Doing Business in Belgium

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The Kingdom of Belgium achieved its independence from the Netherlands in 1830, and has become an admired modern country, well-known as the home of international organizations such as NATO and the EU. Since most Western European capitals are within 1,000 km of Brussels, Belgium’s capital, it is an ideal location for international groups. Belgium is very cosmopolitan, with three official languages — Dutch, French and German. Manufacturing in Belgium.

Nike’s Global E-Commerce Distribution Center in Leuven Belgium

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I had the opportunity to accompany a group of executives from Anheuser Busch Inbev on a tour of Nike’s global distribution facility in Leuven Belgium this week. The choice of Leuven, Belgium as the site for Nike’s DC may seem like an odd one. Numerous scenarios were run, and it was found that a centralized model significantly reduced warehouse and inventory costs, while only marginally increasing total transportation costs, leading to a significant overall savings.

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ISC Europe 2015 Conference

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To respond to this onslaught of change, the Supply Chain professional of 2015 needs to understand business strategies and value propositions as much as they understand inventory and logistics. Provide optimal service levels while reduce costs and inventory. ISC Europe 2015 Conference. Date: 7-8 October 2015. Venue: Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Brussels (B). Organisation: Integrated Supply Chain. URL: [link]. Are you ready for the new Age of Supply Chain? The world has changed.

ISC Europe 2016 Conference

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To respond to this onslaught of change, the Supply Chain professional of 2015 needs to understand business strategies and value propositions as much as they understand inventory and logistics. Provide optimal service levels while reduce costs and inventory. ISC Europe 2016 Conference. Date: 7-8 March 2016. Venue: Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Brussels (B). Organisation: Integrated Supply Chain. URL: isc-europe-2016.integratedsupplychain.org/.

Participation request for interesting Supply Chain surveys

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Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI): The value proposition these processes present. VMI is the process when a company’s supplier takes responsibility for the management of inventory through the channel. 1 open survey by Vlerick Business School (Belgium): Management control design in supply chain networks: More complete understanding of coordination and control practices between partner companies, and its performance implications in the supply chain network.

Checklist for working capital management

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Working capital management revolves around inventory, debtors and creditors. Belgium. Visuals cash checklist earn x turn finance inventory inventory days raw material risk Slimstock suppliers working capital10 questions to assess working capital management. Some companies generate cash so quickly that they can even achieve negative working capital. Supply Chain Media and software vendor Slimstock have developed this checklist for working capital management. >>Please

The sharing economy: An effective model for supply chain management?

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More specifically, a company could pair up with third-party delivery services to achieve same day delivery, or find new and innovative ways to deal with unsold inventory such as renting it out to businesses and gathering data for which items are most popular to better target the needs of future customers. Nestle combined parts of its supply chain for fresh and chilled products in Belgium with PepsiCo, a clear rival.

Demand-Driven Transformation at Shell

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They saw a steady drop in inventory and reduced working capital by about 50% over the period of 2011-2015. Impact of Demand Sensing on Inventory Levels. By leveraging demand sensing and the Multi-tier Inventory Optimization (MEIO) platform– using machine learning and some cognitive technologies–from Terra Technology on top of SAP APO, Shell successfully launched an analytics platform initiative to improve the demand signal and reduce safety stock.

Pernod Ricard Drinks to Better Demand Forecasts

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Combined with the expertise within the Pernod Ricard supply chain team, the flexibility of the application has helped Pernod Ricard UK achieve an ongoing improvement in demand forecast accuracy and a more optimal inventory level. At present Infor Demand Planning is deployed throughout Pernod Ricard UK, and Pernod Ricard Travel Retail EMEA, the affiliate covering the Middle Eastern and North African countries, the Netherlands and Belgium.

Where Would We Be Without All of the BullS&%T?

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It seldom snows in Belgium: the city sits in anticipation. Progress on the key performance metrics of cost, customer service, inventory, and Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) are going backward; not forwards, for most companies. This would include rules like inventory matching, customer policy, Available-To-Promise (ATP) or allocation. It is 1:00 AM in Antwerp. I cannot sleep. As I stare at t he keyboard sitting on my desk, my view is the train station draped in darkness.

What Your Company Needs to Succeed in Today’s Retail Landscape

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In Europe, V&D , a major Dutch department store, and Brantano , a large footwear retailer operating in the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK, have officially declared bankruptcy. A recent report from Auburn University summarizes these changes quite neatly: Inventory – consumer demand for flexible delivery times and pick-up options is changing inventory management. It’s no mystery that some of the world’s largest retail chains are struggling to survive.

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Where Would We Be Without All of the BullS&%T?

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It seldom snows in Belgium: the city sits in anticipation. Progress on the key performance metrics of cost, customer service, inventory, and Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) are going backward; not forwards, for most companies. This would include rules like inventory matching, customer policy, Available-To-Promise (ATP) or allocation. It is 1:00 AM in Antwerp. I cannot sleep. As I stare at my keyboard sitting on my desk, my view is the train station draped in darkness.

Is it time to take your supply chain glocal?

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Their regional menus offer things like the Chicken Maharaja Mac in India, the Croque McDo in Belgium and the KiwiBurger in New Zealand. And optimizing inventory. by Alexa Cheater Nope, that’s not a typo. I really did mean glocal. In case the term is new to you, glocal, in a supply chain context, is the blending of global integration with local responsiveness.

Customer-Centric Supply Chain Planning: The Difference is in the Details

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I was fortunate to join the Arkieva team in strategy sessions with our Belgium team and European partner – Solventure. Since this was my first time visiting Belgium, I couldn’t help but notice the picturesque sceneries, the architecture, and how beautifully meals were presented. Perhaps if I moved to Belgium, with time the details that I noticed during my trip would be minuscule because they would be the norm.

Minerva on track with Slim4

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From the brand new warehouse in Paal-Beringen, Belgium, Minerva supplies around 850 stores across the whole of the Benelux on a daily basis. To actively manage growing inventories, the bicycle manufacturer and wholesaler knew that they required assistance with inventory and supply chain optimisation and as a result turned to Slimstock’s supply chain software Slim4. We were looking for a professional tool to improve the inventory management of our growing range.

Optimizing Liberty Global’s Supply Chain: An Interview with Willem Vesters

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Our inventory levels on this side of the business tend to be quite high, with a rotation going to 1 year. I guess in the CPE side of the business, we proved that we could bring down inventory levels and generate value. We limited the amount of cash we needed for inventory by bringing it down by 35%. We brought end users from the UK, Belgium, Switzerland, and so on.

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International eCommerce – All you should know about

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For example, in Belgium, other countries like German, French, and Dutch companies have larger market shares than Belgian retailers for this very reason. International eCommerce is selling your products or services online through eCommerce websites across borders to other foreign countries.

It was a Choco Delight: Arkieva Holiday Video and Poem

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At the end of the year, as an Arkieva holiday tradition, we say thank you to our customers by sending chocolates from Belgium (another good reason to become an Arkieva customer). Inventory scheduling was just-in-time, Leaving no room for customers to say “oops next time!”. This year was no different. And of course, we treat ourselves to some of the delicious goodness. Here is our holiday video of everyone sharing in the chocolatey fun!

This Week in Logistics News (April 18-22, 2016)

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Germany, Belgium, Estonia and the U.S., Tech-enabled fulfillment and operations : Manage orders and inventory across distribution centers and suppliers while protecting margins and delighting customers. Demand has also taken a hit from persistently high inventories at major retailers, which reduces the need for shippers to restock stores and warehouses. “Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.” — Prince.

How Can We Heal the Global Supply Chain?

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In the last six months, in my travels, I have presented to supply chain teams in China, Belgium, France, Germany, Peru, Mexico, Netherlands, South Africa, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. Inventory Turns. Better performance in inventory turns than the peer group average for the period of 2006-2015. If you trace the year-over-year pattern, you can see that P&G made progress on inventory turns and operating margin 2006-2007, 2009-2010. Today, I unpacked my bags.

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E2open to Acquire INTTRA, Adding the World’s Leading Ocean Shipping Network and Software Provider, Creating an Integrated Global Supply Chain and Logistics Operating Network

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The shipper, beneficial cargo owner, freight forwarder and logistics service provider communities derive value from a larger combined network and new end-to-end solutions that improve operational efficiency, reduce inventories and deliver efficient logistics operations. Avantida’s platform currently serves Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, Portugal, Poland and Spain. MONDAY 22 OCTOBER 2018.

Is Google the most innovative supply chain company in the world?

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Inventory management and replenishment as well as reverse logistics can now be managed by mobile as well as payments. The service was originally launched in the Netherlands and Belgium in early 2013 and called “Staples Easy 3D.” Also, the mass customization of products would mean that inventory levels fall, as goods are made to order.

Welcome to Wilmington!

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From our previous post, you can tell that one of those locations is in Antwerp, Belgium. Want to bet that some of your inventory has come through Delaware? Here at Arkieva we have three offices. We can also be found in Mangalore, India but our headquarters are located in Wilmington, DE. For some this may ring a bell…for the others keep reading and I tell you more about this city we call home. Arkieva was founded in Wilmington, DE in 1993.

Updated IT Subway Map: Major acquisitions in SC software

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Belgium. Such a system enables those companies to fulfil orders flexibly by dispatching the goods from various inventory points (e.g. The supply chain software industry is in a considerable state of flux. Three large, international take-overs are changing the face of the market. as the advance of e-commerce continues, companies with an omnichannel approach are increasingly implementing specific order management systems.

Smartbox Group implements RELEX’s supply chain optimization solution to maximize sales and increase operational efficiency internationally

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RELEX Solutions to help Smartbox Group transform its supply chain management, with POS demand planning, replenishment, promotions, and inventory optimization. Smartbox Group has an omni-channel presence, with its own stores, web stores, and also currently has over 10,000 POS/shop locations across major retailers in Europe including the UK, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland. Read PDF.

Mindmap for the Fashion & Luxury Goods Market

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Adequate demand planning and accurate inventory investments are key to successful supply chain management in this fast-moving industry. Belgium. Companies must invest in and balance their inventories more wisely to ensure optimal on-shelf availability in all commercial outlets.

Complex costs of transportation

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To anticipate and respond to high customer demand, a modern Transportation Management System (TMS) needs to optimize inventory allocation. A TMS with inventory allocation enables shippers to monitor shipments down to the package level. Belgium. 10 questions about Freight Spend Management. There are numerous ways a shipper can reduce freight spend. They can renegotiate contracts, find other carriers, and do a better job of maximizing their truck utilization.

Supply chain software demands continual attention

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We’ve grown strongly over the past ten years, particularly in France and Belgium, and that’s one of the reasons for us to make that investment now. In the early days as many as 30 trucks were sometimes left waiting in France, loaded with finished products but unable to depart because someone in The Netherlands, Belgium or Switzerland hadn’t ticked the relevant box.”. I still can’t see which location has inventory with a single click.”.

KPI Key Performance Indicators in Supply Chain & Logistics

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Inventory stock turns in Days. Inventory management. Inventory levels. Supply Chain KPIs are Essential – The Right Ones! The information on this page WILL help you get it right. Many people get really confused about KPIs or Key Performance Indicators in Logistics and Supply Chain operations. Which ones to use?… … How many to use? Sadly it’s not such an easy question to answer. Of course they need to be SMART.

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Mindmap for Global Logistics Integration

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Belgium. Finally, the system should enable intelligent inventory location management to ensure optimal on-shelf availability for the end customers. The world is becoming smaller and larger at the same time through globalization and the internet. Goods have to be transported across the globe and across the neighbourhood. To manage this logistics complexity while adhering to customer service standards and incurring reasonable costs, companies need Global Logistics Integration.

Top 2016 Supply Chain Strategy Posts from the Supply Chain Link Blog

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Arrange your inventory based on how often you need to use it. View the full post or view the snippet below: Over the last 5 years, I have seen many companies launching inventory reduction programs. When launching an inventory reduction program, companies should be aware that inventory, as a part of Cash, should always be balanced with Cost and Service. They should create shock absorbers by way of safety buffers, be it inventory, capacity or other supplies.

10 questions about the benefits of S&OP for your organisation

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For one company the added value will lie in avoiding running below capacity and in reducing inventory while for another it will be the controlled scaling up of new products and services, but it always revolves around being able to anticipate and adapt the chain to developments in a timely and integral manner in order to achieve the strategic objectives. Belgium. Management at the helm.

3PL Subway 2015: Strategic movements among logistics providers

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Belgium. The 2015 Annual Third Party Logistics Study also reveals that both sides regard themselves as being successful, and shippers are seeing positive results again this year: an average logistics cost reduction of 9%, an average inventory cost reduction of 5% and an average fixed logistics cost reduction of 15%. After years of declining revenues in European logistics services, the business started to stabilise in 2013/2014.

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Where are all the N95 Masks? A Supply Chain Dilemma

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The global inventory of masks was also diminished by the wildfires in California and Australia, which used up many of the supplies held by humanitarian organizations. China has claimed mask factory output for itself, and during the outbreak, they also purchased most of the global inventory of masks from other countries. An interviewer asked a FEMA representative on CNN this evening a simple question: How many N95 masks will be delivered to hospitals, and when will they arrive?

Warehousing, the Rise of IT, Automation, and Now… Robotics

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Logistics services provider TNT runs a large distribution hub in Belgium. The benefits of these tools are principally in the acceleration and increased efficiency of operations, plus improved tracking and inventory optimisation. Warehouse inventory levels can be automatically taken into account by ERP and procurement systems, while sales and CRM systems can query the WMS in order to confirm orders placed by customers and run sales promotions.