Redesign your supply chains more often

Roger OakdenSupply Chains & Supply Networks

Where to start. Most of us inherit the supply chains we work within. Not so long ago, to review and redesign a complex supply network was considered a big task, only be considered every five years or so and be undertaken by teams from large consultancies. As business and economic cycles became less obvious, affected by M&A activity, global procurement, … Read More

How well should you know your supply chains?

Roger OakdenSupply Chains & Supply Networks

Expecting Procurement to know it all. How much should a business with a brand name know about suppliers along all of its many supply chains? This is the challenge that Baptist World Aid at http://www.behindthebarcode.org.au/ has asked of 39 electronic companies. The charity found that none of the enterprises achieved its definition of supply chain knowledge and action for improvement … Read More

New markets will challenge your supply chains

Roger OakdenSupply Chains & Supply Networks

Marketing and Logistics are two sides of the same coin. When entering a new market, your DIFOTA (delivery in full, on time, with accuracy) objectives for the established markets may be compromised. This requires marketing and logistics to review, within the S&OP process, your supply chains to identify a better way to satisfy all customers. This challenge became real when … Read More

Changes to your supply chains takes time

Roger OakdenSupply Chains & Supply Networks

Near-shoring gains prominence. This month’s McKinsey Quarterly article by Katy George is titled Near-shoring: A CEO’s Guide and provides some good thinking about trends in manufacturing, many of which will have an influence on the future structure of supply chains and operations of logistics and logistics services. Near-shoring is another term for considering your business as a set of regional (rather … Read More

Change could happen to your supply chains

Roger OakdenSupply Chains & Supply Networks

Horse meat challenges supply chains structures. The point to emphasis about the recent scandal in Europe is not that products contain horse meat – many people eat it. It is that consumers were not told on the packaging; the product descriptions were therefore misleading and that is an offence. The scandal has begun to elicit comments from leading retailers. Most … Read More