Supply Chain Network Design – Linking Strategy to Operational Efficiency

June 22, 2017

By looking at the supply chain’s network design, with a holistic view of all facets, it is possible to bring about improvements which will ultimately improve operational efficiency and reduce costs. Thoroughly evaluating network design, within the framework of the business strategy, can help to avoid disconnects between strategy, tactics and operations and help to deliver a responsive and efficient supply chain. Read more

Warehouse Location – How Do You Decide Where to Locate a Warehouse?

June 20, 2017

Optimal geographical positioning of a warehouse or distribution centre is the single most important logistics network decision. The positioning of single, or multiple, warehouse facilities and the allocation of customer demand to those facilities will have a long-term impact on transport cost, inventory cost and service levels. Read more

How to Create Visibility in the Supply Chain and Drive Efficiency

June 14, 2017

The modern supply chain, one that is thriving, is one that has learned how to create visibility at every stage in the chain. Modern supply chains need to have clear insights in to all of the data pertaining to their chain, in real-time, in order to make the most appropriate decisions. There isn’t really room for error any more – visibility in the supply chain is paramount. Read more

Outsourcing Logistics for the First Time – Advice for a Growing Business

June 13, 2017

If you are a growing business considering outsourcing your logistics operations to a 3rd party logistics provider (3PL) for the first time, there a few areas that you need to consider beyond simple cost. This article is aimed at providing advice to small and growing businesses, but the advice will hold true for any business considering logistics outsourcing. Read more

Inventory Management for Small Business – 5 Helpful Tips

June 12, 2017

Inventory management is a challenge for any small business. Inventory equals cash and that cash is only accessible when the inventory is sold. The longer the cash is tied up as inventory the less work it is doing for your business. Furthermore, as inventory ages the likelihood of loss, damage and obsolescence increases, along with holding costs and working capital costs. Read more

How the Internet of Things Will Make Manufacturing Smarter

June 8, 2017

Even just two years ago, it was hard to imagine how the Internet of Things would completely transform so much of the supply chain. However, the industry is radically changing. Indeed, this change is so enormous, so radical that it’s even being coined ‘The Fourth Industrial Revolution”. This term embraces the concept that the Internet of Things, is so all-invasive to industry, and happening with such immense speed, that it literally is at revolutionary levels. Read more