Can't believe that another year has come and gone. 2016 was a great year here at Quyntess — one that was filled with new releases of our SCM apps, webinars, lots of live events (i.e. digital transformation workshop, conferences, digital leadership circle events), and even more content. In fact, over the past 12 months, we have published dozen blog posts as well as videos, demos, keynote presentations, daily social media updates and more. Safe to say we’ve been busy to keep you updated.

Part 2/2: The Role of Supply Chain Traceability in Making Palm Oil Sustainable

The loose ends of the status quo in sustainable palm oil
To ensure the use of strictly sustainable palm oil, global consumer brands work closely together with their first-tier suppliers. The sustainability norms, controls, and checks that are initiated at the top are expected to disseminate from the first-tier suppliers all the way upwards the supply chain to the growers (e.g. smallholders etc.). However, structured communication (let alone collaboration) between consumer brands and parties that are positioned further at the upstream-side of the supply chain are virtually non-existing.

Part 1/2: The Shift of Palm Oil towards Sustainability

When hearing or reading about palm oil industry. I always had an utterly negative image of large, greedy companies in my head that value their profits over the environment and indigenous communities. Everyone has seen those pictures of never-ending plantations, bulldozers that tear down gigantic areas of the rain forest so relentlessly and easily that it reminds you of cutting the grass in your backyard, and endangered species losing their natural habitat.

At the Digital Transformation workshop of the Control Towers group I was inspired by the keynote of Mikkel Hippe Brun (Co-founder, Tradeshift) that gave an inspiring speech about how to be disruptive in your business.

The current age of digitizing reminds me of a historic event. 140 years ago, the then common way of communicating experienced a major disruption: the invention of the telephone. The communication by use of this brand new tool started to replace the conventional form of communication via post through horse carriage. Similar to the invention of the telephone, business leaders seem to acknowledge the huge potential of digitizing essential supply chain processes, as the ‘Digital Transformation’ workshop in Antwerp has shown.

Internet of Things (IoT) is probably one of the most used buzzwords in our business. IoT is about making everyday objects more efficient and “smart” letting the users act only when necessary instead of constantly checking things, like a smart bin that tells you when its full or smart thermostat that learns your preferences so you do not need to adjust it manually constantly, etc.