The untapped gold mine of Supply-Chain-as-a-Service

Posted by Dr. Christoph Kilger on Oct 8, 2020 1:00:00 PM

The introduction of new technologies changes the way the supply chain is organized. Cloud computing has initiated a movement from functional supply chains to network-based ecosystems. Through cloud technology, information-based tasks like forecasting, planning, order management, analytics can easily be shared with specialized service providers – enhancing the performance of the supply chain and reducing costs. Cloud technology accelerates Taylorism, giving rise to Supply-Chain-as-a-Service (SCaaS).

Topics: supply chain, analytics

Speed of innovation

Posted by Philipp Flemming on Jun 6, 2020 12:56:31 PM

The speed of innovation has increased significantly over the last 15 years. The success of technology and innovation leaders like Alphabet, Apple, Amazon and Microsoft illustrates this development.


Topics: supply chain, innovation

Covid-19 bullwhip revisited

Posted by Dr. Christoph Kilger on May 27, 2020 3:36:19 PM

As described in my earlier post, many supermarkets around the world experienced shortages of toilet paper due to the Covid-19 induced bullwhip effect. Now, we witnessed the second phase of this phenomenon. As consumers increased the safety stock levels of toilet paper in their homes in order to prevent stockouts – resulting in stockouts on the supermarket shelves – they purchased a lower quantity in the last week.

Topics: supply chain, covid19, bullwhip effect

Covid-19 induced bullwhip effect

Posted by Dr. Christoph Kilger on May 25, 2020 9:04:50 PM

In the last weeks, toilet paper was short in many supermarkets due to Covid-19. This is a nice example of the dynamics in supply chains, where a small change might lead to tremendous fluctuations of demand and supply.

Topics: supply chain, covid19, bullwhip effect

Product portfolio complexity

Posted by Dr. Christoph Kilger on May 25, 2020 9:04:11 PM

The product portfolio and complexity have the biggest impact on supply chain performance. A supply chain's purpose is to provide physical goods. The number of physical goods and their structure (number of raw materials, components, variants) determine directly the quality of forecast, the amount of safety stocks and the delivery performance.

Topics: product portfolio, complexity, supply chain, performance gap