Horse problems in a supply chain

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Complexity causes another headache. Supermarket chains and brand companies in 16 Europe are responding to a supply chain problem. Frozen meat products have been found to contain more than 60 per cent horse meat and that certainly does not agree with the statements concerning ‘pure beef’ on the packaging! Removing product from shelves and contracting with replacement suppliers is a … Read More

Your profitable retail channel mix

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Retail has always changed. Archie Norman, who led ASDA supermarkets in the UK through the 1990’s recently remarked that the UK is a world leader in on-line food shopping with home delivery, but the channel is not profitable. While consumers like the idea of on-line shopping and free delivery, the reality of retail is that the most costly part is … Read More

Influencing governments about logistics

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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

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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

Economic forecasts and supply chains

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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