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The flexibility of the logistics provider

Supply chain flexibility is a decisive factor in avoiding supply chain disruptions. One major contributor to supply chain flexibility is the flexibility of the logistics provider, and a recent paper develops the construct of transport flexibility within the context of supply chain strategy.

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The supply chain of the future

Companies should design their portfolios of manufacturing and supplier networks to minimize the total landed-cost risk under different scenarios. The goal should be identifying a resilient manufacturing and sourcing footprint—even when it’s not necessarily the lowest cost one today.

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Supply Chain Turbulence

The norm in supply chain management is that variability is detrimental to performance as it causes cost in the form of stock-outs, poor capacity utilisation, and costly buffers. This paper questions this approach and argues that in the light of increasing turbulence a different approach to supply chain management is needed.

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Book Review: Operations Rules

This book is about the principles, frameworks and processes that enable the aligning of a company’s specific customer value proposition with its operations strategy.The book is built around 33 rules that cover all possible aspects of supply chain operations and management, and that are placed throughout the eleven chapters of the book.

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Can your business take a blow?

This is not so much a book about risk management in logistics, but more a book about resilience management in logistics, where the authors develop a brilliant framework for how to improve a company’s resilience.

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Flexing your SCM muscles

Flexible supply chains can indeed “flex” their supply chain management muscles (pun intended) and show the strength that lies in them. With transportation being a key ingredient in any supply chain, much of this strength comes from flexibility in transportation.

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Contingent flexibility

Can contingency planning increase flexibility and minimize risk exposure to supply chain disruptions?

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Emergency Logistics

Can commercial logistics’ ideas and solutions work in humanitarian supply chains? No. Why? Well, perhaps they could work, but in most cases they won’t.

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Supply Chain Flexibility in Strategic Networks

What fascinates me with this paper are (1) the parameters defining supply chain flexibility: Transparency, Simplicity, Responsiveness/Agility and Security/Reliability, and (2) flexibility potentials: Structural, Technological and Human flexibility potentials.

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A conceptual model of Supply Chain Flexibility

What do you do when you find two research papers by the same three authors, published the same year, in two different journals, with almost the same title?

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Humanitarian and military supply chains side-by side

Only by combining military and humanitarian supply chains, the strengths of both types of logistics can be exploited, and the extreme agility of rescue organizations can be matched with the extreme efficiency of the military.

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Supply chain agility – Risk mitigation and response

How does company culture shape a firm’s risk mitigation and response, and thus, how does company culture shape a firm’s supply chain agility?

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Sheffi’s Resilient Enterprise and supply chain risk

Building a resilient enterprise is an enterprise-wide undertaking that is about so much more than simply preparing a company for disruptions.

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Is Dynamic Supply Chain Alignment the way of the future?

The key issue is to not make your supply chain one type only, but to keep it open-ended, such that the appropriate supply chain constellation can be matched to the according customer or supplier or product.

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Supply chain flexibility – a complete literature review?

Someone had to come up with this, it was just a matter of time, and it is no suprise that this article comes from India, one of the major providers of global outsourcing for many industries.

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Robustness, resilience, flexibility and agility

These concepts are often confused, and thus, warrant further explanation. They are distinctively different.

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Ericsson versus Nokia – the now classic case of supply chain disruption

When faced with a supply chain disruption, proactive and reactive supply chain risk management can in fact make or break a company’s existence.

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A new supply chain perspective: The supply chain life cycle

Not only is a supply chain a network of interlinked actors, but the links (or relations, if you so wish) are constantly changing, with new ones appearing and old ones dissipating.

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Building a secure and resilient supply chain

Are you gambling with your supply network? You should be aware that the supply network is inherently vulnerable to disruption and the failure of any one element in it could cause the whole network to fail. Actions to improve security can be classified into three categories: Physical security, Information security, Freight security. Actions to improve resilience can be be divided into: Flexibility, Redundancy.

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Robustness, flexibility and resilience

In a previous post I discussed the issue of Flexibility and robustness to reduce risk and uncertainty. Since then a new term has emerged: resilience, and today I will take a look at that.

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ARTICLES and PAPERS
How to secure your supply chain - 3/7
Today's post is part three of my continuing journey through the Swedish handbook titled "Säkra föret[...]
Risks in maritime supply chains
Globalization and international trade is heavily reliant on safe and open waterways. Sea transport c[...]
Robust, Resilient and Secure
Antagonistic threats against supply chains are a special and limited array of risks and uncertaintie[...]
BOOKS and BOOK CHAPTERS
ISCRiM 2010 Proceedings
Two weeks ago I attended the ISCRiM 2010 seminar at Loughborough University, a gathering of some of [...]
Book Review: Heads in the sand
Finally, after 5 days of volcanic ash cloud posting, I can return to my regular topics of supply cha[...]
Book Review: Your Research Project
This book is a must-have for any serious student or budding research. Even if you consider yourself [...]
REPORTS and WHITEPAPERS
Will Climate Change have an impact on transportation?
Many studies have already examined the potential impacts of climate change on broad sectors of the e[...]
America’s Crumbling Infrastructure
My daily morning routine includes a cup of coffee while watching the World Business Report on BBC Wo[...]
ISO 28002 – Supply Chain Resilience
Have you heard of ISO 28002?  No? You should take note of this standard, because the ISO 28000 serie[...]
from HERE and THERE
ArcView Network Analyst Tutorial
The ArcView Network Analyst (AVNA is extension module for ArcView GIS. This tutorial was developed b[...]
Airports - vital to supply chains?
Is the temporary shut-down of Bangkok's two international airports important in a supply chain persp[...]
SAAB no more...
What do you when your major customer goes bust? How do you cope with finding a new business partner?[...]