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When it comes to outsourcing your product manufacturing to China, I strongly recommend that you do your own legwork with regard to manufacturer selection. Once you have a manufacturer shortlist however, it will make sense to engage a Chinese sourcing agent to help you make your final selection, as well as to assist in managing the relationship with your new overseas manufacturer. Of course, working with any overseas business partner can be tricky, so hiring a sourcing agent is no guarantee that all will be rosy with your offshore venture. The odds will be greatly improved though, if you...read more
You might have noticed that “optimisation” is becoming quite the supply chain buzzword of late, especially amid any discussions about supply chain network design. In case you’re thinking it’s just another nice conceptual idea though, and that supply chain network optimisation is only applicable in certain cases, it might be time to think again. Every company can benefit from network design optimisation, especially in terms of inventory costs. So in this post, I thought I’d highlight how your supply chain network can impact inventory levels, simply because this is where optimisation often delivers substantial cost savings. Sub-optimal Network...read more
Over the last decade, outsourcing logistics has become a strong and continuing trend among manufacturers and sales organisations. In following that trend, some companies have had considerable success, while others have entered an expensive cycle of transition from one service provider to another, perhaps even to end up bringing logistics back in-house. If you’re considering the possibility of outsourcing logistics to a third-party provider, it’s not a path to be lightly trod. There are a number of questions you should ask before committing to the decision. By answering these questions, you will at least know if you have a...read more
The warehouse, sometimes lying far from the customers it serves, may sound like an unlikely driver of customer loyalty, but in fact it has a huge impact on the customer experience. Companies that achieve warehouse excellence have a greater likelihood of securing customer loyalty than those with a lower standard of performance, regardless of differences in customer-facing expertise. This post will explain the value of customer loyalty and how warehouse excellence can differentiate between enterprises enjoying solid retention and those experiencing unsatisfactory levels of churn. Satisfaction is Not Enough While many companies are keen to quote customer satisfaction...read more
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