Publications

Demand Driven: DDMRP or DDSCM?


The term DDMRP has been around since 2011 and has received much attention in recent years. The promises are big: improved service levels, inventory reductions of 30-40%, shorter delivery times (up to 80% reduction!) and minimal costs. Are the windows in your Supply Chain department already fogging up? DDMRP is based on the fact that variability has a negative effect on the performance of any system, e.g. a production line or a distribution...

Adding a whole new dimension to supply chain learning


Involvation has invented a truly unique learning concept called The Value Chain Academy, in which a tailor-made learning path is developed for each customer based on the existing learning needs and the target group. The options range from a short, one-off training programme to a worldwide, entirely in-house Supply Chain Academy (which we have been doing for one customer for more than six years, for example). Each learning trajectory is made...

The colours of customer service


In my previous blog I talked about the colours of yellow and blue: two behavioural styles from the DISC personality profile. A keen eye for detail, accuracy and caution are typical of blue behaviour, while yellow behaviour is characterized by taking the initiative, a short attention span, creativity and a high degree of interaction with others.   Red and green are polar opposites I’d now like to take a closer look at the two other DISC...

‘Becoming a “learning organization” helps in winning the war for talent’


The war for talent is far from over. How should your business tackle it? How can you ensure that your company continues to attract and retain the right people? Here, Alfons Willemsen and Hans van der Drift, partners at Involvation, share their vision on the war for talent. According to Willemsen, there is an ongoing shortage of skilled professionals: “On the supply side, the market remains very tight. Companies are still really struggling...

Changing successfully with the Change Compass


'Change is the law of life' “Change is the law of life...” said John F. Kennedy during one of his speeches in 1963. This famous quote is more relevant for organisations today than ever before. The world around them is evolving increasingly quickly and companies are continuously involved in change – or at least they should be. But that’s not easy – there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to changing successfully. What is the key to success in...

Planning in the twilight


Numerous articles have been published recently on the topics of no-touch planning and lights-out planning. The first thought that comes to my mind is whether planning requiring no intervention at all is indeed possible… and my second thought is whether that is desirable. Possible? Personally, I don’t think it’s possible to fully automate the planning process. The brilliant 2018 book called Prediction Machines by Agrawal, Gans and Goldfarb...

When blue meets yellow


I recently spoke to a supply chain manager who was a little frustrated because he didn’t feel appreciated by the rest of his organization, despite working tremendously hard. His team of supply planners comprises extremely professional and highly qualified people. As planning experts, they get the absolute most out of the resources and capacity available to them. However, they are working in a turbulent and over-stretched market environment....

Challenges for S&OP and IBP in chemical industry


In the chemical industry, the average S&OP process has a relatively high degree of maturity compared with other sectors. Nevertheless, chemical companies still face certain challenges when progressing from S&OP to IBP. We distinguish between the two as follows: S&OP is the decision-making process for ensuring the feasibility of the commercial plan, whereas IBP is about integral planning to enable the company to achieve its financial...

Textbook S&OP in agribusiness is bound to fail


S&OP is often pictured as a largely standard process; textbook S&OP starts with agreeing an unconstrained demand plan that is handed over to supply planning who need to ensure product availability. In case of important bottlenecks, the S&OP meeting is the final escalation step in the process, where all remaining imbalances should be resolved. Agribusiness is different For many companies in the agribusiness this is only half the story, as...

This is Demand Driven SCM – Part 4


Part Three of this four-parter clarified exactly what DDSCM is and why you should want it. The only question that now remains is how DDSCM can help you in practice.