21 April 2014

Peter Bartram 

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Culture shock
It dominates your social thinking, your moral thinking and your character altogether. Get it wrong and it could damage your business ...

Being world class
Continuous improvement is the way Philip Morris does business, constantly looking for new ways to do things better and quicker. And it’s proved to be an award-winning approach ...

Time to have more of a voice in strategy making
Globalisation is starting to produce economic and political pressures – unemployment, social problems, sustainability dilemmas and so on – that will have an impact on supply chains in the years ahead...

Survival chain
Pressing the flesh is particularly important in the supply chain where making connections lies at the heart of the business. ...

Global poser
Is the headlong rush to globalisation coming to an end? New research suggests that concern over carbon footprints could be having an impact on global strategies. ...

Blowing bubbles
Is the world about to experience a commodity price bubble? And, if it does, what will this mean for the supply chain? ...

Ashes to ashes
Just-in-time supply chains are vulnerable to disasters like the Icelandic volcano but there are solutions. ...

Looking to the east
So, we've waved a fond farewell to the Noughties. (Come to think of it, not such a fond one considering the decade contained two recessions.) What will the next decade bring for supply chains? ...

Rules of engagement
When economic belts tighten, the business rules of engagement change ...

Culture clash
I broke my glasses the other day. The optician told me it would take two weeks to get a replacement part from the Italian maker. Two weeks? I can order a book from the US and receive it two days later. ...

Counting the IT risks
A pleasingly unround total of 11 areas of technology risk face companies according to a recent report ...

Retail detail
Retailers must get a better grip on their returns handling systems and their understanding of demand if they want to beat the internet upstarts. ...

On the move
How logistics pros can become the champions of modernity in business by harnessing the power of mobile technology. ...

Of eggs and baskets...
Given recent political trends it’s time companies started to think about the risks of putting so much of their businesses’ stock in one or two places. Peter Bartram ...

Brought to Book
Traditional retailers can fend off their internet rivals if they learn to work with web technology in a way that helps enrich ‘shopper experience’. RFID can help with this too. ...

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