Supply Chain

Stop playing the blame game

Stop playing the blame game

By Hugh Williams

Software gone bad? I'm talking about implementations that don't deliver the expected benefits, or have gone astray over time. The result is an...

Economic quantities - or a pallet's tale

Economic quantities - or a pallet's tale

By Hugh Williams

This is the story of an old but wise pallet. Over the years, it has seen supply chain thinking evolve and lived through many changes.Many years ago...

Bulk issues addressed

Bulk issues addressed

By John Dunn

Explosive materials; 'rat holing'; and hygienic design. Powder handling presents some thorny issues, says John Dunn

New currency to replace euro

New currency to replace euro

By Hugh Williams

Pounds are becoming kilos. You are probably thinking that I am about to re-launch the debate of imperial versus metric. I'm not. I'm talking about...

Lean makes mathematical sense

Lean makes mathematical sense

By Hugh Williams

Here's a riddle for you: Your raw material costs are going up rapidly. Your customers are by nature very price sensitive. Increasing your prices with...

Sometimes duplication is necessary

Sometimes duplication is necessary

By Hugh Williams

I find it fascinating to watch a business open up to supply chain thinking. One day it operates in isolation, mistrusting the competition, suppliers...

Don't let non-bottlenecks steal from you!

Don't let non-bottlenecks steal from you!

By Hugh Williams

Is your business a victim of internal self-inflicted supply chain crime?Like a burglar sneaking round the back, are you being robbed by some of your...

How to be green and lean

How to be green and lean

By Hugh Williams

And I thought that after many years of slow but locally efficient supply chains, lean had taken over: you signed up to the fact that sending a...

Take the right fork ...

Take the right fork ...

Buying lift trucks for use in the food and drink sector can be a lot more complicated than it sounds. So what sort of things do buyers tend to overlook? Robin Meczes finds out

Grabbing the supply chain by the crust ...

Grabbing the supply chain by the crust ...

By Hugh Williams

You know it will happen, every time: you grab that slice of pizza by the crust; you give it a nudge with the knife in the hope of a clean cut; then,...

Best practice or industrial tourism?

Best practice or industrial tourism?

By Hugh Williams

In principle nothing is wrong with most businesses' obsession with supply chain best practice. People want to know what other companies are doing...

Take stock of business costs

Take stock of business costs

I have a fundamental problem with some of the traditional measures and key performance indicators in place in companies, because they do not always...

Focusing on cost can be so costly

Focusing on cost can be so costly

I guess at least a few people share my prejudice that the US breeds supply chain people who are highly skilled at talking and 'theorising', but not...

Put brakes on transport costs

Put brakes on transport costs

The food industry bemoans being forced by powerful buyers to operate on low profit margins for most lines. Not only are margins low and under...

Adding miles to packaging waste

Adding miles to packaging waste

Before anyone begins to think it, let me say that I have no'green' bees in my bonnet, despite several articles on green issues. I cover the subject...

A duty to discharge

A duty to discharge

By Bob Brooks

While the handling of raw materials has improved in recent years, hygiene and explosion hazards still exist, as Bob Brooks discovers

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