Supply Management: Coke to implement asset-light supply chain strategy

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Handing over its assets to a few long term bottling partners and re-franchising its distribution needs, should help Coca Cola to boost operating margins, save costs and impress shareholders. But will this new asset-light strategy work? Gopal Iyer, sourcing and supply chain consultant at 4C Associates, says: “Time and again, companies have questioned and redefined their core competencies. ‘Deverticalisation’ has …

Logistics & Supply Chain Standard: Sourcing the long-term

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Supply chains for businesses, big and small, are finding themselves under pressure to reduce costs, improve efficiency and assist in the maintenance of a steady cash flow. Milan Panchmatia, director of 4C Associates, the procurement consultancy, says that while it is true that the gap is closing, he believes with the economy back on an upward trend, the gap will …

Systemic risks in global supply chain: Suez Canal

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In the globalised economy we have come to take the long supply chain from the Far East to Europe for granted. Considerations such as lead times and quality assurance dominate decisions over Far East sourcing. However, such a long supply chain is inherently vulnerable. When making such a major decision, it is critical that buyers understand systemic risks which could cause catastrophic …

Leveraging supply chains for parcel deliveries

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The dramatic rise in online shopping has resulted in an increase in parcel deliveries which has yet to be translated into profit. Craig Bunker considers how leveraging supply chains to carry out parcel deliveries, can help businesses bolster their margins. One of the issues currently facing retailers is the cost of parcel deliveries. As more and more customers opt to have purchases delivered …

Making cents of online delivery

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Despite the huge rise in popularity of online shopping, the logistics sector has struggled to turn increased deliveries into a profit. A new survey sheds some light on how the industry can cut costs and keep customers happy. The Hermes’ 2012 Parcel Deliveries Usage and Attitude Survey has revealed that four in 10 consumers are more likely to purchase a product if …

Fleet costs can be reduced by up to 10 per cent

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London, UK – 17 October 2012: 4C Associates believes that most businesses would be able to reduce their fleet costs by 5 – 10 per cent by implementing industry best practice. “With fuel prices steadily rising and businesses continuing to evolve in a volatile economic environment, fleet expenditure is a key area for our clients to cut costs,” said Craig …

Can procurement really add value to logistics?

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As businesses increasingly turn to procurement to drive company growth through savings, concerns continue to emerge about the functions’ lack of sector specific knowledge. Logistics professionals are often reluctant to work with procurement, as they feel the function is purely geared towards making savings and does not have the expertise to judge quality of service. Procurement professionals argue that they …

Manufacturing costs – cheap as China? part 2

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GlaxoSmithKline has announced plans to invest £500m in the UK to build a new manufacturing facility. This is the first time in the past 40 years that the company will build a factory on British soil. As mentioned in a previous post – Cheap as China? – the economics of global production are changing and the benefits of manufacturing abroad are decreasing. …

4C acquires logistics operations firm Key3 Partners New

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London, UK, 16 January, 2012 – Key3, the consulting firm specialising in logistics operations and logistics systems improvement, has been acquired by 4C Associates, the consulting and outsource firm specialising in cost and procurement transformation. Key3 have delivered many millions of pounds of savings to blue chip organisations and bring first class expertise in delivering change in logistics operations, through a rare …

Deutsche Post World Net

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December 2005 Deutsche Post World Net today completed the acquisition of U.K. logistics company Exel plc, becoming the global No. 1 in air freight, ocean freight and contract logistics. Just one month after Exel’s shareholders welcomed the offer, the company’s equity capital was transferred in its entirety to Deutsche Post World Net. The combination of the two companies creates a …