Uncertainty in your Supply Chains can assist changes

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Requirements analysis

Uncertainty in Supply Chains For the past twenty plus years, the economies of developed countries have been based on low inflation and the three ‘low costs’ – labour (as a percentage of Value Added), goods (increasingly from China) and energy (especially gas from Russia to Europe). Following the pandemic, there is a now a new era, which has commenced with … Read More

Improve Flows through your organisation’s Supply Chains

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Changing equilibrium in supply chains

Flows in Supply Chains The critical perspective of your organisation’s supply chains’ success is not the efficiency of individual departments, but the effectiveness of Flows that provide customers with their orders ‘in full, on time, with accuracy’ (DIFOTA). A Flow in supply chains is a process, or ‘how things are done’. A business is likely to have between five and … Read More

DIFOTA model for Supply Chains to measure Availability

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Home delivery

Optimize flows not the functions To better understand the performance of their supply chains, organisations should measure the performance of Flows – items (going out and reverse); money; information and data, rather than emphasising the ‘efficiency’ of individual departments. The core Flow of the Supply Chains group (Procurement, Operations Planning and Logistics) is to provide Availability that satisfies customers’ needs … Read More

More Procurement skills for knowledge of Supply Chains

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Goods & Services – Technology

Changing skills in Supply Chains The disruptions to supply chains over the early 2020s has provided a likely foretaste of the future. New terms, such as Sustainability and Resilience are being used. As in past decades, new terminology means change for the expected skill set for professionals working in supply chains. While policies, processes and information technology are important elements … Read More

Supply Chains Group gains from a Value Added Statement

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Mix and Stir business

Value of the total Workforce It is common for Chairman and CEOs of companies to inform shareholders at AGMs that ‘our people are the most valuable asset’. Yet if challenged about the value, they would not have a number to support the statement. Experiences through the COVID-19 epidemic have shown that people are the ‘make it happen’ force behind supply, … Read More