Inventory Planning is more than figures in a formula

Roger OakdenGlobal Logistics, Logistics Management, Logistics Planning, Supply Chains & Supply NetworksLeave a Comment

Inventory in warehouse

Uncertainty and risks. Increasing response to orders (that is reducing lead times) is apparently becoming the requirement of buyers, from consumers to retailers to tier 1 suppliers and back through supply chains. If this situation is true (and I have doubts about the actual situation vs the hype), then having sufficient inventories at critical nodes in your supply chains will … Read More

Managing inventory, supply chains and risk management

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Logistics planning stress

Why are inventories increasing? The risks in your organisation’s supply network can be reduced in two ways. At the strategic level, supply chains and operational processes can be changed, but to achieve this outcome takes time. The more likely approach is for Logisticians to manage capacity and inventory. However, in the era of globalisation, the opportunity to manage capacity has … Read More

Logistics challenges of distribution in Smart Cities

Roger OakdenGlobal Logistics, Logistics Management, Logistics Planning, Procurement, Supply Chains & Supply Networks2 Comments

Urban delivery

Smart City Logistics. A United Nations report estimates that by 2050, there will be more than eight billion people living in urban societies; an increase of 100 percent on the current situation. Because the figures are for 2050, it is easy to dismiss them as ‘future guessing’ that does not apply to the ‘here and now’. However, the increases may … Read More

Are temporary employees best for business flexibility?

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Warehouse employees

Employment options for long term success. Are you using ‘weasel’ words? This is the expression for words used to cover the true meaning of a situation. An example is ‘flexible labour’, a term used as a cover for the actual situation of irregular hours and underemployment of people. Both shippers and 3PL state that due to the demands of customers … Read More

Bringing demand and supply chains together with S&OP

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Planning makes money

The same view for sales and supply chains. Your successful enterprise cannot be ‘demand driven’ if it is not ‘supply supported’ – a statement that appears to be obvious. Yet I recently read an article which said the ‘old’ supply chain focus was outdated and the ‘new’ focus will be on the customer and demand management. As if the customer … Read More