Tag Archives: supply chain

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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Fruit and veg not loose. But maybe there’s a screw loose?

Good article in The Grocer about Asda’s decision to trial selling only pre-packaged fruit and vegetables.  This has apparently caused “outrage” and “uproar”, even hitting the headlines.  Some customers in the store where it is being trialled have ripped open … Continue reading

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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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