31 October 2019 - by Natalie Mas

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 companies can converge the digital & physical world in order to get their Supply Chain ready for the next generation. In short: how your Supply Chain can get ‘phygital’!

Did you not get the opportunity to attend the inspiration? Or did you, but are you ready to turn the inspiration into action? Get (re-)inspired all over again and discover (y)our 7 ways to get ‘phygital’ below!

In the end, we believe that sharing is caring. Plus, we’re all on the same boat with the goal of winning this digital race together and building next-generation supply chains. So let us guide you making that vision of a ‘phygital’ world real…

1. Digitalize not only your data but also your processes

During his opening keynote, Supply Chain thought leader Trevor Miles made us realise that the huge investment that businesses make in IT does not necessarily lead to increased productivity or financial benefits. The problem is that we are digitalizing our data, but not our processes. So, time to focus on the transformation, within digital transformation!

2. Match your NextGen factories with a NextGen workforce

It’s clear that we are headed for a new way of looking at operations, the so-called Industry 4.0. But how do we make this digital transformation happen? And how do we take into account the impact it has on the people working in our Supply Chains? Karlien Vanderheyden (professor Supply Chain & Operations at Vlerick Business School) and Anouk Schoenmakers (partner bluecrux), introduced to us to a ‘phygital’ world, where NextGen factories and NextGen workforce meet each other, in order to win the digital race together!

3. Strive towards a fully integrated, E2E & data-driven platform

Discover from Anneleen Tronquo (partner bluecrux) & Jasper Wouters (Project Manager OMP) why it’s important to manage to leverage harmonized processes and advanced planning technology in order to build a fully integrated, end-to-end & data-driven platform. And: why the integration of a virtual twin will drive better planning decisions, allowing all your stakeholders involved to gain visibility over the entire value chain.

4. Think about evolving towards a smart factory

When I say industry 4.0 & the next generation, you say smart factory. Learn from Tim Polleunis (Smart Factory Manager VCST) & Jan Coekaerts (Business Consultant bluecrux) how VCST is heading towards an industry 4.0 business by implementing their smart factory. But, what’s the vision behind this smart factory thinking and what’s the importance of a full business transformation and the need for change management within this process? Click below & discover!

5. Keep in mind that a changing company strategy impacts your way of working

Meet Cinionic, a joint-venture leveraging on Barco’s strong heritage and leadership in the cinema industry combined with new technologies to deliver WOW experiences in cinema. Moving from a product company towards a product & service company, Cinionic changed their entire company strategy, which impacted their operations & way of working. Learn from Sofie Braet (COO Cinionic) & Anouk Schoenmakers (partner bluecrux) how they’re dealing with this.

6. Leverage all relevant data inside & outside your organization

See what Hedwig Vandenbossche (Head of Sales Operations Tereos) & Geert Wullaert (partner bluecrux) have to say on how Tereos is able to stay ahead of demand by leveraging all relevant data from inside and outside the organization and creating a single collaborative demand planning process and organization enabled by Anaplan.

7. Think about change management when going through a business transformation

Did you know that a business transformation cannot work successfully, without an intensive change management program? Sandra Vandenplas (Transformation Director Galapagos) & Pieter Van den Meutter (Supply Chain & Operations professional bluecrux) let you discover what challenges Galapagos faced the last couple of years, and how they differentiated themselves by their outstanding research and the courage to walk different paths than the other players in the market.
So, what was the result at the end of the day? 150+ thumbs up, brains filled with inspiration & happy faces ready to head home and turn the inspiration into concrete action points.