Frustrated with process mining tools when analyzing material flows

Process Mining is a hot topic, and has been for 5+ years. Celonis, one of the early solutions, is the first European “unicorn” and is now valued at over $11B. This type of growth and valuation can only be based upon proven value delivery. And...

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What is a Digital Twin?

You might have heard these terms before but what exactly is a Digital Twin, Digital Supply Chain Twin or a Dynamic Digital Supply Chain Twin. These words aren’t just marketing-lingo, they are the next step in fine-tuning your organization’s supply chain. What is a Digital...

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The Evolution of Digital Twins – Probabilistic Planning

In a previous blog we discussed the design origins of Digital Twins and their current capabilities, which includes policies and behaviors, meaning they capture the desired and actual performance of systems. This enables both quicker iterations of designs through the use of simulations, and the...

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The Evolution of Digital Twins – Current Capabilities

In a previous blog we discussed the design origins of Digital Twins, which captured the “as-designed” state of the equipment, moving into the low-volume unit testing phase of design, with sensors capturing the performance, and finally to the “as-built” state for each item manufactured from...

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The Evolution of Digital Twins – Origins

The term Digital Twin has become fairly common, though there is still a lot of confusion about its meaning. In fact, there isn’t a single definition of Digital Twin, and the definition has changed over time. This leads to confusion of course. The best way...

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The role of AI & ML in data harmonization

The importance of AI & ML in data harmonization is in helping you to rise to the challenge of creating End-to-End visibility in your supply chain.   There are multiple factors that complicate End-to-End supply chain visibility, however, in most cases, it starts with legacy. It’s typically not possible to start out with a...

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Resilient Supply Chain Planning: it’s all about the Anomaly Detection

As I wrote before, much has been written about resilient supply chains, particularly by Gartner, and by many of the management consulting companies, a few examples of which are below: Gartner: 6 Strategies for a More Resilient Supply Chain McKinsey: Building Supply Chain Resilience BCG: Designing Resilience into...

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Resilient Supply Chain Planning: it’s all about the variability

Much has been written about resilient supply chains recently, particularly by Gartner, and by many of the management consulting companies, a few examples of which are below: Gartner: 6 Strategies for a More Resilient Supply Chain McKinsey: Building Supply Chain Resilience BCG: Designing Resilience into Global Supply Chains...

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Bluecrux is a Great Place to Work® certified™

We are excited to announce that we started 2021 with a brand new certification: the Great Place to Work® label! Great Place to Work® is an organization that researches what it takes to offer a great workplace. When employers install a culture where employees trust...

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Dealing with uncertainty in your sales & operations process

As the pandemic has made clear, uncertainty is part of the daunting reality facing businesses today. By making uncertainty tangible, LOP.ai can help businesses to plan in an unpredictable world. A matrics of possibility We can’t predict the future, but we still need to make...

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The rise of resilient supply chains

The quest for resilient supply chains is not new. In fact, it is relatively easy to go back to the early 2010s and beyond and find a lot of material on the topic of supply chain resiliency. Yossi Sheffi wrote an article titled, “Building a...

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How to choose your gamechanger(s) in a ‘phygital’ world

What do you get when you collect 150+ supply chain & operations professionals digitally, for a virtual adventure filled with inspiration, interaction & new insights? Our annual bluecrux event. This year it’s all about how companies can embrace their inner data nerd to get their...

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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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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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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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7 ways to get your Supply Chain ready for the digital era

On a sunny Thursday in November, we gathered about 150 Supply Chain & Operations professionals across industries for our annual end of year conference, this year on Supply Chain 4.0: ready to operate in the digital era? The keys to success? 1 beautiful location, 4...

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Setting sail for industry 4.0? Don’t forget your shore crew

Has your organization set sail for industry 4.0? Great! Maybe you’ve already made a huge investment in new technologies that allow you to keep up with the killing pace of digitization and automation. But where does that leave your workforce? And what can you learn...

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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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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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“Public’s Prize” at European ELA Awards: “A prize for Mindset & People 4.0”

On June 1 2017, we joined our client Bridgestone to pitch the Visibility Project in a bid to win an ELA award. The “official” award went to AGCO – congrats! –  but we saw our creative, people-centered “What is a ViP?” presentation rewarded with the...

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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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