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Videos on Quantitative Supply Chain by Lokad. Demand forecasting, inventory optimization, pricing, and more.
Weekly interviews with supply chain leaders, quick explanations on main concepts and structured lectures about supply chain.
Get a new perspective on your Supply Chain
The Quantitative Supply Chain represents a novel and disruptive perspective on the optimization of supply chains. It can be seen as a refoundation of many supply chain practices, in particular regarding inventory forecasting, and has been built to make the most of the latest statistical approaches and vast computing resources that are available nowadays.
This perspective has emerged at Lokad, a software company founded by Joannes Vermorel. Lokad mixes data analysis with machine learning, cloud computing and supply chain expertise in order to optimize supply chains in a rational and quantitative way, so that the business and financial impacts of every decision are properly quantified. His experience at Lokad has given Joannes Vermorel the opportunity to study and analyze the methods, challenges and performances of dozens of companies all over the world.
This book is intended for supply chain executives and managers who want their supply chains to perform more, faster and with less resources. It caters to those who, ultimately, want to be more in control of their supply chain, with a more precise idea of what their decisions entail. This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the insights, methodologies and tools that have been gathered under the Quantitative Supply Chain umbrella.
The first part of this book covers the general concepts associated with the Quantitative Supply Chain. It outlines how this perspective differs from the classic supply chain perspective, and sheds lights on the core insights. The second part of this book provides hands-on materials to implement a Quantitative Supply Chain initiative. It leverages Lokad as a programmatic platform tailored for Quantitative Supply Chain purposes.
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The Role of Scarcity in Supply Chain
In a dialogue with Conor Doherty, Joannes Vermorel, founder of Lokad, criticizes mainstream supply chain theory for overlooking resource scarcity and alternative uses. Joannes Vermorel argues that traditional theory assumes a known future, eliminating the need for resource allocation decisions. He emphasizes the importance of time in supply chain management, stating that no resource is truly scarce given enough time. Joannes Vermorel also criticizes the mainstream view for ignoring the complexities of allocation decisions and the importance of financial assessments. He suggests that supply chain optimization should involve probabilistic forecasting and stochastic optimization, assessing all possible futures and making decisions based on expected returns.
MRO Holdings' Quantitative Supply Chain Revolution (with Ricardo Alvarez Henao)
In a recent dialogue, Ricardo Alvarez Henao, Supply Chain Director at MRO Holdings, shared insights on the aviation MRO sector with Luciano Lisiotti of Lokad. Alvarez Henao emphasized the importance of anticipation and visibility in supply chain risk management, noting that inaccurate forecasts could lead to operational delays or surplus inventory. He also highlighted emerging trends in the MRO industry, including a post-pandemic bounce back, a trend towards partnerships, and the increasing complexity of demand. Alvarez Henao stressed the importance of embracing volatility and complexity, and the usefulness of probabilistic demand planning and forecasting. He concluded that while the MRO sector is more complex than the fast-moving consumer goods sector, the principles of leading a supply chain are similar.
The Evolution of Supply Chain Education (with Paul Jan)
Conor Doherty, host of Lokad TV, recently engaged in a discussion with Joannes Vermorel, founder of Lokad, and Paul Jan, a supply chain professor at the University of Toronto. The conversation centered on the evolving field of supply chain management, the role of data, and the importance of education. Vermorel introduced the concept of "wicked problems" in supply chain, highlighting the limitations of Excel and the need for tools like SQL Server. Jan shared his experience transitioning from Excel to more programmatic options, praising Lokad's tool, Envision. Both emphasized the need for industry disruption and the importance of education in supply chain management.
Differentiable programming to optimize over large scale relational data
Paul Peseux's PhD research on differentiating relational queries - another under-researched area of supply chain - introduced TOTAL JOIN operator, Polystar and a mini-language ADSL to differentiate relational queries, all of which Lokad integrated into its DSL Envision as part of autodiff for optimizing daily inventory decision-making.