Digital supply chain planning: finding synergy between process, people, data, technology, and tools

We are in the middle of an APO replacement wave, where many companies have either already implemented an Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) tool, are in the process of doing so or have a placeholder on their roadmap. Yes, supply chain planning is hot and...

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Industry 4.0 in Pharma: 3 key takeaways from Manupharma 2019

On 3 & 4 December 2019, the Manupharma conference in Frankfurt took place, bringing together stakeholders from big and small pharmaceutical companies to share inspiration on the current state of play around industry 4.0 new innovations in the field of pharma manufacturing. In short, 2...

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The road towards successful change management

As published at Ad Ultima blog on 15 April 2020 – interview with Anouk Schoenmakers, partner bluecrux People often think that change management is all about the soft, communicative (and often non-measurable) side of the change in question. Nothing could be further from the truth...

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Bluecrux named a 2019 Gartner Cool Vendor

After already being named 4 times this year by Gartner*, we’re now very excited to share that -as a cherry on the cake- we are also named a 2019 Cool Vendor in Supply Chain Management Technology. According to Gartner, “Higher-maturity supply chains look to exploit...

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7 ways to get Smart, ‘Phygital’ & ready for the next generation

What do you get when you invite 150+ Supply Chain & Operations professionals on a sunny Thursday in October, for an afternoon filled with inspiration, a client carousel, product discovery rooms & tons of networking opportunities? Our annual bluecrux event, this year all about how...

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This was the summer of 2019

Summer of 2019 is already over again, yet we hope you enjoyed every tiny bit of it & you made beautiful memories to look back to. Because what’s better than being able to look back to all those great sparks summer gave us, whilst going...

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Bluecrux is opening its first US office

We’re excited to finally share the news that we’re opening our first US office in New Jersey to support companies to digitally transform their value chains. We will be using our software to support the pharmaceutical sector in the US, by enabling scientists and lab...

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How bluecrux and Johnson & Johnson got ‘Phygital’

We’re live at the Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference in Barcelona, Johan Maes (Senior Director Supply Chain, Johnson & Johnson) & Koen Jaspers (partner, bluecrux) were one of the opening keynote presentations, inspiring the audience on how Johnson & Johnson transformed its global planning operating...

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Because we care: our inside-out CSR initiative to continuously improve our global impact

As a consulting company, our mission is to positively impact our clients by helping them to connect the dots between strategy, technology and people. With our team of more than 60 people, we all share the same belief that supply chain & operations are drivers...

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Bluecrux joins forces with Vlerick Business School

As from January 2019, bluecrux has partnered up with Vlerick Business School for the launch of the Centre for People in the Smart, Digitised Supply Chain: an extensive research collaboration program on the impact of digital transformation on people in the supply chain. The strength...

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Human factor is key to success within sustainable digital transformation

As to be published in Trends Magazine on May 30, 2019.  A train is hurtling down the tracks, full of industry 4.0 and smart factory/supply chain concepts: smart devices, IoT, digital twins, you name it. You can’t afford to miss it. But how do you...

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Un(b)locking traceabillity with blockchain?

Blockchain is THE hot topic that has been on everybody’s lips for the past few months, with all sorts of initiatives being launched everywhere. Blockchain can be used in many different fields: from voter registration to payment of music artists, and from real-time proof of...

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Alpro optimises planning for its plant-based alternative

As published in Business Logistics Magazine, December 2018; LightsOutPlanning trawls through data in search of effective quality release time When it comes to fresh products, every hour counts. Because the fresher a product is when it arrives in the shops, the better. Alpro, manufacturer of...

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How to embed a CSR-initiative in your company’s DNA?

Last year, we wrote about starting our inside-out CSR initiative at bluecrux and the first activities (& results!). Now, one year down the line, we take the opportunity to reflect on last year’s trajectory and look ahead to what is next. Because we what? We,...

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7 guiding principles to build your data factory

Master data is the fuel that drives your organization forward. When you use gasoline in a diesel vehicle or use fuel of inferior quality it harms the performance of your car. The same applies to master data. Incorrect/incomplete master data can slow down your entire...

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Planning in the digital age: let data do the dirty work!

In this digital age, where “customer centricity” is king and “real-time data” queen, you cannot afford to keep allowing historical data to dictate your decisions. It’s time to let data do the dirty work for you and get your brain cracking on scenarios and –...

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4 key aspects to consider in your journey towards a customer centric supply chain

There are too many buffalo’s, we need more cheetahs. No, this is not a call to action to reduce wild buffalo herds, nor to protect the cheetah. Not that we do not care about the world’s beautiful wildlife, on the contrary… It is merely a...

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How AI speeds up LightsOutPlanning: 3 quick learnings

LightsOutPlanning, or LOP for short, is a supply chain 4.0 solution that we develop in co-creation with our AI-partner Genzai. During our LOP event last December, our customers Bridgestone, Tereos and Alpro shared the insights they gained after exposing their companies to LOP. Next question:...

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Forecasters, read (and steer) the game like Wayne Gretzky! (part 2)

Anticipation and not leaning back are key if you want to be as successful at forecasting as Wayne Gretzky was at ice hockey. But as a dynamic forecaster in a world full of big data, you will need demand sensing to read the game and,...

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Forecasters, read the game like Wayne Gretzky! (part 1)

“I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it has been.” For forecasters, the ultimate dream is to be able to read the game like ice hockey legend Wayne Gretzky did. With big, dynamic data entering the arena, that uncanny...

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“The times they are a-changin’”… in the chemical industry. Time for action!

The 2016 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature may have written this epic song some 50 years ago, but today it most certainly applies to the chemical industry. This industry has outperformed almost every other sector in terms of growth, profitability and overall financial...

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Our experience from the LogiPharma event

Last April, bluecrux attented LogiPharma, the largest global event bringing together supply chain professionals from top pharma companies. To be honest, we were amazed by the open, honest and constructive atmosphere that ran through all the sessions. In the light of that openness, we, on...

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Supply Chain Innovations 2017: walk the talk

Bluecrux presents IBP project with Tereos and innovative LightsOutPlanning tool at Supply Chain Innovations On 23 March bluecrux participated in the Supply Chain Innovations event. In the morning Valérie Vandenbroucke had the honor to co-present the Integrated Business Planning project we’ve been running with Tereos;...

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Lights-Out Planning – The First Building Block Builds on Industry 4.0

Many companies are interested in understanding the concepts of “Industry 4.0”. In addition, they are eager to know how those concepts could help them to transform. Nevertheless, why is there no vision on Supply Chain 4.0? The same question occurred to Lora Cecere, the founder...

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A plan is only as good as its execution, or why you need S&OE

In the past two decades many companies have installed an S&OP process for a better outlook on the tactical planning horizon, allowing them to anticipate supply & demand imbalances and achieving a feasible supply chain plan. S&OP has brought great benefits to those companies bringing...

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How to break through efficiency plateaus in operations

Do you agree that regardless of your chosen business strategy and organizational culture, the drive for efficiency has always been the common goal? Say hello to your efficiency plateau Over the past years, pretty much all approaches have chosen their battles, defining the goals and...

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This was 2019 for bluecrux

Are you counting down to those Christmas holidays yet? We’re doing the same, yet in (bluecrux) style: by looking back to what the past year brought us, to fully recharge our batteries for the next one to come. And in the overload of year reviews...

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