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Different Types of Risk in Your Supply Chain, and How to Avoid Them

May 21, 2014 • SPECIAL FEATURES, Supply ChainComments (1)

By Cathy Johnson, Hitachi Consulting There are different types of supply chain risk, and nowadays, these can be very easily exposed due to the power ...

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Identifying the Factors for Successfully Managing Supply Chain Risks

May 21, 2014 • OPERATION, Supply ChainComments (4)

By Sime Curkovic & Thomas Scannell The decision to manage supply chain risks constitutes a major undertaking for most firms. In this study, Sime Curkovic and Thomas Scannell use data from 46 firms and SCM managers to identify which factors affect the

The New Supply Chain Challenge

March 1, 2014 • OPERATION, SPECIAL FEATURES, Supply ChainComments (1)

By Cathy Johnson, Hitachi Consulting Supply chain alignment is demanding a different paradigm of roles, responsibilities and accountabilities and with that, how performance is managed. Below, Cathy Johnson discusses the importance of tying everything together

Tools for Success

March 1, 2014 • OPERATION, Supply ChainComments (0)

By Gwynne Richards and Susan Grinsted Supply chain management and logistics is taking centre stage in many companies today. Until recently the areas of warehousing and distribution have not been seen as core to a company’s operations and as a result have

The Limits to Outsourcing: Beware of the Consequences for Market Success!

March 1, 2014 • STRATEGY & MANAGEMENT, OPERATION, Global Business, Business Process, Supply ChainComments (0)

By Masaaki Kotabe, Michael J. Mol, Janet Y. Murray & Ronaldo Parente Over the past few decades, outsourcing, in particular offshore outsourcing, has become a widely used means for firms to improve their performance. Outsourcing helps lower the firm’s

Logistics Clusters: The Feedback Loop Leading to Economic Growth and Jobs

January 20, 2014 • OPERATION, Global Business, Supply ChainComments (0)

By Yossi Sheffi Governments around the world are investing in logistics clusters to encourage economic growth and create jobs. While the advantages of high-technology, knowledge-based clusters have been analyzed extensively, logistics cluster have not. A new

The Globally Integrated Enterprise: Developing Enterprise Integration as a Strategic Capability

January 20, 2014 • OPERATION, Business Process, Supply ChainComments (1)

By Maximilian Chowanetz and Sia Siew Kien Many large enterprises have embarked on enterprise integration (EI) initiatives in recent years. Below, Maximilian Chowanetz and Sia Siew Kien suggest that while an organisation must plan well and be forceful in

Achieving Demand Planning Excellence

January 20, 2014 • OPERATION, SPECIAL FEATURES, Business Process, Strategic Spotlight, Supply Chain, Supply Chain ManagementComments (3)

By Karin L. Bursa Demand planning excellence is the foundation for any successful business. Below, Karin Bursa argues that the demand plan is essential for ensuring all parties in your supply chain have confidence in the numbers and are working towards a

Putting Supply Chain Performance at Your Fingertips

November 7, 2013 • OPERATION, SPECIAL FEATURES, Business Process, Supply Chain, Supply Chain ManagementComments (0)

By Karin Bursa Leveraging supply chain analytics to boost corporate performance Is your company run on intuition? Or do you have a set of metrics that help steer you in the right direction and anticipate curves and bumps in the road ahead? Chances are the

The Hidden Costs In Business Processes

September 8, 2013 • OPERATION, Business Process, Strategic Spotlight, Supply ChainComments (0)

By Richard Ward Most businesses are affected by hidden costs in procurement, distribution, order processing, sales and finance.  Organisations can benefit from a careful review of their business processes, and implementing message integration within their