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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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Everything you wanted to know about coffee but never dared to ask – almost

This report on the BBC News website has five charts that tell you everything you need to know about coffee, namely: The top 10 coffee producing countries (Brazil is No. 1 of course). Which country drinks the most (very much … 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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Digital logistics

This article reviews the nature of digitisation in the field of logistics.  It proposes the developmental process that logistics firms will go through when adopting digitisation, as follows: Functional excellence – operations will be able to improve fulfillment processes and … 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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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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Research Insight: 12 ways to innovate

I’ve been reviewing the Research Insights in the book in order to identify those that will remain in the new edition, and which new ones might be added.  This article is one that might be included.  It identifies that innovation can … Continue reading

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