Category Archives: Chap 05 Supply chain

The £850,000 seventeen minute delay

Earlier in the week, the House of Commons Business Select Committee invited representatives from the UK’s automotive manufacturers to explain to them the impact of Brexit on this sector.  Honda UK’s representative gave a fascinating insight into his operation’s just-in-time … Continue reading

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What supply chain trends are evident in the apparel sector?

Having just blogged about Bain & Company’s insights into how supply chains are changing, I came across this article on the McKinsey & Company website.  This was based on a survey and in-depth discussions with 29 Chief Procurement Officers of … Continue reading

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Supply chain trends – driven by digital

Bain & Company have an interesting infographic that identifies seven trends digitally-driven trends in the supply chain (here).  I list them here: Hyper segmentation – using analytics to indentify individual customer needs Additive manufacturing – 3D printing, automation, etc Focus … Continue reading

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How the IoT will change the food supply chain

Recent blogs have considered some of the implications of digital transformation in general terms, this blog looks at one specific sector.  IGD is a charity which analyse trends to provide insights for the food and grocery industry so that they better … Continue reading

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Facebook marketing for hotels

This is a blog about operations management – not marketing.  But in services the line between these two disciplines is blurred.  This is especially so in this era of the internet, social media and disintermediation.  So I have no problem … Continue reading

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Death of a salesman – the spread of disintermediation?

Interesting article from Lesniak Swann discussing Hyundai’s decision to launch its ‘click to buy’ service (check it out here).  This is another example of ‘disintermediation’ whereby manufacturers sell directly to consumers and potentially eliminate their physical distribution network, or service … Continue reading

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How independents can compete with chains using newly developed web-based services

Interesting piece on the hotelowner.co.uk website explaining how independent operators can take advantage of some startups that will facilitate their business.  The five they list are as follows: Hotelchamp – this is software that is designed to optimise the effectiveness … Continue reading

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Blockchain is a ‘disruptive innovation’ that will transform business

It is very clear that Blockchain will be a disruptive technology – that is to say it will significantly change the way in which operations are managed in the future.  In particular it will modify supply chains and distribution networks, … Continue reading

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Logistics in 2017

Always take with a pinch of salt anyone who forecasts trends for the forthcoming year.  Nonetheless it is sometimes worth looking at such forecasts, because they can tell you what is happening right now…  Here’s one CEO’s view of how … Continue reading

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Supply chain analytics

The so-called fourth industrial revolution is based on the transformative effect that digitisation is having on how businesses operate.  Smart technologies and digital communication means that a large amount of data can be generated about the performance of nearly every … Continue reading

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