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A guide to optimizing your supply chain

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Put simply, supply chain optimization means using technology to get inventory to the right place at the right time – at the lowest cost and highest profit for your business. Supply chain optimization can be explained as aiming to minimize operating costs and streamline processes throughout the supply chain to...Read more

How to develop an effective supply chain strategy

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A supply chain strategy explains how a company will bring goods into the business and get them out to customers as effectively as possible. Considering every phase in the supply chain, such as sourcing goods, logistics and delivery, the strategy optimizes operations to reduce costs and maximize profits. Supply chain...Read more

How to successfully implement just-in-case inventory management

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In the early 1980s, just in time supply chain management emerged as a way for businesses to reduce stock levels and only hold items that were needed to fulfill known orders. In recent years, and particularly since the coronavirus pandemic, just-in-case (JIC) supply chain management has become more popular. This...Read more

4 reasons for carrying safety stock inventory

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You’re a manufacturer who is working on an order when you realize that you’re out of a necessary component due to a sudden increase in demand, meaning you’ll have to order that part and wait until you receive it to finish the order for your customer. Or maybe you’re a...Read more

What are the fundamental differences between just-in-time and just-in-case…

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For years companies have operated a just-in-time (JIT) supply chain model, only ordering stock items when necessary and carrying minimal inventory to reduce carrying costs. The pandemic has led to various global supply chain issues, such as increased demand volatility and trouble with stock availability. This has seen a switch...Read more

Shipping container shortages and how to better manage your…

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The effects of COVID-19 on global supply chains have been far reaching. The shipping industry in particular has been hit due to the displacement of containers blocking ports and causing global shortages. Businesses around the world continue to be affected by longer lead times, which are made worse by global...Read more