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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…

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. ‘Variability will always degrade performance of a production system,’ according to Hopp & Spearman. ‘If you don’t reduce the…

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.…

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