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Multi-Channel Supply Chains… How can we benefit?

Not so long ago, purchasing your annual Christmas shop in store was the norm and those who left it to the last minute could be seen frantically buying anything they could get their hands on, often on Christmas eve.  Since then, the development of online and mobile shopping as well as click and collect, has […]
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Getting the perfect present isn’t a Christmas miracle… it’s a Supply Chain miracle!

Consumers may be stressing about the Christmas rush this year, but it’s nothing compared to the Supply Chain team putting in the long hours to make sure your Christmas runs smoothly.  Jumps in demand, stock running out and multiple promotions are some of the few challenges every Supply Chain Professional faces each year… Forget St […]
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Supply Chain Professionals… How did we get here?

By Howard Roddie, Senior Supply Chain Consultant (@HowardRoddie) Did you ever, as a kid, walk into a shop and wonder “where does all this stuff come from…it can’t be all from the same place?”  Chances are, as a supply chain professional, you did think this at some point and it was your first unwitting step […]
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FuturMaster 6.1… Revolutionising Supply Chain Software

By Howard Roddie, Senior Supply Chain Consultant (@HowardRoddie) FuturMaster has had an upgrade to version 6.1 (Android users may like to call it “Chocolate Orange”).  This actually happened some time ago but the implications of this change are much bigger than a simple increment of 0.1. Usually when we talk of supply chain software upgrades, […]
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Ensure there are no ghastly ghouls in your Supply Chain Closet this Halloween…

Halloween is only two weeks away and that seasonal peak is no longer lurking under your bed, but looming right over you.  There are only two ways out, and with the clamour of high customer expectations, ducking your head under the duvet won’t quite cut it.  The option you should have gone for weeks ago […]
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6 Steps to a Superb Supply Chain…

Despite what many supply chain experts claim, there is no one key to supply chain success.  A superb supply chain doesn’t rely on a miracle ingredient, but rather a cross functional mix of factors.  Here are our six steps to a superb supply chain: Step One: Quality Quality management often has a bad name due […]
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How can you close the divide between Planning & Scheduling?

In the world of planning and scheduling we have to make assumptions, because, operationally, we can safely say unexpected things happen. Whether it be plant breakdowns, last minute changes to demand or the lack of a key piece of packaging, these can leave us with too much or too little stock.  Having these problems on […]
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Forecasting Fundamentals: Aggregate Forecasting

By Gary Shaw, Senior Supply Chain Consultant Demand Planning is an art and a science.  The ‘art’ is the ability for a Demand Planner to understand the business, build relationships, share information and generally have a ‘finger on the pulse’ of the company.  The ‘science’ is the ability to generate a good, accurate forecast for […]
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Planning beyond commodities

By Howard Roddie, Senior Supply Chain Consultant (@HowardRoddie) Water.  It’s the ultimate commodity1. We drink it.  Sometimes raw, from a tap, well or stream.  Sometimes it sparkles in fancy bottles from fashionable springs in distant countries.  Other times we walk miles to collect a murky liquid from an unreliable source. We drink it in other […]
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Major Components: It’s the basis of your business, but is it part of your supply chain?

By Howard Roddie, Senior Supply Chain Consultant (@HowardRoddie) Farmers are famous for complaining about the weather, but when the chairman of the National Farmers Union says “The biggest uncertainty for UK agriculture is extreme weather events”[1] and links it to climate change, any business dependent on agricultural products should sit up and take notice. We […]
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Making Integrated Business Planning a Reality

By Richard House, Managing Director, FuturMaster UK For a select few companies, Integrated Business Planning (IBP) is a reality in which all business functions are involved in making business decisions based on a collaborative future view of business activity.  For the majority, IBP is currently a distant dream which stretches them well beyond the Sales […]
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Scenario Planning as a Learning Process

By Howard Roddie, Senior Supply Chain Consultant (@HowardRoddie) How does a pilot learn to land an aeroplane? One scenario at a time, or by comparing multiple scenarios simultaneously? I’m at 35,000 feet at the moment, so the answer matters! In the world of Supply Chain Planning, the ability to create and store scenarios based on […]

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FuturMaster highlights 5 key trends in the supply chain to look out for in 2019

FuturMaster, the supply chain solution provider that helps a number of major food, retail and manufacturing companies with demand forecasting and streamlining production and supply, has highlighted five defining trends that will earmark the supply chain scene in 2019 and beyond.

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How to retain company’s supply planning talents?

By Pu Gong, Consultant Supply Planner is an ancient profession dating back to the origin of organised production. Acting as a bridge for interdepartmental communications, the Supply Planner is to this day an indispensable part of a company’s operations. Developing a Supply Planner who understands a company’s products, production and processes is costly and due […]

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Women in Supply Chain

Every year we celebrate International Women’s Day on the 8th of March. With many countries making it an official holiday, the meaning of the day has somewhat shifted from celebrating the social awareness of the struggles of women to praising all females for just being a woman.