Reducing Power and Dependency in Supply Chains Cloud

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Business plan thinking

Risks when relying on the Cloud Data and information have value, so organisations need to ideally own, manage and control their supply chain data and information. But this can be a challenge in a Cloud based IT world. The continual message about ‘partners’ and ‘partnerships’ in business can hide the fact that suppliers are in business to make a profit. … Read More

Logistics analysis: total cost of holding inventory

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Inventory depends on analysis and planning

Lowest Total Cost of Inventory Calculating the cost of holding inventory is typically not available in supply chain applications. But this is one of the required inputs for establishing and maintaining an Inventory Policy. Approaches to determining the amount of inventory needed to satisfy customer expectations range from a ‘rule of thumb’ approach such as ‘order X weeks of stock … Read More

Container ports congestion and delays in supply chains

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Swanston Dock Melbourne Port Australia

Visibility by Logistics Service Providers The wish for visibility through supply chains has risen in surveys over the past twelve months. However, the current congestion and delays at some ports illustrate that whenever the movement of items is controlled by Logistics Services Providers (LSPs), there is a limited range of options for the shipper. Even if you are aware or … Read More

Supply Chains need to measure the accuracy of forecasts

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Planning and Risk Management

Forecasts are always wrong This statement is true, but forecasting helps to be less wrong. Forecasts of future sales will never be ‘correct’, but they can be made more accurate by using ranges in forecasts and measuring ‘forecast error’. The market demand (and supply) for an item is a ‘continuous variable’ consisting of multiple variables that interact dependently, independently and … Read More

Asia Supply Chains to benefit from new trade agreement

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Negotiation Agreement

Asia Region trade initiative The newly discovered importance of Supply Chains means that professionals can be expected to advise senior management and boards of directors concerning the longer-term supply chain influences on their business. One of the influences is a move away from globalisation to a greater focus on regions and sub-regions. Region development in Asia has been advanced with … Read More