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Feb 26, 2020

supply chain science

Nurturing Supply Chain Excellence

Excellency in Supply Chain Management is a journey. Digital technologies have redefined the meaning of 'excellency'. While excellency used to be dominantly about discipline and rigor, excellency increasingly depends on the capacity to challenge the status quo and redefine what is considered as state-of-art.

Feb 26, 2020

Nurturing Supply Chain Excellence

Excellency in Supply Chain Management is a journey. Digital technologies have redefined the meaning of 'excellency'. While excellency used to be dominantly about discipline and rigor, excellency increasingly depends on the capacity to challenge the status quo and redefine what is considered as state-of-art.

Feb 19, 2020

Drones in Supply Chain

Drones can be used in supply chains for deliveries but also for monitoring facilities, and providing assistance for tasks like inventorying. Interview with Emmanual de Maistre, pioneer of the drone industry.

Feb 12, 2020

The Role of Excel in Supply Chain

Forecasting demand and optimizing stocks are both usually done in Excel, even in large companies. Many CIOs have tried to move away from spreadsheets to no avail.

Jan 7, 2020

Real-time Route Optimization

With more people ordering goods online - from food to fashion - an optimized delivery route is more crucial than ever. We learn more about how the latest technologies are achieving this.

Dec 18, 2019

Software Design for Supply Chains

Lean Supply Chain Management (Lean SCM) starts with a lean applicative landscape to support the supply chain. However, 'lean' in software is primarily a matter of architectural choices. Those choices define the class of problems where the chosen software design is a good fit, and where it isn't. Many supply chain problems stem from broken-by-design situations where core design choices conflict with real-world requirements.

Nov 27, 2019

Bad Data in Supply Chain

The proper preparation of data is critical to achieve success with difficult undertakings such as [accurate demand forecasting]. Bad data usually reflects poorly understood software and processes rather than erroneous data entries.

Nov 13, 2019

ERPs and Supply Chains

The ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) is a misnomer, as it should have been ERM (Enterprise Resource Management). ERPs became prevalent back in the 80's to operate supply chains and remain the 'transactional core' of most larger companies. However, ERPs are now undergoing deep changes to cope with newer supply chain practices as well as newer IT practices that have emerged during the last two decades.

Oct 30, 2019

Fresh Food Supply Chain Challenges

The supply chain optimization of the fresh food industry presents specific challenges, most notably the precise control of expiration dates that are very short and complex seasonalities that are typically more erratic than what 'non-fresh' supply chain practitioners would expect.