Category Archives: Chap 05 Supply chain

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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They add no value which is why they are called ‘scalpers’

I’ve not blogged about the entertainment industry much recently which is partly why this article – ‘The Concert Industry is Still Broken’ – caught my eye.  In it there’s some pretty robust language being used by entertainers who feel their fans are … Continue reading

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Market intelligence on suppliers

There’s nothing more frustrating than setting up your own operations to run smoothly and efficiently, only to be let down by suppliers.  That’s why it’s the Operations Manager’s responsibility to also manage the supply chain.  This means signing procurement contracts … Continue reading

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Operations Insight: Corporate citizenship at MMC

Marsh & McLennan is a global professional services company employing 60,000 people.  It was created by merging four companies each specialising in different aspects of consulting, insurance and risk management.   Of particular interest here is its approach to corporate … Continue reading

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Outsourcing in emerging markets

Entrepreneur.com has just posted an article on this subject.  It specifically looks at three countries – the Philippines, Vietnam and Rwanda (reflecting the expertise of the author rather than any operational reason?).

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Envision’s ‘pop-up’ assembly plants

In this video, Envision talk about their concept of the “pop-up assembly plant”.    Their design and innovation centre is in Denmark, but they decided to set up their main manufacturing plant in China.  However, this should only produces component parts … Continue reading

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Amazon is rapidly ‘backward-integrating’ its business

Amazon, the global online retailer, is investing $1.5 billion is its own air cargo hub, to be located in Kentucky.  Until relatively recently, it had outsourced its logistics operation in the USA to companies such as FedEx and UPS.  But … Continue reading

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Apple in China

We did not blog about the BBC Panorama programme that critically reviewed Apple’s suppliers in China and their employee’s working conditions (because we did not see it!).  But this is a story that will not go away – partly because many … Continue reading

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Is “Pay and stay” blackmail?

BBC Newsnight has revealed that Premier Foods has a policy known as ‘Pay and stay’.  This is explained in a quote from a company staff member – “We are looking to obtain an investment payment from our entire supply base and … Continue reading

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