Skills and knowledge for better logistics graduates

Roger OakdenGlobal Logistics, Logistics Management, Procurement

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

Roger OakdenProcurement, Supply Chains & Supply Networks

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

System for a decentralised logistics services business

Roger OakdenGlobal Logistics, Logistics Management, Procurement

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

Know the Logistics Service Providers that support your business

Roger OakdenGlobal Logistics, Procurement

International trade and your business

Global trade and increased complexity. Global trade continues to increase, together with the length of trade routes, increasing the complexity of supply chains. This in turn, increases the reliance that shippers have on their logistics service providers (LSPs), that can change the power structure in supply chain relationships. There is an old saying which states ” It is not the … Read More