Resources ­­- the new challenge in your supply chains

Roger OakdenLogistics Planning

Using less resources in your business. Reducing the amount and value of non-renewable resources through your supply chains will be the coming challenge for management and will require the skills and knowledge of procurement and logistics professionals. For more than a century, until the early 2000’s, the price of hard commodities (except oil) and energy had trended down, but since … Read More

Be confident of your supply chain figures

Roger OakdenLogistics Planning

Using numbers to support your logistics strategy. When developing your logistics strategy, you may have in mind possible expansion to additional countries. Your Marketing and Logistics groups must build the business case for the expansion; but what figures will you use, especially concerning the prospective market size? You have heard the saying ‘lies, damn lies and statistics’, which gives a … Read More

Planning your business to reduce supply chain risks

Roger OakdenLogistics Planning

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

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

Border delays a challenge for logisticians

Roger OakdenLogistics Planning

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