Lessons from korfball
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by Henrieke Wagenvoort
2d ago
My academic life is intertwined with the supply chain profession. I have done research covering the entire field, from strategic supply chain choices to detailed production planning. The world of korfball has largely dominated my private life; I have been a player and a coach, but mostly active as a committee member. This sport has its roots in the Netherlands, but is now played in more than 80 countries. It is a mixed team sport in which men and women play together to get the best out of each other to achieve a common goal. I think it is no coincidence that I developed a lot of my energy and ..read more
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Checklist for WMS software
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by Niels Bartels
1w ago
In today’s dynamic e-commerce landscape, efficient warehouse management is essential for maintaining a competitive edge. Cloudbased Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) have emerged as a critical solution, providing enhanced flexibility, scalability, and operational efficiency. Given the strategic importance of a robust WMS, it’s vital to ask the right questions to identify the best system and vendor for your business needs. Digital technology enhances warehouse management across various applications. Real-time data from digital technologies is expected to boost warehouse management systems, tra ..read more
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No-touch supply chain is still a long way off
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by Henrieke Wagenvoort
1w ago
Artificial intelligence (AI) offers limitless possibilities, it seems. Not so long ago, we appeared to be moving rapidly towards a supply chain where smart machines would completely take care of planning. In practice, it seems we are still a long way from that. Especially in these uncertain and unpredictable times, human intervention is indispensable. For now, that smart machine appears to be nothing more than a handy assistant. Realco is a cooperative of supermarket owners with 180 stores and three warehouses in northern Italy. For determining stock levels and placing purchase orders, the com ..read more
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Lego opens new European DC in Belgium
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by Henrieke Wagenvoort
2w ago
The Lego Group has added a new regional distribution centre (DC) in Tessenderlo, Belgium. According to the Danish toy manufacturer, the new DC provides more flexibility and resilience in the supply chain. As a result, customers benefit from delivery times shortened by a day or two. The new DC serves customers in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, the UK, Ireland and northern France, as well as Lego Brand Retail Stores. Products are delivered from the factories in Nyíregyháza, Hungary, and in Kladno, Czech Republic. Operation of the DC is in the hands of Kuehne+Nagel, the logistics service p ..read more
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Digital climb
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by Henrieke Wagenvoort
2w ago
Supply chain directors seem to be struggling to claim their share of available artificial intelligence (AI) budgets. Despite – or perhaps because of – the current struggling economy, executives have freed up budgets for AI, especially the popular variant generative AI (GenAI), e.g. ChatGPT and Microsoft Copilot. According to a recent global survey by Tata Consultancy Services, 51% of Dutch chief executive officers (CEOs) are looking to artificial intelligence for innovation and revenue growth; in Europe, the figure is as high as 66%. Analyst firm Gartner reported early this year that half of s ..read more
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Automation is aimed at reducing the impact of staff shortages
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by Henrieke Wagenvoort
2w ago
More than half of supply chain and logistics leaders (54%) are focusing on automating repetitive tasks to improve their employees’ productivity. At the same time, this also addresses the impact of staff shortages. This is according to new research from Descartes Systems Group. To increase employee productivity, supply chain and logistics leaders particularly choose solutions to optimize delivery routes (54%) and increase drivers’ mobile productivity (45%). A solution to track shipments in real time is respondents’ top technology choice to support knowledge workers (53%). Companies adapt recrui ..read more
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Call for modernization of IT infrastructure in warehouse operations
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by Henrieke Wagenvoort
3w ago
A whopping 97% of supply chain professionals believe that the IT infrastructure of their warehouse operations is in need of modernization. This is according to the Manhattan Associates ‘2024 State of Warehouse Operations’ report. The survey asked 2,000 supply chain professionals in the Netherlands and Belgium about the current challenges and key opportunities for the sector. In the survey, 84% of the respondents also said they were having problems retaining staff. 73% also noted that the volume of goods entering and leaving warehouses had increased over the past 12 months, exacerbating the pro ..read more
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Bram Desmet enriches supply chain model with sustainability and resilience
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by Henrieke Wagenvoort
3w ago
Supply chain guru Bram Desmet recently presented his new book ‘Rethinking Supply Chain’, in which he introduces models for a five-dimensional supply chain with which companies can make the ‘classic’ trade-off between service, cost and capital, but can also factor sustainability and resilience into their planning process. ‘Companies now just shout about sustainability, without realizing the impact it will have on their supply chain.’ By Harm Beerens Bram Desmet is a man of models and innovative ideas aimed at advancing the field of supply chain planning. In his new book, each chapter contains a ..read more
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Winning start-up Gryn deploys AI for sustainability policy
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by Henrieke Wagenvoort
3w ago
Many companies are busy calculating or gathering carbon emissions. The next steps are processing all that data into a CSRD-compliant sustainability report and formulating a strategy to reduce emissions. Gryn’s AI platform provides the necessary support for those last two steps. During Webinar Wednesday, this winner of the European Supply Chain Start-up Contest explained how the platform works. Oliver Ritzmann: ‘All that legislation and those standards are a jungle. It is impossible to know everything.’ By Marcel te Lindert Sustainability is not a trend but an obligation claims Oliver Ritzmann ..read more
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Recording webinar ‘How to create a resilient & AI ready IT portfolio’
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by Nicole Messink
3w ago
In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, technology takes centre stage. Whether it’s streamlining processes, enhancing decision-making, driving revenue and profit or enabling new products, services and channels to market, software applications form the bedrock of most organizations. From predictive AI to generative AI and deep learning, the quest to harness the power of the cloud knows no bounds. But amidst this digital revolution, are we optimizing our approach to selecting software vendors or are we stuck in the 1990s: the era of perpetual licenses, on-premise installations and flat f ..read more
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