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Topic: supply chain

What About Domestic Sourcing?

Globalisation and the internet has provided businesses with the ability to increasingly source goods from anywhere on the planet. Access to products at often considerably lower prices makes importing goods an appealing option for many enterprises. Overseas markets with lower wage costs and fewer government or industry regulations can produce goods ... Read More

  January 23, 2018     

Sustainable Challenges of Supply Chain Management

Supply chain management impacts business and the economy, the global population and the environment. Supply chain management is a logistical and operational exercise that faces many challenges along the way. Not only is executing this process difficult, trying to do it in a sustainable manner is even more of a challenge. The Food Journey Let’s [& ... Read More

  January 20, 2018     

Demystifying the Coffee Supply Chain

Coffee is the most popular beverage globally. From agriculture to waste management, the coffee supply chain undergoes many stages to deliver your morning coffee fix. Coffee bean supply depends on many dynamic factors such as weather conditions, insect induced spoilage and the political and socio-economic influences of the coffee producing countries ... Read More

  January 19, 2018     

Home or Away: Where Should Your Business Source Its Inventory?

Procurement has changed a great deal over the last decade. When considering where to source raw materials and finished products, the general consensus has long been that domestically sourced products were typically higher quality and had shorter lead times, but that sourcing abroad could lead to major cost efficiencies. These days, overseas factori ... Read More

  January 15, 2018     

How Better Supply Chain Management Can Give Manufacturers a Competitive Edge

It’s a tough time for many manufacturers; increasing competition from markets with comparatively low labour and input costs is putting pressure on many local manufacturers. Some sectors, such as automotive manufacturing, are slowly disappearing from large western economies – only recently, almost 100 years of car making history came to an e ... Read More

  January 12, 2018     

Playing Fairly: Getting to Grips with Ethical Sourcing

Business ethics such as corporate social responsibility or ethical marketing are nothing new. Yet, although more and more companies are including an ethical sourcing policy in their operational standards and principles, ethical sourcing (or ‘ethical procurement’) is still a developing idea. Ethical sourcing essentially puts ‘ethics’ at the ... Read More

  December 23, 2017     

Implementing Value Stream Mapping in Your Business

Efficient businesses do not stand still. If a business is efficient, it has likely gotten to that point through a process of continuous improvement. A core aspect of continuous improvement involves closely examining your business’ value chains in order to spot opportunities to advance. Value stream mapping is an essential part of this process. Le ... Read More

  December 11, 2017     

Push or Pull: Choosing Your Inventory Control System

Inventory control is exceedingly important for your company though achieving it can be very tricky. Accurate inventory management is largely based on the inventory system implemented and the nature of the company and its products. Here we delve into the differences between push versus pull inventory control systems and which would be best suited fo ... Read More

  December 9, 2017     

Automation: Changing the Face of Inventory Management

Inventory control and supply chain management has evolved on a near continuous basis since the 1980s. Although the tools and technology that back the supply chain have constantly changed, the aim of supply chain planning has remained constant: to get the right product to customers in a timely manner, and to safeguard against stock outs […] ... Read More

  December 8, 2017     

Three Challenges that Require F&B Manufacturers to Innovate

Food and beverage producers have been innovating for more than a century; the industry has consistently improved by creating innovative flavours, improving shelf stability and reducing production costs to make food available for more people than ever before. Now, as the industry faces more significant challenges than ever before, the food and bever ... Read More

  November 27, 2017     

The Backstory of Your Morning Cup

The coffee supply chain is a complex system, perhaps more than most, as it comprises many stages spanning different continents and time-zones. However, understanding the supply chain in its fullness facilitates optimisation of it so that all parties win: the grower, the roaster and the consumer. Back to the roots The coffee beverage first emerged [ ... Read More

  November 27, 2017     

Three Key Supply Chain Challenges for Coffee Roasters

Coffee roasters get into the coffee business because they are passionate about flavourful, fresh coffee. Roasters are on the hunt for innovative blends and unique single origin coffees; visiting coffee growers in search of new flavours is an exciting process. The coffee supply chain is complex and operating a successful roaster requires careful inv ... Read More

  November 24, 2017     

From Bean to Brew: Challenges of Coffee Production

Despite being an industry that is seemingly ever-powerful and not likely to run out of favour anytime soon, coffee production remains a sector that is tormented by massive challenges that can be difficult to overcome. Often, these challenges are weathered by those who are the most vulnerable and the least profitable yet the piles to […] ... Read More

  November 13, 2017     

Hops Aren’t Enough: Four Quick Wins for Brewery Supply Chain Success

Although craft beer still makes up a small percentage of the beer market, tastemakers are increasingly favouring pilsners, pale ales and stouts over crisp session lagers. The craft beer industry is approaching a crunch point, with more small scale craft brewers competing for consumer loyalty than ever before. Developing a reputation for innovation ... Read More

  November 13, 2017     

‘Tis the Food Manufacturing Season

While it may only be the first day of November, holiday season planning should be well underway! Every year the holiday season builds with anticipation and before we know it, the holiday season is in full swing. Celebrations are everywhere you look and people are hunting down gifts for friends and family. With all the […] ... Read More

  November 1, 2017     

From supplier to customer: 5 challenges in the supply chain

The importance of a company’s supply chain should never be underestimated. The supply chain is, after all, the lifeline to product supply, stock control, sales and thus company profitability. However, there are many factors that make managing the supply chain very difficult. The key to dealing with them successfully is to understand them and how ... Read More

  November 1, 2017     

Supply chain challenges: Long lead times

Longer lead times in the supply chain can cause a series of negative effects for both the customer and the seller. In fact, lead time is the single biggest factor influencing the performance of your inventory control processes and supply chain in general, which means managers need to take care to reduce it as much […] ... Read More

  October 24, 2017     

New Zealand manufacturing plays pivotal role

New Zealand’s manufacturing industry plays a pivotal role in the improvement of the economy as a whole. Manufacturing in the construction industry and the dairy and meat sector perform particularly well, with research demonstrating promising growth in each sector. Aside from contributing to overall GDP growth, the manufacturing industry also cont ... Read More

  October 20, 2017     

How to Reduce Lead Times in the Supply Chain

Longer lead times in the supply chain can have a series of negative knock-on effects for both the customer and the seller. Lead time is a huge variable influencing the performance of your inventory control processes and supply chain in general. Therefore, managers need to take every step possible to reduce it where they can. […] ... Read More

  October 20, 2017     

Supply Chain 4.0 – the new and improved model

A traditional picture of a retailer and customer relationship could be personable and labour intensive. These times might be long gone and although we are not quite at the stage of complete automation, we are certainly on track to get there. So, what does an the future of supply chain look like? Context of supply […] ... Read More

  October 14, 2017     

Trimming Lead Times in the Supply Chain

In a stock-based business, accessing and taking control of inventory is crucially important. Without sufficient inventory, your business will miss out on sales, production lines will slow and you’ll fail to meet customer expectations. Longer lead times also aggravate quality assurance issues; if you discover a manufacturing issue when a shipment ... Read More

  October 14, 2017     

Why reducing lead times is crucial for inventory stock

Why do lead times matter? Lead times are the single largest factor that influence the performance of your supply chain. It’s no question that longer lead times exhibit the notion that you will have to carry more inventory stock, and thus there is a real risk of shortage. Longer lead times suggest that it’s harder […] ... Read More

  October 9, 2017