Supply Chain data and information held in the Cloud

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Cloud or in-house computing

Is Cloud Computing the way? Accurate and timely data and information is the lifeblood of supply chains. Many articles and commentaries concerning current and future IT scenarios appear to assume that Cloud Computing will be the predominant storage and delivery technology. But is this assumption valid? Cloud Computing is the cloud-like squiggle that network designers use to denote internet based … Read More

Supply chains can change but not for your reasons

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Changing equilibrium in supply chains

A new trade agreement. Your business is satisfied with its current arrangements with suppliers and service providers through each supply chain. But, due to external events, the equilibrium that has existed between your organisation and the parties in your supply network will change. As the equilibrium changes, then change may need to be imposed on the structure and contracts within … Read More

Supply Chains for management of intermediate products

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Agile supply chains

An intermediate product. In commercial supply chains, supply chains can take different forms in response to the needs of particular markets. It is a role of logisticians to evaluate the supply chains and structure them to best meet the needs of their markets. The previous blog discussed the situation of a franchise based fresh food services business and the need … Read More

Increase and decrease purchased items in supply chains

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Time to deliver

Improve performance by ‘doing something’. Increase sales and/or profitability or reduce cost. This is the pressure that a new CEO or division manager can often be under; preferably to ‘do something’ that affects all three – and the pressure is increased if the business is not performing to expectations. But can ‘doing something’ lead to sub-optimal supply chain decisions? A … Read More

Responsiveness potential of your core supply chains

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Improve your supply chains

Definition or measure of achievement. Agile, like Lean before it, is a concept that has existed for decades. It contains much merit, but commentators have tended to promote both concepts as vital to business survival, have minimal ‘steps to success’ and by themselves will solve an organisation’s problems. So, like the introduction of new technologies, we go through the “Hype … Read More