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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…

6 companies through to Dutch final of Global Challenge


The first three rounds of the annual Global Challenge – the international competition revolving around the fictional juice manufacturer ‘The Fresh Connection’ – were held between 22 April and 31 May. A total of 13 teams took part within the Dutch pool, each striving to make the most optimal decisions related to supply chain, operations,…

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.  DDSCM’s Wheel of 5 To help you devise your own DDSCM improvement strategies and solutions, we have developed the 5 Principles of DDSCM. These five…

This is Demand Driven SCM – Part 3


In Part Two of this four-parter we zoomed in on the importance of the ‘moment of decision’. Preferably, we should make a decision early if the information is reliable at an early stage, and late if it doesn’t become reliable until later. This is not always the case in practice, however, which creates a ‘planning…

This is Demand Driven SCM – Part 2


In Part One of this four-parter we ascertained that demand-driven alignment is essential to break the service paradox. Although thoughtfully chosen targets and KPIs play an important role in this, they have limited scope. Luckily, there is another factor that you can influence, namely the ‘moment of decision’. In Part Two of this four-parter we…

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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