Cultural influences on supply chains and trade

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Warehouse employees

Geopolitical factors The uncertainties generated by ongoing trade tensions between the US and China and other inter-government trade disputes have initiated reviews by enterprises of the international supply chain operations they own or have outsourced. In addition to the cost implications of changes to supply chains, there are other factors affecting logistics to consider (where to relocate distribution and maybe … Read More

Implement Supply Chain Planning system and applications

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Planning Process

An ERP system Because you can do something does not mean that you should. This applies to how you implement ERP systems and SNAP applications, which are predominately for use in planning and controlling supply chains. Most often encountered in business organisations is one or more enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, which contains modules designed to ‘integrate’ operational plans, resources, … Read More

Supply Chain professionals response to unplanned events

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Responding to Uncertainty

Be prepared for anything to happen and at the most inconvenient time! Whatever resources an enterprise invests in its supply chains, the supply network will never be perfect – from nowhere something can happen that wrecks your carefully calculated plans. The conference organiser eft has recently provided links to articles concerning ‘things that have gone wrong’ in different supply chains, … Read More

Transport emissions, new regulations and Supply Chains

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International shipping trade and containers

Freight transport and emissions Transport accounts for about 65 percent of world oil consumption and has responsibility for the fastest growth in global emissions. This obviously cannot continue. Although the road and rail transport sectors emit the major part of all transport emissions, responsibility for their reduction is with national governments. But this is different for global air and sea transport. Freight … Read More

Inventory to ensure deliveries through supply chains

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Variability in supply

Actions to limit variability Increasing numbers of stock keeping units (SKUs), extended and variable lead times and shorter planning horizons are challenges for planners. Variability was discussed in the previous blogpost, identifying (at the end) actions that could be taken to limit variability. One action is to manage the allocation of finite capacity within a business. An approach to increasing … Read More