How GST (Goods and Services Tax) Has Affected Logistics in India!

Right after demonetization, another big thing that came to India was the implementation of GST (Goods and Services Tax).

The sudden rise of the goods and service tax, despite getting a negative impression from some, actually reformed the Indian economy in a much better way.

Over time it was understood that this was much needed and it actually helped in organizing and setting up different logistics and transport sectors to speed up their overall processes.

From the movement of trucks to managing a good economic supply chain, GST affected logistics in a great way.

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Network Optimization Success Criteria!

Network optimization is a critical issue across all Supply Chains.  In Manufacturing, Distribution, Logistics and Retail the effectiveness of your network will make the difference between success and failure.

There are many environmental factors that must be taken in to account in order to define and optimize your network.  Your business may be growing or declining. You may be expanding into new channels, such as E-Commerce, or you may be pulling back.  And you may have just received a cash infusion allowing you to invest more, or you may have enormous cash and profit pressures forcing you to ratify your network.

Whatever your situation your network must continually be optimized.  Your facilities, whether owned, rented or outsourced, are the living organism which make up your network and define how your company goes to market.

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Achieve Immense Results for Staff Efficiency with these Restaurant Floor Plan Tips!

When it comes to running a successful restaurant, having an efficient restaurant floor plan can make all the difference. Not only can a well-designed layout help to maximize workflow and reduce waiting times, but it can also improve the overall customer experience. 

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Supply Chain at a Crossroads – Back to the Shadows or into the Spotlight?

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Supply Chain has historically been considered a back office function, necessary but lacking in prestige and strategic value. The Coronavirus pandemic created a dramatic and highly visible disruption in that paradigm. Suddenly Supply Chain and its importance was on the minds of political and business leaders, and the common person, everywhere around the world.

When the pandemic winds down there is a very real danger that people will go back to doing, and viewing, things the way they were before the pandemic. They will quickly forget the pandemic’s impacts and the need for the strategic deployment of more robust and resilient Supply Chains.

Does that mean that the importance and value of Supply Chain is at a crossroads? Will Supply Chain go back into the shadows as a back office function, or will Supply Chain take its place centre stage under the spotlight which is its rightful place?

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The Top 8 Supply Chain Superpowers!

Working in Supply Chain is hard, and never boring. Challenges of every kind from every direction can appear without notice, disrupting the days planned activities.

Disasters, shortages, quality issues, system failures, process breakdowns, delivery delays, weather, demand changes, financial pressures, lack of cash, customer losses, supplier failures, workforce shortages and defections, competitive pressures and more all make every day interesting, to say the least, in Supply Chain.

How do Supply Chain professionals deal with all of these unplanned, yet unrelenting, fires? And how do they do it while keeping calm under pressure? In fact, how do they do it while thriving under the adrenaline rush?

They use a unique set of Supply Chain Superpowers!

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New Opportunities for Students in Supply Chain!

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The world of supply chain management is constantly changing, helping companies to become increasingly efficient and profitable across the entire supply chain. Huge Improvements are being implemented about emerging trends in supply chain management in several respects offering opportunities for students.

In other cases, businesses are trying to change in preparation for potential developments and the business environment in general. For example, given the growing need for additional warehouses and other facilities, companies have started to explore real estate investment opportunities to accommodate the supply chain demands. They equip themselves with the real estate basics to invest in properties for logistics and manufacturing use.

That being said, students studying supply chain management have a greater opportunity to learn and seek ways to benefit from the present and future developments and opportunities.

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Blockchain Integration in Supply Chain Software: Transforming Transparency and Trust!

Have you ever wondered how blockchain redefines the traditional supply chain management landscape?

Using blockchain in supply chain software is a big deal for how we do business nowadays. Blockchain integration is a game-changer that’s shaking up how things work in trade and buying stuff.

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Create a Responsive Supply Chain to Handle Peaks and Lulls!

Creating a Responsive Supply Chain in advance of the peak shopping season is a no-brainer. While the season is usually described as the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, responsive processes have a lasting effect.

A Responsive Supply Chain offers greater flexibility with labor management, streamlines warehouse operations, reduces dock constraints, and much more. Managing the balance between peaks and lulls is essential, and supply chain leaders are starting to focus more on building responsive, proactive strategies well in advance of the peak holiday shopping season.

As noted by Inbound Logistics, “Many manufacturers start assembling products, mapping out product specs to determine capacity needs, and working with their transportation and distribution partners on reliable and cost-effective logistics solutions up to six months in advance.” 

To stay competitive, leaders need to understand the value of a responsive supply chain and what best practices to follow to build responsiveness intuitively into the supply chain.

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Supply Chain Scams and Fraud!

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Very early on in my career an associate of mine was fired because he was found to be taking kickbacks from packaging suppliers to whom he had been preferentially and inappropriately been giving business.

Most recently I have received lots of emails and messages from unknown people offering to sell me masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) for really low prices. A cursory investigation into some of these finds that the items are substandard at best, and the commensurate price gouging during the pandemic reeks of fraudulent behaviour.

One of our most popular articles is Freight Forwarding scams. Every couple of weeks I will get an email from someone, from anywhere in the world, who has been the victim of a freight forwarding scam, and is looking for help.

All of this, and more, has caused to me consider that this is a very important, very real, and very prevalent issue. So let’s discuss Supply Chain scams and fraud.

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International Expansion in Retail (Infographic)

The road to international expansion in Retail has been successfully travelled but it is also lined with a lot of accidents and failures. But is it that easy?

“We are going to expand in to the U.S.!”

I heard this refrain many, many times.  The growth and success that a Retailer experiences as they expand in their original, domestic market inspires a level of confidence in the company’s ability to expand beyond it’s geographic borders.

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McDonald’s Supply Chain Challenge: Switching from Frozen to Fresh Burgers!

Back in early 2018, McDonald’s – a pioneer in cold chain distribution – announced that it was testing out using fresh patties instead of frozen in burgers at 300 of its U.S. locations.

Which doesn’t sound like a huge deal, but for one of the world’s largest Supply Chains – one that’s been using frozen burgers in its stores for decades – it represented an interesting test case in how companies can use supply chain strength to pivot as the market changes.

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Critical Forklift Safety Tips! (Infographic)

A forklift is an essential piece of equipment in any warehouse, distribution center or factory. Without it, it would be nearly impossible to efficiently move heavy objects in these environments. The strength and versatility of lift trucks certainly make life easier for the people who work in most industrial settings as long as there exists forklift safety.

However, the power that forklifts provide must be used with a great deal of responsibility. Operators need to be capable and well-trained in order to do their jobs effectively and efficiently. Most importantly, they also must know how to handle the equipment safely in order to prevent accidents.

More than 20,000 people are injured each year as a result of incidents involving forklifts. This underscores the importance of knowing how to use this essential equipment responsibly.

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Driving the Need for Culture Change!

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You have determined that something has to change in your company! Customer satisfaction may be low.  Employee morale may be in the dumps.  Financial results and operating performance may be falling far short of your objectives. You need culture change!

Or maybe you don’t have any of these problems. But you view that your company is performing well now yet it is not well positioned to go to the next level and be successful in the future.

Or it could be any combination of these pressures.  Whatever the reason, you have come to the realization that the culture of your company must change to get the results you need!

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The Negotiation Before the Negotiation!

When preparing for a negotiation, it is common to identify the issues to be negotiated, decide on negotiating tactics to use on your supplier, think through what your supplier may say and practice saying the words you’ll use during the negotiation.

Those are all necessary components of negotiation preparation.

But, they are not enough. To truly reach your potential in a negotiation you need to understand some key things about your supplier. This article will focus on three major things you need to know about your supplier before beginning a negotiation.

How do you get to know them? You can research your supplier and/or you could – get this – ask your supplier contact!

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Supply Chain Challenges in the Roofing Industry!

The roofing industry plays a crucial role in the construction sector, providing shelter and protection to homes and businesses. However, behind the scenes, roofing companies like Rapid Roofing Solutions, grapple with a myriad of challenges within their supply chains.

From the sourcing of raw materials to the delivery of finished products, the industry faces several hurdles that impact timelines, costs, and overall efficiency.

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