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Does the bullwhip still strike?

Detecting variability in the supply chain

Most operations and supply chain managers have been confronted with the "bullwhip effect". The term was first coined by Procter & Gamble (P&G) to describe an occurrence observed in baby diapers. While end-consumer demand for diapers was relatively stable, P&G noticed a large variability in the orders placed upstream in the supply chain (i.e. to suppliers).

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HERE COMES THE OMNICHAIN

The digital revolution is transforming supply chains. What should your business do to keep up?

Consumers are radically changing the way they shop. The tsunami-like smartphone revolution caught retailers by surprise and has brought with it unpredictable changes that were unforeseeable five years ago. 

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SETTING UP SUPPLY CHAIN STRATEGIES FOR INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS

From new to really new to niche

Managers readily agree that supply chain strategies ought to be aligned with business strategy. There is even a popular framework that categorizes products as either functional or innovative (Fisher 1997). Functional products require physically efficient supply chains, whereas innovative products require market-responsive supply chains.

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Is your company ready for the big data revolution? (Part II)

Big data is radically changing how businesses work. How can you guide your company on the digital journey?

The big data revolution is having a tremendous impact on companies' business models and ecosystems. Forget that obsolete strategic planning process and those books that teach industry analysis. Today, industry sectors are blurring and organizations need to conquer new unknown territories. In this new reality, traditional models are no longer applicable because the new business models don't follow the established rules any more.

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You may not finish reading this article

Mobile Internet use means you might get interrupted. How can your company grab customers' attention?

There is a big chance you will not finish this article if you are reading it on a mobile phone. And there is a big chance that that is indeed where you are reading it.

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Will big data create jobs - or destroy them?

A profound technological evolution has started, and there is no turning back.

Last year a Hong Kong venture capital fund appointed a computer program to its board. This incarnation of artificial intelligence, an algorithm called VITAL, will vote on investment decisions alongside its five human counterparts.
It's a sign that the big data revolution is conquering territories that, until now, belonged exclusively to humans. How will this affect us? Will millions of jobs disappear? Or will this new digital landscape create new job opportunities for new types of employees?

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Defining a new role for supply chain strategy in the process industries

By matching the supply chain strategy to industry characteristics, process industries will be better positioned to obtain a real competitive edge from their supply chain.

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The five pillars of supply chain resilience

How companies implement resilience in their supply chains

Do companies have the capabilities to address supply chain resilience and where do they need to improve to prepare for the next disaster?

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THE PERKS AND PITFALLS OF KNOWLEDGE DIFFUSION IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN

Do you collaborate with and learn from your suppliers, or are you serving them the knowledge to compete with you head-on on a silver platter?

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GLOBAL VALUE CHAINS UNDER THREAT

How resilient is your supply chain?

Global value chains are the backbone of the world economy. In 2013, trade in intermediate goods and services totaled nearly $20 trillion, accounting for 60% of global trade and almost 30% of world GDP. The internationalization of production systems has allowed for better quality products, more customer choice and higher efficiencies.

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Taking an integrated view on point of sales materials supplies:

3 lessons from L'Oréal to increase loyalty and obtain new customers with gifts and testers

Luxury brands have to deliver a complete shopping experience to be able to sell their goods at high prices. Point of sales materials (POSM), such as small gifts or product testers, help create this experience and have to be supplied to stores in addition to the sales products themselves. Applied correctly, POSM can improve customer brand loyalty and new customer acquisition.

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