Supply Chains for management of intermediate products

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Agile supply chains

An intermediate product. In commercial supply chains, supply chains can take different forms in response to the needs of particular markets. It is a role of logisticians to evaluate the supply chains and structure them to best meet the needs of their markets. The previous blog discussed the situation of a franchise based fresh food services business and the need … Read More

Increase and decrease purchased items in supply chains

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Time to deliver

Improve performance by ‘doing something’. Increase sales and/or profitability or reduce cost. This is the pressure that a new CEO or division manager can often be under; preferably to ‘do something’ that affects all three – and the pressure is increased if the business is not performing to expectations. But can ‘doing something’ lead to sub-optimal supply chain decisions? A … Read More

Responsiveness potential of your core supply chains

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Improve your supply chains

Definition or measure of achievement. Agile, like Lean before it, is a concept that has existed for decades. It contains much merit, but commentators have tended to promote both concepts as vital to business survival, have minimal ‘steps to success’ and by themselves will solve an organisation’s problems. So, like the introduction of new technologies, we go through the “Hype … Read More

Operations Planning in a changing demand market profile

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Propose a different planning application

A changing business landscape. Organisations tend to take a safe path when selecting an enterprise resources planning (ERP) system. The desire from senior management and corporate IT for an ‘integrated’ system can override calls from functions to implement applications that best suit the needs of the organisation. This situation can occur for Operations Planning, a core part of your supply chains. … Read More

Business Continuity within Supply Chain Risk Management

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Business Continuity

Start with Business Continuity risks. It does not matter whether implementing risk management in your supply chains is an initiative of the supply chain group or a demand from the board and senior management; it is another requirement placed on the busy schedule of supply chain executives. So, where to start? Recent blogs have discussed the classification of supply chain … Read More