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Blog 13

Forecasts Are Always Wrong! So Why Should We Bother?

Even APICS says so: Forecasts can never be 100% correct. (Unless you are really lucky, but that wouldn’t last forever, would it?) Might that be the reason why companies are often confronted with poor forecasts – because they accept the idea that they can never be correct anyway? Read further to find out what the operational impact of poor forecasts can be – and what aspects you can work on to improve those forecasts.

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The Four Heart Attacks Your Supply Chain Lead Should Survive When Facing Anti-Counterfeit Regulations

With the emergence throughout the last decades of thefts, counterfeit medicines and parallel trades within the pharmaceutical sector, the publication of anti-counterfeit regulations throughout countries/regions has been well received within the healthcare sector.
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Uber for Transport Companies: How Collaboration Can End Your Low Transport Efficiency Levels!

Many companies that transport via roads are too small in scale. This leads to low transport efficiency levels. In Europe, 24% of trucks run empty, or are on average only loaded at 57% of their maximum gross weight. This offers us a significant playing field for cost improvement. If we know that 23% of the European transport greenhouse-gas emissions originate from trucks, that gives us significant improvement miles ahead for our battle against global warming.
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Let the Games Begin (With 97% of My Colleagues)

Unless you’ve been living under a giant rock – which seems very unlikely – you know that the European Championship football started on the 9th of June in France. You can hear about it on the radio, see it on the television, and see it in the stores. There is no hiding from it. Even when you are talking to your colleagues, I bet it’s a real challenge not to talk about who might win the Henri Delaunay Trophy.

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Lights-Out Planning – The First Building Block Builds on Industry 4.0

Many companies are interested in understanding the concepts of “Industry 4.0”. In addition, they are eager to know how those concepts could help them to transform. Nevertheless, why is there no vision on Supply Chain 4.0? The same question occurred to Lora Cecere, the founder of Supply Chain Insight, and she reflects on this in her recent blog “Time for Value Chain 4.0?”

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Experience Officially Killed the Information Pyramid in Customer Management

We all grew up under the holy mantra of shaping data into information. Correct service to our customers was based on actual knowledge derived from a clear structure on top of the big pile of underlying and meaningless events, numbers, and facts and figures.
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Yes, We Can Measure Change!

Is the success of a change-management approach somehow quantifiable and measurable? At first it seemed counterintuitive to me to measure the soft side. But we’ve tried something new…. At one of our projects we have incorporated ADKAR – a tool that helps us to measure change – into our transformation approach.
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Industry 4.0: Trends That Will Reshape the Way Things Are Made? Or Just a Flashy Catchphrase?

Will the powerful emerging currents, such as big data, advanced analytics, human–machine interfaces and digital-to-physical transfer, reach their unmistakably high potential and cause a fourth major upheaval in modern manufacturing? According to Cornelius Baur (director at McKinsey Munich) and Dominic Wee (partner at McKinsey Munich) this might be too much too say, but in any case, Industry 4.0 is a force to be reckoned with.

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3PL is Crossing the Boundaries of Mere Logistics

As more and more companies were making budget control and cost reduction two of their yearly targets, the golden age of 3PL (3rd Party Logistics) began. They could profile themselves as Supply-Chain Management professionals, which was music to the ears of companies in desperate need of reducing their distribution costs. As a new market was born, competition in the 3PL market arose. As always in business, cost cutting gets harder the further you evolve on the 3PL market. So then it all comes down to choosing, developing and selling a competitive advantage.

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Fundamentally Changing the Way We Do Software Implementations

In 2012, after scanning 10 million YouTube videos, a Google supercomputer learned to identify a cat with 75% accuracy. That seems impressive, until you remember that an average 4-year old can do it flawlessly. People form plans and make decisions in complicated situations, but we’re less good at making sense of enormous amounts of data. Computers are exactly the opposite. They excel at efficient data-processing, but they struggle at making decisions that would be simple for any human. We can’t say one or the other is more or less powerful – computers and humans are just inherently different. Could this fundamental truth change the way we do software implementations? We believe so.

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Seeing Pitfalls in an ERP Implementation

The ERP project approach

The “perfect trail” of an ERP implementation project is a well-described and well-known topic. Those familiar with system implementations will recognize the five default phases guiding any ERP project:
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Improved Agility is Key for Your Supply-Chain Excellence

An agile supply chain must be responsive to actual demand, and capable of using information as a substitute (to some degree) for inventory through collaboration and integration with key customers and suppliers.

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What Looks Like Laziness is Often Exhaustion

We’ve all been in these situations where we think it’s just impossible to change the behavior of people. Using a new corporate system, introducing new processes or just making people work differently are just some of the examples that come to mind. In many cases the people who try to lead the change and fail shout that it’s impossible to change people who are lazy and stubborn. But we need to realize that what looks like laziness is often exhaustion.

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