Rules for Ensuring Adaptability in Supply Chain Planning

November 27, 2018

The supply chain is no stranger to change. In fact, we are so used to being chameleons, adapting to the latest innovation or problem, that it is very much part of what we do. Businesses which stand the test of time do so precisely because of their skill at adapting to face the latest challenges and indeed thrive from them. Read more

Is Logistics Planning the Most Complex Task in Supply Chain?

February 9, 2018

Logistics planning is the supply chain equivalent of conducting an orchestra – trying to unify a multitude of moving parts and people to deliver in time. The only difference is, for an orchestra who gets it right, there’ll be a standing ovation; for the logistics planner that gets it right, there’ll just be silence. Get it wrong and there will be anything but silence. In this article, we look at why logistics planning is possibly the most complex task in supply chain management. 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

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

Planning for Natural Disasters in the Supply Chain

October 26, 2016

The key to managing the detrimental impact of natural disasters in the supply chain is not to be at the stage of asking what to do once the natural disaster has happened. To mitigate the risk from natural disasters in the supply chain it is imperative to plan for them. Here’s a few thoughts on doing just that. Read more