Knut Alicke is a partner at the Stuttgart office of McKinsey & Company. He is a member of the leadership of the European Supply Chain Management (SCM) practice.
Since joining the firm in August 2004, he has focused on all elements of supply chain management from strategic (network redesign) to operational (lean warehousing) in various industries, from automotive, pharmaceuticals, and retail to petrochemicals. He is the leader of our knowledge effort on distribution excellence.
He coaches our SCM PhD fellows and lectures in supply chain management at the Universities of Karlsruhe and Cologne.
The challenge: Supply chains and digital
Our new blog, “Delivering the digital supply chain,” kicks off by inviting you to join the discussion.
Three game-changing supply-chain technologies
Automation and robotics, open IT platforms, and on-demand transportation will have a big impact on supply chains.
Blockchain technology for supply chains—A must or a maybe?
Blockchain’s buzz makes it sound like a panacea. Our supply-chain experts evaluate its real potential.
Digital supply chains: Do you have the skills to run them?
Supply Chain 4.0 is raising expectations. Find out how to fill the talent gap.
The McKinsey Supply Chain Executive Academy
A two-day forum for supply-chain executives helps organizations break through to digital supply-chain excellence.
Supply Chain 4.0: The Customer Experience
Find out how supply-chain managers can use Supply Chain 4.0 to create game-changing customer experiences.
Supply Chain 4.0 – the next-generation digital supply chain
Find out how Supply Chain 4.0 will make your organization faster, more flexible, more granular, more accurate, and more efficient.
Warehousing value: An interview with Sky Deutschland’s Sebastian Hauptmann
A new perspective revealed hidden value in warehouse operations—and a new way of working with logistics-services providers.
Big data and the supply chain: Capturing the benefits (Part 2)
A new dedicated team is one of several pre-requisites to ensure a company’s digital supply chain runs effectively.
Big data and the supply chain: The big-supply-chain analytics landscape (Part 1)
Big data and the era of digital means a big analytics landscape for supply chain to work with.
The DNA of Supply Chain Executives
The diversity of supply chain talent resembles the extraordinary, cross-functional nature of the supply chain profession.
Let’s explore: More than one route-to-market
Higher sales, lower costs, and competitive advantage can await pharmacos who are willing to invest in alternative supply chain paths
Fast and flexible
Pharmacos can master their supply chain challenges by adapting the strategies and tools developed by other industries
Scoring with supply chain service level improvements
Broader research has some good news for companies trapped in service, cost and capital trade-offs
Pharma’s untapped gold mine: Logistics excellence
Transport and warehousing offer savings of 15 to 30 percent of a pharmaco’s total distribution costs
How well is your supply chain really working?
A single metric ranks supply chain performance against peers and directly links to business success
1+1=3: Unlocking the value of supply chain collaboration
With supply chain collaboration pharmacos stand to benefit from improvement potential across the main supply chain cost buckets of 1.5 to 3.5 percent of COGS.
An Apple-like step change for pharma
A tightly integrated supply chain holds the key to future excellence in the pharmaceutical industry
Want better logistics? Make a clean start
With help from a modeling tool, some pharmacos are finding significant savings in logistics costs are possible
Building a supply chain that can withstand high oil prices
Opportunities abound to boost supply chain efficiency. Most are in the money today, and will become even more attractive if oil prices rise
A new approach to auto supply chain risk management
Many will have to upgrade risk management methods in response to newly discovered vulnerabilities
Push me, pull you?
A new hybrid approach in manufacturing captures the best features of both push and pull scheduling
Out of the box: Optimizing an inbound logistics network
Automakers need to rethink their inbound logistics strategies rather than getting "boxed in" by market realities
Lean logistics: From supplier to line operator
The lean logistics concept has increased annual assembly productivity and logistics costs over a three-year cycle
Lean and mean: How does your supply chain shape up?
Lean manufacturing techniques can eliminate much of the cost of ignored and unmanaged portions of the supply chain
Managing the upswing
Supply chain managers need to know how to react to the uncertain end of the recession
Knut Alicke, Tim Blischke and Wolf-Axel Schulze elaborate on a smarter approach to transportation that can deliver rapid savings
What's in your warehouse?
Lean manufacturing techniques can eliminate a significant portion of the cost of unmanaged supply stuck in distribution centers
Warehouses: The boxes worth €300 billion
Today’s competition makes warehouses too important to ignore. Hands-on experience can unlock major improvements in logistics performance and productivity.
Building the business case: How to try new supply-chain tech before you buy
Companies need a better way to evaluate the benefits, costs and risks of novel approaches.
New organizational wires for digital supply chains
Higher revenues, lower costs, and delighted customers have always been the goal. But to achieve all three, you’ll need a new supply-chain operating model.