The game-changing solution to solve your biggest S&OP challenges


From my previous blog post , it’s clear that the road to achieving sales and operations planning (S&OP) excellence is not an easy one. But having the right solution to drive performance, beat the competition and maximize profits is a step in the right direction.

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How can you prepare your supply chain for disruptions?


The butterfly effect. The “butterfly effect” was a term coined by mathematician, meteorologist and chaos theory expert Edward Lorenz around 1960. It refers to how one small incident can have a huge impact later on down the line.

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The Branded Supply Chain


Discover the highest level of branding where others are least likely to look. What do H&M and Whirlpool know about supply chains that many of their competitors don’t?

Defeat supply chain complexity like a Jedi


Image credit: Moviepilot. Overwhelmed by the dark forces of supply chain planning? The best supply chain planners share a common trait with Jedi knights: No matter how tough things get, they never give up. So how do they overcome a supply chain’s darkest force: complexity?

The Value of Supply Chain Planning in Process Manufacturing

Supply Chain Planning (SCP) is enormously important to those process manufacturers that aspire to differentiated performance -- not just large enterprise businesses but companies of all sizes.

Updating your planning strategies to Industry 4.0


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It’s the era of Industry 4.0. Are you on board?


Uncertainties swirling around the global markets necessitate going beyond spreadsheets into the realm of advanced scenario modeling.

Of course healthcare is a supply chain


I fly Qantas around Australia quite frequently (don’t ask how many frequent flyer miles I’ve got banked, but my wife loves her new washing machine). If a flight is delayed or cancelled, I get an SMS alerting me of the issue and alternatives.

3 ways supplier diversity in supply chain can positively impact your business


More than just charity. We often hear of companies participating in supplier diversity programs, and the standard reasons for their participation.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

What does it mean to become a digital business or digital supply chain?

Internet of Things (IoT) is changing mining supply chains, and not a moment too soon


Gloomy news about the mining industry is not abating, not even for one minute. The price of iron ore, coal, and copper make the eyes of mine operators and traders alike glaze over. The statistics suggest a prolonged slump ahead.

Supply chain collaboration: Who’s leading the revolution?


A few weeks ago I witnessed supply chain history in the making. The Port of Rotterdam signed a contract for a system that will enable inland shipping companies to take supply chain collaboration to the next level.

Closing the loop: Why brewers should love to recycle


It’s Friday: Are you ready to start your weekend with a cold pint of beer? Here’s a fun fact: Did you know, your regular beer bottle is refilled an average of 15 times? So far, our Beer Friday series has dealt with the rising popularity of craft beer and SKU-mageddon in the beer industry.

The key ingredient to optimizing your beer production capacity (it’s not what you think)


Beverages in general, and beer in particular, are no longer commodities. Drinks have become a statement, a reflection of your style, culture or health.

Are you a supply chain superhero?


At a recent conference, I was asked how to deal with corporate power dynamics when supply chain is not an equal-partner organisation. This made me think: “What superpowers would supply chain executives love to have?”.

CIO: Here's Why Analytics is Eating the Supply Chain

Life science companies are adopting innovative cloud technology to provide a single source of truth for end-to-end supply chain decision-making.

Top 12 logistics influencers on Twitter


Finding logistics people to follow on Twitter is easy. Simply key in “logistics” and voila: You’re given a long list of individuals whose profiles contain these words. Finding the right logistics people worth following however is a daunting exercise, especially if you don’t know who to look for.

12 tips to recharge your supply chain


Ready to supercharge your supply chain for 2015? There’s no better time than the present. Here are 12 actionable tips to revitalize various aspects of your supply chain. Supply chain visibility: Not for your eyes only. Tip 1: Make sure you can see what’s happening – always.

The missing link in automotive contract manufacturing


In 1922, Henry Ford famously said, “ Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants, so long as it is black ”. Fast forward 100 years and a very different image materializes: the customer of the present demands variety.

Four signs you need supply chain optimization


The verdict is in – and has been for quite some time: Supply chain optimization is adding significant value to companies in a wide range of industries.

The Modern Supply Chain: Present and Future

The external manufacturing environment is a highly dynamic, ever-changing landscape. The supply chain must both anticipate and adapt to that change.

Celebrating Supply Chain Day


Can you name one product that doesn’t involve logistics? It’s amazing how much logistics is part of our lives, and how much we take it for granted. So this Supply Chain Day, join us in celebrating the role of logistics by trying your hand at one of our exciting challenges below.

Into the mine: How to increase your revenue in good times or bad


In my experience with many companies and different industry sectors globally, I have found mining companies to be among the best in dealing with the impact of cyclical markets. They scrupulously examine return on investment for the life of the mine and the NPV (net present value).

What role will human planners play in the supply chain of the future?


With artificial intelligence, smart automation, and the internet of things all the buzz today, it looks like the days of human labor in the workforce are numbered. Many pundits have weighed in. Tom Randall of Bloomberg notes that the more routine your job, the more replaceable you are.

Winning strategies to defeat supply chain planning complexity


You’ve just been analyzing your supply chain’s performance over the last 2 quarters. It’s not looking too good. Your boss wants to see improvements to the bottom line and it has to happen by the end of the year.

Balancing Priorities in the Supply Chain: How Data Discovery Reveals Unseen Associations and Opportunities

Leading companies are constantly managing competing supply chain priorities.

The challenge of planning across multiple time horizons


Fully optimized planning across the strategic, tactical and operational horizons is something many manufacturers only dream of. They’re busy spinning plates and fighting fires, often losing focus on the bigger picture as they struggle to keep things moving in the right direction.

Optimization or automation: Which do you need?


It’s easy enough to confuse automation with optimization. In both cases, you press a button, wait a few seconds, and whoops… there’s your result. But while the external actions look alike, the results are very different. What automation really automates. Automation automates what human planners do.

A big “tack” (thank you!) from the Stockholm World Tour


Sweden has always encouraged innovation. It has produced 31 Nobel laureates, holds the highest number of patents per capita and is where 20 elements in the periodic table were discovered. In other words, it’s the perfect place for one of Quintiq’s two offices in the Nordics region.

World Cup fever: Scoring the goal


During holidays and special events, we tend see the same themes in supply chain blog posts.

The Sustainable Supply Chain: Realizing Costs Savings and Increased Efficiencies Through Data Discovery

The sustainable supply chain is the future supply chain.

Infographic: TOS vs container terminal planning & optimization


With massive ships and consolidated carrier alliances, container terminal operators are under tremendous pressure to increase their capacity. With so much to accomplish in a short span of time, is your terminal operating system (TOS) enough to sustain profitability and future growth?

A great leap forward: Quintiq joins Dassault Systèmes


At Quintiq, news is often greeted with excitement. That’s because it is usually great news. A new customer, a new world record, more awards and recognition, yet another year of continuous profit and growth.

How a frozen food brand tamed their deliciously complex supply chain


In the heart of America is a global frozen food brand with a mission: To make the most delicious food using the best quality ingredients.

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Editor’s picks: Top 8 supply chain planning reads for the summer


Enjoying the summer? While you’ve got a quiet moment to relax and catch up on your reading, check out these editor’s picks from the Quintiq Blog. Postmodern ERP: New rules for a new era. It can be difficult to resist the holy grail of the all-encompassing ERP system.

Machine Learning: A Quantum Leap in Forecast Accuracy for the Modern Supply Chain

Whether you realize it or not, Machine Learning is having a profound impact on your everyday life.

Smart business planning: What 10 experts say


There’s been an awakening. Have you felt it? You would, if you had joined hundreds of business influencers who attended the Quintiq World Tour this year. Themed “Smart planning.

The BIG impact of ‘small’ decisions


Centralized planning, done well, looks at global orders and uncovers hidden opportunities for optimization by diverting and sharing resources company-wide. However, each decision has to take many things into account – and they aren’t always the same things.

How your logistics planners positively impact your bottom line


If you could describe what your logistics planner does in two words, what would those two words be? Schedule drivers. Re-route shipments. Reduce costs.

Who wants to become a demand-forecasting expert? (Part 1)


By: Luke Hayfield. Let’s face it. Not all of us possess a DeLorean time machine stashed away in our garage that would enable us to travel to any time period in the future (or past).

Digitizing the Extended Supply Chain: How to Survive and Thrive

The digital economy is upending all industries and processes, placing a premium on speed, customer satisfaction, personalized products, and collaboration.