Collaboration in Supply Chains – hard to be successful

Roger OakdenLogistics Planning, Procurement, Supply Chains & Supply Networks

Collaboration in Supply Chains

Sales margins under pressure. Retail shopping power is now said to lay with the consumer using their mobile phone. However, it is the retailer and on-line merchant that dictate the channels available and the price per channel. Will the full cost of Internet shopping be charged to consumers? Studies have estimated the total cost of the ‘consumer click and retailer … Read More

Improve inventory decisions: analyse your Supply Chains

Roger OakdenLogistics Management, Logistics Planning, Supply Chains & Supply Networks

Inventory depends on analysis and planning

What decisions are made. Senior people in government and business can make edicts and statements about financial matters without any factual basis. It is others that have to work within the meaningless constraints or recover from the unintended consequences. This week, the head of Australian Treasury made a statement that expenditure by the federal government should not exceed 25 percent … Read More

Your customers will pay their accounts on time, maybe

Roger OakdenGlobal Logistics, Logistics Management, Supply Chains & Supply Networks

Paying for the goods

Collecting the money. After all the work has been done to fulfil the order, comes the wait until the customer pays the account. But what if the customer does not pay? This is the situation for suppliers to a large metals processor in Australia – it has gone into voluntary administration with debts of $A70m. The challenge is that the … Read More

Consumer-centric networks – the next supply chains

Roger OakdenGlobal Logistics, Procurement, Supply Chains & Supply Networks

Consumer centric

A new ‘buzz’. Over the last eighteen months, the term ‘consumer-centric network’ has been used by some commentators and consultancies. So, what is new, because whenever there is competition for sales of an item or service, the customers’ needs should be taken into account. The explanation is that in current value and supply chains, the consumer is positioned at the … Read More