Supply Chain

Keep the noise down please

Keep the noise down please

By Hugh Williams

In the Williams household, the amount of bread we consume is stable and predictable. Around Bank Holidays, we stock up beforehand. But even that...

How to reel in the big cheese

How to reel in the big cheese

By Hugh Williams

How dare you waste your chief executive's time, talking about supply chain opportunities? This is of no interest to him. Surely, it is your job to...

Slow burn for Dentressangle

Slow burn for Dentressangle

By Rick Pendrous

Transport operator Norbert Dentressangle is tightening its belt in anticipation of the economic slowdown, with the objective of becoming a leaner and...

Burning down the house

Burning down the house

By Hugh Williams

Let's be quite clear from the outset: arson is a crime. So why do we persist in lighting fires in our own businesses? Have you ever wondered how many...

Who is in and who is out of the chain?

Who is in and who is out of the chain?

By Hugh Williams

If you had asked me a few years ago which function would be the last to embrace supply chain thinking, I'd have got it wrong.Over time and despite...

The chill factors

The chill factors

By Allison Carvalho

Thanks to high demand for frozen foods, the cold storage business is currently booming. But how long can it continue? asks Allison Carvalho

How the fittest survive

How the fittest survive

By Paul Gander

The war is on. Supermarket chains have declared it and are fighting it with their army of price cuts and special offers. This is putting enormous...

Chain gang chat

Chain gang chat

By Rick Pendrous

Supply, demand and retailer promotions. Industry peers discussed supply chain issues at Food Manufacture's recent event. Rick Pendrous reports

Delve deeper into the chain

Delve deeper into the chain

By Hugh Williams

Last month I attended a conference, which was supposedly about the latest trends in supply chain management. The tone was set by the chair whose...

Ready, steady, go

Ready, steady, go

By Rick Pendrous

Producing a line of own-label ethnic ready meals for Asda is no mean feat. S&A Foods talks to Rick Pendrous about life on the short shelf

Future perfect

Future perfect

By Michelle Knott

When it comes to making a profit in the food and drink industry, mastering supply and demand is essential. Michelle Knott reports

How long is a supply chain?

How long is a supply chain?

By Hugh Williams

I bought a new calculator recently. I thought my old one was faulty: the numbers didn't add up! Let me explain. Over the past 10 years businesses...

Hijacking sales and operations planning

Hijacking sales and operations planning

By Hugh Williams

It happened to lean and also to advanced planning and scheduling before that. Now it has happened to sales and operations planning (S&OP). Some...

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...

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