Category Archives: Chap 05 Supply chain

The digital supply chain

This video from PwC explains how supply chains can be reconfigured to speed up deliveries to consumers operating in a digital world. Advertisements

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Managing risk during the procurement process

The U.N. have a Procurement Practitioners Handbook.  One of the chapters is devoted to risk management (here).  It usefully includes a table which identifies the nature of risk, possible consequences, and what to do about it across the following stages … Continue reading

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Offshoring – comparing the two alternative models

Many large operators have offshored some of their production capability.  There are two basic ways of doing this – either outsource it to a supplier or set up your own ‘captive’ operation.  In this article on the IBM Electronics Industry … Continue reading

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B2B Elements of Value – another way of thinking about how to win customers

Bain and Co. have an interactive infographic that identifies and explains what they call the 40 B2B Elements of Value.   I share it with you here for a number of reasons… in our book we focus on the concept … Continue reading

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“Pivoting” supply chains – using smart technology to make supply chains dynamic as well as fast

There is an insightful article in MITSloan Management Review this month.  It investigates the cutting edge of supply chain management and explains why smart technology should not be used just to make logistics faster, more reliable and cost less.  It should … Continue reading

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4% of global retail revenues are lost because goods are returned to vendor

Great infographic from Bain & Co. that outlines reverse logistics, how much it costs, and how much can be saved if managed effectively.

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How art is going from galleries onto the web

Most original works of art are first sold through galleries, with a smaller number being directly commissioned by the client.  But as this article on the BBC Business News website explains, disintermediation is growing in the art world too, with … Continue reading

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The impact of digitisation on container shipping worldwide

Fifty years ago McKinsey was commissioned by the British Transport Docks Board to write a report on containerisation and the implications this would have for that sector.  Naturally enough the report concluded that containers were a disruptive technology that would … Continue reading

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Why did the chicken NOT cross the road? It ain’t no joke KFC.

KFC have set up a web page (here) to inform customers which of their restaurants are open.   They have also headlined their home page with a link to this page.  All because yesterday an estimated 750 of their 900 … Continue reading

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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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