The future of supply chains will be shaped by cloud-enabled ecosystems.


We live in a changing world, where in the future, supply chains will no longer be managed in a linear fashion, as suggested by the SCOR model of Source-Make-Deliver chains. In this article, we present our vision for the future of supply chains and the topics that will determine their competitiveness.

Vulnerability in the Supply Chain


Supply chain optimization is crucial in an increasingly globalized competitive world where margins are under constant pressure.


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Improve your demand forecasting with machine learning


For a long time, supply chain specialists have been dependent on traditional forecasting models and techniques to estimate demand for their goods and services. Both the digital transformation and the fourth industrial revolution –industry 4.0– are advancing rapidly.

Closing the supply chain performance gap will release up to $50 million EBIT per $1 billion of sales.


All supply chains are lagging behind their optimal performance. This is what we call the supply chain performance gap. With the first nine articles of this series, we analyzed the issues of Supply Chains lagging behind their potential.

Supply Chain Planning Value Matrix 2021

Holistically analyze your value chain for a resilient supply chain, even in times of crisis. Discover more about why the CCH® Tagetik Supply Chain Planning solution was named a leader in the Nucleus Research Supply Chain Planning Value Matrix 2021 report.

How wisely managed value-adding complexity becomes a business advantage. 


Today’s internal complexity article concludes the insight into the eight root causes of the supply chain performance gap.

Why Do Sales and Operations Planning Projects Fail?


While most supply chain executives agree that Sales and Operations Planning is vital for ensuring supply chain efficiency, many companies struggle to implement and conduct the process successfully.

Sustainability in the supply chain as a key differentiator


Our planet and its people face one of the greatest challenges in history – to become more sustainable. Supply chains do not escape this challenge and reforming the supply chain to become more environmentally friendly is one of the major tasks of the future.

How to obtain supply chain resilience while being ahead of regulatory complexity


In today's globalized world, regulatory complexity is one of the root causes to lacking supply chain performance. This article presents the sixth of eight root causes we defined for supply chains lagging behind their potential.

How decisions on your sales channels lead to strategic supply chain design requirements


This article will analyze the complexity resulting from the coexistence of several different sales channels. It is precisely this complexity that continues to be the cause of supply chain performance issues.

Transforming Supply Chains for Higher Performance and Resiliency

Today, just 8% of companies have the digital maturity required to achieve resilience and mitigate supply chain disruptions, as per a new HBR Analytic Services - GEP study. What can enterprises do to accelerate digital transformation? Read the full report now to find out!

Active Supplier Network Management: a key figure in business success


Today, we give you an insight into our 5th root cause: the complexity of supplier network. In the previous articles, we already addressed the root causes of product portfolio complexity, speed of innovation, new types of competition, and multi-channel sales complexity.

Is your business in sync with digital supply chain innovation yet, or are you falling short of your potential?


The speed of innovation has increased significantly over the last 15 years and has become a key factor for competitive advantage. The success of technology and innovation leaders like Alphabet, Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft illustrate this development.

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Product portfolio complexity: the big unknown player in supply chain performance


Supply chain performance is a measurable indicator based on turnover, costs, and capital employed. We have identified 8 root causes for supply chains lagging behind their performance that we are happy to share with you in a series of articles.

Closing the Supply Chain Performance Gap


The purpose of a supply chain is to provide customers with physical goods in the right quantity and quality at the right time and place.

Is Digital Procurement Transformation Delivering on the Promise?

Is your digital transformation working, or is it still a work in progress? Download this report, from a GEP-sponsored survey from ISM, to check your performance and see how your peers are reaching their transformation goals.

What's the connection between blockchain and supply chain performance?


The driving force behind blockchain technology is decentralized data linked together like a chain in a network across several computers so that control does not reside with a single entity.

Agility in the supply chain: what defines it?


No matter how big or small, all markets are ruled by many factors and rules that are impossible to predict perfectly.

Supply Chain Segmentation: why you should segment your supply chain.


Increased levels of customization and particularization of every capability have made their way into all forms of business and production. The supply chain has not been able to stay out of th is domain of reorganization , and as a result, s upply chain segmentation is a hot topic.

A Comprehensive Guide to Allocation Planning in Modern Supply Chains


Our world is changing and becoming increasingly more volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous ( VUCA ). What does this mean for top-performing supply chains?

4 Reasons to Break Up With Excel and Move to Digital Supply Chain Planning

Trust your supply chain forecasts: adopt a predictive intelligence platform to outperform your supply chain goals, overcome challenges of spreadsheet-based planning, reduce risks, enhance customer satisfaction, and improve the bottom line.

The Supply Chain Digital Twin: What is it?


A digital twin is a highly detailed digital replica of any system that uses comprehensive data to emulate the working of the system at all times. Therefore, a supply chain digital twin is a simulation model of a supply chain.

Why 9 out of 10 companies don't achieve sustainable results in their continuous improvement process.


Almost every production company has a continuous improvement process: an army of people is constantly working on improving operational KPI’s, like, for instance, Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE). However, despite all the effort, results may be stagnating. Does this sound familiar?

Living in a VUCA World: Increase Competitiveness as a Project-Driven Company


We live in a changing world, and our environment becomes increasingly Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous. Over the last few weeks, we dove into the VUCA framework and the megatrends that shape VUCA.

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To gain a competitive advantage, you have to steer new types of competition


Today we can observe new types of competition emerging in established market environments closely related to business model innovation and the use of new technologies. Thus, the existing players need to deal with new types of competition to sustain or even strengthen their position.

Just in Time vs. Just in Case: What’s the Way Forward for Supply Chains?

Just-in-time supply chains worked just fine — until they didn’t. Is more inventory the answer? It’s not a binary solution. Read this latest GEP paper to learn how enterprises can ensure adequate supplies without running excess inventory.

6 strategies that will win your CFO awards!


Marcus Ketter, CFO of the MDAX-listed GEA group, has had a successful start to his year. Within two years of targeting working capital, he cut down the GEA group’s working capital to sales ratio by almost two-thirds.

Why Your Strategies Fail. Execution Matters!


Even though it's hard to pin down an exact percentage, research has shown that on average, about half of strategic initiatives fail to be executed successfully.

AIO on GitHub: read_and_write tutorial


In our ongoing series, the AIO Data Science teams publish tutorials that go along with AIO on GitHub. Today, aioneer Maryam introduces read_and_write. This function is necessary because often, CSV files provided by clients contain bad_lines.

Comparison of Email Notification Methods for Data Processing


At aioneers, we create a lot of dashboards and do lots of machine learning tasks. Some of those analyses are done regularly. To deliver these dashboards and machine learning, we need to do a lot of data transformation, like cleaning data and joining tables.

Rethinking Supply Chain Risk: New Threats Demand New Tools and Strategies

Companies like Bayer AG and Akamai coped with recent supply chain disruptions much better than their peers. What did they do differently? Read this new HBR – GEP report on new tools and strategies to mitigate supply chain risk.

Living in a VUCA World: Ambiguity


In the fifth article of our series on VUCA, we’re diving into Ambiguity. Ambiguous things are open to more than one interpretation and do not have one obvious meaning. Therefore, within the VUCA framework, Ambiguity tells us it is not clear how to interpret events.

Living in a VUCA World: Complexity


This week, we're taking a look at Complexity: the third concept in the VUCA framework. In this sense, a complex world means a world where you deal with many interconnected parts and variables, and large amounts of information need to be processed to make sense of all aspects and their influence. complexity innovation VUCA

Living in a VUCA World: Uncertainty


In today's article, we're continuing our deep dive into VUCA and will discuss Uncertainty. Uncertainty is driven by unpredictability and surprises – meaning that events will occur that we do not expect and have not planned for. Managing Uncertainty means planning for a world that is hard to predict. innovation VUCA

Living in a VUCA World: Volatility


In the first article of this series , we looked at the megatrends that shape VUCA: technology, globalization, demographics and resource scarcity. Today, we’re diving into Volatility. What does it mean for businesses, and how can you master volatile environments? innovation digitalization VUCA

Supply Chain Evolution: Digital Transformation Is the Way Forward

A new study by The Economist shows that 54% of enterprises want to rethink their supply chains. Make them more agile and resilient. How would supply chains evolve from here? And what should supply chain leaders be doing differently? Download the report today!