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Hi, I’m Rob O’Byrne and I’ve been working, teaching and consulting in Supply Chain for 35 years now. It’s hard to find really good unbiased information these days isn’t it? And when you find a good book (I have a book case full of them) they’re too technical and hard to read.
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If you’re new to the supply chain arena, there will inevitably be terms and concepts with which you are not familiar. Some of them can be a little confusing too, until you put in some research effort to better understand them, since their names alone may not reveal their contextual relevance to supply chain. One such concept is supply chain collaboration, a somewhat overused term that has come to mean different things to different people. By taking a few moments to read this post though, you’ll understand precisely what is meant by supply chain collaboration and how it fits...read more
Despite reports of a slowdown in the number of companies outsourcing manufacturing to Chinese factories, and the country’s economic downturn, China remains a popular location for contract manufacturing. This is evidenced by the decision of at least two Western companies to shift production to the oriental giant this year. Those companies are U.S.-based Makerbot, a 3D printer manufacturer and Canadian aircraft maker Bombardier, which will commence cockpit manufacturing in China, with wing manufacture shifting to Mexico. So is manufacturing in China still a realistic prospect in 2016? I believe so, particularly for Australian companies which can benefit from the...read more
Sales and operations planning (S&OP) is a simple enough process, yet it’s one which many organisations struggle to implement and maintain successfully. To some extent this is perfectly understandable, since a successful S&OP process requires unfettered collaboration between multiple business teams. The sheer number of SKUs which many companies must plan for also creates planning challenges. Often though, the sales and operations planning traps which companies fall into could easily be avoided or prevented. If your company is getting ready to implement sales and operations planning, or if your management team is trying to improve the process, you might...read more
Some of my previous posts on this blog have provided tips for developing an RFP/RFT in order to select a logistics outsourcing partner. In this post, I want to focus a little on the next step: evaluating the logistics outsourcing proposals from your RFP respondents. It’s More than Just a Score Evaluation of logistics outsourcing proposals normally makes use of an objective scoring system. However, it’s a mistake to select an outsourcing partner on that basis alone. You can lean a lot more about providers’ potential suitability from the way they’ve developed and presented the response...read more
How much do you know about CPFR? If you’ve never heard of it, have a quick read through this post and you’ll understand the basics of CPFR in the supply chain profession. CPFR is the acronym for collaborative planning, forecasting and replenishment, a practice developed to reduce supply chain costs through collaboration among what may be many partners in a single supply chain. Origins of CPFR in Supply Chain CPFR is no vague or loose concept with a fancy name. It was in fact developed by The Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions (VICS) Association, which created a framework and...read more
In an earlier post on this blog, I addressed the question “what is a supply chain?” As the post was intended to provide the answer in a nutshell, I simply explained that the supply chain starts with some raw materials and ends with a finished product in the hands of a customer or consumer. I also explained that there is really a lot more to it than that. Supply chains can become incredibly complex and in reality even the simplest flow of materials requires supply chain management. Supply Chain Management: An Illustrative Scenario Without somebody to take care...read more
If your supply chain company is just branching into the business of importing goods, perhaps because of a decision to outsource manufacturing overseas, you might not be used to dealing with a freight forwarder. To help you in selecting a freight forwarder for the first time, I thought it would be a good idea to offer some guidance on what you need to know and more importantly, how you will know when you’ve found the right freight forwarder for your organisation’s needs. Why Use a Freight Forwarder? Before moving on to the four key questions you should ask...read more
A few blog posts ago, I mentioned that I would follow up my post on “What’s in a Logistics Outsourcing RFP/RFT” with some information about other sections you might wish to add to an RFP which were not listed in that particular post. The one section which stands out for me as being particularly useful is a list of intelligent questions for potential vendors to answer, relating to how well they believe they can service your organisation’s logistics needs. The key, if you are going to include some questions in your logistics outsourcing RFP, is to make sure they...read more
When you need to implement or change your company’s supply chain strategy, you’ll be lucky not to encounter at least one or two obstacles along the way. One obstacle in particular though, despite its certainty, seems to catch out leaders in supply chain (and other areas of industry), with monotonous regularity. That obstacle is called organisational change resistance. Know What Drives Resistance to Organisational Change We call it organisational change resistance, yet at its source are often many individual fears, anxieties, concerns and other very personal motivations, most of which are actually quite predictable. Good change management–which should...read more
If you’re new to supply chain, it can be difficult to understand where it begins and where it ends, especially when people start talking about manufacturing and production. Is manufacturing part of the supply chain or not? Manufacturing from the Supply Chain Perspective To test the question of manufacturing and its place in supply chain, try thinking about it this way: What happens if you exclude manufacturing from the supply chain? Let’s try answering that question right now, by assuming you work for a fashion retail company. You have clothes for sale in your high street stores, but where...read more