How Machine Learning is Changing the Face of Supply Chain Management

August 6, 2018

Machine learning is providing insight and capability to supply chains in a way we could previously only dream of. Through machine learning, we are able to analyse and understand patterns which emerge, using algorithms to quickly utilise the most important data. Importantly, this process is also founded on continual improvement as the technology adapts. Patterns hold the key to business success in a vast number of ways. It can even revolutionise the way we do things. The fact that this occurs without manual input, using machine learning, is even more incredible. 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

What is Blockchain and How Will It Impact Supply Chains?

February 2, 2018

Currently, there is a lot of talk about Blockchain technology. Blockchain technology has been driven by the financial services industry to provide a practical algorithm, designed for cryptocurrency, that drives a distributed data structure in relation to electronic cash movements.  Blockchain has been invented to replace the administrative role of a central bank and the technology can therefore be used as a repository and distributor of virtual money.  That’s its use for financial services, but how will it impact supply chains? Read more

What’s On the Horizon for Supply Chains in 2018?

December 13, 2017

The world of supply chain management is continuing it’s rapid development, with AI and digitisation now deployed in many large organisations and starting to scale for small and medium sized companies. As we approach the end of the year, what’s on the horizon for supply chains in 2018? What are the constants that will continue afoot, what lessons have we learned, and what trends will be developing as we head in to the new year? 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

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