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supplier management to boost profitability Published in Download - 06 februarie 2018

Supplier management: Establish more profitable supply chain relationships

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, this is the time of year where we look back and reflect on our relationships (or lack of…). When it comes to supplier management, the same applies! After all, when better to review your supply chain relations than now! However, clutching on to a bad relationship can cause great heartache.
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work wear suppliers inventory management Published in Download - 31 ianuarie 2018

Inventory management for work wear suppliers

For work wear suppliers and distributors, maintaining high levels of customer satisfaction is vital in order to succeed. However, with extensive product ranges and lengthy lead times from both European and international suppliers, maintaining healthy inventory levels can often prove a real challenge. Afterall, with constant pressure to offer consistently high levels of availability, businesses must keep
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assortment management graphic Published in Download - 24 ianuarie 2018

Gestionarea sortimentului: încărcați produsele care ard prin marja dumneavoastră

În fiecare an, mii de oameni încearcă să renunțe la fumat. Când considerați că fumatul este atât de scump, cât și de nociv pentru sănătatea dvs., de ce renunțați? Problema este însă că, pe măsură ce obișnuințele merg, fumatul este dificil de lovit. La urma urmei, de îndată ce renunți, simptomele dependenței se pun în
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Published in Download - 05 ianuarie 2018

Understanding customer behaviour webinar | 5 steps to supply chain success (part 2)

What does your historical demand really mean? Can you explain why demand in a particular period is exceptionally higher or lower that what you had forecasted? More importantly, do you know how best to manage these exceptions? Historical demand data is a critical source of information for assessing both the performance of a business as
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Published in Download - 04 ianuarie 2018

Ai fost mușcat de dragonul chinez?

În fiecare an, China este martorul uneia dintre cele mai mari migrații umane din lume. Pe măsură ce forța de muncă a națiunii reduce instrumentele și se întoarce în orașul natal, pentru a se bucura de sărbătorile Anului Nou Chinezesc, fabricile din toată țara se închid până la 40 de zile. Între timp, întreprinderile din
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bicycle supply chain infographic Published in Download - 03 ianuarie 2018

Infographic: An epic expedition around the bicycle industry

Inspired by Team GB’s triumph over the last few years, it seems more and more of us are getting back on the saddle. Last year alone, we cycled an impressive 3.5 billion miles; 6.3% more than in 2015! However, as Brexit jitters take hold and the Government forges ahead with a major initiative to double
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supply chain collaboration success Published in Download - 29 decembrie 2017

Zdrobiți barierele interne care vă rețin afacerile

În timp ce echipa de vânzări se poate aștepta la niveluri ridicate de disponibilitate pentru a satisface cererea clienților, echipa financiară este de obicei mai interesată de costurile de inventar. În consecință, echipele operaționale sunt sub presiune constantă pentru a atinge echilibrul între nivelurile de servicii și investițiile în stoc. Cu toate acestea, pentru a
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promotions management proves a challenge for retailers Published in Download - 28 decembrie 2017

Forget Moz the Monster, retailers have their own gremlins!

Promotions management has always presented retailers with a dilemma: a huge headache but an unavoidable reality of modern retailing. Black Friday, for instance, was once seen as the single most important day in the retail calendar, like turkeys voting for an early Christmas, many retailers have now extended this promotional period to last for up
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reduce waste through inventory optimisation Published in Download - 28 decembrie 2017

Waste reduction: the proof’s in the pudding

Tackling the growing mountains of waste created as a consequence of poor supply chain practices is a top priority for the food industry. But what can businesses do to reduce waste? While mitigating the causes of shrinkage is undoubtedly good for the environment, according to the Grocer, taking action to curb avoidable waste can unlock
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working capital and cash flow optimisation Published in Download - 28 noiembrie 2017

Make your capital work harder

Effective working capital management is all about juggling inventory, debtors and creditors. However, maintaining a healthy level of cash flow is a real challenge. However, how can you optimise your approach to cash flow management in order to free up invaluable capital? What is working capital? According to Investopedia, Working capital is the amount of
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Inventory costs are often surprising Published in Download - 06 noiembrie 2017

What is the real cost of your inventory?

Holding too much inventory has some potentially disastrous financial consequences. After all, money tied up in inventory cannot be used anywhere else. Furthermore, capital tied up in items that you can no longer sell (e.g. obsolete stock) may be lost forever. However, when you consider that there are further inventory costs associated with holding inventory
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Assortment strategy are an essential part of inventory management Published in Download - 06 noiembrie 2017

Nail down your assortment strategy

When it comes to building products, customers expect suppliers to be able to provide anything and everything at a moment’s notice. In response to this demand, many businesses in the building industry have exploded their assortment strategy to encompass many thousands of different SKUs. The problem is, however, how much do you really know about
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Summer Closures Published in Download - 06 noiembrie 2017

Whitepaper: A comprehensive guide to managing supplier closures

As you prepare for some rest and relaxation in the summer sun, supplier holiday closures are probably the last thing you want to think about. However, as entire workforces down tools to enjoy a well-deserved break, businesses further down the supply chain are left dangerously exposed to lengthy lead times, delays and even stock outs.
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Summer Closures Published in Download - 23 mai 2017

Infographic: Summer Closures

Sun, Sea & Stormy Supply Chains Supplier closures are disruptive at the best of times. However, as your suppliers down tools to enjoy a well-deserved summer break, your business could become dangerously exposed to lengthy lead times, delays and even stock outs. What can you do to maintain a harmonious operation during what could be
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Published in Download - 16 mai 2017

Summer closures & the cocktail of supply chain disruptions

Supplier closures are disruptive at the best of times. However, unlike other factory closure periods, the summer season can last for several months and suppliers can shut down at any point throughout this time. Contrary to popular belief, Mediterranean countries are not the only ones where it is common place for factories to close down
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Published in Download - 15 mai 2017

Assortment Management | 5 Steps to Supply Chain Success

From deciding whether or not to stock a new product to determining how best to phase out an item at the end of the product life cycle, decisions around assortment management are often coupled with a high level of financial risk. As a result, such decisions should not be taken lightly. However, unless you have
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Published in Download - 20 aprilie 2017

Assortment management: Going beyond the 80:20 rule

How much do you really know about your assortment? Do you know which items offer the greatest return or which are most important to your customers? Equally, do you know which items are costing you money? It is no secret that for many businesses, 80% of the turnover is generated by just 20% of the
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Published in Download - 28 martie 2017

What’s driving your availability levels?

Do you have enough stock to meet demand? Do you have too much? How can you ensure your service level targets satisfy the expectations of the business while still keeping investment in stock under control? Availability is everything for most businesses. However, while the commercial departments within the business may expect 100% availability, supply chain
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Published in Download - 27 martie 2017

Harnessing the power of collaborative forecasting | 5 steps to supply chain success

When it comes to forecasting, each business division has its own set of goals and objectives. Consequently, there are likely to be very different opinions as to what should be taken into account when developing a forecast. Given that the forecast provides the basis on which many key decisions are made, how can businesses adopt
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Published in Download - 15 februarie 2017

6 steps to create more collaborative conversations around forecasting

When it comes to demand planning, each division has its own set of goals and objectives. While the sales team may demand consistently high levels of availability in order to satisfy orders, the finance team may be more interested in inventory cost. This is compounded further when it comes to demand planning as there are
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Published in Download - 05 ianuarie 2017

How can you create visibility in a multi-channel environment?

For companies that exist in today’s complex omnichannel and multisite environment, achieving stock availability has never been more difficult ... and costly! With more channels, more demanding customers and an increasing number of products to manage, many organisations can quickly lose sight of their inventory position. Faced with expensive excess stock levels and crippling shortages,
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Published in Download, Retail - 03 ianuarie 2017

How can the food industry win the war on waste?

In a bid to eliminate the 400 million meals worth of “avoidable” food that is wasted every year1, the Grocer has kicked off a major campaign to combat the inefficiencies that plague the food supply chain. In order to reduce waste from the supply chain, some business have started incentivising customers to buy so-called "wonky"
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Published in Download - 17 noiembrie 2016

The journey to excellent Multi-Echelon Inventory Planning

For companies that exist in today’s complex omni channel and multisite environment, achieving stock availability has never been more difficult ... and costly! In an ideal world we would have total visibility, however in reality, supply chain information is often limited. To help companies in their journey to excellent multi-echelon inventory planning, we explore three
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Published in Download - 17 noiembrie 2016

8 top tips to rein in seasonal demand fluctuations

Every year, UK customers spend over £339 billion on furniture and homeware products. When you consider that business in the sector stock everything from winter blankets to garden patio furniture, seasonality can have a huge influence on demand. Given the potential for huge fluctuations in demand, this can leave businesses exposed to a high level
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Published in Download - 15 martie 2016

How to achieve the optimal stock level to meet seasonal fluctations in demand

Imagine you have 150 televisions in stock with an average sales volume of 100 units per period and a minimum order quantity of 20 units. The lead time is 7 days and given that you do not want to disappoint your customers with stock outs, you hold a safety stock of 50 units. When is
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Published in Download - 14 februarie 0201

The lettuce crisis is just the tip of the iceberg!

As storms in the Mediterranean batter supplies of fruit and vegetables, retailers are left with empty shelves and angry customers. While there is little anyone can do about the weather, what can businesses do to mitigate the impact of this supply chain disruption? While a shortage of salad is one thing, what about a shortage
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