Transport costs do not reduce because delivery is ‘free’

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Business people greeting each other

Transport is not free We know there is ‘no such thing as a free lunch’ – somewhere, someone has to pay. And so it is with transport. The term ‘free delivery’ has entered the language of logistics, so that even industrial and retail shippers expect a continuing reduction in freight costs, irrespective of the situation. Costs are incurred in the … Read More

Supply Chain professionals and their ‘key shape’ style

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Business plan thinking

Supply Chain function performance is not enough A Supply Network is a complex, non-linear and adaptable system. The core supply chains within a network can be managed – from tier 1 suppliers to tier 1 customers. Beyond that, the extended supply chains of a network can only be understood, based on the emerging responses to events. Therefore, for an organisation … Read More

Water – supply chains using more but less available

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Know your supply markets

Water in supply chains Water is not a resource in which Logisticians typically concern themselves; but should they? Changes in climate and weather activity are likely to affect supply chains – less water available for much of the time; then too much water, in the form of floods. Water has not received the publicity of climate change, yet is a … Read More

Procurement negotiations and a researched Sourcing Plan

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International trade and your business

A Sourcing Plan is part of the process To stay in business, suppliers must keep selling to current and prospective buyers. Concurrently, Procurement must decide which supplier of an item is the ‘best’ and whether the ‘best’ is the right supplier. Procurement therefore requires a process which removes as much subjectivity as possible from the buying decision. Supply Planning is … Read More

Category Analysis is the first step in Supply Planning

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supply market intelligence

Elements of Supply Planning Understanding your supply markets, which is called Supply Planning, is one of two critical roles of Procurement. The other is the Purchasing process. The process of Supply Planning was developed in late 1980’s, but it has not become commonly established in organisations – why? One reason could be that the positioning and process steps of Supply … Read More