How Can You Manage Your Supply Chain To Accommodate Variable Demand?

Posted by Jason Tindley on 22-Sep-2021 10:00:00

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected the business world in many ways this year, with companies having to feel their way through rapidly changing circumstances and significant fluctuations in consumer demand for products.

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Topics: Supply Chain Strategy

How To Optimise Your Supply Chain Planning To Boost Your Bottom Line

Posted by Jason Tindley on 09-Sep-2021 11:55:29

In these difficult economic times, it's even more important for distribution and transport businesses to minimise their outgoings and increase efficiency. One of the most effective ways to do this is to optimise your supply chain management so you can satisfy your customers' requirements in a cost-efficient way. What actions can you take to improve your supply chain planning process?

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Topics: Supply Chain Strategy

Own Fleet vs. Carrier – Optimising Your Distribution Solution

Posted by Jason Tindley on 01-Sep-2021 15:49:00

The following article is based on a real study carried out for a successful subscription model business. However, the principles apply to any business running a distribution operation comprising own fleet and carriers.

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Topics: Supply Chain Strategy, Logistics Planning, Transport Planning

Local Delivery From Sales Premises – Optimising Your Distribution Solution

Posted by Jason Tindley on 02-Aug-2021 15:04:00

The following article is based on a real study carried out for businesses with country wide sales premises. However, the principles apply to any business with multiple distribution centres than need rationalising.

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Topics: Supply Chain Strategy, Logistics Planning, Transport Planning

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