Supply chain Standard writers are contributing blogs every week – here are the most read blogs of the year so far:
1. Chips are a supply chain issue
One electronics industry commentator called it “the ultimate supply chain screw-up”. Strong words but when a major international motor manufacturer has to stop the production line, there is, perhaps, some justification…
2. Ten ways to delight the customer
Some of the cleverest technology in the supply chain is going into multi-channel retailing. But at the end of the process someone has to deliver the goods to the customer’s home. And that last few feet is where the biggest problems lie.
3. Supply chain – that’s so last year
Just as we were all getting used to talking about supply chain rather than logistics, it appears that the term is running out of steam and no longer describes what (for want of a better expression) supply chains do.
4. Danger of ignoring demand
Lee Iacocca, the man who saved Chrysler back in the 1980s, wrote one of corporate America’s most gripping autobiographies, and in a particularly telling passage describes how, upon his arrival, he discovered thousands and thousands of cars rusting in fields that the company had not been able to sell.
5. Supply chain pile-up
It’s been described as a “supply chain pile-up”. We are talking about the electronic components sector where supply imbalances have been causing problems across industry.
6. Fast fashion: a throw-away trend?
Fashion is a fickle business. Not exactly a groundbreaking observation, but add to that the current trend for “fast fashion” and it becomes all the more apparent. What’s in one week is out the window the next – and quite literally, it seems.
7. Carbon focus makes an impact
It’s interesting to see how corporate attention to environmental matters can have a very real impact on the way companies drive efficiency in their supply chains.
8. Coming to a port near you
Not that long ago, there were predictions that RFID would revolutionise the supply chain sweeping away all that had gone before.
9. Shameful response
It would be nice to start by saying: “Now that the dust has settled…” But it hasn’t, and it looks as though the cloud from the Icelandic volcano is going to be around for some time to come.
10. Defining the low carbon supply chain
We can all point to some of the initiatives that companies are looking at to make their supply chains more environmentally-friendly.