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

Snap Spectacles – A Key Lesson in Demand Forecasting?

November 20, 2017

Snap – the umbrella organisation which includes the Snapchat social media platform – launched the Snap Spectacles in 2016. This was their first foray in to a hardware product, and are a type of video spectacle which can be linked to their social media platform. Yet there are some discrepancies emerging between the press releases from Snap, and what’s actually going on with the product. Read more

Plan, Don’t Firefight: The Role of the Supply Chain Planner

November 17, 2017

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail: a statement that couldn’t be truer than when it comes to supply chains. Planning in the supply chain is immensely difficult, yet also immensely important. Every element of success in supply chain planning widens the profit margins, which given that they are nearly always immensely tight, is crucial. So, what should be the role of a supply chain planner? Read more