How to Invest to Make Your Supply Chain More Efficient!

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With the advent of Amazon Prime’s free two-day and one-day delivery, customers have come to expect faster, free shipping from online sellers. How do you make your Supply Chain more efficient?

A PayPal study shows that 43% of shoppers will abandon their carts if hit with high shipping costs, while 84% won’t purchase from a brand again after a single negative delivery experience.

To compete favorably with their grown-up brothers like Amazon, small businesses in the eCommerce sector should know how to invest in keeping their supply chain running like a well-oiled machine. That way, they can dwarf shipping times and delivery costs to meet customers’ expectations.

Of course, a supply chain upgrade is a major investment that may require you to obtain a working capital loan from reliable lenders. But the resulting time and cost savings are so huge that the loan pays for itself in a few years.

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Logistics Trends to Watch!

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As the logistics industry, and the broader business world, looks ahead, it’s time to explore what the next years will bring to logistics and logistics trends.

After reviewing several industry sources most Logistics professionals are in agreement with all of these trends.

We hope this information will help your organization prepare for what’s ahead. 

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Our 2019 Top 10 List! (Part 2)

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As we come to the end of our 3rd year here at Supply Chain Game Changer it is time to publish our semi-annual 2019 Top 10 List.

First we want to thank our readers. Our audience and reach continues to expand with Supply Changer now being ranked as one of the Top 20 Supply Chain blogs in the world and one of the Top 15 Procurement blogs in the world. Both are record achievements for us.

Second we want to thank our guest contributors. With dozens of writers and articles we continue to fulfill our vision of sharing expertise and experience from all over the world.

We thank you for your ongoing support and ask you to continue to spread the word about Supply Chain Game Changer. There is truly something of value for everyone no matter what challenge you are facing each and every day.

Here we present our Top 10 list for the second half of 2019. Enjoy!

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Supply Chain is Tackling Food Waste Like Never Before!

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Consumers are demanding more from the companies they buy from, and Supply Chain Management is at the forefront of delivering that increased responsibility. Consumers increasingly want goods that are produced ethically, sustainably, and with a minimum of waste.

With the prevalence of digital technologies like Blockchain, companies have more tools at their disposal to dig into their supply chains and make sure that they meet these consumer standards – and if they don’t, they have less of an excuse.

One Supply Chain Sustainability topic that’s been getting a lot of attention lately is the issue of food waste.

A fascinating new article in Bloomberg digs into the magnitude of the issue, and the efforts ramping up – some backed by big venture capital investment – to stop it.

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3 Challenges Facing Supply Chain in the Next 5 Years!

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We stand at the cusp of some interesting new possibilities for business. As such, we can expect some potentially drastic changes, and with them the need for smart solutions. We’ll take a look at a handful of the major challenges facing supply chain over the next half-decade, and how the industry is approaching these. 

It can sometimes feel as though our commercial landscape is in a constant state of flux. Whether due to frequent changes in technology, attitudes of consumers, or shifts in working practices, this can breed both an exciting sense of competition, as well as uncertainty. Supply chain managers are often at the forefront of these developments.   

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How Smart CEOs Leverage Supply Chain!

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Being a CEO is tough enough, let alone how difficult it is if you don’t have all of the skills and knowledge needed.. Many CEOs have a background in Finance or Sales and Marketing or Engineering, or are just entrepreneurs. But few have in-depth experience in Supply Chain, let alone understand how to leverage Supply Chain.

The truth is that the overwhelming, but often misunderstood and underrated, impact of Supply Chain’s importance to the success of an organization is missed and unknown to many CEOS.

Only truly smart CEOs get it. They get the importance of Supply Chain and understand that they will succeed or fail depending on how they do, or do not, leverage Supply Chain.

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Seasoned Leadership in Action™ – An Interview with Chris Darbyshire, VP Operations at Softchoice!

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At Supply Chain Game Changer we believe in sharing experiences and expertise from people in every industry and from across the globe.  As such we have introduced our “Seasoned Leadership in Action” Interview series at Supply Chain Game Changer. This interview is with Chris Darbyshire, Vice President of Operations at Softchoice.

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Do You Live to Eat or Eat to Live?

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Let’s not forget that we do eat to live and don’t live to eat. An excess of food can lead to dangerous diseases such as obesity and like any other good pleasures in life, it needs to have boundaries.

Nowadays, restaurants, and specifically food, have taken such an important place in our lives, that the answer to that question isn’t obvious anymore.

 For some people, the kind of groceries, wholesalers and time of delivery are crucial conversations’ subjects. Indeed, food has become the most important part of their discussions, of their thoughts and even for some of them, of their lives!

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The Fear of Running Out (FORO) in Supply Chain!

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By definition, Supply Chain is responsible for the continuity of supply and inventory of goods and services. If supply lines are disrupted, or if inventory runs out, Supply Chain is on the hook to restore supply.

Supply disruptions can bring a company to a grinding halt, compromising customer deliveries, revenue and profitability. With the stakes so high it should be no surprise that the very prospect of supply continuity issues can create fear and wreak havoc on the time, focus, and mental well-being of Supply Chain professionals.

How does this Fear of Running Out (FORO) manifest itself in the planning, processes and attention of those in Supply Chain?

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Our 2021 Top 10 List!

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In the middle of our 5th year here at Supply Chain Game Changer we are proud to publish our 2021 Top 10 List. Here we are showcasing our 10 most popular articles for the first half of the year.

Since we’ve started we have amassed an extensive library of over 750 articles. There is something for everyone no matter what your interests, challenges and needs may be from one day to the next. And that fulfills our mission of sharing experiences and expertise for the benefit of all.

Still there is always more to right about to help our readers.

So let’s take some time to reflect, and look back on our 2021 top 10 list … so far!

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The Toilet Paper Supply Chain!

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Our recent trips to Costco and Walmart, in mid March 2020, had one thing in particular in common. Both stores were sold out of toilet paper, with no knowledge as to when more was coming in to the store.

A few weeks ago, in mid February 2020, when the panic was starting to set in with respect to the Coronavirus we saw some people buying a lot of toilet paper. At the time we bought more packages than we should have, just in case, not realizing there was going to be a full blown run on toilet paper.

This seems to be the story everywhere, even on Amazon. Every store is sold out of toilet paper. Why is it sold out? It’s such a common product that’s merely made out of paper. Does it all come from China, where their factories are shut down? Is that the problem?

In light of the current situation we thought it was time to learn more about the Toilet Paper Supply Chain.

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

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Unchaining Change Leadership

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!

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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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Create a Responsive Supply Chain to Handle Peaks and Lulls!

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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 Thrives in these Challenging Times!

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The challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic have supply chain professionals working harder than ever – but compensation is rising significantly to match.

As a recruitment firm specialized entirely within supply chain management, we at Argentus write about a variety of topics at the intersection of talent and supply chain – everything from career advice, to hiring advice, to supply chain industry news.

But perhaps no topic draws more interest from Argentus’ readers than salary intel, which makes sense: people in the field want to see how their current situation stacks up. Especially in a hot job market like this one.

How much are people making? How much additional compensation or vacation are they getting? What’s their level of job satisfaction?

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