People skills for an uncertain future in supply chains

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WMS in operation at a warehouse

Current attributes in logistics The coming decade will contain uncertainties for economies and enterprises, due to the effects of climate change and geopolitics. So, what attributes should be considered when employing supply chain staff for a changing environment? A recent article by a personnel firm in Australia, identified the types of distribution and warehouse jobs currently in demand at shippers … Read More

Supply Chain investment proposals and decisions

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Working Capital is available money

Welcome to the 2020s As yet, this is a decade without a name, but ‘the decade of living dangerously’ could be an apt title, especially for supply chain professionals. This is because four factors are likely to influence supply chain investment proposals and decisions: climate change; geopolitics; international trade flows and supply chain technologies. They interrelate and therefore provide complex … Read More

Change in your supply chains is for your business

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Strategies provide growth

Products and sales outlets differ; so do warehouses and storage areas in their design, organisation, processes and use of technologies. How Logisticians respond to changes in markets, business practices and the environment will also differ. Sales channels and outbound supply chains Sales channels are the outlets through which goods and any associated services are sold. Logistics designs the outbound supply … Read More

Agree on your supply chains before writing the strategy

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Negotiating a deal

A new report A whitepaper was recently published by the Global Supply Chain Institute at the University of Tennessee concerning relations between management and staff in supply chains. While this whitepaper was written for American readers, it contains some useful ideas for supply chain professionals. The whitepaper is based on interviews with 19 ‘benchmark’ companies. This is a low number … Read More

Corporate debt could be a challenge for supply chains

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Risk management chart

Corporate debt in developed countries If there was a global recession only half as serious to that of 2008, forty percent of the corporate debt owed by businesses in some countries is at risk. ‘Corporate debt at risk’ is when businesses are unable to cover the interest expenses on borrowings from corporate earnings. This figure is provided in the half-yearly … Read More