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Supply chain solutions for trade tariff disputes

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Trade disputes between US, China and Europe are very probably not over soon. BCI has identified and developed 12 strategies how companies can cope with importing and exporting trade tariffs around the world.

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How can locations help to cope with labor market challenges?

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Availability of the right people, increasing labor costs and the need for changing skills set are key issues for many companies. Finding optimal locations for new (production, distribution, service) operations in the US, Europe and Asia is becoming more and more talent driven. But how to identify locations which are future proof from a labor market perspective?

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How to deal with (the risk of) a hard Brexit

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The risk of a no deal hard Brexit is high. Even if the European Commission and the British government come to a kind of agreement, the question is whether there will be enough political support on both sides of the Channel.

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Are more robots in warehouses the right solution?

PUBLICATIONS

Robots in warehouses are already a reality and from a technical point of view it would be logical to assume that robots will be implemented on a large scale. But are robots also the right solution from a strategic business point of view? 

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The Future of China as a Manufacturing Base

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The Chinese economy now returns to a ‘new normal’ of six percent growth per year. At the same time, the traditional position as low cost manufacturing base is eroding and other Asian location alternatives are now on the radar of C-level executives of international corporations. What is the future of China for production expansions by American, European and Asian companies?

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Buck Consultants International wins industry award for Best Supply Chain Consulting Partner in Asia

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Global biopharma and medical devices companies operating in Asia have chosen the Netherlands headquartered consulting firm Buck Consultants International as best Supply Chain Consulting Partner. 

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BCI named best supply chain consultancy for biopharma/medical devices

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Global biopharma and medical devices companies operating in Asia have chosen the Netherlands headquartered consulting firm Buck Consultants International as best Supply Chain Consulting Partner. 

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Preparing for Next Generation Cross Border E-commerce

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The e-commerce landscape is changing rapidly. Both brand owners and retailers need to understand these dynamics and prepare themselves for a next generation cross border e-commerce.

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Challenges in lifescience supply chain in Asia

PUBLICATIONS

In a growth market like APAC it is challenging to find the right solution in determining the appropriate cost/service balance to serve specific channel and market combinations. BCI Global explains which pitfalls to avoid and how.

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Supply chain resilience during hurricane Irma

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Hurricane Irma has recently caused extensive damage to several countries in the Americas. A record wind speed of 185MPH and other factors resulted in 102 deaths and material damages of over 100 Billion USD. Ports in the states of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina were closed, which significantly impacted many supply chains. Unfortunately, it is impossible to fully mitigate the impact of natural disasters like Irma. No company will be able to fully mitigate the impact of disruptions without eroding its profits or – worst case - filing for bankruptcy afterwards. Moreover, insurance is not an option as every insurance company classifies natural disasters as a force majeure.

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R&D Center Locations are Technology & Talent Driven

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In order to win the R&D rat race companies adopt three supplementary strategies: higher R&D expenditures, open innovation (intensive co-operation with universities, technological institutes, start-ups) and gobalisation, driven by.......

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Heating Up

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Proximity and multinational enterprise co-location in clusters: a multiple case study of Dutch science parks

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Around the world, ‘science parks’ are being established and promoted as ‘property developments aimed at supporting research-based commercial activity’ (Quintas, Wield, and Massey 1992, 161). Currently, there are over 400 such science parks globally and their number continues to grow (UNESCO 2015). It has been argued that foreign direct investment (FDI) by multinational enterprises (MNEs) has the potential to significantly contribute to subnational locations, such as science parks, in terms of workforce skills, employment, productivity and knowledge transfer (Monaghan 2012).

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Finding the right location in the APAC region for your new operations

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Locating new operations in the Asia Pacific region can be a challenge. Whether it is a dis-tribution center, production plant or support center, there are a lot of location factors to be taken into account. René Buck (CEO) and Sui Leng Khoo (VP APAC) of BCI Global, one of the world’s leaders in footprint optimization, site selection and supply chain strategy share their experiences.

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BCI Global opens offices in the Bay Area and Los Angeles

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The international supply chain, location strategy and site selection firm BCI Global, also known as Buck Consultants International, opens two new offices in California. 

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Trump victory freezes international trade deals

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The Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership, at least in its current form, is dead. The landmark free trade agreement between the United States and 11 Pacific Rim countries was not only a key part of President Obama’s legacy but a crucial tool to boost the U.S. economy and its standing in Asia. But given Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s victory Tuesday, the prospects of congressional approval are zero.

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BCI Global strengthens market position in Asia

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BCI Global opens two new offices in Singapore and Shanghai. “From an economic point of view Asia is still the fastest growing region in the world.

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What does Brexit mean for your company?

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On June 23rd the British people voted to leave the European Union. The financial markets reacted negatively, but the UK is still the fifth largest economy in the world. It’s an export driven economy, for many American and Asian companies it is an important country for production and services operations and London is a world financial center. So what does Brexit mean for your company and how can you address the Brexit challenges?

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Buck Consultants International opens office in Atlanta

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Earlier this year Buck Consultants International opened an office in Atlanta. Allison Turner has been appointed as Vice President North America. She liaises with American companies who want to increase their footprint abroad, whether it is in Europe, Middle East and Africa or in the Asia Pacific region.

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Post Brexit: Companies Ask, 'Should I Stay or Should I Go?'

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A post-Brexit survey by the Institute of Directors, the United Kingdom’s longest running organization for business leaders, found 22% of the respondents are considering moving some of their operations outside of the U.K. Of those considering an operations shift, most anticipate a move to another EU country.

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Medtech companies review global manufacturing footprint

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The technologies in the medtech industry are rapidly changing, while at the same time the whole industry is globalizing at a fast pace. New emerging geographies mean for US and European companies new locational challenges and.....

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A new perspective on supply chain risk management

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Strikes at the port of Long Beach, labour disputes in France, natural disasters like an earthquake in Indonesia, a volcano eruption in Iceland grounding air flights between Europe and the US: they all disrupt supply chains.

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US automotive supplier Gentherm chooses Macedonia

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Detroit based Gentherm, the global market leader and developer of innovative thermal management technologies, has opened a new production site in Prilep, Macedonia. Buck Consultants International assisted Gentherm’s European management with the site selection process.

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Omnichannel in retail is hot: order anywhere - fulfill anywhere

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Many brand owners and retailers still have a P&L for each distribution channel: one P&L for their retail channel, one for e-commerce and one for the wholesale channel. Logistics is also organized per channel (‘silo’). But if you put the customer in the center, you need an omni channel strategy to accommodate buy everywhere – shop from everywhere - return to everywhere.

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London based legal industry reconsiders locations

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The legal industry is looking for new support business models and new locations as well. The mantra is not anymore ‘London, London, London’. There are new kids on the block in the UK, Europe and Asia.

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Winning development agencies develop dedicated value propositions

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Economic development agencies all over the world often present themselves in the same way: brochures, interactive websites, regular e-mail updates about always crucial new investments, flash drives with – if printed – hundreds of pages of background information. But who really reads this?

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How to optimize spare parts delivery in the Middle East and Africa?

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Customers all over the world expect the same for spare parts deliveries: same or next day delivery, products always available, choices for delivery points. And in the US and Europe that is not a problem. But how to deliver spare parts and meet these expectations in Saudi Arabia, Kenya, Nigeria, Iran, South Africa?

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Mega distribution centers on the rise

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Big, bigger, biggest. It looks like a rat race but economies of scale urge shippers and logistics service providers to establish mega distribution centers (more than 400,000 sq feet or 40,000 sqm).

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Reduction of food losses in African agro-food chains is feasible

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Sub-optimal logistics is the root cause of agro-food losses in developing and emerging countries. In Benin and Nigeria, agro-food stakeholders have indicated that the development of logistics and transport capacity is needed together with an improved access to financing in order to make agro-logistics more efficient and to reduce logistics losses.

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New agricultural machinery plant lands in Hungary

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Illinois based agricultural equipment manufacturer GSI opened a year ago its first European manufacturing plant. Location of choice is Biatorbágy (Hungary), where 125 people now work in a brand new facility.

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Webinar on The Changing EU Customs Code and its impact on supply chain practices

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On October 14th 2015 Buck Consultants International together with international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLC held a successful webinar on the upcoming changes in the EU Customs Code and their potential impact on the way supply chains in different industries are structured and managed.

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Global Supply Chain Transformation - BCI's VP Dinner in Switzerland April 2015

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On the evening of April 15th 2015 a group of high level supply chain officers from different industries joined BCI’s Annual VP Supply Chain Dinner in Switzerland. This time the even was held in Montreux, on the sunny shores of Lake Geneva. Participating companies included e.g. Edwards Lifesciences, Monsanto, Ariad Pharmaceuticals, Celgene, Boehringer Ingelheim, Novo Nordisk, Bombardier, and others.

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Africa: the Next Location Target. Corporations explore expansion opportunities in Africa's many emerging markets

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Corporations are continuing to push into new markets in search of expansion opportunities, and one of the last frontiers for many firms is Africa.

The world’s second-largest continent offers abundant opportunities for international corporations looking for low-cost operations, as well as the chance to tap into a growing consumer market. Yet corporations first need to maneuver significant hurdles to doing business in Africa. Chief among them are political, financial and economic risks, poor infrastructure and a real estate market that is both expensive and lacks transparency.

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How changing supply chains impacts location choices

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Supply chain strategies determine the number, size, activities and location profile of distribution centres as 80 per cent of the value chain’s life-cycle costs are locked in at the start with the footprint of distribution centres (and production plants). The direct relationship between supply chain strategy and location choices also means that location choices have a direct impact on the three drivers of shareholder value: growing revenues (due to geographic expansion), costs and capital deployment. The author presents a proven location decision tool (the cost-quality-risk model), in which all relevant cost factors, quality of the business environment factors and risk factors are included.

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Dubai, center of the booming economy of MENASA

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MENASA, the geographic coalition of Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, is one of the booming economic region in the world. Double digit economic growth, growing middle classes with an increased demand for goods. And as a gateway to all these promises: Dubai.

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Responsive supply chains become priority in the pharma industry

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Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Novartis, Merck proof it these days once again: the pharmaceutical business is one of the most globalized industries in which new successful medicines are priority number one. But creating responsive supply chain models has become a priority as well. Why?

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New product: Supply Chain Assessment Tool

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Do you recognize one or more of the following questions: Does our supply chain provides the right service to our customer? What is the performance of our supply chain? How to reduce cost in the supply chain? The new BCI Supply Chain Assessment Tool (SCAT) can give you the answers.

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Africa on the rise

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More and more companies look at the opportunities in Africa. Not only the fast economic growth of the continent in the past with more than one billion people, but also the expectation that the next 5 years 11 of the world’s fastest growing economies will be in Africa, drives the interest. But opportunities go together with challenges if you want to benefit from the advantages of Africa.

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Emirates call center flies to Budapest

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Dubai based Emirates Airlines has announced it will open its seconds customer contact centre in Europe with a 300 seat facility in Budapest this year. Europe is a strategically important market for Emirates and this new facility in Budapest will play a critical role in supporting the airline’s growth plans across the continent.

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Hogan Lovells to set up new legal Services Center in Birmingham

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Hogan Lovells, a leading global law firm, is to set up a Legal Services Center in Birmingham, United Kingdom to deliver high quality cost-effective legal services for aspects of its client work. The Center will operate as an extension of the firm's London office.

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Risk assessments as base for further globalization

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“In the boardroom discussions on globalization risk assessments are underestimated. The discussion about onshore, nearshore or offshore locations is too much focused on costs and supply chain issues. But a full assessment of all types of risks has to be incorporated in the discussion as well”, says René Buck, CEO of Buck Consultants International.

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The new R&D battle: how companies and regions can benefit

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R&D expenditures will grow, less in new physical centers, but more via acquisitions, alliances/joint programmes and open innovation contracts. Steering R&D is changing: a more clear split is expected between Research locations and Development locations. The future R&D landscape will consist of a few cross industry hot spots around the world and specialized industry specific satellites.

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Support Center Opportunities in the sub-Sahara-region

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For support centers there is a new kid on the block: Africa. Many languages are available in large numbers at attractive cost levels. Is Africa an alternative for more expensive European countries? Can Africa be a near shore alternative for companies who want to re-shore back from Asia for quality and labour market competition rea-sons?

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Fashion and lifestyle companies need a new business model

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The report is the result of an industry wide research and interviews with leading companies such as Levi’s, Foot Locker, Adidas, Polo Ralph Lauren, Urban Outfitters and VF. The study identifies and discusses eight key developments from a supply chain management perspective, from within the European fashion and lifestyle sector.

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Smart control towers for smooth high tech supply chains

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Forget the old score cards and welcome real time information about where products in the supply chain are actually right now. Real time information makes anticipation on global supply chain risks such as natural disasters or sudden delivery problems of suppliers possible. The message: more visibility made possible by smart control towers.

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Eight ways of reducing transportation costs

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Every supply chain or transportation manager has 4 key objectives: lowering transportation cost, improving service to (internal) customers, improving visibility and improving (financial) control. Buck Consultants International has identified 8 transport improvement initiatives, which address these objectives.

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How can foreign investments contribute to regional innovation ecosystems?

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Many countries and regions have adopted the cluster development approach, in which a cluster is defined as a geographically bounded concentration of interconnected firms and institutions in a particular technological field. The cluster approach has many advantages for potential investors such as access to specific knowledge through dedicated institutes and networks, availability of specialised personnel and suppliers and proximity of dedicated R&D infrastructures/research facilities. Clusters lead to healthy competition between companies and among personnel, boosting motivation and innovation. Attracting FDI is particularly in the development and growth phases of a regional cluster the most valuable. Literature on FDI and examples around the world show that foreign investments have special features, which include efficient and leading operating practices and technologies, which generate positive spill-over effects to domestic firms and the regional economy as a whole. Buck Consultants International identified four FDI spill-over channels, which lead to better skilled talent, more productive domestic companies, intensified collaboration/sourcing and a more robust R&D infrastructure.

 

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Donaldson to build a new plant in Poland

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US based Donaldson Company, a leading worldwide provider of filtration systems, announced the construction of a new filter manufacturing plant in Skarbimierz, South-Poland. Buck Consultants International advised Donaldson on the trade-off between proximity of markets/transportation costs, production costs and favorable business environments.

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Five golden rules for attracting new logistics activities

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Rule 1 Position your port/region in new logistics networks Different industry sectors prefer different supply chain set-ups. While computer, spare parts and microchips are often supplied from a central European distribution center, other sectors like pharma and medtech choose more regional distribution centers. And fast moving consumer goods, food and clothing have typically a two tier supply model, with regional distribution centers and satellite DCs. It is important to find out in which supply chains your port, city or region fits best.

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When will low labour cost in Central and Eastern Europe loose their attractiveness?

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Today, total employers cost for a semi skilled worker or a skilled worker are favourable in Central and Eastern Europe. In a recent location study Buck Consultants International compared the total employers cost based on a 40 hour work week (including gross salary, all mandatory add-ups and all benefits - common in those labor markets) for selected regions in Germany, Poland and Romania. The costs for a semi skilled worker were: 6,000 Euro in Romania, 9,000 Euro in Poland and 37,000 Euro in Western Germany. The figures for a skilled worker were: 8,000 Euro in Romania, 13,000 Euro in Poland and 45,000 Euro in Western Germany.

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Providing Location Advice across the Globe

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In 1985, Rene Buck graduated from Nijmegen University, the Netherlands, and started his own location consulting firm the same day. He received degrees in economics and locational planning and then decided to pursue corporate real estate.

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New challenges for pharmaceutical industry

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The good times with more or less guaranteed high margins are over for pharmaceutical companies. The coming years, reduced costs, greater agility and improved speed to market - whilst ensuring the often complex regulatory legal framework in countries are being met - will form a challenging operating landscape for companies in the industry. Buck Consultants International drafted a white paper which outlines a strategic agenda companies within the industry have to review. "Key to this agenda is the changing commercial business model pharmaceutical companies are starting to address. Pharmaceutical companies will have to turn more towards direct sales channels and therefore also direct distribution models to reduce margins in their current business. This includes direct deliveries to the patient", says Eelco Dijkstra, senior consultant Buck Consultants International.

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Johnson & Johnson opens new European distribution center in Wallonia, Belgium

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The new Janssen European distribution center centralizes the activities of 15 logistics centers in Europe. It reduces the number of steps in the supply chain, with medicines going directly from the manufacturing plants – Beerse (Belgium), Latina (Italy) and Schaffhausen (Switzerland) – to the La Louvière distribution center, from which they are shipped to Janssen operating companies in 11 European countries as well as to Johnson & Johnson affiliates in the rest of the world. Once fully operational the new distribution center will also ship Janssen pharmaceutical products directly to wholesalers, pharmacies and hospitals in Europe. The La Louvière logistics center has a total operational surface of 21,500m² and will handle 160 million packs of medicines a year. Buck Consultants assisted Johnson & Johnson with the international location search for this state-of-the-art distribution center.

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EnVivo Pharmaceuticals locates European office in Leiden

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Pipeline

EnVivo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is dedicated to discovering and developing small molecule therapeutics for disorders of the central nervous system (CNS). The company’s focus is on building an integrated company and it is working to convert its broad pipeline into a range of CNS therapies that leverage novel mechanisms of action by altering the progression of diseases and providing improvement in cognitive and overall function. EnVivo’s lead product is an alpha-7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor agonist that has successfully completed Phase 2b clinical trials in both schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease. EnVivo’s other development programs include an epigenetics program based on Histone Deacetylase inhibition (HDACi), a Gamma Secretase Modulator program and a potent and selective PDE10 inhibitor program.

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How the right locations can contribute to achieving key corporate objectives

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The Market Challenge. Although different for each company and product, upcoming geographical markets are important for many companies. Today’s examples are Russia (annual growth above 4%) and Turkey which GDP growth was 8.5% last year, making this market with 80 million people and growing purchasing power an interesting target market. Its geo-economic position between Europe and the Middle East contributes to the country’s attractiveness. In the near future Africa will further develop into an economic growth area as well.

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Synchromodal transport offers new opportunities for logistics service providers and logistics regions

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Synchromodal transport is not a new form of intermodal transport, but a well-thought use of all transport modes in parallel. For every transport order, the logistics service provider chooses the best possible transport mode, carefully balancing time, cost and service levels. On the same corridor this can sometimes result in the use of road transport, in other situations rail transport or the use of inland barges.

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Apparel leader VF conquers Chinese market

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VF is the world’s largest apparel company: about $ 10 billion annual revenues, 30 dynamic lifestyle brands, sold in 150 countries through 47,000 retailers and 1,000 own retail stores. Headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, the Global Supply Chain Organization, based in Hong Kong, oversees the production of 500 million items annually at more than 1,400 owned or sourced facilities in locations around the world.

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Allen & Overy sets up back office center in Belfast

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Law firm Allen & Overy is active in 26 countries with more than 5,000 employees. Wim Dejonghe, A&O’s managing partner of the London based so called ‘Magic Circle’-company, indicates that Belfast is not chosen because of the low cost. 

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