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Poor strategic fit: Why aren’t you listening to me?

As much as they want to, your logistics partner sometimes just doesn’t have the right services, expertise and contracts in place to meet your needs. If your origin ports, modes and destinations don’t align with their coverage, they can’t provide an optimal service.

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Speed to Market: now more important than Cost

Fast food, fast internet, fast coffee … it seems everything needs to be delivered to us fast these days.  We’re moving into an age where everything is driven by speed, and the Rag trade is feeling the pressure to deliver ‘Fast Fashion’ more than ever. With tech-savvy Millennials and time-poor consumers searching for more convenient ways to get what they want, when they want it, Speed to Market (STM) has become so important that Cost has become a secondary consideration.

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Q: What is a good freight rate?

Getting the right deal is based on your point of view and the importance you place on your supply chain. It depends on the nature of your supply chain, what type of service you need and the focus and attention you place on supply chain optimisation.   In short, it depends on you.

The saying “you get what you pay for” has never been more relevant than in the current market conditions. The costs and business consequences of something going wrong can far outweigh a minor saving in rates.

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When cutting supply chain cost costs you more

Finding a happy medium between price and service is the Holy Grail when it comes to most things. Cutting supply chain cost and optimising your logistics service is no exception.
Ideally, logistics partners should do more than simply move the freight.  They should be extension of your organisation, guiding your supply chain operations in line with your strategy.  In short, they should ‘have your back’.

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GST on low value goods imported into Australia

From 1 July 2018, GST will be payable on low value goods (AUD1,000 and under) supplied by overseas retailers to Australian consumers.  Under these changes, the Government will use the vendor collection model for collecting goods and services tax, where vendors (including online stores) will collect the GST on low value imported goods at the time of

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The ‘not so’ surprising link between supply chain optimisation and maturity.

Many of the discussions I have in the course of my work are around the different perspectives businesses have on how best to approach supply chain optimisation.  It all comes back to where their business sits in terms of logistics maturity.

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Understand, protect, optimise: And de-risk your supply chain

The world of supply chains and logistics is often volatile and turbulent. Keeping everything running smoothly has never been more challenging. Nor has it been more important to de-risk your supply chain

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China’s Comeback: Destination Hong Kong

As fashion executives around the world reported in the first BoF- McKinsey Global Fashion Survey, the year 2016 can be summarised in three words: uncertain, changing, and challenging. But in spite of this, fashion remains one of the key value-creating industries for the world economy.

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The State of Global Fashion 2017 – Uncertain, Changing and Challenging

Looking back at 2016 — one of the toughest years on record for global fashion. As fashion executives around the world reported in the first BoF-McKinsey Global Fashion Survey, 2016 can be summarised in three words: uncertain, changing, and challenging.

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High risk and lack of trust. The coming crises of confidence for Australian supply chains

Australia, by virtue of its geographical isolation, sits at the end (or beginning) of what are by any definition long supply chains. Moving anything into or out of Australia is more challenging simply because of the “tyranny of distance.”

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