Supply Chain Visibility – What It Is and How It’s Achieved

August 23, 2019

The business world is becoming more data-driven as companies recognise the benefits of using real-time data to accurately run their operations.

Within the supply chain profession, you may have noticed that the term ‘supply chain visibility’ is increasingly being put forward as a key factor in running and managing successful supply chains and logistics operations.

But what is meant by supply chain visibility and why is it coming into greater prominence? Read more

5 Objectives for Every Supply Chain Director

January 24, 2018

The role of a supply chain director is to control the movement of material from source to end customer. The remit is simple, but the execution is far from it. The constraining factors on material and information flow across any supply chain make the task challenging and occasionally very near impossible. Read more

Preparing Your Supply Chain for Extreme Events

January 3, 2018

The last 12 months has been shocking for extreme natural disasters. We’ve seen extreme flooding and monsoons in Asia leaving over a thousand dead and many more affected. We’ve seen an earthquake in Mexico City in September which killed more than 200 people. There have been extreme wildfires in Europe and North America and, of course, hurricanes Irma and Harvey. For supply chains, these extreme events come as a reminder that you need to have a supply chain disaster-recovery plan ready to swing in to action should you need it. Read more

Tactical Supply Chain Planning: Design, Deploy, Repeat.

November 27, 2017

Tactical supply chain planning is not a project – it should be a perpetual cycle, constantly evolving the performance of a supply chain. Supply chains have too many variable links that will thwart even the most robust of tactical plans if it isn’t in constant review. The configuration of a warehouse, the storage equipment in use, transport mode selection and manufacturing allocation are just some of the key elements of tactical design that need to be in perpetual assessment. Read more

A Back to Basics Explanation of Supply Chain Management Systems

October 26, 2017

Information technology in the supply chain, and specifically systems that manage the flow of goods and information across the supply chain, is becoming ever more advanced. With this advancement, complexity is growing as expansions in functionality start to overlap traditional boundaries.

So, we thought we’d take the opportunity to do a back to basics explanation of the primary systems that all physical supply chains should have deployed as a minimum. Read more

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