Technologies in Supply Chains, jobs and assumptions

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Technologies and acceptance Articles by commentators have forecast that technologies will result in the loss of millions of jobs within a few years, including in supply chain functions. But are these forecast accurate? A blogpost from 2017 illustrates that forecasting job losses due to technologies is not new. Now, a recent forecast stated that jobs involved with materials management (and … Read More

Building an effective Supply Chains Strategic Plan

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Collaboration in Supply Chains

Structure for the planning process To build a Supply Chains Strategic Plan requires knowledge of an organisation’s Supply Network, the wider political and economic environment and interactions throughout the organisation that can influence the Plan’s effectiveness. Your supply chains will not become ‘integrated’ if the Supply Network comprises independent organisations with their own business objectives and policies. The aim must … Read More

Knowledge, an input to the Supply Chains Strategic Plan

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Strategies provide growth

Changes in supply chains starts with you Currently, here are many business ‘re’ words being used in commentary about changes required to supply chains. Terms such as: responsive, resilience, re-shore, restructure, regionalisation and redundancy. Building the Supply Chains Strategic Plan for your organisation’s current and future supply network will need to challenge assumptions about the behaviour of different flows and … Read More

Capacity within your Supply Chains is an input to S&OP

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Business strategy to planning

Capacity in supply chains Like many aspects of supply chains, capacity should not be considered on its own, but within the three elements that provide Availability for a business – capacity, lead times and inventory. A business will recognize the attributes of each element and be comfortable with independent actions inside the organisations that are done to ‘help’ the business: … Read More

Supply Chains affected by a country’s economic policy

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Global network

An economy Discussions about Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) concern the balancing of customer demand with sufficient supply. While S&OP operates at the tactical level within an organisation, a national economy also needs balancing of aggregate demand with supply capability. How a government views the importance of demand or supply factors to a national economy can affect the operations and … Read More