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Incorporating IoT into blockchain will add value in the supply chain


The technology behind bitcoin is gradually finding its way into the supply chain domain; pilot applications of blockchain are hitting the headlines almost every week. For many of these pilot cases, however, it is still hard to see the added value. In my view, the added value of these pilots primarily lies in helping the…

How thinking fast and slow can help you when choosing S&OP/IBP software


Last month, I wrote an article explaining why S&OP/IBP software is currently such a hot topic (click here for the article). Since then, we have had the pleasure of presenting the executive programme on ‘From S&OP to IBP’ at the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM). The RSM session revolved around behavioural operations management. I’ve been…

Reliable forecasting is a piece of cake


In our attempts to anticipate future changes in demand, we often depend on forecasts. Unfortunately, however, they are rarely reliable in practice – with all the implications that brings. The ‘good news’ is that we are selling ourselves short, partly because we actually seem to be better off without a forecast in many cases, and…

Taming the bullwhip effect


The bullwhip effect is not only one of the best-known supply chain phenomena, but also one of the most damaging. By increasing the upstream variation and uncertainty, it pushes chain partners ever-deeper into the so-called planning mismatch, resulting in unreliability, inflexibility and inefficiency. The long-held belief has been that organizations just have to learn to…

Amusement parks become Demand Driven


Sometimes you learn about new ideas that are so logical that you think by yourself: why did I not come up with this myself? Recently I heard about a new app that enables you to pay for your visit to an amusement park, based on the time spent in the park. So as a visitor…

Outside-in thinking in S&OP/IBP


Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), advanced analytics, machine learning and blockchain are often mentioned as the leading trends driving competitive advantage for supply chains. These trends and developments will change the way we do our business and also how we will design our supply chains of the future. Question is, do these emerging…

Siri, can you improve my OTIF?


Technology advances; Moore’s law It is amazing how fast things are developing and how quickly the number of options is expanding; Apple’s Siri, Google’s Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa, Alibaba’s Genie, etc. Who would have believed 10 years ago that a computer could talk to you and that your smartphone would order your groceries or your Latte…

Review S&OP in one day! – 2018


In late March Involvation organized the fourth edition of ‘S&OP in One Day!’, a leading training and networking event for anyone who wants to learn more about sales & operations planning (S&OP). Over 80 S&OP professionals participated in the interactive presentations – including a case study by Canon – and put their new insights into…

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It is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change
Charles Darwin