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Bram Desmet

How the Autonomous Supply Chain Will Disrupt All of Us

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Some notes from the ‘Imagine2030’ conference of supply chain insights Jeremiah Owyang of Crowd Companies was 1 of the keynotes on the #imagine2030 conference of supply chain insights. CC is a Silicon Valley startup bringing change in large companies. It centers on the “collaborative economy” (AirBnB), “crowd business models” (Uber) and “autonomous world” (autonomous driving & robotics) disruptions. Much of Jeremiah’s keynote at the Imagine2030 conference was centered on the example of how the car industry is currently disrupted and massively moving towards a fully autonomous fleet of cars. The figure below shows data from Morgan Stanley which promises we…

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Let’s Claim Inventory Ownership, the Strategy Process Next, and Become CEO by 2030!

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Over the last 2 weeks two good things in my life came together My Phd in Multi-Echelon Inventory Optimization, which I started 10 years ago and finished in 2009 My more recent work on balancing Service, Cost and Cash using the concept of the ‘Supply Chain Triangle’ Together they define the (role of) Supply Chain in 2030. The Supply Chain Triangle, shown in Figure 1, captures the struggle in companies to balance service to customers, supply chain costs, and cash. Figure 1: The Supply Chain Triangle First, the company needs to deliver service to customers, the quality of which is…

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My Vision for Supply Chain 2020? Deep integration!

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I recently got interviewed as a blogger for the Global Summit. The question was how I imagine the Supply Chain in 2020. My first thought went to ‘deep integration’. What strikes me the most when I’m consulting or teaching companies is the lack of integration in today’s supply chains. If I look at retailers it is still common to have private label suppliers stuffed with inventory, central or regional DC’s stuffed with inventory and shops stuffed with inventories. We all demand high service levels from one step to the next. There seems to be a lack of trust, a lack…

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Adopting Multi-Echelon Inventory or other Advanced Analytics? The Struggle with Supply Chain Collaboration.

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I came into the field of supply chain management in 2004. The master project for my MBA program in that period was on ‘Collaborative Planning in the Extended Supply Chain’. Key questions to be tackled were ‘how do we quantify the benefits’, ‘how do we create mutual trust’. The breakthrough of internet technologies were assumed to drive the adoption of CPFR, Collaborative Planning Forecasting and Replenishment. 2006-2009 I did a PhD on Multi-Echelon Inventory Optimization. It certainly helped me to define the ‘business case’ for collaboration. Basic principle of Multi-Echelon is we need to let go of a ‘local’ or…

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