Interesting new research into how the weather impacts the supply chain has recently been published by the Met Office in their report, ‘Understanding the role of weather in the supply chain’. Read more
1. Technical Competency
As a Supply Chain Consultant you need to be ‘chief cook & bottle-washer’ – you need to do the talking and the doing. You need to be able to identify the issues, analyse them and present the options, and then define and deliver the solution. Read more
As a supply chain consultant, I find that almost every company I work with has a product portfolio that conforms to the Pareto principle, i.e. 80% of revenue is generated by 20% of their products. This is rarely a surprise to anyone, but surprising to me are the number of companies that do not have processes to manage their portfolio and ensure resources are focused on the critical products. Read more
Firstly, let me introduce the concept of supply chain consultancy and its value. Read more
The Bullwhip (Forrester) Effect: How Small and Periodic Fluctuations in Customer Demand Can Have a Drastic Impact on a Supply Chain.
There was a time, not too long ago, when Dell dominated the market for personal computers (PCs). It was a time that saw the company spawn a whole new industry of direct buying. Dell focused on a strategy that bypassed distribution channels by avoiding retailers and wholesalers altogether.