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Have we become too reliant on the World Wide Web?

Where would we be without the use of the internet? How often do we log-on and find the server is down, and realise we have no way of finding the information we are looking for. What would happen if, like the volcano in Iceland, the World Wide Web just blew up, and for the foreseeable future we were unable to get on line. How would we cope? As a consumer we would get in our car, travel to the desired...

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Regional Logistics Capability – Research and Strategy

Logistics and Supply Chain Management, potentially the “last frontier” for company’s cost reduction potential, has been heatedly discussed for over half a century. In recent years it has emerged as a key business concern and moved higher up the agenda in organisations in every industry sector. Adequate and reliable supply is the key to the success of not only battles in war, but also equally intense battles in the business arena. But does a specific region also need to develop...

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Strategic Supply Chian Planning

Considering the current business climate, Strategic Planning has become a particularly important thread of supply chain development as companies are being forced to re-evaluate the efficiency of their supply chains. The strategic planning services we offer are designed to help our clients find answers to such searching questions as: Is my supply chain agile enough to respond to rapidly changing markets? Is it vulnerable to disruption or change, be it political, natural or economic? Will it be susceptible to changes...

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Specification, Tendering and Supplier Selection

Plans, solutions, designs and requirements need to be converted into Specification, tendering and supplier selection which can be used to approach suppliers in competitive tendering. This is a delicate process that requires a great deal of accuracy. Specify in too much detail and you may restrict suppliers and won’t get the benefit of the different solutions they can propose. On the other hand, specify in insufficient detail and you then will not be able to compare tenders easily and informed...

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Supply Chain and Warehousing Environmental Audit

For each supply chain there will be an ideal number of warehouse locations. This will be determined by the proportion of inventory, storage, and transport costs. The graph below outlines this relationship. It can be seen that by combining these costs there is an optimal number of warehouse locations that result in the minimum total distribution costs: Let us now consider the immediate environmental effects. High energy usage in the supply chain is at the top of the list. Whereas...

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