Agree on your supply chains before writing the strategy

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Negotiating a deal

A new report A whitepaper was recently published by the Global Supply Chain Institute at the University of Tennessee concerning relations between management and staff in supply chains. While this whitepaper was written for American readers, it contains some useful ideas for supply chain professionals. The whitepaper is based on interviews with 19 ‘benchmark’ companies. This is a low number … Read More

Effect of trade decisions on supply chain inventories

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Container Terminals at Night

International trade is slowing International trade is said to be the blood flow of the global economy. For some time, the blood flow has been slowing, which affects supply chains and the dependent logistics services. And the situation can change in a matter of months. At the end of 2018 importers in the US ‘front-loaded’ their orders, to avoid paying … Read More

Fill the sales funnel for a Logistics Services Provider

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Trucks at a distribution centre

Logistics services that are sold Sales of Logistics Services do not just happen. They come about through individuals and teams winning contracts that provide services; those which shippers are not equipped to undertake or are unwilling to provide the investment. Logistics Services address a wide array of offerings available to shippers. The enterprises providing these services are generically called Logistics … Read More

Transport issues that could change the current scenario

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Containers operation at the wharf

Threat of ‘stranded assets’ You are a busy supply chain professional. Should future developments in supply chains be based on the scenario that has existed for your time working in the field? But, scenarios can change, caused by market forces, technology developments or government action. When unplanned change occurs, logistics assets built for one mode of moving goods can be … Read More

Transport costs do not reduce because delivery is ‘free’

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Business people greeting each other

Transport is not free We know there is ‘no such thing as a free lunch’ – somewhere, someone has to pay. And so it is with transport. The term ‘free delivery’ has entered the language of logistics, so that even industrial and retail shippers expect a continuing reduction in freight costs, irrespective of the situation. Costs are incurred in the … Read More