The Changing Face of Demand Planning

November 30, 2017

Demand planning is a supply chain management process that is all about predicting what’s coming. It’s a way of viewing the future not as an unknown, but instead getting the inside scoop on what is likely, probable, realistic, and not. It’s about trying to get accuracy out of hunches and guesstimates. In the modern supply chain, where margins are tighter than ever, it’s essential to get right. Read more

Tactical Supply Chain Planning: Design, Deploy, Repeat.

November 27, 2017

Tactical supply chain planning is not a project – it should be a perpetual cycle, constantly evolving the performance of a supply chain. Supply chains have too many variable links that will thwart even the most robust of tactical plans if it isn’t in constant review. The configuration of a warehouse, the storage equipment in use, transport mode selection and manufacturing allocation are just some of the key elements of tactical design that need to be in perpetual assessment. Read more

Apple’s Supply Chain Edge is Under Pressure

November 24, 2017

As an example of how to operate a globalised supply chain, Apple is frequently hailed as the benchmark. However, according to an article dated 23rd October by Tim Culpan for Bloomberg “Apple Inc. has lost its supply chain mojo.” We tend to think of such giants as having bulletproof supply chains, able to withstand those same snags smaller companies struggle with: yet that’s not always the case. Read more

How to Maximise Profits by Better Production Planning – Part 2

November 23, 2017

The following white paper is part 2 of a guest post from Argenta – a leading provider of Test, Measurement, Control and Automation solutions. In part 1, Argenta looked at the basic principles of Operational Planning and balancing Capacity and Demand, along with the challenges to achieving effective planning and how to determine the most appropriate planning horizon and units to be used. In this second part they look at how to define Capacity and Demand and the types of tools which are required to support the planning process. Read more

Improve Your Cash Conversion Cycle Through Inventory Management

November 23, 2017

An interesting piece of supply chain news has come in from the Dutch industry, and we can apply lessons from it to our own supply chains. The study by M3 Consultancy looked at the differences in performance and working capital of various different Dutch manufacturing companies. One thing stood out: inventory management was the dominant difference between good and poor performance. Read more

Jim Gallagher Joins the Consulting Team at Paul Trudgian

November 21, 2017

We’re very pleased to welcome Jim Gallagher to our supply chain consultancy team. Jim is an expert in the development of advanced logistics operations with a strong track record of delivering innovation and sustainable cost reductions across logistics operations in the consumer electronics sector. Read more