The Disintermediation of the Supply Chain!

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What is disintermediation?

Most definitions of disintermediation characterize it as the elimination of intermediaries, or “cutting out the middleman“.

Further consider that the “Wastes” associated with Lean thinking and principles include transportation, inventory, over production and motion amongst others. Eliminating these wastes is critical for peak performance.

Why is this relevant?

A truly efficient and effective Supply Chain must include a strategy, plans, business processes, and performance metrics that incorporate disintermediation and the elimination of waste!

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How The Evolution of E-Commerce Has Changed Customer Shipping Expectations !

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Customer shipping expectations article and permission to publish here provided by Connor Dedi.

The evolution of e-commerce has paved the way for a new standard of shopping. Especially with COVID-19 restrictions still being enforced around the world, shopping online has truly become both the safest and most convenient option for many around the world.

This is in part due to the amount of information that prospective customers can research about the products they’re interested in prior to purchasing them. One Google search of a particular product allows customers the ability to review its unique features and capabilities, price check amongst similar competing products, read customer reviews, and even find a way to bargain through the use of online coupons before deciding which product to ultimately purchase.

Online retail has become an enormous industry in the past few years. In 2019 alone, e-tail commerce totaled more than $3.5 trillion globally, with more than 1.92 billion people shopping online for products and services. 

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The Vital Role Played by Transport in Supply Chain

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Vital role article and permission to publish here provided by Amy Fletcher.

“Shippers, carriers, wholesale vendors, and others in the supply chain are concerned about the performance of the freight logistics system because highway, rail, and port operations affect their costs and profits,” state experts in the report  Measuring the Transportation System from a Supply Chain Perspective, highlighting the importance of transport to a host of industries.

Indeed, economic growth and competitiveness cannot be achieved without efficient transportation, since it enables logistics to bring its advantages into full play.

What are some of the most important roles played by transport, and why should it be given top priority for all businesses relying on this important stage of supply?

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Why is Supply Chain Such a Great Career Path?

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When I started my career the term “Supply Chain” had just been coined. As such it was many years before I actually heard of the term “Supply Chain Management”.

Regardless I pursued my interests and took on an increasingly diverse set of progressive jobs as time went on. Now as I look back on my career virtually everything I did falls under the banner of Supply Chain management.

Given the phenomenal opportunities that Supply Chain offers for personal and professional growth it is a career path which I highly recommend to anyone.

What is it about Supply Chain that makes it such an appealing career path?

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5 Maintenance Tips for Earth Moving Machinery!

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Earth moving machinery article and permission to publish here provided by, Ellen Johnson at highjumpdigital.com.

Regular maintenance of earth-moving machinery is essential for ensuring a smooth operation. The last thing you want is to encounter a technical issue while you’re out there operating on the mining site.

Improper equipment maintenance will not only result in unwanted downtime, but it can also reduce the lifespan of the machine itself. Faulty machines also increase the risk of accidents as many workers lose their lives each year due to mechanical errors.

To make the work environment safer and more efficient, it’s imperative to keep earth-moving machinery maintained at all times.

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The Importance of the International Shipping Industry!

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International shipping industry article and permission to publish here provided by Daniel Choi.

Even during the epidemic, the shipping industry’s significance in the value chain and the transportation of resources and goods worldwide was emphasized, probably most prominently.

“Since the start of the epidemic, the shipping sector has effectively acted to maintain the integrity of the system and thus the safety of the supply of goods,” as mentioned in the latest reports.

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Sourcing Priorities: Low Cost Geography or Domestic On-shoring?

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For many years the predominant priority in sourcing has been finding the lowest cost possible. This paradigm has driven an incredible the movement of a tremendous amount of production to lowest cost regions such as Asia.

However the continuity of supply issues caused by the pandemic has created a call to repatriate much of this manufacturing into domestic, albeit higher cost, regions.

What is the appropriate sourcing strategy going forward?

Should you keep work in low cost geographies, establish sources in multiple geographies, or on-shore work into high cost domestic countries?

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Improve Goods Flow By Outsourcing Logistics!

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Outsourcing logistics article and permission to publish here provided by Eisele Candace.

A company’s logistics and supply chain management activities are critical to its profitability. A company can improve its profits by outsourcing these tasks but must be careful to avoid potential pitfalls. This article discusses how a company can outsource major logistics services while maintaining control of the process.

The outsourcing phenomenon in the U.S. started slowly and will likely continue to increase over time, but it is still a relatively new — and potentially controversial — concept for many companies. Four basic logistics services can be outsourced: transportation, warehousing, inventory management, and information technology (IT) support.

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The Minimum Load for Trucking!

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Minimum load for trucking article and permission to publish here provided by Saaed Darwish.

 While you can find many supposed intellectuals kicking around a ball about what really made western society great, almost anyone is going to agree that modern western civilization would not be where it is today without the use of trucking.

Inventions were great, and assembly lines and the Industrial Revolution were truly spectacular. Still, it was the ability to ship goods throughout the land that really ushered in modernity in ways that we never thought were possible before.

All of this was enabled due to hard-working truckers out there driving across the country to deliver their freight.

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The Amazing Supply Chain of Your Morning Coffee!

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Coffee article written by Julia Severins and originally published on http://allthingssupplychain.com  .  Permission to publish provided by David Weaver.

Even though modern coffee machines offer an attractive variety of caffeinated drinks like cappuccino or latte macchiato, for me it is a simple cup of black coffee that helps kick-start my productivity when the clock strikes 8 am.

This “kick-start”, or boost aspect of coffee was randomly discovered between the sixth and the ninth century. A widespread tale sets the scene in the kingdom of Kaffa, in Abyssinia – which today is Ethiopia – where a shepherd one day observed that his sheep were unusually cheerful after eating white blossoms and red cherries from a previously unknown plant. Further, it is said that the shepherd told monks from the nearby monastery about his new discovery, but they tagged the beans as “Devil´s work” and hurled them into a fire. The delicious smell that rose from the pit of the fire brought on the idea of roasting the beans.

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What are Incoterms?

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Anyone in Supply Chain has likely heard the phrase “Incoterms”, certainly if you are involved in Freight and Logistics management, or perhaps in Finance.

Even if you haven’t heard of “Incoterms” you are more likely to have heard of terms like “Ex Works”, “Free on Board” or FOB, or “DDP” (Delivered Duty Paid, amongst others. These, and more, are called Incoterms.

But for those who are unfamiliar with all of these acronyms and definitions they can be quite confusing and difficult to understand.

In this article we will endeavour to provide more clarity on what Incoterms are.

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Product Packaging Ideas to Reduce Costs!

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Product Packaging article and permission to publish here provided by Holly Breedon for Kolbus Autobox.

Reducing packaging costs can have a huge influence on your business’ overall profit, hence it’s worthwhile taking time to find the right packaging solution for your companies specific products and customers needs.

While it’s important to save as much money as possible in the packaging and shipping of your products, your packaging still needs to represent your business positively. Cheap or non-branded packaging can paint a negative picture immediately, with packaging being the very first thing clients see.

Here are some of the best ways to reduce your packaging costs, without having to compromise on quality… 

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Breaking your Supply Chain Traffic Jam!

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Does anyone like being stuck in a Traffic Jam?

Prior to one Holiday season several years ago the volume that was coming into the Distribution Centre receiving area was unprecedented and unpredicted.   We were out of room on the docks and we were out of storage space but trucks kept on coming.  And we were still weeks away from being able to ship product to stores to relieve the pressure.

We were gridlocked.  We kept inching our way along but we were very, very close to having this traffic jam of activity shut us down.

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5 Insights for Managing Your Fleet Strategy!

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Fleet Strategy article, and permission to publish here, provided by Morgan Dixon at Expak Logistics.

Overseeing a fleet of vehicles can be a tough job. Anyone who’s been involved in fleet logistics has probably spent countless hours going over schedules, vehicle maintenance records, driver training requirements, and a host of problems and delays that have the tendency of popping up at the worst of times.

If you’re experiencing issues or have questions regarding fleet strategy, you’re not alone.

A good professional, though, is always looking to improve their methods. To guide you on your way, we’ve spent some time putting together a list of 5 insights to help you manage your fleet strategy better.

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The Supply Chain Carbon Footprint Reduction Strategy! (Infographic)

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Unchaining Change Leadership

When I was 11 years old everyone in Grade 6 was required to create and make a speech in front of the class.  I wrote a speech on Air Pollution.  It was an emerging issue in the news at that time.  I talked about statistics on the levels of Air Pollution, the damage it was causing, and what we needed to do to curtail and fix the problem.  This was long before I had heard the words Supply Chain Carbon Footprint.

I ended up winning the local and regional public speaking competitions with that speech.  I didn’t actually end up doing much about Air Pollution beyond helping to promote awareness of the issue with my speech.  But it did plant the idea in my mind that we all had a responsibility to  create awareness and help protect our environment in whatever manner that we could.

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