JAN
07
2013

Supply Chain Risk Management - a unique function or simply one of the Supply Chain Manager’s tasks?

In response to the economic recession, companies are intensifying their efforts to optimise their costs in the supply chain, but they often overlook the related supply chain risks. Despite some supply chain best practices, globalisation has increased supply chain risks. Therefore, cost optimisation should go hand-in-hand with managing risks in the supply chain. As risk…

Posted: 7th January 2013
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DEC
12
2012

Responding to the Future

'Forecasting may present problems' argues MÖBIUS consultant Alex Waterinckx, 'but managing demand is what really counts'. Forecasting is difficult; therefore getting it right and using it effectively is paramount. Unfortunately, the unknown factors can seem immeasurable. However the supply chain is configured, and wherever in the process you switch from estimating demand…

Posted: 12th December 2012
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NOV
20
2012

How the recast reshuffles WEEE, Mobius Listened to 14 Leading Producers

Are we(ee) being served? These days, the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) generated in Europe amounts to approximately 10 million ton per year.  Today the current collection target is only 2 million ton per year or 4 kg per person.  There will be more WEEE generated in the future -12 million ton is expected in 2020 – and more and better collection will be…

Posted: 20th November 2012
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NOV
16
2012

Sales & Operations Planning: How to avoid the 5 key pitfalls

During the past few years, Sales & Operations Planning (also known as S&OP) has been one of the most popular buzz words in the world of supply chain management. For years, market studies have shown that companies understand the importance of this high-level planning process for the successful achievement of strategic objectives. Also in our own experience, we have felt a…

Posted: 16th November 2012
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NOV
05
2012

Benefits of Market Driven Demand Planning Approach

Improving service while reducing costs With customer expectations rising companies are pushed to focus more on customer service. They need to realise that this service comes at a certain cost, like extra inventory or extra capacity. As margins are shrinking increased costs are often not an option and improving operational performance is the best alternative. However, for…

Posted: 5th November 2012
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NOV
04
2012

Demand forecasting Mathematics or crystal ball?

One sometimes has the impression that forecasting is the magic of the 21st Century. The ghosts of the past are replaced by exogenous factors and mediums by mathematical models. And as with the magic of days gone by, we know the results are often not very reliable, and we are not too sure where they come from, but it is the only information we have… Unlike magic, the…

Posted: 4th November 2012
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