5 Issues That Will Break Your S&OP Process

February 1, 2018

Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) is a powerful decision-making process that provides a platform to balance supply and demand on a mid-to-long term horizon. The benefits are numerous – improved service performance, stable production rates, enhanced teamwork and reduced inventories.

Combine this with integrated financial planning and it’s a process that every business should operate. However, there are many issues that will break an S&OP process and in this article, we look at five of them. 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

Why is it Advantageous to Have a Diverse Supply Chain?

September 8, 2017

It’s always easy to get stuck in a rut. This is as true for a supply chain business as any other walk of life. However, whilst we’re seeing increasing diversity happen in overseas supply chains, we’re not seeing as much as we should here in the UK. This is reducing the advantage our supply chains could establish. So why is it advantageous to have a diverse supply chain? Read more

Learning from Failure: 5 Lessons in Supply Chain Management

May 26, 2017

In supply chain management and logistics you can always learn from mistakes that others have made! Whether it is deliveries that cannot be made on time or manufacturing processes that cannot keep up with the pace of demand, there is always something that can be learnt from the issues experienced by other companies. Here we consider 5 supply chain lessons that all supply chain managers should pay attention to. Read more

What Disrupts the Supply Chain?

March 1, 2017

Those responsible for supply chain management are well-versed in preparing for disruption if they want to maintain efficiency and weather the storms that affect a global industry. Typically attention has focused on Asia as being the hotbed for disruption, but a recently published report by Resilinc reveals that North America has overtaken Asia for disruption events in supply chains. Read more