Supply Chain Visibility – What It Is and How It’s Achieved

February 6, 2018

The business world is becoming more data-driven as companies recognise the benefits of using real-time data to accurately run their operations. Within the supply chain profession, you may have noticed that the term ‘supply chain visibility’ is increasingly being put forward as a key factor in running and managing successful supply chains and logistics operations. But what is meant by supply chain visibility and why is it coming into greater prominence? Read more

Five 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

Preparing Your Supply Chain for Extreme Events

January 3, 2018

The last 12 months has been shocking for extreme natural disasters. We’ve seen extreme flooding and monsoons in Asia leaving over a thousand dead and many more affected. We’ve seen an earthquake in Mexico City in September which killed more than 200 people. There have been extreme wildfires in Europe and North America and, of course, hurricanes Irma and Harvey. For supply chains, these extreme events come as a reminder that you need to have a supply chain disaster-recovery plan ready to swing in to action should you need it. 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