The Race for Operational Excellence: Supply Chain Analytics

By Bram Vanschoenwinkel on 16 August 2020

These days, achieving true operational excellence is impossible without a thorough understanding of your processes and how they relate to the needs of your staff or customers. Lean processes mean elimination of unnecessary work, reducing errors and focusing on what is really important. It is key to keep costs under control and to level production and service up to speed.

Being truly operational excellent requires, apart from the deep understanding of your processes, a grasp of the constraints and prerequisites they are subject to. Operational excellence is all about having a collaborative focus on your customer’s needs, keeping team members positive and empowered, and continually improving the current activities in the workplace. Effective workforce planning, well organized supply chain operations, preventing production lines from breaking down, efficient use of infrastructure, keeping energy consumption under control, workplace safety… Just to name a few examples.

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Process Optimization: Filling and Shipping containers with e-llis

By Bram Vanschoenwinkel on 16 August 2020

Process optimization is a must for companies that want to maintain their competitive advantage – something logistics operator e-llis knows all too well. Frequently finding itself forced to occasionally ship its customers' containers which are only forty percent filled, the company called on us for help. In co-creation with e-llis, our team worked on a proof of concept to optimize the shipping process. The ambitious goal: to increase the filling level of these containers to eighty percent.

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Operational Excellence: DP World always finds the best transportation route

By Bram Vanschoenwinkel on 16 August 2020

DP World Antwerp is a leading terminal operator in the port of Antwerp. With the help of automatic, semi-automatic and manual processes, the company prepares countless containers arriving by ship for both domestic and foreign transport. In their search to optimise their complex processes and achieve operational excellence, the company recently called upon our expertise and data-driven approach.

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What is your next Minimum Viable Data Product?

By Florian Vandecasteele on 06 July 2020

At AE, we deliver analytics projects on a daily basis and as a result we can experience from the front row that data-driven companies simply perform better than others. As data experts, we can all understand that “data is the new oil” and to put this philosophy into practice we have developed a unique data-driven innovation method to define your next best data product. Sounds interesting right?

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Supply chains in the Next Normal: moving from efficient to resilient

By Vincent Guelinckx on 02 July 2020

COVID-19 and the measures taken to contain it have had an enormous impact on society, and on almost every industry. Travel and leisure have surely been the most negatively affected by the recent stress test, while pharma giants are positively pressured by the urgent demand for a vaccine and other medical supplies. For some e-commerce stakeholders, almost every day is Black Friday.

Envisioning the Next Normal, then, has made many an expert wonder: should we make our supply chains more resilient, or rather the ecosystems in which they operate? AE is a firm believer in the latter. Read on to learn why and how we envision it so.

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