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Supply Chain Management - Making SMEs Adoptive and Responsive

Supply Chain Management - Making Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Adoptive and Responsive 

One fine morning you get up to find out that your daily bread's price has gone up by 15% and the Kinnaur apples that you savour costs 20% more, you may be wondering what has gone wrong even while the price of ingredients used in bread remain steady. Is it the bread manufacturer or the apple grower who are playing spoilsport? Here the role of supply chain management comes. Something must have gone wrong down the supply chain line. Manufacturing or production, labour, traders, packaging, transportation, competition are some the factors which have driven up the costs.

The 1 Point Difference!

The 1 Point Difference!

The Pollsters were right. The 2012 US Presidential race was indeed a very close call. The popular votes were almost evenly divided. It surely must have been a dilemma for many a voter to choose between an incumbent with a poor performance record and a challenger whose position they were still figuring out.

Eventually, the long drawn, hard fought battle did produce a decisive outcome but what took many by surprise on the results night is how quickly the winner was projected by the TV networks. The ‘party time’ for the other camp was over way too early that evening!

Supply Chain Challenges in the Heavy Manufacturing Industry

Supply Chain Challenges in the Heavy Manufacturing Industry

The heavy manufacturing industry has its own unique challenges in managing its supply chain.

Global shifts in demand, traditionally low volumes and extensively long lead times are common factors that define the nature of this industry. Additionally, by nature of the specialized processes involved in manufacturing these products, the complexity of the supply chain alone, is further increased with the inclusion of many smaller sized suppliers and subcontractors performing these specialized operations.

Perils of Problem Management (Root Cause Analysis) (2 of 2)

Perils of Problem Management (Root Cause Analysis) (2 of 2)

When we last left our heroes (you), we were discussing the traps or perils of conducting root cause analysis to drive out major IT “Problems” or issues.  I can’t emphasize enough that this process improvement methodology, or undertaking, like any other, is worth executing even if there are some common traps.  Therefore, in today’s blog I’m going to conclude with the last two major traps or perils.

Peril #4: Identifying a person or group as the root cause

Reducing the Number of Suppliers in the Consumer Packaged Goods Industry

Reducing the Number of Suppliers in the Consumer Packaged Goods Industry 

Companies in the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industry are constantly affected by local and global economic tribulations more than most because of the inherent costs associated with the manufacturing and packaging of their products. These costs can often put a strain on companies with few ways to cut their costs. Businesses in the CPG industry need to a way to make sure their products get to retailers, but also don't break the bank. Here are two approaches for easing that burden through supplier reduction within CPG supply chains.

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