01 September 2014

Round Tables 

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Towers of strength
The complexity of modern supply chains is encapsulated in the WTO concept of ‘Made in the World’. Maintaining visibility of complex extended supply chains and the role of control towers were central to a round table discussion ...

It’s all about flexibility
Optimising supply chains, reducing costs and saving on emissions were some of the key issues at a round table sponsored by DPWorld London Gateway... ...

A perfect order
One definition is the right product in the right quantity from the right source to the right destination in the right condition at the right time with the right documentation for the right cost. An awful lot of rights, and possibly not an awful lot of...

Innovative partner networks
Industry leaders focused on the critical issues of creating and managing effective supply chain partner networks at the latest Supply Chain Standard Round Table, sponsored by Wesupply. ...

Balancing risk
Two major humanitarian disasters - the Burmese cyclone and the Chinese earthquake - provided a sombre backdrop to ''Supply Chain Standard''s Roundtable discussion on supply chain risk. But as Dave Food, business development director from the meeting's ...

Getting to grips with collaboration
For an older generation, ''collaboration'' has a sinister sound. But in the modern, dispersed and globalised supply chain, collaboration, up and down the chain, or even with apparent competitors, may be desirable or even essential ...

The challenges of returns processing
At almost every ''Supply Chain Standard'' Roundtable over the past year or so, the conversation has come around to reverse logistics - the business of pulling goods back from some point in the supply chain, be it a distribution centre, a store, or a...

Future trends in the supply chain
The use of temporary labour, dealing with seasonal peaks in demand, retaining flexibility and responsiveness, managing risk, and aligning a supply chain to best serve the customer, are all dynamic areas of supply chain management. ...

Understanding critical parts logistics
Maintaining a telecommunications network, IT system or an intricate piece of plant is a critical task for many enterprises. Ensuring that essential spare parts are in stock and available for field service engineers is of vital importance in fulfilling...

Challenges of the healthcare and life sciences sector
Late cancellations meant our November Roundtable discussion, supported by DHL-Exel Supply Chain, was somewhat bereft in quantity, but for quality this meant that our ability to drill down into some of the detail of a very idiosyncratic, not to mention...

Inventory:the great debate
No one ever got fired for having too much inventory, but they certainly have for running out of stock. With that warning from Professor David Simchi-Levi, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ringing in their ears attendees at Supply Chain...

Supply chain challenges of multi-channel retailing
Retailers are facing increasing supply chain complexity. With growing competition from online retailers many leading high street players are adopting an integrated multi-channel retail strategy in order to meet the varied demands of the consumer. But...

Complexity and the extended supply chain
According to the World Trade Organisation the yearly real growth of world merchandise exports averaged six per cent in 2005 after outstandingly strong growth of 9.5 per cent in the preceding year. With such rapid growth in global trade and with...

Shaping the future of the automotive supply chain
Vehicle manufactures operating in the West face significant challenges, with static markets, over-production, price competition and high labour rates creating an environment of slim margins for both OEMs and suppliers alike. The supply chain will play a...

Defining the Gold Standard for S&OP
The complexities of managing and optimising the flow of materials, cash and information across the supply chain need to be mastered if a competitive position is to be defended. Nowhere is Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) more critical than in the CPG...

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