Procurement initiatives in distorted supply markets

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Collaboration in Supply Chains

Increasing industry concentration Increasing industry concentration results in less competition among suppliers, which can lead to more distorted supply markets. This change in industry structure may well require Procurement to review and modify accepted practices. A graphic provided in The Economist magazine compared the US market share of the largest four businesses for 893 industries, grouped into 15 sectors. The accompanying article … Read More

Know the best Procurement relationship with suppliers

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Supply Planning and relations with suppliers Improving relationships with suppliers which provide critical items for your organisation, is critical to having more effective supply chains; whether Procurement is part of a supply chain group or not. Supply Planning is illustrated in the diagram and is a structured approach to provide a foundation of how relationships can be developed and maintained. … Read More

Is there a real shortage of talent for supply chains?

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Sales and Logistics

Supply Chain talent skills and availability Recently, there have been articles concerning the available talent for supply chains – both the desired skills and decreasing availability of people with the skill set for particular roles. But this is not new; the situation has existed for some years and is likely to continue, because little has changed. For example, in November … Read More

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