Supplier Development Programme

Supplier Development Programme in Lean Six Sigma and SME Context

Many companies have started supplier development programme but it is mainly focused on strategic suppliers. In the last 25 years the number of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) has increased by 50% and these are now responsible for more than half of all the jobs and contribute towards some 35% of gross domestic product (GDP); and the management theories and enterprise research that have been developed and applied to the corporate sector are difficult to replicate in small business, as SME’s are not large firms in miniature and hence are not simply the scaled-down version of large enterprises. Instead, SMEs […]

Supply Chain Graduate Jobs

3 Supply Chain Graduate Jobs You Should Apply to Kick Start Your Career

I get lot of message from supply chain graduates who has either finished their bachelors or masters in supply chain and ask me questions like, “what jobs should I apply” or “I have no experience, what job titles should I search” or “How do I start career in supply chain management without experience”. I start with good news, there are plenty of good logistics, procurement and supply chain graduate jobs available, you just need to work hard consistently to find them!   Supply chain & logistics is a fairly establish function with new job opportunities surfacing on a daily basis. […]

Supply Chain Simulation

5 Books to Learn Supply Chain Simulation and Modeling

About more than one year ago I wrote a blog on Supply Chain Modeling approaches and Characteristics to Consider explaining how you can use supply chain simulation and modeling in applications like network design and rough cut capacity models. However, learning supply chain simulation and modeling can be a difficult task and takes time to Master. Today, new supply chain simulation and modeling tools can assess other situations systematically and determine the best positions for significant supply chain capabilities. These supply chain simulation and modeling tools offer objective, fact-based options to creating effective choices about supply chain scenarios. There are […]

Supply Chain Interview Questions

Top 23 Supply Chain Interview Questions and Answers Guide

I get a lot of messages on LinkedIn asking for mentoring and coaching request to help candidates prepare for next interview or what could be most prevailing Supply Chain Interview Questions. I hope most of you would agree if we have a list of comprehensive questions, it will greatly help us prepare? Assume tomorrow is your dream job interview. Apart from being excited, you must also be thinking what could be the possible supply chain interview questions and answers tips you can revise. Wonder no more! Here I have compiled a list of the REAL & must-read supply chain interview […]

Breaking Bad lessons

6 Supply Chain Breaking Bad Lessons for Entrepreneurs

Disclaimer: If you have not watched “Breaking Bad”, then this blog may not make a lot of sense to you so maybe you can do something more useful with your 10 minutes.   Under no circumstances do I advocate the “product”, illegal activities or violence portrayed in Breaking Bad, I am just drawing parallels with the business acumen.   You have developed the product like Walter White, which is wanted in its premium form, and now you need a supply chain network to distribute this awesome product to end customers.   Breaking Bad is widely regarded as one of the greatest […]

Logistics Entrepreneur

Interview with Logistics Entrepreneur – Wajeeh Ahmed

Today we welcome a special guest amongst us in person of Wajeehuddin Ahmed. Wajeeh Ahmed as he is popularly called is currently the Senior Vice President, SVP – Commercial, and is in charge of the entire Shipping and Logistics line of business for Texture Holding & Investment Group globally. Wajeeh, a specialist in versatile shipping and forwarding, holds a Post-Graduation Degree in Supply Chain Management which he acquired from Birmingham City University, United Kingdom. Along with a post-graduation degree in Supply Chain Management, Wajeeh also holds a degree in Sales and Marketing and has procurement experience. With years gone by, […]

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 […]