Introducing the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Guest Post by the Co-Editors)

SCM Research

Dr. Ira Haavisto is the Director of the HUMLOG Institute at the Hanken School of Economics in Finland. In today’s guest post, Nezih Altay and Ira Haavisto, the new Co-Editors of the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management provide an introduction to their journal. We are very excited and motivated about the task given to us and humbled by the trust of our friends and colleagues.

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


This is why it was so valuable to have present a seasoned business-goal oriented expert in IT implementations; Mikko Särkkä, from Itella Corporation in Finland. Mikko spoke of Itella, Finland’s national postal company, and its plans for continuous expansion.

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RELEX takes Nordic market leadership in retail and supply chain planning

RELEX Solutions

On February 1st, renowned Finnish commerce newspaper Kauppalehti reported that RELEX Solutions signed its largest contract with Finland’s leading retailer S Group , taking the market leader position in retail and supply chain planning in the Nordics.

Byggmax chooses RELEX with aim of being world’s best builders merchant

RELEX Solutions

Byggmax , a leading builder’s merchant in Sweden, has chosen RELEX supply chain management system to improve the efficiency of the replenishment to its central warehouses and 120 stores in Sweden, Norway and Finland. Read PDF. Byggmax replenishment is managed by a single replenishment team based at its headquarters. Before introducing the RELEX solution, it calculated forecasts and made order proposals with the help of an older software integrated into the company’s ERP system.

KPI Key Performance Indicators in Supply Chain & Logistics

Logistics Bureau

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?

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Most desirable logistics location of Europe in 2018

Supply Chain Movement

Finland. The Netherlands is the best region for a logistics base according to the ‘VerkehrsRundschau Markenstudie ImageRanking’.

Checklist for working capital management

Supply Chain Movement

Finland. 10 questions to assess working capital management. Working capital management revolves around inventory, debtors and creditors. Some companies generate cash so quickly that they can even achieve negative working capital.

RELEX Shares Vision for Unified Retail Planning at its 5th Annual UK Space & Supply Chain Forum

RELEX Solutions

On 19th October, RELEX held its fifth annual UK Space & Supply Chain Forum, hosted by Ms Päivi Luostarinen, Ambassador of Finland, at the Finnish residence in Kensington Palace Gardens, London.

Case Hankkija: Full-service Agricultural Store Chain Transforms Its Procurement Process

RELEX Solutions

In 2014 Finland’s leading retailer, S Group, sold Hankkija, the country’s premier agricultural store chain to the Danish Agro Group. Finland’s premier agricultural store chain. Case Hankkija: Full-service Agricultural Store Chain Transforms Its Procurement Process.

RELEX’s Rapid Expansion Continues to France, Italy and Spain

RELEX Solutions

RELEX’s French office opens in May in the northern industrial hub of Lille and brings the number of countries with a RELEX office to nine along with the US, UK, Germany, Sweden, Norway and Denmark and its Helsinki, Finland headquarters. Read PDF. Makers of the world’s most powerful supply chain systems company opens 8th and 9th international offices.

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La carte du commerce international 2016 / Global Trade Map 2016 in French

Supply Chain Movement

Finland. Les accords commerciaux et leurs risques d’un point de vue UE.

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

Supply Chain Movement

Finland. Management at the helm. Some companies have a well-developed sales & operations planning (S&OP) process as a safeguard for structured decision-making. Those companies take an integral view of supply and demand, including the financial impact of mediumterm risks.

Complex costs of transportation

Supply Chain Movement

Finland. 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. But these efforts bring temporary, not permanent, relief.

ABB’s Daniel Helmig: “We are moving to virtual centres of expertise”

Supply Chain Movement

Focusing on the transport & logistics; we are establishing ten Transportation Management Centres (TMC) worldwide that will be located on the Arabic peninsular, China, Singapore, India, Poland, Italy, Switzerland, Finland, Brazil and the USA.

Mindmap High-Tech Supply Chain 4.0

Supply Chain Movement

Finland. A technology revolution is rapidly changing the way we work, providing threats and opportunities along the way. These developments impact Original Equipment Manufacturers, both at strategic level and at operational level within their supply chains.

Talent development essential for supply chain leaders

Supply Chain Movement

Finland. Recruiting raw talent is ‘extremely challenging’. Supply chain leaders have gained an ever-stronger position in the world of business over recent years.

Mind Map for Order Management 2.0

Supply Chain Movement

Finland. Global competition is forcing companies to optimally manage the orders they have scored. Supply chain execution software can coordinate the necessary alignment process between the various systems within the network.

Updated IT Subway Map: Major acquisitions in SC software

Supply Chain Movement

Finland. The supply chain software industry is in a considerable state of flux. Three large, international take-overs are changing the face of the market.

Gartner’s Women in Supply Chain Survey 2016

Supply Chain Movement

Finland. Gartner’s first Women in Supply Chain Survey, conducted with AWESOME, an executive women’s leadership group, compares the representation of women in supply chain leadership roles.

LogTech Industry Roundup: Q2 2016


The food delivery space is really taking off – with Alibaba, the New York Times, and Finland’s Wolt expanding operations. LogTech Industry Roundup: Q2 2016. Highlights from our quarterly review of disruptive logistics technologies are included below. If you’re interested in the underlying data, more observations and updates about Freightos over the last quarter, just download the full report! DOWNLOAD THE FULL REPORT The Big Picture.

RELEX Retail & Supply Chain Award 2017: Best Master’s Thesis, Europe

RELEX Solutions

Annika Alftan, Hanken School of Economics, Finland. RELEX is looking for the best Retail and Supply Chain Master’s Thesis submitted in a European university during the year 2017. Are you a recently graduated supply chain specialist or finalizing your master’s thesis with a focus on retail planning? If yes, send your work to RELEX and take part in the annual competition to win the award for the best European master’s thesis in the field of retail and supply chain planning.

Mindmap for Global Logistics Integration

Supply Chain Movement

Finland. 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.

Gradual changes in the European supply chain consulting market

Supply Chain Movement

Finland. The major consultancy firms are still acquiring smaller niche competitors to intensify their supply chain expertise. At the same time, the supply chain specialists are expanding across Europe and even into North America.

SCM Map Europe: European location decisions remain complex

Supply Chain Movement

Finland. Supply chains in Europe are facing a wide variety of changes. To arrive at optimal European supply chains it is crucial to consider shifts in economic growth, currency fluctuations and tax reductions in addition to production and distribution costs.

Manufacturing Pulse Report 2016

Supply Chain Movement

Finland. The manufacturing sector is in the midst of a period of great change. Driven by a desire to get closer to end customers, many are now looking at selling directly to shoppers, while continuing to serve their traditional B2B channels.

Mindmap for the Supply Chain Director 2020

Supply Chain Movement

Finland. The rapidly changing world is forcing companies to continually adapt.

Mindmap for Supply Chain Execution 24/7

Supply Chain Movement

Finland. Customers are becoming more demanding all the time: they increasingly expect personalised offers, available globally and round the clock. Such huge pressure on sales is also dragging the supply chain department(s) towards an ever-higher service level.

10 questions about supply chain optimisation

Supply Chain Movement

Finland. Better decision-making processes. The business complexity is increasing all the time due to globalisation, big data and dynamic interdependences. It is becoming ever-more difficult for supply chain professionals to make the right decisions.

Gartner’s survey analysis: Women in Supply Chain 2016

Supply Chain Movement

Finland. Gartner’s first Women in Supply Chain Survey, conducted with AWESOME, an executive women’s leadership group, and supported by Supply Chain Media, compares the representation of women in supply chain leadership roles.

Major organisational and cultural changes lie ahead for SCM

Supply Chain Movement

The trends of increasing urbanisation and digitisation were covered extensively several times during the Logy Conference in Helsinki, Finland.

New: Global Trade Map 2016

Supply Chain Movement

Finland. Uncovering and mitigating trade risks in international operations. International trade can entail significantly more risk than straightforward domestic business-to-business transactions.

Download now: 3PL Subway Map Europe 2016

Supply Chain Movement

Finland. Fourth release of 3PL Subway Map Europe. Manufacturers and retailers welcome the ongoing consolidation in the fragmented logistics industry. they want logistics service providers to offer full service on a global scale and are demanding more technological innovation.

Mindmap for the Fashion & Luxury Goods Market

Supply Chain Movement

Finland. In the global fashion and luxury goods market, ever-higher customer expectations, combined with demographic and economic shifts, are making it increasingly difficult to predict consumer behaviour and plan accordingly.

3PL Subway 2015: Strategic movements among logistics providers

Supply Chain Movement

Finland. After years of declining revenues in European logistics services, the business started to stabilise in 2013/2014.

New download: SCM Map Europe 2014-2015

Supply Chain Movement

In this respect, it is notable that the UK and Finland have reduced their corporate tax rate by several percentage points in order to increase their appeal to businesses; Denmark has done so by half a percentage point. Slight shift in European networks.

Byggmax väljer RELEX för att bli världens bästa byggvaruhandel

RELEX Solutions

120 varuhus i Sverige, Norge och Finland. Läs PDF. Byggmax , en av Sveriges ledande byggvarukedjor, har valt RELEX lösning för en effektivare varupåfyllning av centrallagren samt för varupåfyllning av ca. Byggmax varupåfyllning sköts av en centraliserad organisation på huvudkontoret. Före RELEX har de beräknat prognoser och gjort orderförslag med hjälp av ett äldre system som var integrerat i företagets affärssystem.

Finn-Tack implements inventory and demand management solution

Supply Chain Movement

It also has a further four warehouses in The Netherlands, North America, Russia, and in Finland. Finn-Tack, a global su pplier of equestrian and trotting clothes and equipment for riders and their horses, is in rapid growth.

Is Logistics Outsourcing Right for Your Company?

Supply Chain Movement

Finland. More shippers today appear to be outsourcing some or all of their logistics. How does a company decide that outsourcing logistics is the right choice? This C.H.

Final GAP Presentations Fill Strategic Needs - UCLA Anderson.

The UCLA Anderson Global Supply Chain Blog

In total, 110 executives from Finland, Italy, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Estonia and the United States watched GAP teams present their findings before a panel of three expert judges. UCLA Anderson School of Management Blog. Archives. July 2014. June 2014. May 2014. April 2014. March 2014.

Automation Revolution on the High Seas


The AAWA project is testing sensor arrays in a range of operating and climatic conditions in Finland and has created a simulated autonomous ship control system which allows the behaviour of the complete communication system to be explored. Source: Rolls-Royce.