Category Archives: Sector: Manufacturing

Coronavirus impact on supply chains

Given the the role that China has in the world economy, it is not surprising that the current coronavirus outbreak is impacting on supply chains around the world. This Barron’s article highlights the impact on the tech industry.  For instance, … Continue reading

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Alternative approaches to R&D in the food industry

Interesting article from just-food.com about R&D trends in the food sector.  Originally the really big companies – Kraft, General Foods, Nestle – did most of their R&D in-house.  But over time they have begun to undertake this activity in a … Continue reading

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The smart supply chain

Most operators know that the smart supply chain has real potential, but it seems that few are fully exploiting this opportunity.   PA Consulting identify that: 69% “of global supply chain leaders say the maturity of their supply chain vision … Continue reading

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Designing new beauty products using AI and big data

Interesting article on themanufacturer.com website concerning how L’Oreal is using big data and analytics to drive its R&D activity.  It has outsourced its data centre to an Internet-as-a-service (IaaS) provider, and this now processes 50 millions pieces of data every … Continue reading

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Insights from… Historic England

Historic England may seem strange website to recommend to students of operations management.  But it provides great insight into our industrial and infrastructure heritage. This places operations in context.  It allows us to see how process and organisations developed over … Continue reading

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Inventory preparedness for Brexit

Twelve months ago, in the lead up to Brexit, there was much talk of increasing inventory levels in order to prepare for potential disruptions of supply.  Not so any more…  Why?  Because demand is weakening, so existing stock levels may … Continue reading

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Brexit disruption to supply chains has implications for cash flow

I’ve tended to steer away from Brexit as there is plenty of coverage elsewhere (although our second edition does have an end of chapter insight on this topic).  Be that as it may, whilst we have heard a lot on … Continue reading

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i4.0 and labour productivity

Having blogged yesterday about smart homes, this blog relates to smart factories. Deloitte Insights have just published an article summarising a detailed report that explores the impact that i4.0 will have on productivity.  Headlines from this are: “Early smart factory adopters … Continue reading

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What’s the difference between mass customisation and mass personalisation?

We’ve blogged before about mass customisation and mass personalisation.  But it occurred to me that we have not entirely defined the two and clearly differentiated between them.  So I went on line and asked the question “what is the difference”? … Continue reading

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Gucci carbon neutral?

In the last few days, it has been reported that Gucci is planning to go carbon neutral.  However, if you go to their website, they claim that they have already achieved this.  Unfortunately, it is difficult to be sure which … Continue reading

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