Industries

The textile, apparel and footwear industry is not only concerned about getting solid financial results, but also about managing collections, global sourcing and availability. To stay competitive in this environment requires to master various challenges:

  • Technology enabled customers with fast changing demand patterns
  • Ability to design, plan and replenish products for new markets
  • Ability to handle omnichannel fulfilment: global availability, inventories and replenishment
  • Derisking and protecting the Brand from scandals and reputational damage
  • Coping with new regulatory and multistakeholder requirements
Leading companies actively manage the challenges and focus on building capabilities:

  • Leverage digitalisation to understand and respond to demand patterns
  • Ability to quickly adjust designs and supply chain, based on product sales feedback
  • Create circular products to reduce environmental impact and product cost
  • Omnichannel fulfilment: global availability, inventories and replenishment
  • Protect the Brand through comprehensive supply chain sustainability
  • Establish a comprehensive workplace code of conduct for manufacturing suppliers.
  • Improve worker well-being initiatives
  • Improve fair wages through elimination of interim steps (Middlemen) that take part of the price
  • Increase supply chain compliance and transparency
  • Reduce resource intensity (water, soild, pesticides, chemicals, ...)


The capital equipment industry faces multiple challenges in a marketplace that is no longer stable and that gets disrupted by new technologies. Competitiveness in this volatile market requires to manage multiple challenges:

  • Increased global volatility in customer demand
  • Being agile in responding to demand, through largely outsourced supply chains
  • Coping with increasing product complexity (machines, spare parts)
  • Finding new sources of revenues beyond hardware sales
  • Understanding demand patterns in a more volatile environment
  • Streamline supply base and build agile supply networks
  • Reduce complexity
  • Increase value chain transparency and responsiveness
  • Reduce resource intensity


The electronics and high tech industry needs to manage multiple challenges in a marketplace that got more volatile and is constantly faced by technological dispruptions. Competitiveness in a very fast and volatile market requires to have distinct capabilities:

  • Understanding and responding to a volatile demand environment
  • Managing largely outsourced supply chains for agility and responsiveness
  • Reducing product complexity through platform approaches
  • Moving revenue models from hardware to software/services
  • Establish a comprehensive workplace code of conduct for manufacturing suppliers.
  • Improve worker well-being initiatives
  • Improve fair wages through elimination of interim steps (Middlemen) that take part of the price
  • Increase value chain transparency
  • Create circular products (Cradle2Cradle)
  • Reduce resource intensity (water, soild, pesticides, chemicals, ...)


The food and beverage industry is constantly faced with rising expectations from multiple stakeholders. Competitiveness in in this multistakeholder environment requires to building distinct capabilities:

  • Ensuring product quality and availability
  • Managing largely outsourced supply chains for agility and responsiveness
  • Transparently managing concerns of product and supply chain sustainability
  • Establish a comprehensive workplace code of conduct for manufacturing suppliers.
  • Improve worker well-being initiatives
  • Improve fair wages through elimination of interim steps (Middlemen) that take part of the price
  • Increase value chain transparency
  • Create circular products (Cradle2Cradle)
  • Reduce resource intensity (water, soild, pesticides, chemicals, ...)


Companies that produce industrial products need to manage multiple challenges in a marketplace that got more volatile and is faced by technological dispruptions. Competitiveness in a very fast and volatile market requires to have distinct capabilities:

  • Constantly delivering product innovation
  • Managing largely outsourced supply chains for agility and responsiveness
  • Reducing product cost and environmental impacts
  • Moving revenue models from hardware to software/services
  • Establish a comprehensive workplace code of conduct for manufacturing suppliers.
  • Improve worker well-being initiatives
  • Improve fair wages through elimination of interim steps (Middlemen) that take part of the price
  • Increase value chain transparency
  • Create circular products (Cradle2Cradle)
  • Reduce resource intensity (water, soild, pesticides, chemicals, ...)


The transportation and logistics industry is not only concerned about the financial bottom line, but also in the environmental footprint of their operations and supply chains. To be able to compete in a very tight market, companies have to address a number of challenges:
  • Further globalization of supply chain networks
  • Supporting the relocation of client production sites
  • Reducing energy intensity
  • Increasing speed to support customer objectives
  • Real time control to cope with disruptions and congestions
What leading companies do:
  • Invest in building sustainable supply networks
  • Improve transparency and collaboration
  • Utilize technology and digitization to cope with customer requirements