World Food Programme – A Logistical Challenge

Commentators have long been discussing the challenges faced enabling food assistance to be effectively delivered and much has been written on the subject. In her article for the CILT’s December 2013 FOCUS magazine, Magda Jurkowiecka stated that the existing WFP supply options fall into two different channels: Direct supply – handled by WFP and consisting of several streams, such as in-kind contribution, international procurement or local procurement. Indirect supply – new stream wholly outsourced from the commercial retail market by...

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Supply Chain Performance and Competitive Advantage

As supply chains become increasingly complex, global and critical to the sustainable success of any business operating within any sector, it is arguably sudden seismic shifts that stop supply chain planners, practitioners and consultants in their tracks and force them to re-think. For years now, world-class supply chain thinking, planning and sometimes implementation, has focused on lean and agile; the former seeking to improve continuously a company’s end to end efficiency and productivity through integration, information and process excellence and...

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Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) – Added Value or Not ?

How familiar are these statements? Each department takes decisions in isolation and usually not based on facts, but instead designed to satisfy their own priorities. Sales and operations are not aligned, with trading making promises and creating plans that manufacturing and procurement cannot fulfill -resulting in poor customer service and fostering a blame culture. There is a large inventory of product that is not selling and on-going availability problems on popular items, which means too much money is spent on...

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Warehousing & Logistics Requirements all Sewn Up at Picard

Picard produces high-quality leather handbags, suitcases and accessories since 1928 at their site in Obertshausen near Frankfurt, Germany. A fourth / fifth generation family business based in Germany, Picard are renowned for producing a range of highly functional, stylish products – always on trend and using the very latest designs and colours in vogue. Great attention to detail is paid during the production process and only the highest quality of leather is used. Picard mainly distributes within Germany, with export...

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However good your Warehouse Labour Management – You can always do better

Labour management in warehouses is an essential tool enabling the manager to monitor one of the main resources available to him. Variability of work load is a major issue to be addressed in planning for efficient operation of a centre. Applying the well know summary from US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to the operation of a distribution centre, this variability can possibly be due to a known known in the business, e.g. seasonality, a known unknown, such as promotional...

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