Supply Chain Financing gets the wrong sort of attention

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Planning makes money

Why Supply Chain Financing The past few weeks has seen articles in the media about ‘controversial’ Supply Chain Financing (SCF). This has occurred due to the collapse in the UK of a financial services company which provided this form of finance. But is SCF ‘controversial’? Since the start of trading using money, the situation has existed where a seller wants … Read More

S&OP is the ‘hub’ of supply chains in your business

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Scenario Planning

S&OP flow in your business Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) is not a difficult process to follow – the challenge is to make it happen! The objective is to improve the balance through supply chains, between expected future demands for the organisation’s products and services, the organisation’s resources and the supply of purchased or intra-company provided items. And, of course, … Read More

Future directions for planning supply chains using S&OP

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Global network

Sales & Operations Planning developments Even as ‘collaboration’ software is implemented, gaining power within organisation structures will continue. The increased importance of Supply Chains in the eyes of senior executives could result in the discipline become a target for takeover by Finance. And developments happening in Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) lend support to the possibility. The research firm Gartner … Read More

Reducing costs in supply chains may not improve productivity

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Trucks at a distribution centre

eCommerce drives storage sector expansion The drivers of productivity improvement are technological advances in machines, infrastructure development, more efficient organisations and investment in human capital through education and training. But, in developed economies advances in technologies appear to have not transferred to increased productivity over the past 20 years (measured as gross domestic product (GDP) per hours worked). This has … Read More