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Topic: supply chain

4 Key Differences Between B2B and B2C Supply Chains You Need to Know

Business relationships for the sale of goods and services can be split up into two broad categories: business to business (B2B), and business to consumer (B2C). B2B products and services are sold from one business to another business, and in B2C, the products are sold from a business to the end user. As a result, […] ... Read More

  May 7, 2019     

Supply Chains Made Simple: 4 Tips to Improve Your Business’ Supply Chain Performance

When it comes to improving a business’ inventory performance, interrogating the supply chain can be an intimidating prospect. Supply chains are complicated and difficult, and the prospect of change typically provokes a reflexive ‘if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it’ response. Businesses see the upfront pain but fail to recognise ... Read More

  May 3, 2019     

What a Multichannel Strategy Means for your Supply Chain

A shift in consumer shopping preferences and behaviours is driving the growth toward multichannel retailing. This multichannel strategy has a direct impact on a business’ supply chain and creates different priorities for both retailers and their suppliers. For retailers, supply chain priorities include increasing on-shelf availability while reduc ... Read More

  April 23, 2019     

The Impact of a Multichannel Strategy on Your Entire Supply Chain

Multichannel retail strategies open up selling opportunities to the vendor, increasing the level of interaction with consumers and offering a more and more customised approach to retail. However, this does not come without impact to the supply chain, both positive and negative. So, what are some of the effects to be aware of? Top of […] ... Read More

  April 17, 2019     

Identifying the Key Differences Between a B2B and B2C Supply Chain

There are two broad categories of business relationships for facilitating the sale of goods and services. B2B is the business to business category and B2C the business to consumer category. In B2B, transactions take place between one business and another business, whereas with B2C the transactions happen between the business and the consumer. B2C b ... Read More

  April 15, 2019     

Supply Chain Efficiency vs. Effectiveness

Supply chain managers can often think that if a process is efficient, it is also effective. In fact, this is not always the case. Confusion can arise because the relationship between efficiency and effectiveness is interrelated yet independent. This article will explain the difference between supply chain efficiency and effectiveness, and although ... Read More

  April 6, 2019     

How Inventory Management is Paving the Path Forward in an On-demand World

Inventory management in an on-demand world is one of the biggest challenges in the supply chain today. No longer is a business merely buying in bulk and selling from just a brick-and-mortar store. Customers now have the ability to buy from many places online and also expect to be able to return things easily too. […] ... Read More

  March 20, 2019     

How You Can Tackle Your Supply Chain Inefficiencies

The supply chain is a dynamic, logistical-laden beast. It has so many interworking parts, organisations, relationships, information, technology and people. Everything and everyone is dependent on the suave execution of supply chain getting them the right goods and services, at the right time. They call it a chain for a reason — everything is inte ... Read More

  March 15, 2019     

Thrifty Inventory Management to Save Money and Increase Profits

In today’s manufacturing arena, the common mantra is to produce more ‘faster, quicker, cheaper’ with the common goal being to instigate more interest through marketing, drive sales up and increase profits. This is all very well, however to achieve this goal, inventory management needs to be a focus. If inventory management is not considered c ... Read More

  March 8, 2019     

Steps to Take When Creating an Efficient Supply Chain

When a company is aiming simply for continuous improvement, supply chain analysis is imperative. This is because the supply chain can make or break the business in terms of its ability to maintain the supply of product or services to their customers. And let us face it, without that, there is no income and no […] ... Read More

  March 2, 2019     

How to Tackle the On-demand World of Inventory Management

It’s fast-paced, it’s busy, it’s all things go, all the time. Inventory management is an around the clock operation and the pace isn’t slowing down. The way we shop has rapidly changed. This means the way we manage inventory has rapidly adapted as well. Just think about the most basic transaction of going into a […] ... Read More

  February 28, 2019     

5 Quick Solutions for Simplifying Supply Chains

Supply chains are becoming increasingly complex so simplifying them can be a complicated matter. In an attempt to get back to supply chain basics, companies need to scrutinise their processes, from procurement through to storage and shipping. Here are five quick solutions for simplifying supply chains: Clear the clutter With the rapid rise in our [ ... Read More

  February 26, 2019     

How You Can Simplify Your Supply Chain

For many supply chain managers at wholesale, distribution, and manufacturing companies, simplifying the supply chain can be a difficult task. An efficient and effective supply chain is fundamental to the success of these types of businesses, and the key to ensuring their efficacy is their simplification. In this article, we outline three key ways b ... Read More

  February 21, 2019     

Just-in-time in the Real World of Inventory Management

Just-in-time inventory (JIT) is the antithesis of just-in-case inventory and can be a valuable method of reducing waste and streamlining the supply chain. The benefits of JIT inventory are numerous, although they can only be realised with hard work to set up an intricate system involving many synchronised components. In this article, we will consid ... Read More

  February 20, 2019     

4 Strategies to Improve Supply Chain Efficiency for Manufacturing Business Owners

Manufacturers typically perform planning, sourcing (finding suppliers), making (manufacturing), delivering and returns. Supply chain efficiency, therefore, is the measure of getting the right product to the right place at the right time — and at the least cost. Remember, efficiency is not the same as efficacy. Traditionally, supply chain manageme ... Read More

  February 18, 2019     

Efficient versus Effective Supply Chains

A well-functioning supply chain is not only effective, but also efficient. In this article, we explain the differences between efficiency and effectiveness, and how you can ensure your business model produces both. Efficiency versus effectiveness Efficiency generally refers to the extent to which a process uses resources in the best way possible to ... Read More

  February 14, 2019     

3 Simple Tips to Prep Your Business for Peak Periods

It’s very common for a business to earn a substantial amount of their revenue over a short period of time. Peak periods lead to an influx of sales and it seems to happen relatively quickly. These fluctuations are important to prepare for and even more important to capitalise on. Don’t miss out on the peak […] ... Read More

  December 24, 2018     

How to Tackle the Challenges of Omnichannel Inventory

Using omnichannel in retail is a sign of the evolution of the industry. Customer journeys used to start and finish in the brick-and-mortar store. These days customer journeys follow an omnichannel experience – they shop online, use their mobile phones, they go into the brick-and-mortar stores, and call in to support centres. No matter how [&h ... Read More

  December 22, 2018     

How the Internet of Things is Changing the Way Inventory Management Works

The Internet of Things (IoT) is gaining momentum with businesses and individuals around the globe. It has the potential to be big – it has the power to transform how we interact as a society and the fundamentals of how businesses run. One of the biggest waves of change we are expecting to see is […] ... Read More

  December 21, 2018     

Overcoming the Challenges of B2B Order Fulfilment

B2B commerce is expanding exponentially and with this growth, there’s been a significant shift in the way companies manage their sales and B2B order fulfilment processes with greater focus in the areas of inventory control, speed and the ability to meet order deadlines. In an increasingly eCommerce environment, the necessity for companies to eff ... Read More

  December 10, 2018     

Inventory Optimisation for Greater Inventory Control

The biggest challenge of inventory control is getting the balance right, to meet the challenge of matching supply volumes to customer demand and with any good enterprise or activity, it usually pays to start with the basics. Inventory optimisation basics There are many different inventory control techniques out there, knowing what to stock and the ... Read More

  December 10, 2018     

What Does IoT Mean for Inventory Management?

The dawn of the Internet of Things (IoT) is upon us and it is set to revolutionise many industries including inventory management. However, before we can understand how inventory management will be affected by IoT and how we can optimise this, we must first understand what exactly it is. IoT is essentially a concept where […] ... Read More

  December 6, 2018