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Category Archives: Supply Chain

Coronavirus – China manufacturing & shipping update

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to disrupt supply chains. Factory, transport and waterside operations are still not yet at capacity. With travel restrictions in place, the movement of cargo is significantly limited.
What’s next for your supply chain?

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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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Do you feel important?

Do you consider where your company sits in terms of the importance your logistics partner places on your business? What about their collaboration with you and your people? Do you feel your business needs are well understood? And do their services and operational expertise meet your needs? Or does it feel like an awkward fit and you’re always having to explain yourself?

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Peak Season 2019: Are you ready for it?

Peak Season: A frantic race for the finish line with a barrage of complications. Are you ready to do it all again or is there a better way?
Representing as much as 30% of annual sales for some retailers a successful Christmas trading period is essential to the survival of many Australian businesses. Planning ahead for Peak Season 2019 to get the most bang for your logistics buck will see you well placed to maximising your Christmas trading potential.

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What gets in the way of supply chain visibility

In the global logistics environment, everyone is talking about supply chain visibility and control. Supply chain visibility simply means having the right information, when you need it, so you can act on it. Getting this information is a challenge, or near on impossible when you don’t have the right systems to support you.

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12 signs you’re suffering from freight & logistics stress

How do you know if your Freight Forwarder is giving you the best possible service? There are a number of symptoms of freight & logistics stress. To get to the bottom of them you need only ask a few simple questions:

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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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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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