The value of logistics to your business

Roger OakdenLogistics Management

Write-down by Rio Tinto. We rarely have an opportunity to put a value on logistics, but recent reports have shed some light on what logistics can be worth to a business. In 2011, one of the world’s largest mining companies paid U$4.2b  for a coal mine in Mozambique. Last week they wrote the value of the mine down by U$3b. … Read More

Influencing governments about logistics

Roger OakdenGlobal Logistics

What has been happening? This week I was discussing with colleagues the ‘state of play’ concerning promotion of logistics as a profession. Our conclusion was that nothing much has been achieved in the past thirty years. In Australia there are five associations concerned with aspects of supply chains. For planning there is APICSau; for transport it is CILTA; distribution has … Read More

Do not rely on sales growth for your profits

Roger OakdenGlobal Logistics

Plan your business. With most countries of Europe and America in a situation of either recession or no growth, many businesses will not experience an increase in sales. But for businesses in all regions of the world, profitability can be improved through a focus on improving business flows. Flows consist of items, money and information and too often they are … Read More

Forecasting seasonal sales

Roger OakdenLogistics Planning

Its that time of year again. In some countries the Christmas season can be make or break for retailers selling discretionary merchandise (the stuff we might like to own but do not need). In the few weeks of December retailers can generate as much as half their annual sales and a quarter of their profits, so it is a big … Read More

Economic forecasts and supply chains

Roger OakdenGlobal Logistics

A recent forecast. When reading forecasts of economic effects on the performance of countries, logisticians are looking for indications of trends that may affect the flow of items and importantly, the business models of logistics service providers (LSPs). A recent forecast is the Manufacturing Competitiveness Index study, developed by Deloitte, in which 550 CEOs from around the world responded to … Read More