Vlerick Expertise in Operations & Supply Chain Management


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    Supply chain managers: Functional experts today, innovative networkers tomorrow?

    Much has been written about the technical aspects of supply chain management: how to optimise safety stock, logistics, warehouse design, partners in the chain, and so on. But what about the supply chain organisation and the role and position of the supply chain manager? To find out how companies view their supply chain function today – and how this vital function is evolving into the future – Vlerick and research partners Möbius and Hudson conducted a survey of nearly 340 supply chain practitioners from a variety of industries.

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    The Production Dice Game

    The Production Dice Game is a powerful learning exercise that demonstrates the impact of variability and dependency on throughput and work-in-process inventory. The insights obtained by playing the game can also be extended to a service or supply chain context. The game can be played online, and the software can be downloaded for free.

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    Innovation keeps Flanders’ Logistics on Track

    Innovation leads to growth. That is what 5 success stories in the logistics sector clearly demonstrate. Flanders will still be an attractive focal-point for logistics activities tomorrow. Certainly if we convert weaknesses into opportunities.

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    The benefits of applying HRM practices to Supply Chain Management

    A review of research reveals that little has been done on the relation between Human Resource Management (HRM) and Supply Chain Management (SCM). This is surprising, when you think about it, because the better people are managed within and between organisations in supply chain relationships the better the supply chain functions.

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    Plane Sailing: modelling can solve bottlenecks in complex work rosters – and cut costs

    A maintenance company whose staff provide day and night coverage for airlines on a complex flight schedule needs to keep its labour costs down without alienating unions yet remain flexible enough to cover for the unexpected. Time to call in an algorithm. This project, explained in the paper “Improving Workforce Scheduling of Aircraft Line Maintenance at Sabena Technics”, demonstrates the potential for optimization programming taking in diverse demand and supply variables to solve complex scheduling problems.

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    Supply Chain Collaboration to create a competitive advantage

    Conventional wisdom among practitioners holds that supply chain collaboration yields significant performance improvements. It is also what many text books on supply chain management preach. Some even consider it a prerequisite for future competitive performance: according to Poirier and Bauer (2001), “future success no longer belongs to a single firm ... The future belongs to networks of supply.”

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    Supply Chain Risk Management, still in its infancy

    Undoubtedly, every manager in charge of a supply chain has stories of deliveries that got delayed, suppliers that had a major breakdown, factories that suffered from quality issues, shipments that were blocked in a port or products that had to be recalled. Natural disasters – such as floods, volcanic eruptions or earthquakes can also cause major disruptions to supply chains. Ironically, one of the main reasons that supply chain risk has increased in recent years is the implementation of supply chain best practices.

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    Tools to improve performance: inventory reservation and nested allocation

    Companies often wish to provide different levels of service to different classes of customers. Customer differentiated service levels may be motivated by differences in the perceived customer lifetime value or by specific contractual agreements that include service level guarantees. One way to provide differentiated service levels is to reserve a certain portion of the available inventory exclusively for certain classes of customers.

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