Excel Tips & Tricks

24 Excel Tips & Tricks to Becoming a Supply Chain Nomad

Knowing useful Excel Tips & Tricks are important for supply chain professionals at all levels. I have come across some candidate who has fantastic CV, but when asked to use simple Excel formulas like vlookup or pivot table, they struggle. I remember once candidate left halfway through the interview process as he struggles to apply the Excel formulas required to get the desired outcome. The Supply Chain Management environment requires plenty of artistic vision, brainstorming, and inventiveness along with usual technical competencies. However, if you are a professional in supply chain management, then you should know that Excel Tips & […]

Lean Six Sigma courses

10 Amazing Online Lean Six Sigma Courses for Supply Chain Professionals

Most supply chain professionals must be alert and quickly responsive to the changing needs of its customers. Modern-day Supply Chain Professionals are expected to be competent in a number of skills; amongst them, one the key competence is to drive continuous improvement. Lean Six Sigma is proven continuous improvement philosophies. Therefore for those who want to learn more, I would recommend taking some Lean Six Sigma Courses to learn how it improves supply chain and more. Becoming a Supply chain professional with Lean Six Sigma proficiency improves your knowledge to drive improvement in production processes in several ways. They are 10 […]

customer lead time

6 Reasons Why It Is Important to Understand Expected Customer Lead Time

Customer Lead Time is unquestionably a buzz word in today’s fast paced business environment, and everyone involved needs an in-depth understanding as to why it is important. Customer Lead Time can be defined as the time it takes from the instant an order is made by a customer, till the moment it reaches the hand of the customer. The term ‘Expected Customer Lead time’ is commonly used in many fields like Manufacturing, Material Requirement Planning & Enterprise Requirement Planning (MRP & ERP), Project Management, Supply chain Management, Supplier Management, and so on. Ideally, every business has a Customer Lead Time. […]

Components of Material Management

11 Vital Components of Material Management Technical Competencies to Master

When I started my blogging I wrote a blog on 8 Technical Supply Chain Competencies in Nov 2015. It was pretty basic and was more based on experience than research work. However, I did receive some good feedback on this article. On the back of that I have had opportunity to sponsor a Master’s research work to explore Components of Material Management Technical Competencies at Lancaster University. Nurul Amira, who is also the co-author of this article, has identified 11 Components of Material Management Technical Competencies for supply chain professionals as part of her research work. The purpose of this […]

ERP implementation risk

9 Drowning ERP Implementation Risk Factors You Need to be Mindful of

For many decades companies have adopted the strategy of using Commercial-off-the-Shelf Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems to meet their requirements. Almost all of them do come with some known ERP implementation risk. The availability of extensive pre-existing functionality in these are supposed to reduce risk and improve performance of business (as they claim!). However, a study estimates that only 10% of ERP implementations succeed with full functionality. The key issue is that, given pre-existing functionality, organisations need to make significant strategic and tactical decisions about whether to change the business to fit the system or whether to change the system […]

Operations Management Books

13 Operations Management Books Every Supply Chain Professional Should Read

There are so many different facets of Operations Management books recommended to every supply chain professional; it can be awe-inspiring when it comes to really selecting which reference Operations Management books to read. Some of you have asked if can I recommend Operations Management books, this led me to writing this blog. In this blog, I will give you my pick of the Best 13 Operations Management books in no particular order that I believe will not only help with theoretical scenarios but will equip every Supply Chain Professional to tackle and adapt to any real-world situation in operations world. […]

Inventory Reduction Strategies

18 Targeted Inventory Reduction Strategies for Supply Chain Professionals

Inventory comprises an important part of current assets, particularly in manufacturing industry. A lot of cash flow is committed to inventories so as to ensure a smooth flow of production to meet a demanding customer service level. However, maintaining inventory also involves holding or carrying costs along with opportunity cost. Therefore, identifying inventory reduction strategies becomes critical for supply chain and operations professionals.   Inventory management therefore plays a crucial role in balancing the benefits and disadvantages associated with holding inventory. Efficient and effective inventory reduction strategies go a long way in the successful running and survival of a business firm. As Apple CEO Tim Cook says:   Here is […]

Supply Chain and Procurement

The 25 Best Supply Chain and Procurement Twitter Accounts to Follow

The 25 Best Supply Chain and Procurement Twitter Accounts to Follow have been selected from many Supply Chain blogs. Well, it is all thanks to Twitter as it provide us instant access to the inside workings of some of the best Supply Chain and Procurement blogs in the business, and you’d be a fool for not tapping into it. Supply Chain and Procurement is an ever-evolving field that can, from time to time, leave us feeling overwhelmed. So, if you need all the up-to-date and most dependable insights and updates, you need to follow the best blogs. And while there […]

supply chain best practices

19 Tested Areas to Seek Supply Chain Best Practices

Companies striving to achieve and sustain competitive advantage generally try to seek and implement supply chain best practices. It could be reasoned that these supply chain best practices significantly improve product quality, customer service level, increase market share and return on assets, and as a result, companies’ overall performance has been improved. The role of leadership, particularly transformational leadership, on implementing these supply chain best practices is difficult to explain and judge. However, what is visible that any efforts people make to implement supply chain best practices in pursuit of achieving competitive advantage will not go wasted. There are many saying like “it’s better to aim high and miss the […]

Online Logistics Courses

Top 6 Online Logistics Courses That Can Benefit Aspiring Logistics Professionals

There are a number of excellent Online Logistics Courses available to aspiring logistics professional that offers international professional qualifications in logistics. These Online Logistics Courses brings unique benefits with the standards you would expect from an international organization. The Online Logistics Courses are delivered by accredited training providers. There is a badge of international recognition associated with some courses with full details of membership benefits and the criteria which applicants must meet is set out separately. The objective of this Online Logistics Courses is to enable aspiring logistics professionals increase their confidence, knowledge, and skills in Logistics. After my blog […]