Tag Archives: 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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Dropshipping pros and cons

I’ve frequently blogged about online retailing, but I have not mentioned an operations phenomenon that often underpins this business model – ‘dropshipping‘.   This is the concept of not holding any retail inventory, but shipping goods to customers directly from … 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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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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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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Extending lean sigma beyond the boundaries of the firm

I had lunch with a Black Belt recently.  He works for a company that manufactures complex electronics equipment.  In his role as a Black Belt process engineer he has four major projects to complete in a year – and his … Continue reading

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Big firms exerting their market power over payment terms

We discuss market power and the power of buyers on pages 44-46 of our book.  And one aspect of this is having an ever higher profile in this election year – how big firms make their smaller suppliers wait a … Continue reading

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How to keep costs low other than through scale

As part of the series of blogs on the low cost strategy, yesterday we discussed economies of scale.  But there are other ways of achieving low costs. One is by achieving low direct operating costs. This can be done by offering high … 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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McDonalds market entry into India

McDonalds have been very successful in operating their concept in many countries – none less so than in India, where over 50% of the population is vegetarian.   This BBC article explains how they have gone about this.  The basic … Continue reading

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