Value chains and supply chains are equally important

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value and supply chains are gold

The two chains are complementary. An article I read recently indicated that future developments will move the focus from supply chains to value chains. It read as though one was superior to the other, but this is not the case. As with many concepts in the world of supply chains and logistics, there is not a single, clear definition of … Read More

Skills and knowledge for better logistics graduates

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Logistics students learn together

What is more important? In what areas should a logistics education program concentrate – imparting knowledge or gaining skills? In my last blog, I mentioned the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade facilitation agreement that has been provisionally agreed by 12 countries of the Pacific rim. This is but one of a number of trade facilitation agreements being negotiated between countries, due … Read More

Know the capability of your suppliers to deliver

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signing contract without information

Your supplier’s motivation. Buying decisions can be subjective, with buyers possibly having inbuilt bias towards a particular supplier. But one of the challenging aspects of Procurement is to consider which supplier is the ‘best’ for an item or service and is the ‘best’ the right supplier? Suppliers exist in business to sell you their offer. Potential suppliers can present very … Read More

Know your supply markets for best procurement outcomes

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supply market intelligence

Making assumptions is easy. We are always learning from our mistakes. When buying products or services, we can make errors based on our assumptions. My recent error was caused through not being thorough in the market research for a new office. The assumption made was that as the new office is closer to the city, communications was a given; therefore … Read More

System for a decentralised logistics services business

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Derelict factory buildings

Support a decentralised business with one system. Discussions about the benefits of either centralised or decentralised IT systems often assume a business has a main focus, with performance measures structured to improve the focus. However,  what should be the approach to IT systems if your business has an overall reason for being, but is structured to be very decentralised, with … Read More