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Reimagine supply chains at Gartner’s Supply Chain Executive Conference 2013

gartner_supply_chain_executiveconference_2013Changing market conditions are driving companies to reimagine their supply chain and push the boundaries of conventional thinking. Gartner’s upcoming Supply Chain Executive Conference will delve into key tactics, tools and strategies supply chain leaders can employ to foster growth and efficiency amid rising competition and economic change.

It’s a theme typical to Gartner and their conferences: very strongly focused on global trends, combined with a top-down view on supply chain concepts, approaches, methods and maturity levels. With 750 analysts worldwide, they are capable of putting structure into almost any aspect of supply chain development. But let’s face it, this wealth of information can also be difficult to process: which insights are applicable to your company, how can you apply them to your own supply chain, what should you prioritize? Obviously, you can’t keep up with all their combined output, but they can help you with that as well…

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LogiChem 2013: More Bulls Than Bears

LogichemVisiting the LogiChem conference last week in Antwerp, I was pleasantly surprised to hear many presentations focusing on supply chain opportunities instead of doom scenarios.

According to analyst J. Witteveen from ING, the European chemical market is characterized by under-capacity, low margins, consolidation and lower demand. A pessimist would be discouraged by this. An optimist sees opportunities to grab market share. I met a lot of optimists in Antwerp.

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Sales & Operations Planning: Necessary but not Sufficient

necessary-but-not-sufficientManagement genius Eliyahu Goldratt published his bestselling book Necessary but not Sufficient in 1998. It is still a compelling story about how enterprise resource planning systems lack the ability to create significant value for organizations.

Now fifteen years later, Sales & Operations Planning systems seem to be demonstrating a bit of ‘necessary but not sufficient’ themselves. In both cases, organizations assumed that one global planning system would give them the ultimate visibility, agility and significant cost savings.

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