Investing in green supply chains

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More and more leading businesses are investing in initiatives aimed at creating more sustainable supply chains. Whereas one might assume the practice would negatively impact revenue, the reality is that many companies have used these developments to drive significant cost and process benefits. Re-designing supply chains to cut carbon emissions and generally creating more sustainable practices have already helped companies …

Disruption in the music industry

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Everyone is aware that sales of music CDs have been falling steadily for some time. Sales figures for physical albums in 2012 reveal a drop of 20 per cent, compared with the previous year. Digital sales, on the other hand, continue to grow. Despite this, CDs, DVDs and video games still represent 75 per cent of the market. This situation raises a …

Evolving supply chains and fuel prices

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As 2012 comes to an end, 4C Associates looks back at some of the predictions  made earlier this year. Craig Bunker considers prediction number 12: “High fuel costs and environmental concerns will drive the need for the next level of supply chain optimisation.” A recent Jones Lang LaSalle survey, revealed that 95 per cent of supply chain managers believe rising energy and transport …

Developing future proof supply chains and cutting costs

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A recent survey carried out by Jones Lang LaSalle, revealed that 71 per cent of supply chain managers believe cutting costs will be the top trend for the next five years.The findings are indicative of the current economic situation and reflect the increasing pressure being put on supply chain managers to reduce costs. Other key trends highlighted in the survey, …

Weak supply chains stunt development

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Supply chains form the basis of a successful business and companies need to ensure they have a contingency plan should something go wrong. Often an event affecting a select number of suppliers can severely delay the production process of an entire company or even industry. Recently, a factory fire in a small town in Germany caused great concern within the …

Investing in supply chain

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An uncertain economic climate has resulted in businesses focusing heavily on reducing costs, often at the detriment of risk management. Is now the time to begin inversing the trend? Companies which make the shift away from short term cost reduction tactics can secure important supply inputs before suppliers begin to see the change in market dynamics. Those who fail to …

Supply chain and fuel costs

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For the past 20 years supply chains have been heavily focussed on reducing inventory and capital through the centralisation of stock. This model ensures highly effective distribution networks and excellent customer service, however, it was developed at a time when the cost of capital was relatively high and the cost of fuel was comparatively low. In light of the dramatic …

Minimising supply risk

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Given volatile supply chains, commodity prices and currency rates, how are CFOs protecting revenues and profits? On Christmas Eve 2008, Zavvi, Britain’s largest independent music retailer, went bust. But this wasn’t a failure of falling sales and missing profits, indeed revenue was up 10% earlier in the year despite the recession. No, Zavvi went into administration due to a lack …