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

Current Buzzwords in Supply Chain Management

November 15, 2017

You can’t move in the supply chain without being jostled from buzzword to buzz phrase. The supply chain management sector are pros at giving concepts an easily recognisable name, even better if it can be shortened to an acronym. But which of these buzzwords are important, and crucial to the future of supply chain management, and which are more hype than substance? Read more

Why Unilever Tops the Gartner European Supply Chain Ranking

October 24, 2017

Gartner release annual reports which rank supply chains against each other according to relevant and highly topical criteria. In September, Gartner announced their 2017 European rankings of the top 15 supply chains. This year Unilever, Inditex, and H&M have claimed the top 3 spots. Read more

Taming the Supply Chain Beast

October 20, 2017

An effective supply chain is utterly integral to the overall success of a business. However, what we frequently see is the supply chain being boss, simply by being such an unwieldy beast. Instead of working for your business, you have become the feeders of this out of control beast. It shouldn’t be like that. Tables should be turned. The supply chain should be streamlined and effective so that it works for you, and copes with the modern demands of business. Read more