With Brexit Looming, New Supply Chain Requirements Emerge

September 16, 2019

On October 31st, the United Kingdom will leave the EU, with or without an exit deal. This, combined with the 2019 EU election results that changed the political landscape, opens speculation regarding this alternative reality, and what requirements it would put on companies in the EU.

Mid-Market Companies Leapfrogging Supply Chain Planning Maturity Stages

September 3, 2019

Is the latest technology enabling some mid-market companies to leapfrog supply chain planning (SCP) stages of maturity?  The evidence suggests that it is.

Robots in the Building: The Positive Influence of AI for Supply Chain Planners

September 2, 2019

Supply Chain Planning BPO: What’s Driving It and Should You Get On Board?

August 27, 2019

You know that great feeling you get when you have an expert getting the job done? More and more businesses are hopping on the outsourcing bus and letting the experts take the wheel to drive supply chain planning processes. Several years ago ToolsGroup pioneered business process outsourcing (BPO) as an alternative to in-house supply chain planning (SCP). Now Gartner reports that SCP BPO is...

Keeping It Local: How Shorter Supply Chains Impact Supply Chain Planning

August 12, 2019

After decades of longer and more global supply chains, some are becoming shorter and more localized. This trend has important implications to supply chain planning.  But first let’s take a look at the factors driving this change.

Take Five: Quick Takeaways from the Gartner EMEA Supply Chain Executive Conference last month

July 5, 2019

Last month I had a fantastic trip to Spain including the Gartner EMEA Supply Chain Executive Conference. I think with all the delicious fish I consumed in Barcelona I should have enough omega-3 fatty acids to power my brain function for weeks to come…Besides a shared love of food it’s clear that global businesses converging last week found common ground on the challenges of merging the digital...

Five Things You Need to Know about Inventory Optimisation in the Digital Age

June 21, 2019

With all the buzz around digital transformation, someone peering in from outside supply chain may assume most businesses have already digitised essential tasks like inventory planning. The reality is that this transformation takes time and a change of mindset. It’s about learning to transition from long-held inventory systems and processes, having new conversations across logistics and sales,...

Points to Ponder around the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Event…and One Unanswerable Question

June 14, 2019

“What was once considered disruption now becomes strategy”. This line from the opening keynote got me thinking about the continuous evolution of markets and customer expectations. What seemed like a breakthrough just a few years ago is now mainstream. Keep redefining yourself or you’re in danger of losing market share–or worse, fading into irrelevance. And it’s tougher now than ever, with an...

The Absolut Company: Balancing Service and Inventory Creates a Delicious Mix

May 28, 2019

The world’s #2 selling vodka brand leaves nothing to chance when it comes to quality and sustainability. Here’s how they teamed up with ToolsGroup partner Optilon for a seamless supply chain planning process.

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