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Revealing the huge, hidden costs of inefficient supply chains

Many supply chain companies are not aware of the huge sums of money they are losing every day due to operational inefficiencies and manual planning processes. These flawed processes and practices lead to hidden, escalating costs that add up and take a tremendous toll on bottom lines.

more July 12, 2018
 
All aboard! Optimizing the boarding process at airports

I travel quite extensively for work and have had the opportunity to pass through airports all around the world. Although these airports have their own unique facilities, features, procedures, and processes, they all face many of the same challenges as they strive to ensure the smooth flow of traffic –  of both aircraft and people.

more July 5, 2018
 
The Integration Issue

I have been working with supply chain companies for nearly two decades, and time and time again I see the same issue: companies are struggling to achieve integration of not only their technology, data, and plans, but also their people and processes.

more June 28, 2018
 
How to assess your company’s decision process maturity

Over the past decade, supply chain and information technology organizations have invested extensively in data collection and storage systems and schemes and have made great strides in terms of their data maturity.

more June 19, 2018
 
Optimization is all around: “Concrete Optimization”

These days, companies across almost every industry are looking for ways to optimize their operations – to do more with less, to do things more intelligently, and continuously improve their processes.

more June 7, 2018
 
Elevating your performance with data-driven, optimized decisions

Outside of my business career, I’m an avid and accomplished competitive glider pilot. I am very serious about the sport of gliding, and have competed at the highest levels in the Dutch National circuit. As with many activities in life, I think it is possible to draw some interesting parallels between competitive gliding and business operations and extract some important lessons from the former, which we can apply to the latter.

more May 31, 2018
 
The Inventory Dilemma

Supply chain executives have a love-hate relationship with inventory. On the one hand, they want to keep stock to ensure they are able to always satisfy demand and avoid stock-outs. On the other hand, they want to minimize the amount of the stock they have as it ties up capital. This, I suppose, is the nature of inventory: you hate it, but you can’t live without it!

more May 24, 2018
 
Soaring to greater heights with optimized decisions

Yet another flight delay? We’ve all been in this situation, but as a frequent flyer, this is what I detest most about travel. After going through the long lines at security and customs checkpoints, I look forward to the airport lounge (reaping the benefits of being a frequent flyer) as it offers a welcome respite.

more May 17, 2018
 
The secret to supply chain success in the Industry 4.0 era

The Industry 4.0 era is upon us, and manufacturing companies around the globe are increasingly embracing automation and data exchange and implementing new technologies including cyber-physical systems, internet of things (IoT) devices, cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, robotics, and advanced data analytics.

more May 10, 2018
 
Optimization vs. heuristics: Which is the right approach for your business?

In today’s hypercompetitive and highly complex business environment, companies are constantly searching for ways to gain competitive advantage by improving the speed, efficiency, and quality of the goods and services they deliver to customers through their supply chains. The key to unlocking ...

more May 3, 2018
 
Optimization is all around: The impact of drones on the supply chain

I recently saw a great video about eVTOLs or, in layman’s terms, an electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing aircraft. These self-driving passenger drones, which are capable of flying without a pilot, are built on blockchain technology. Blockchain?

more April 23, 2018
 
Taking the first step on your journey toward data-driven, optimized decisions

Today’s supply chain companies have access to an overwhelming amount of data. Customer data, production data, GIS data, POS data, financial data, streaming data, and many other types of data are all collected – and this often results in data overload.

more April 16, 2018
 
Optimizing your company’s energy utilization can empower you to achieve greater productivity and profitability

Energy is the lifeblood of companies in the manufacturing sector, the fuel that powers the production and delivery of their goods to customers. Without energy, manufacturing operations would come to an absolute standstill. For manufacturing firms, balancing energy supply and demand is a complex ...

more April 2, 2018
 
Solvers: What are they and what role do they play in supply chain optimization?

Solvers: What are they and what role do they play in supply chain optimization? At its core, every supply chain planning and scheduling problem is essentially an optimization problem – as its solution lies in finding a way to optimize the flow and delivery of goods and services from supplier to customer.

more February 28, 2018
 
The role of big data in your personnel planning

The term big data probably sounds familiar to many people. After all, much is written and spoken about in the media and perhaps also in your organization. But what exactly it is, few people can give ...

more February 11, 2018
 
Choose the right predictive analytics for reliable forecasting

Forecasting is predicting the future with the help of quantitative methods. Crucial for many organizations. Because, if you know what happens in the future, you can already respond to it.

more January 25, 2018
 
Good planning brings more peace and provides an overview for the new year.

A new year and a new budget. New opportunities to do better. But do we start well with our personnel planning? Or do we make a false start and are we already out of the lead at the beginning of the year?

more January 19, 2018
 
Pegging? Giving meaning to the word!

When we think about supply chain operations, we think about a number of activities, such as purchasing, production, transportation, order shipment, or product delivery.

more December 29, 2017
 
Does your company have the right Decision Making DNA and solution to support this?

Wednesday December 13th 2017 ICRON participated in the 4th Supply Chain Management Conference in Istanbul. Approximately 100 senior managers working in the field of supply chain and/or production attended the conference.

more December 22, 2017
 
Staff shortage? Optimize your resources!

Vacancies remain open for a long time. Figures from the global job site Indeed indicate that the number of vacancies in the logistics and transport sector increased by 30% between 2016 and 2017.

more December 1, 2017
 
Big Data versus Information Overload

By nature people require oversight of information to base a decision on. How more data is available to use in your decision making process how more difficult your decision making will be if the oversight is not available. People tend to cross out information that ...

more November 10, 2017
 
It is not hard to make decision when you know what your values are!

At the end of September 2017, the majority of world’s Supply Chain Executive leadership gathered in London. They attended inspirational speeches, .....

more October 9, 2017
 
Does Your Optimization Solution Improve Both Productivity and Compliance?

In today’s fast-paced and hypercompetitive business world, in the rush to produce goods and deliver services as quickly as possible, companies are often tripped up ..

more February 8, 2017
 
How to Overcome Your MRO Planning Dysfunction? Use Algorithmic Optimization Modelling

A radical shift is echoing through Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) departments in verticals like Aerospace & Defense, Industrial Machinery and Equipment, Public Transport and ..

more January 24, 2017
 
What can we learn from Benjamin Franklin’s daily schedules?

Benjamin Franklin, born on 17 January 1706, played an enormous role in America’s independence and the creation of the United States. He was also a talented writer, scientist, ..

more January 17, 2017
 
The eight-hour working day is now obsolete!

Customized work, where a balance is struck between the interests of the employee and the employer, is the right choice for the future. In many cases the dominance of the eight-hour ..

more September 15, 2016

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