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May 7, 2021

technology

Why FTP instead of REST

Most web apps feature web APIs styled as REST, yet Lokad features FTPS and SFTP, which may appear surprising. However, this choice is intentional, why did Lokad choose to go this route?

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rocket_article May 7, 2021

Why FTP instead of REST

Most web apps feature web APIs styled as REST, yet Lokad features FTPS and SFTP, which may appear surprising. However, this choice is intentional, why did Lokad choose to go this route?

rocket_article Apr 16, 2021

Supply Chain Story: The Bullwhip Job

My first professional supply chain experience happened back in 2004. At the time, I was a computer science student at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), a university in Paris. My interests covered a wide range of wholly theoretical subjects, yet, I was also intrigued by the idea of testing out those theories “in the wild”.

rocket_article Feb 23, 2021

The Adventures of Captain Obvious in Supply Chain

Captain Obvious has been working overtime in supply chain. His natural leadership has inspired many who are now following the same path. Yet, underneath the uniform, there is little to be found but a great deal of confusion.

rocket_article Jan 26, 2021

42 tricks to achieve Supply Chain greatness

Many domains are complex, irredemiably so, and supply chain is certainly one of them. So what could an itemized list of tricks help you to achieve?

rocket_article Dec 21, 2020

On the accidental complexity of supply chain systems

A single smartphone could technically run a predictive inventory allocation for a very large retail network, yet why do so many companies have such slow systems in place?

rocket_article Nov 20, 2020

Supply Chain Lectures, but why?

I would like to share some insights into my motivations, as a CEO, for undertaking such a series of supply chain lectures. It boils down to the four key challenges faced by Lokad.

rocket_article Nov 5, 2020

Refresh everything every day

Lokad’s supply chain practice is to refresh all the data pipelines - forecasts included - at least once a day. Why is that?

rocket_article Oct 6, 2020

Factors of success in predictive supply chains

Wading through the miasma of supply chain technologies remains a challenge. What can help to guarantee success?

rocket_article Jul 2, 2020

Ranked 6th out of 909 teams in the M5 forecasting competition

Lokad have come at the 6th position in the M5 Forecasting competition out of 909 competing teams. It’s an impressive feat.

rocket_article Feb 4, 2020

Quantitative SCM vs Classic APS

Module-by-module comparison between classic APS (Advance Planning and Scheduling) systems and the quantitative supply chain as implemented by Lokad.

rocket_article Jan 16, 2020

Why not Python

Envision, the domain-specific language (DSL) of Lokad, was engineered to address challenges where Python will never deliver cost-effective solutions.

rocket_article Nov 26, 2019

LokadTV reaches 1000 subscribers

When we started our Youtube channel just over a year and a half ago, we never imagined we'd reach this milestone.

rocket_article Aug 27, 2019

Forecasting as a self-fulfilling prophecy

What are the importance of feedback loops and how do we use them in our forecasts