Harmonizing product, nature and life with sustainable supply chains


Recently, Dassault Systèmes was recognized as the world’s most sustainable company by Corporate Knights in the 2018 Top 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World index.

Why Quintiq employees are donating their time to the World Food Programme


Here’s what you expect a CEO to say upon the announcement of a corporate social responsibility initiative. As CEO of Quintiq, it’s a great honor to partner with the World Food Programme (WFP).

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Predictability vs. Agility: You no longer have to choose


While I was preparing for an executive meeting at a very large, very complex and dynamic food & beverage company, I was told of an internal conflict between Sales and Operations.

3 companies tell you their success with Quintiq


What do DHL eCommerce, PKN ORLEN and World Food Programme have in common? The answer is Quintiq. Though operating in different industries, these big names in e-commerce logistics, oil & gas and humanitarian efforts rely on the same optimization technology provided by Quintiq.

End to End Supply Chain Visibility - Solving The Data Problem

People think end-to-end visibility is simply aggregating data from multiple sources, storing it in one place, and serving it up. That task, though hard, is relatively simple; but more importantly, doesn't solve the fundamental challenge - The Data.

Are you taking your S&OP process seriously? Here’s the key to boosting your bottom-line


A new Sales & Operations Planning cycle kicks off today – but there’s a problem. Upon reviewing last month’s performance, red flags emerge: Sales were underestimated but logistics costs were higher than planned.

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Future-proofing your IT investment


Over the past year, at least a dozen large companies in Australia that we frequently talk with have tendered for replacement planning systems – workforce, production, logistics and multi-resource – for a variety of reasons.

It’s the season for smarter express logistics


If you’re back from your year-end holiday, welcome back! If you couldn’t take a break, you’re probably working in express logistics. Year-end is the busiest time for retailers and express logistics service providers as bargain-hunters snap up coveted items on Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Boxing Day. In China, Singles Day (November 11) brings out online shoppers in full force.

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.

Removing the 3 Barriers to Building a Predictive Supply Chain

Machine Learning and AI are not magic bullets to solve all supply chain problems. Despite many software companies slapping AI on everything the reality is that there are a lot of hurdles to overcome before AI can be effective. Learn how to leap them.

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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Updating your planning strategies to Industry 4.0


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Friends with Fitbits: Fitness tracking and taking supply chain planning to the next level


It’s been a busy week and I forgot to charge my Fitbit. It has become a habit to make sure that I am getting all my steps in and not just meeting, but exceeding my daily and weekly fitness goals. What does this have to do with supply chain planning? As it turns out, plenty.

Meeting the meat demand


The meat industry and its supply chain is long and complex. As consumers, we don’t really think about where our meat comes from, nor what it takes for it to end up in aisles 3 and 4 at our local supermarket or at the counter of our favourite butcher. How often do we meander through the supermarket aisles, wrestling with a shopping trolley that has the same manoeuvrability of an inert cow, aiming to pick out our favourite cuts for dinner… only to find that the cuts we want have run out?

Connecting Supply Chain Planning to Profitability

What collaboration between supply chain and ?nance can achieve.

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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How to stay cool in the heat


It looks like summer is at its peak: It’s 35 degrees in Berlin today, and I’m looking forward to some yummy ice-cream with my son in the park. The Germans love ice-cream, and on a day like today, everyone is outside cooling off with this sweet temptation.

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See the past, present and future of your supply chain


Before the rise in wearable technology, how did you measure the distance you ran, the number of steps climbed, and the amount of calories burned? Chances are, you used a portable pedometer to measure your steps and distance travelled, and a diary to keep track of your calories burned.

Time to rethink: How much further can your business go?


What does the future hold for your business? And what can you do to ensure a leading position in the market 10 years from now? I was talking to a postal company the other day that didn’t have the answer to either question.

Increasing Supply Chain Visibility and Security

Securing the supply chain starts with having visibility into the status of your assets, but this requires more than GPS coordinates on a map, because security isn’t just about preventing theft. Your assets don’t just need to arrive at their destination. They need to get there on time and untainted by heat, moisture, or physical shock.

Cross-border e-commerce a launchpad for retailers: Q&A with Charles Brewer


To say cross-border e-commerce is taking off like a rocket would be an understatement. With a growth rate of about 25% per annum and a market size expected to reach $1 trillion by 2020, the opportunities are tremendous.

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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?

Uncertainty in supply due to nature: An everyday struggle for you, too?


Is your agriculture business dependent on what nature is giving you? Are you sourcing from different countries and facing logistical complexities?

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?

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

The automated container terminal and the odd (mis)adventure of the Google car


At a recent dinner with friends, the topic of our conversation moved to the invincibility of autonomous vehicles and the unfortunate encounter between the bus and the Google car. It was my turn to be ‘the heart of the party’. Score one for rational thinking and mathematics.

6 reads for supply chain & logistics leaders to drive transformation


It’s a new year, which means an endless list of resolutions, determination to tackle new challenges, and plans that will change throughout the year. For supply chain and logistics leaders, the time has come to lead transformation in your business operations and achieve a healthier profit margin.

Precise scheduling: The key to solving the hot charging puzzle


About 10 years ago, I wrote my master’s thesis on scheduling steel production. In my research, I read a lot about the steel industry, particularly about steelmaking processes and optimizing steel production schedules.

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Don’t just cope with complexity. Master it instead.


You’re used to coping with complexity: Deciding on the best course of action when your delivery has stalled due to traffic congestion, when you need to assess the feasibility of outsourcing airport staff to meet high passenger volume or quote accurate delivery dates amidst supply uncertainty.

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.

Staying competitive in the new global beer industry


Everyone in the beer world is talking about it. Have you too been speculating over the impact of the upcoming merger of the world’s two biggest brewers, Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller?

Innovations that drive business decisions forward


At Quintiq World Tour Philadelphia 2016, attendees were encouraged to think about the past, present and future of their businesses from a fresh perspective as they gained insights into the latest analytics and optimization technology.

Where’s the beef?


With the recent Brexit and according to the recent news article , Australia’s meat industry is poised to boost exports as the UK looks elsewhere for to sign free trade deals across the globe to cater to the growing demand.

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.

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.

Behind the world’s shimmering cars: The supply chain struggle


Futuristic limousines and eye-popping concept cars dominated the recently concluded IAA Frankfurt Motor Show in Frankfurt am Main.

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Port optimization – process thinking gets distracted by techno-babble


Recently, I had the chance to spend a few days with a bunch of talented operations professionals working in shipping terminals. Dealing with containers, bulk, break bulk, chemical products, and RORO, they offered a broad spectrum of opinions and ideas.

How smart steel manufacturers are sustaining continuous growth


It’s a tough balance to maintain: Delivery performance, cost efficiency and customer satisfaction. How do you ensure that you can achieve one goal without compromising the others? Smart steel manufacturers have found a simple solution — intelligent, flexible planning.

One belt, one road, and one very blurry supply chain benefit


It is big. It is bold. It is talked about. It is … well … complicated. From the distance, it looks like a brave attempt at resuscitating an ancient network of commercial routes known as Silk Road.

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

Leading companies are constantly managing competing supply chain priorities.