilience (because that’s what I’m focusing on here) is crucial. It always has been, but it just wasn’t top of mind...

Digital planning: a pack for the e-cigarette


It’s as if everyone’s talking about digital planning nowadays. That might seem pretty strange, because has there ever been such a thing as non-digital planning? Yes, once upon a time… decades ago, long before Excel’s predecessors became available. But since then, I’ve rarely come across any planners who prefer the proverbial back-of-a-cigarette-packet calculations overmodern computer software. If Excel doesn’t go far enough, standard tools have...

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