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Optimization vs. heuristics: Which is the right approach for your business?

In today’s hypercompetitive and highly complex business environment, companies are constantly searching for ways to gain competitive advantage by improving the speed, efficiency, and quality of the goods and services they deliver to customers through their supply chains. The key to unlocking ...

More August 5, 2022
How do you manage your constraints in supply chain planning?

As if meeting and managing unlimited needs with limited resources is the main concern of economics, in the supply chain, we can call these limited resources constraints. The main constraints in the supply chain process can be time, machinery, capital, stocking area, human resources, the level of knowledge, and infrastructure. Constraints can be divided into two categories: operational and financial.

More July 29, 2022
Which algorithmic tools do you need to solve your supply chain problems?

Optimization is not the only algorithmic tool that supply chain companies need to solve their planning and decision-making problems. Discover the full toolbox...

More July 5, 2022
5 main drivers of supply chain costs

Here are the 5 biggest supply chain cost drivers! Find out how you can minimize these costs and boost profit through optimized decisions.

More June 1, 2022
4 signs that your company has an inventory management issue

Are you managing your inventory correctly? We reveal the four telltale signs that your company has an inventory management issue.

More May 11, 2022
5 steps to achieve predictive maintenance excellence

We highlight the five key steps that your company needs to take to enable predictive maintenance-based planning and operations.

More January 5, 2022
Descriptive, predictive, or prescriptive: How advanced are your data analytics capabilities?

We reveal how – with robust advanced analytics capabilities – companies can utilize their data to drive better business decisions and bottom-line results.

More November 15, 2019
How can airlines achieve a perfect yield and load factor balance?

How can airlines attain and maintain profitability? It’s all about achieving a perfect yield and load factor balance.

More September 18, 2019
Moving from optimization to optimized decisions

We provide an overview of the evolution of supply chain optimization technologies and explain how companies can get maximum business value out of their investment in these solutions.

More July 9, 2019
Maximizing the performance of your manufacturing assets with predictive maintenance

How can manufacturers utilize their cutting-edge Industry 4.0 technologies to generate data-driven, predictive maintenance-based plans?

More June 26, 2019
Reducing turnaround times: The most critical and challenging KPI for aircraft engine MRO companies

We reveal how aircraft engine MRO companies can reduce turnaround times as well as operating costs – while maintaining service excellence.

More April 10, 2019
Performing predictive maintenance: You may have the right workers and equipment, but do you have the spare parts that you need?

To conduct predictive maintenance, companies must ensure they have right spare parts in the right locations at the right times.

More March 28, 2019
The road to digitalization: How can companies ensure IT and Operations are moving forward together?

Successful digital transformation requires more than merely investing in and implementing advanced technologies – it also necessitates the evolution and integration of your company’s processes, data, and people.

More March 13, 2019
Making inventory optimization as easy as ABC

To optimize their inventory, supply chain companies must have in place the right inventory management strategies coupled with the right inventory management software system

More February 28, 2019
How supply chain software solutions can provide the perfect fit

Many supply chain planning and optimization software vendors provide “one-size-fits-all” rather than “perfect fit” solutions.

More January 23, 2019
3 New Year’s resolutions for supply chain leaders in 2019

If you are a supply chain leader whose company is on the road to digital transformation, you should make these three New Year’s resolutions.

More January 9, 2019
Conquering challenges and creating opportunities in 2019 with optimized decision making

In today’s business environment, supply chain companies must be able to respond rapidly and effectively to constant changes and complex challenges.

More January 2, 2019
The power of predictive maintenance

What if you could precisely predict when your machines and equipment will require maintenance – thereby preventing costly breakdowns, minimizing maintenance costs, and maximizing efficiency? With predictive maintenance tools and techniques, you can.

More December 19, 2018
The past, present, and future of supply chain optimization: An interview with A. Tamer Ünal and Jan van Doremalen (Part II)

We speak with ICRON’s A. Tamer Ünal and CQM’s Jan van Doremalen, two trailblazers in the world of supply chain planning and optimization solutions, to get their insights on why optimized decision making is such a crucial capability for today’s supply chain companies as well as their ideas on how supply chain planning and optimization technologies will evolve in the coming years.

More December 4, 2018
The past, present, and future of supply chain optimization: An interview with A. Tamer Ünal and Jan van Doremalen (Part I)

We speak with ICRON’s A. Tamer Ünal and CQM’s Jan van Doremalen, two trailblazers in the world of supply chain planning and optimization solutions, to get their thoughts on how supply chain trends and optimization technologies have evolved over the past 25 years and how they will change in the years to come.

More November 16, 2018
What’s the value of a good business decision?

Imagine the immense financial and operational benefits that your company could gain by making optimized business decisions.

More November 9, 2018
Vlog: Optimization in 90 seconds!

Get instant, in-depth insights on supply chain optimization from ICRON President A. Tamer Ünal.

More November 8, 2018
The robots are coming: How supply chain companies can profit in the age of automation

The key to harnessing the power of new automated technologies is optimized planning and decision making.

More October 25, 2018
Why a global financial crisis is the right time to invest in a supply chain optimization solution

A global financial crisis – when most companies are in cost-cutting mode – is actually a perfect time to invest in a supply chain optimization solution.

More October 10, 2018
Closing the decision-making gap

There's a disconnect between what supply chain companies’ data and plans are telling them to do and what they actually decide to do.

More October 2, 2018
Opportunities for optimization in the high-tech manufacturing industry

With algorithmic planning and decision making solutions, high-tech manufacturers can conquer the high costs and complexity in their industry.

More September 24, 2018
Finding the right prescription for your supply chain pain

To diagnose your supply chain planning problems and determine the right solution, you need a professional “supply chain doctor”

More September 11, 2018
How to instantly transform your data into optimized decisions

We explain how manufacturing firms can automatically, instantly transform their data into optimized decisions that enable them to achieve their business goals.

More September 6, 2018
What do you need to make an optimized business decision?

What are the key ingredients that supply chain companies need to make optimized business decisions?

More August 30, 2018
Optimization is all around: Replacing a dishwasher

Supply chain breakdowns can lead to sub-par delivery performance and customer satisfaction.

More August 21, 2018
Optimizing your holiday planning

With an automated supply chain planning and optimization system, manufacturing companies can optimally plan for the holidays.

More August 16, 2018
Are your hidden inefficiencies hurting your manufacturing operations?

A growing number of companies are applying cutting-edge technologies to address critical inefficiencies and boost profitability.

More August 14, 2018
Beat the heat: Overcoming extreme, unexpected events in your supply chain

Learn how supply chain optimization solutions can help companies conquer the complexity caused by unexpected events – such as the recent, record-setting global heat wave.

More August 8, 2018
Opportunities for optimization in the tire manufacturing industry

We explore some interesting opportunities for planning and operational optimization in the tire manufacturing industry.

More July 31, 2018
Fighting fires: Coping with sudden, severe disruptions in your supply chain

Supply chain companies have come to expect the unexpected. Beyond the usual, unpredictable fluctuations in demand and supply, they must also cope with the unforeseen delays, disruptions, and even disasters that regularly occur in their end-to-end operations.

More July 24, 2018
Revealing the huge, hidden costs of inefficient supply chains

Many supply chain companies are not aware of the huge sums of money they are losing every day due to operational inefficiencies and manual planning processes. These flawed processes and practices lead to hidden, escalating costs that add up and take a tremendous toll on bottom lines.

More July 12, 2018
All aboard! Optimizing the boarding process at airports

I travel quite extensively for work and have had the opportunity to pass through airports all around the world. Although these airports have their own unique facilities, features, procedures, and processes, they all face many of the same challenges as they strive to ensure the smooth flow of traffic –  of both aircraft and people.

More July 5, 2018
The Integration Issue

I have been working with supply chain companies for nearly two decades, and time and time again I see the same issue: companies are struggling to achieve integration of not only their technology, data, and plans, but also their people and processes.

More June 28, 2018
How to assess your company’s decision process maturity

Over the past decade, supply chain and information technology organizations have invested extensively in data collection and storage systems and schemes and have made great strides in terms of their data maturity.

More June 19, 2018
Optimization is all around: “Concrete Optimization”

These days, companies across almost every industry are looking for ways to optimize their operations – to do more with less, to do things more intelligently, and continuously improve their processes.

More June 7, 2018
Elevating your performance with data-driven, optimized decisions

Outside of my business career, I’m an avid and accomplished competitive glider pilot. I am very serious about the sport of gliding, and have competed at the highest levels in the Dutch National circuit. As with many activities in life, I think it is possible to draw some interesting parallels between competitive gliding and business operations and extract some important lessons from the former, which we can apply to the latter.

More May 31, 2018
The Inventory Dilemma

Supply chain executives have a love-hate relationship with inventory. On the one hand, they want to keep stock to ensure they are able to always satisfy demand and avoid stock-outs. On the other hand, they want to minimize the amount of the stock they have as it ties up capital. This, I suppose, is the nature of inventory: you hate it, but you can’t live without it!

More May 24, 2018
Soaring to greater heights with optimized decisions

Yet another flight delay? We’ve all been in this situation, but as a frequent flyer, this is what I detest most about travel. After going through the long lines at security and customs checkpoints, I look forward to the airport lounge (reaping the benefits of being a frequent flyer) as it offers a welcome respite.

More May 17, 2018
The secret to supply chain success in the Industry 4.0 era

The Industry 4.0 era is upon us, and manufacturing companies around the globe are increasingly embracing automation and data exchange and implementing new technologies including cyber-physical systems, internet of things (IoT) devices, cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, robotics, and advanced data analytics.

More May 10, 2018
Optimization is all around: The impact of drones on the supply chain

I recently saw a great video about eVTOLs or, in layman’s terms, an electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing aircraft. These self-driving passenger drones, which are capable of flying without a pilot, are built on blockchain technology. Blockchain?

More April 23, 2018
Taking the first step on your journey toward data-driven, optimized decisions

Today’s supply chain companies have access to an overwhelming amount of data. Customer data, production data, GIS data, POS data, financial data, streaming data, and many other types of data are all collected – and this often results in data overload.

More April 16, 2018
Optimizing your company’s energy utilization can empower you to achieve greater productivity and profitability

Energy is the lifeblood of companies in the manufacturing sector, the fuel that powers the production and delivery of their goods to customers. Without energy, manufacturing operations would come to an absolute standstill. For manufacturing firms, balancing energy supply and demand is a complex ...

More April 2, 2018
Solvers: What are they and what role do they play in supply chain optimization?

Solvers: What are they and what role do they play in supply chain optimization? At its core, every supply chain planning and scheduling problem is essentially an optimization problem – as its solution lies in finding a way to optimize the flow and delivery of goods and services from supplier to customer.

More February 28, 2018
The role of big data in your personnel planning

The term big data probably sounds familiar to many people. After all, much is written and spoken about in the media and perhaps also in your organization. But what exactly it is, few people can give ...

More February 11, 2018
Choose the right predictive analytics for reliable forecasting

Forecasting is predicting the future with the help of quantitative methods. Crucial for many organizations. Because, if you know what happens in the future, you can already respond to it.

More January 25, 2018
Pegging? Giving meaning to the word!

When we think about supply chain operations, we think about a number of activities, such as purchasing, production, transportation, order shipment, or product delivery.

More December 29, 2017
Does your company have the right Decision Making DNA and solution to support this?

Wednesday December 13th 2017 ICRON participated in the 4th Supply Chain Management Conference in Istanbul. Approximately 100 senior managers working in the field of supply chain and/or production attended the conference.

More December 22, 2017
Staff shortage? Optimize your resources!

Vacancies remain open for a long time. Figures from the global job site Indeed indicate that the number of vacancies in the logistics and transport sector increased by 30% between 2016 and 2017.

More December 1, 2017
Big Data versus Information Overload

By nature people require oversight of information to base a decision on. How more data is available to use in your decision making process how more difficult your decision making will be if the oversight is not available. People tend to cross out information that ...

More November 10, 2017
It is not hard to make decision when you know what your values are!

At the end of September 2017, the majority of world’s Supply Chain Executive leadership gathered in London. They attended inspirational speeches, .....

More October 9, 2017
Does Your Optimization Solution Improve Both Productivity and Compliance?

In today’s fast-paced and hypercompetitive business world, in the rush to produce goods and deliver services as quickly as possible, companies are often tripped up ..

More February 8, 2017
How to Overcome Your MRO Planning Dysfunction? Use Algorithmic Optimization Modelling

A radical shift is echoing through Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) departments in verticals like Aerospace & Defense, Industrial Machinery and Equipment, Public Transport and ..

More January 24, 2017
What can we learn from Benjamin Franklin’s daily schedules?

Benjamin Franklin, born on 17 January 1706, played an enormous role in America’s independence and the creation of the United States. He was also a talented writer, scientist, ..

More January 17, 2017
The eight-hour working day is now obsolete!

Customized work, where a balance is struck between the interests of the employee and the employer, is the right choice for the future. In many cases the dominance of the eight-hour ..

More September 15, 2016