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Topic: supply chain challenges

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 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     

Offset These 5 Types of Supply Chain Risks

Today’s supply chain risks are increasingly diverse as disruptions can come from a wide variety of sources, including physical damage at production facilities, natural disasters, strikes and labour disputes, capacity issues, delays, inventory stock problems and incorrect forecasts. Supply chain risk management is becoming a top priority in pr ... Read More

  September 26, 2018     

Why is a Digital Supply Chain So Important?

Much like any other process in production companies in the current global business climate, supply chains are becoming more and more digitalised as time marches on. However, despite this growing trend, there are still those that stick to more traditional supply chain management methods, even though the data shows digitalisation is profitable. So wh ... Read More

  September 20, 2018     

The First Step to Controlling Supply Chain Risks

The supply chain describes the processes and transfer of products and information from the origin or supplier all the way to the checkout counter in-store. As this is such a complex chain involving many hands and sometimes multiple countries with corresponding currencies and regulations, it can be fraught with uncertainties and risks. The supply ch ... Read More

  September 19, 2018     

Is Your Supply Chain Vulnerable to These Risks?

Supply chains are comprised of technology, logistics and people coordinating with each other around the world. They are powerful tools, but there are numerous risks that can threaten the health and stability of any supply chain. It’s important to identify what poses threats to your supply chain and be prepared. With good planning, you can [&helli ... Read More

  September 11, 2018     

What is the Future of Supply Chains?

The future of supply chains will be vastly different to supply chains past. Where once the emphasis for supply chains was upstream on such things as raw materials and production processes, the future of supply chains takes a reverse direction focussed on the downstream customer. Technology is reinventing supply chains and customers increasingly exp ... Read More

  August 30, 2018     

Why Are Digital Supply Chains So Important?

In our increasingly digital world, consumers are demanding speed, convenience and accuracy. Technology has helped many businesses keep up with these demands, and in particular, the rise of the digital supply chain has increased efficiency for manufacturers. However, many companies are struggling to keep pace with the onslaught of digital trends tha ... Read More

  August 27, 2018     

Don’t Get Caught Out: Prepare Your Supply Chain for Disaster

Supply chains typically operate in distinct segments with limited networks and communication. Those segments are equipped and set-up to handle day-to-day processes from manufacturing, transportation, and warehousing, to overarching inventory control processes. But emergency scenarios challenge the nature of those established business sections. They ... Read More

  August 27, 2018     

4 Supply Chain Risks and How to Mitigate Them

For those in the business of providing paying customers with a product or service, the importance of a well-functioning supply chain cannot be overstated. One minor hiccup along the way can catapult the manufacturing and delivery process into chaos, and there are multiple factors that can become supply chain risks. In this article, we identify [&he ... Read More

  August 24, 2018     

Understanding the Digital Supply Chain

As any business owner would know, a well-functioning supply chain is vital to the success of any business. Getting it right entails the efficient networking between all individuals, organisations, and activities involved in a business process from the manufacturer to the end user. Nowadays, the traditional supply process is carried out with the aid ... Read More

  August 24, 2018     

Tips for Managing a Product Recall

Product recalls can happen for a variety of reasons including health problems, false advertising, defects and hazardous performance. There is a spectrum of recalls with some problems being very minor, while other issues are downright dangerous. One of the most recent and infamous product recalls was the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. With phones catching f ... Read More

  August 22, 2018     

Managing Your Supply Chain When Natural Disasters Hit

When you turn on the news, chances are there will be a report of an extreme weather event. Natural disasters are becoming increasingly prevalent and can be problematic for both people and the businesses in its path. When Mother Nature comes in full steam ahead, braced with a natural disaster-grade storm, it’s important to prepare. […] ... Read More

  August 22, 2018     

The Important Role of Inventory Management in the Supply Chain

Managing good customer and supplier relationships is a crucial aspect of effectively managing supply chains. In many cases, this collaborative relationship approach has been considered the essence of supply chain management. At the centre of these supply chain relationships, particularly those involving product flows, is inventory management. Argua ... Read More

  August 21, 2018     

Managing a Crisis in Your Supply Chain

Disaster can happen to a business through both natural and man-made crisis. Whether you are struck by a climatic, natural or sabotage event, the key to dealing with any disaster is preparedness. Even when you prepare for all eventualities, prevention is not always guaranteed but preparedness is the best offensive for dealing with a crisis. [&hellip ... Read More

  August 15, 2018     

Taking a Step Towards a Sustainable Supply Chain

Consumers worldwide are expected to increase by 1.8 billion by 2025, representing a significant increase in opportunity and potential revenue to manufacturers and distributors. Additionally, the spending power of consumers is expected to increase even more than this as global incomes increase as well as the proportion households spend on consumable ... Read More

  August 14, 2018     

Not If, But When: How to Green Your Supply Chain and Stay Competitive

The world demands sustainability. Shareholders, customers, lobby groups, and not-for-profits want companies to be more sustainable. While the mantra is simple, giving real effect to that philosophy can be more complex. MBA programs continue to teach historic practices maximising return on capital being the centrepiece of commerce. But most successf ... Read More

  August 10, 2018     

Optimise Your Supply Chain for Seasonal Demand Surge

The busy season where peak demand for your product can generate healthy revenue is both exciting and very challenging. Demand surges not only influence inventory stock levels and customer service satisfaction, but can also impact your entire supply chain. Getting the right inventory stock to the right place, in a timely manner is a massive [&hellip ... Read More

  June 18, 2018     

The Significance of Sustainable Supply Chains

Historically, supply chains have not been known for their sustainability. Supply chains can cause severe amounts of greenhouse gas emissions and use water where resources are scarce. As our environment is changing and resources are dwindling, there needs to be a widespread effort to make businesses accountable for their supply chain. Moving towards ... Read More

  June 8, 2018     

Improve Your Supply Chain with Machine Learning

A productive, efficient and smooth flowing supply chain can be the backbone of a successful business. An effective supply chain will allow you to be resourceful and reduce wastage, and one of best methods for achieving these goals is by accurately predicting demand. While a business is smaller, it may be a simple matter of […] ... Read More

  June 7, 2018     

Preparing Your Supply Chain for GDPR

Regardless of the industry you operate in or whether you are trading in raw materials, work in progress or finished items of inventory stock, your supply chain is what moves your product or service from supplier to consumer. The supply chain is a complex system of businesses, service providers, people, information and activities. Its multifaceted [ ... Read More

  May 22, 2018     

Keeping an Eye on the Cosmetic Supply Chain

Cosmetics and personal beauty products make up a giant global industry. Forbes estimates that the beauty industry rakes in $445 billion dollars a year. The industry must be responsive to fashion as it is a driving force behind many of their consumer’s purchases. However, consumers are looking for more than just fashionable cosmetics these days. [ ... Read More

  May 14, 2018