Back To Work? How To Make Your Supply Chain Covid-Secure

Posted by Jason Tindley on 18-Aug-2020 10:21:49

In 1666, the Derbyshire village of Eyam suffered an outbreak of plague that claimed the lives of 260 inhabitants, allegedly after a contaminated package of cloth arrived from disease-riddled London. This primitive supply chain may not reflect the dangers posed by Covid-19 – unlike the fleas that were responsible for the Eyam tragedy, transmission of Coronavirus through the shipping of goods is unlikely – but nevertheless, it demonstrates that modern supply chains need to take preventive actions to minimise the risk of the current-day pandemic. How do you do this while returning to normal and profitable working patterns?

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Topics: Supply Chain Strategy

How To Make Your Supply Chain Faster And More Efficient

Posted by Jason Tindley on 15-Jul-2020 10:15:00

Increasing efficiency within the supply chain has many benefits. It reduces wastage, improves productivity, and enables a faster and leaner system. Controlling a supply chain involves controlling visibility, and software is increasingly the best way forwards.

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) technology takes over primary administrative roles, meaning fewer errors and greater speed. Here are some of the ways that the latest supply chain efficiency techniques can help.

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Topics: Supply Chain Strategy, Warehouse Productivity

How Often Should You Review Your Integrated Transport Planning Strategy?

Posted by Jason Tindley on 01-Jul-2020 11:15:00

Most transport planning has a degree of reliance upon tried and tested skeleton routes and supply chains. These familiar friends can make planning easier, but they can be hiding significant inefficiencies. When it comes to transport, minutes and load optimising these matter, so reviewing the integrated transport planning strategy (ITPS) is the foundation of good productivity.

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Topics: Supply Chain Strategy, Transport Planning

How Social Media Can Improve Your Supply Chain Management

Posted by Jason Tindley on 19-Jul-2019 10:00:00

If you don’t believe there is a place in social media for how you conduct your supply chain management, perhaps it’s time to reconsider.

Twenty years ago you might have been right. The only thing people would have been concerned about was the quality of the products they bought in the shops and yes, that was before social media as we know it today was born. In today’s world, people are more aware, more focused on reducing their carbon footprint. They want to know if raw materials come from sustainable sources, whether foodstuffs are factory farmed or free range, and whether their clothes are produced in unregulated sweat-shops. If that doesn’t provide food for thought, perhaps the fact that a large number of your competitors and partners are already using social media will. So what can social media really do for your business?
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Topics: Supply Chain Strategy

Meeting The Complexity Of Modern Supply Chains

Posted by Jason Tindley on 08-Jul-2019 10:05:00

Few aspects of the buying journey are evolving as rapidly as supply chain networks. New technologies are emerging to support what is quickly becoming a global network for even the tiniest of businesses. Buyers can access digital shopping carts from their homes and shop for offshore products set for delivery within mere days. Networks are interconnected and demand-driven, forcing organisations to not only carry their supply networks online, but also adjust their strategies continuously with the analysis of daily data. Social media channels have introduced real-time feedback to the mix, so brands who fail to keep up with demand can attract lasting reputation damage.

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Topics: Supply Chain Strategy

Understanding Supply Chain Management

Posted by Jason Tindley on 12-Apr-2019 10:00:00

Supply chain management is often confused with logistics, which is only one component of the supply chain, albeit a significant one.

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Topics: Supply Chain Strategy

What Skills Does A Supply Chain Consultant Need & Why?

Posted by Jason Tindley on 13-Mar-2019 11:46:32

The results of a leaner and more resilient supply chain go far deeper than just cost savings. Speed of delivery to the customer is a differentiator, especially in consumer goods and online sales. So how can a supply chain consultant help achieve this desired outcome? What skills are involved?

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Topics: Supply Chain Strategy

6 Benefits Of Supply Chain Management To Retailers

Posted by Jason Tindley on 27-Feb-2019 10:06:01


The fact that Amazon was considering drones as a delivery channel highlights how important that giant considers retail supply chain management to be. That particular innovation focused on only one aspect of the process – speed of delivery to customers (at as low a cost as possible). Optimising the supply chain is not just about reducing costs. It also enhances competitiveness by making your proposition more attractive and winning market share. In the fiercely competitive retail and eCommerce space, winning often equates to faster and cheaper delivery. How well those costs are absorbed into product pricing depends on smart and proactive supply chain management.

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Topics: Warehouse Management System, Supply Chain Strategy, Warehouse Productivity

7 Key Responsibilities Of A Supply Chain Consultant

Posted by Jason Tindley on 09-Aug-2018 09:40:17

Any consultant is expected to supply specific expertise and deliverables as per his or her terms of reference, and that is their responsibility during a consultation assignment.

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Topics: Supply Chain Strategy

What Do Supply Chain Consultants Do & How Important Are They?

Posted by Jason Tindley on 11-Jul-2018 09:09:51

Reducing costs while improving reliability and customer satisfaction is how one can sum up the ideals of a Supply Chain Consultant. It’s what they do. How that is achieved is a mixture of strategy and tactical steps that come together in recommendations and a blueprint for moving forward. The potential to enhance the bottom line in a sustainable manner, while driving out greater efficiencies, is one of the main justifications why organisations engage experienced consultants. These are usually the more forward looking enterprises who understand that getting ahead of the competition and staying there often requires innovative thinking combined with a truly deep understanding of the supply chain and procurement processes.

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Topics: Supply Chain Strategy

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