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.

Updating your planning strategies to Industry 4.0


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The future belongs to those who can see ahead and plan for it


S&OP Maturity Series, part 2 of 5. In my last post , I discussed a scenario in which the S&OP solution was the difference between having to decide if it was better to lose potential profits, or risk upsetting existing, loyal customers – and meeting everyone’s needs.

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?

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.

When craft beer becomes big beer: 5 tips to boost your microbrew supply chain


Craft beer’s popularity is certainly no novelty: European artisans have been concocting their characteristic brew for centuries, while today’s microbrewing community has been gaining strong momentum since the 1970s. Nowadays, craft has become a strong movement with a loyal following: In the U.S.

What’s wrong with supply chain visibility?


The CIO is showing me the system he’s spent a couple of years implementing. It’s certainly impressive. There on the screen in front of us is a supply chain director’s dream come true: end-to-end visibility. ‘ So what now?’ I ask.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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?

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

Leading companies are constantly managing competing supply chain priorities.

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?”.

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.

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.

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.

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

The sustainable supply chain is the future supply chain.

World Cup fever: Scoring the goal


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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Does your customer really need that product right now?


Retailers are still debating the logistical and financial feasibility of same-day delivery while racing to offer it – in equal measure.

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.

How do you become a preferred supplier?


By boosting your capacity planning. All other factors being equal, a manufacturer who delivers on time will be preferred over other suppliers. But if one of your customers called you right now with an order, could you give them a reliable delivery date?

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

5 Steps to a Smart Supply Chain

Industry leaders are 3.5 times more likely to take advantage of analytics. This drive toward intelligent business is redefining how organisations need to operate if they hope to be successful.