Having an over-loaded warehouse is like being overweight.
You don’t feel like doing anything useful as it is hard for you. And when you try to do any small task you cause huge mess.
You get tired easily because even smallest tasks are very difficult for you to get it done.
It’s like having cholesterol; having vascular occlusion is just very similar to have your warehouse racks overfull and there are boxes and pallets Read more
Game of Thrones in Supply Chain
Have you ever wondered what jobs would Game of Thrones characters do if they were in the Supply Chain Business?
Eddard (Ned) Stark – Supply Chain Director
Ned Stark is possibly the only character in Game of Thrones that everyone likes and respects. He is kind, loyal, thoughtful and always thinking for the overall benefit for everyone. Everyone Read more
These watermelons were first developed by a Japanese Farmer Kagawa over 30 years ago. He also has the patent for this “product”. They are perfectly shaped like cubes and moreover they are equally sized. This makes them so easy to stack and transport. This way you can minimize the empty spaces that you should carry around in your truck. I am not sure about the taste, tough. I never had the chance to taste any of these but I must admit it feels a little weird; or maybe I am too much conservative!
It is likely that we will see more fruits and vegetables being grown in similar ways in the future. Our resources are limited and Read more
Supply Chain is a hard business area, where you need to have a perfect balance between demand and supply.
Supply Demand Balance Cartoon (o9solutionsn)
In order to have an efficient supply chain,
- Demand planning is the 1st step. Better forecasting saves you time and gives you the opportunity to build up an inventory plan.
- Inventory management and warehouse utilization is second. This is both about the materials, raw ingredients and finished goods. You need to have set the rules for stock levels (whether you are willing to keep more stock in case of an oversale or not depends on how flexible your production/suppliers are to demand volatilities). Also alternative material/product options must be identified so that you can have some flexibility with the alternatives.
- Supply planning counts on suppliers’, transporters’ and purchasing processes and 3PL performance if you are working with one.
Most importantly it is all about how good you are with handling the stress and making plan B, C, D, etc. Because supply chain is all about estimation of possible variations and managing unexpected issues! This is an exciting and colorful world…
Supply and Demand Balance is one of the most important keys to success in the Supply Chain.