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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…

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…

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.…

The Wheel of Five: Avoid overload by managing the workload


To help organizations recognize and effectively deal with good and bad variability, Involvation has developed the Wheel of Five for Supply Chain Management. Following on from the introduction, this article outlines the first case study illustrating a Wheel of Five guideline: ‘Avoid overload’. If it’s no longer possible to guarantee on-time delivery, the system is…

The Wheel of Five for Supply Chain Management


To help organizations recognize and successfully deal with good and bad variability, Involvation has developed the Wheel of Five for Supply Chain Management. This article provides an introduction to the tool. In many boardrooms, the mantra is to improve service while reducing costs. That’s easier said than done, especially when forecasts are always wrong, plans…

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Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better
Sydney J. Harris