Planning your business to reduce supply chain risks

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A threat to your business. The overwhelming typhoon that recently struck the Philippines is another reminder that global warming is changing climate patterns, causing larger storms. Cyclones, typhoons and hurricanes are the names given in different parts of the world for the same condition. The outcome is the same – enormous devastation over a wide area and the need for … Read More

Forecasting seasonal sales

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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

Border delays a challenge for logisticians

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Using non-tariff trade barriers. It was recently reported that a dairy company in Australia had identified a market in Shanghai for imported fresh milk; the milk would be air-freighted every day from Melbourne to Shanghai and delivered to selected retail outlets where their customers would be willing to pay the expensive price per litre for a product they considered was … Read More

Improve your supply chains through materials productivity

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Thinking about reuse. In my last two blogs I have been discussing the productivity of materials and why it should have a higher visibility in our consideration of supply chain improvements, equal or even more important than labour productivity. Thinking about sustainability and improving materials productivity has generated new terms, such as environmental logistics, with its focus on reducing all … Read More

Your forecast of sales is wrong

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One number is not accurate. In a recent article, economist professors at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School made an honest statement about their forecasts of the American economy “Truth be told, our best guesses just aren’t very good”. Should this comment also be said by those engaged in forecasting future sales for their business? In making their forecasts more … Read More