Agile supply chains require apps for Assemble to Order

Roger OakdenGlobal Logistics, Logistics Management, Logistics Planning, Supply Networks & Supply Chains0 Comments

Mix and Stir business

IT applications which meet the need. Commentators are telling us that to be successful, manufacturers and distributors operating in an ‘on-demand’ economy will require to integrate the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and multiple other technologies. But what they do not write about are the software requirements to plan the flow of materials and resources through an Agile supply … Read More

The long tail of Inventory requires a good structure

Roger OakdenGlobal Logistics, Logistics Management, Logistics Planning, Procurement, Supply Networks & Supply Chains0 Comments

Know your supply markets

Long tail of inventory. Currently, media articles are discussing the potential changes to business and the wider community from the implementation of new technologies. But fewer discuss the potential changes from implementing different business models caused by changes in markets. A recent comment noted that order sizes on Asian fabric mills have decreased by between 20 and 30 percent over … Read More

New technologies and inventory planning applications

Roger OakdenGlobal Logistics, Logistics Management, Logistics Planning, Supply Networks & Supply Chains0 Comments

From old way to new way

Technologies and planning. The hype surrounding new technologies has identified that many tasks will become automated and jobs are at risk. This will include supply chains, but how long until there is concrete evidence of job replacement actually occurring? Recently, Sears, a US based retailer announced that all items sold through its stores will have an RFID tag attached for … Read More

Inventory Planning is more than figures in a formula

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Inventory in warehouse

Uncertainty and risks. Increasing response to orders (that is reducing lead times) is apparently becoming the requirement of buyers, from consumers to retailers to tier 1 suppliers and back through supply chains. If this situation is true (and I have doubts about the actual situation vs the hype), then having sufficient inventories at critical nodes in your supply chains will … Read More

Managing inventory, supply chains and risk management

Roger OakdenGlobal Logistics, Logistics Management, Logistics Planning, Supply Networks & Supply Chains0 Comments

Logistics planning stress

Why are inventories increasing? The risks in your organisation’s supply network can be reduced in two ways. At the strategic level, supply chains and operational processes can be changed, but to achieve this outcome takes time. The more likely approach is for Logisticians to manage capacity and inventory. However, in the era of globalisation, the opportunity to manage capacity has … Read More