What is ‘Supply Chain Best Practice’?

July 29, 2016

Supply Chain Best Practice is, at best, a very vague term. Of course it sounds very positive and after all, who doesn’t want the best? However, it’s not a term we like. For us it alludes to a ‘one size fits all’ solution. In supply chain management, that is never true. Read more

10 Risks in International Supply Chains

July 28, 2016

Today’s global manufacturing marketplace features significant outsourcing and highly constrained lead times. Globalisation of supply networks provides more opportunities for growth, success, efficiency and effectiveness, but it also brings heightened risk in the supply chain. Read more

Supply Chain Collaboration Grows as Forecasting Gets Harder

October 23, 2015

The Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD) published an interesting article recently highlighting the difficulties of forecasting demand in the food and grocery sector. The IGD’s recent survey of food and grocery businesses found that 67% of businesses in this sector believe forecasting demand has got harder. Read more

Do I Need a Supply Chain Consultancy Firm, Independent Consultant, or Interim Developer?

September 9, 2015

Broadly speaking, the consulting industry falls into 3 categories: strategy, change management, and operational. Strategic consulting tends to be dominated by the large consultancy practices that we’ve all heard of, as does change management.

This is primarily because strategic and change management initiatives are usually top-down deliveries and often require large teams of consultants covering a broad spectrum of functional expertise. Read more

5 Attributes of the Best Supply Chain Consultants

August 7, 2015

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