Supply Chain Model

An efficient supply chain is among the most significant aspects of business management today. If you are a business owner, you probably already understand that your supply chain---which can be local and quaint or global and multinational---controls the flow of your products and business information as well as your flow of capital. Simply put, the significance of a supply chain model (SCM) in your business is self-explanatory: it streamlines and manages vital business processes. However, as any business expert would...

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The Limits Of The Apple Watch

Supply chains can be a tricky business if not planned and executed correctly. Whether it’s the occurrence of a natural disaster, a failed delivery or a supplier failing to meet its production quota, these elements can play havoc with the success of a product getting to the customer on time. So are there limits to the success of any supply chain? The latest item to feel the strain of supply chain pressures is the new iWatch, or known by its...

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Sustainability and the Supply Chain

There are many sustainability touch points along a supply chain , from the sourcing of raw materials and the water used in manufacturing to the CO2e(3) produced when we manufacture, distribute, store and use the products.  The figure below maps out some of the key sustainability touch points along a typical supply chain. The Logistics Business can provide support and guidance on addressing sustainability issues across your supply chain or bespoke guidance on specific touch points highlighted in the figure...

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Supply Chain Collaboration

Supply chains by their very nature are made up of a chain of participants and it is very rare these days for a company to have a completely vertically integrated supply chain that involves no other members. In view of the fact that there are many parties involved it is perhaps surprising to think that there is much antagonism in these relationships and little collaboration beyond the immediate needs of the task. In fact the contractual relationship that is often...

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Watch out for the rise of 3D printing – It will radically change the way we manage our Supply Chains

3D printing is an idea that has entered the public consciousness very recently and for a concept so new and novel it has been accepted remarkably quickly. However if you were to mention 3D printing to the public the image that will come to mind is plastic novelties, Star Trek style replication and controversies around guns. The real revolution, however, is taking place in industrial processes and supply chains. When applied to metals the process is more generally described as...

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