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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Oct 2, 2019

Forecasting Demand for Automotive Spare Parts

Accurate demand forecasts for automotive spare parts is important to ensure high service levels that minimize disruptions for customers when their vehicles are in need of mechanical repair. However, the number of distinct parts and the number of distinct vehicles are high, which both complicate the forecasting process.

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Sep 18, 2019

Pseudo-Science in Supply Chains

Like most complex systems, supply chains are difficult to comprehend. Most naive measurements, such as the forecasting accuracy, only give a partial view of the problem. As a result, during the 90's and 2010's, multiple methods like ABC analysis or safety stocks have persisted while they had neither theoretical grounding nor empirical results to support them.

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Aug 7, 2019

Shadow IT in Supply Chains

The predictive optimization of supply chains relies on data that can usually be found somewhere in the company's existing applicative landscape. However, many of these systems may not be managed by IT as they arose from immediate operational needs that weren't covered by the 'official' systems.

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