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...

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 hours...

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: how can we find out more quickly what input parameters mattered most to get the best EBITDA results? This is how we tame the beast AI.

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 our turn, gladly share the 2 takeaways that resonated most with our interlocutors.

Many companies that transport via roads are too small in scale. This leads to low transport efficiency levels. In Europe, 24% of trucks run empty, or are on average only loaded at 57% of their maximum gross weight. This offers us a significant playing field for cost improvement. If we know that 23% of the European transport greenhouse-gas emissions originate from trucks, that gives us significant improvement miles ahead for our battle against global warming.

As more and more companies were making budget control and cost reduction two of their yearly targets, the golden age of 3PL (3rd Party Logistics) began. They could profile themselves as Supply-Chain Management professionals, which was music to the ears of companies in desperate need of reducing their distribution costs. As a new market was born, competition in the 3PL market arose. As always in business, cost cutting gets harder the further you evolve on the 3PL market. So then it all comes down to choosing, developing and selling a competitive advantage.