How will you respond to carbon pricing?

Roger OakdenGlobal Logistics

Improve or pass on the cost. This is a question asked by CEOs of the larger companies in Australia. The carbon tax regime will commence in July 2012 and initially target the largest emiters. In addition to Australia, similar decisions and plans about implementing a carbon tax or carbon trading are happening around the Pacific Rim; in New Zealand, Thailand, … Read More

Know your supply chains

Roger OakdenSupply Chains & Supply Networks

Where are the weak links. Do you know of cyclododecatriene or CDT? I have not heard of it either. But if you are associated with automotive supply chains, you will know of it by now. CDT is a precursor ingredient for a resin called PA12 or Nylon12, which is a constituent of plastics used in the automotive industry. The manufacturers … Read More

Outsourcing logistics functions

Roger OakdenLogistics Management

Competencies can change. I am interested that Amazon has recently purchased the supplier of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) used in its warehouses. This is an example of vertical integration within a business. When Amazon started, it was portrayed as the ‘new’ style of business. The requirement was to be good at your core competency, in this case on-line book selling … Read More

How do you explain logistics?

Roger OakdenGlobal Logistics

Things said on television. I have been watching the TV series Planet Word, hosted by the British entertainment personality, Stephen Fry. In the most recent episode he was discussing an advertisement for a job in which the word logistics was used. The speaker asked Stephen Fry if he knew what  the term meant; to which Stephen responded “it has to … Read More

Your forecast of sales is wrong

Roger OakdenLogistics Planning

One number is not accurate. In a recent article, economist professors at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School made an honest statement about their forecasts of the American economy “Truth be told, our best guesses just aren’t very good”. Should this comment also be said by those engaged in forecasting future sales for their business? In making their forecasts more … Read More