Foreign Trade Management

5 Key Factors to Measure Proven Logistics Service Quality

Cost minimization is a key factor in handling logistics services, and this is becoming a growing interest in quality enhancement. However, Logistics Service Quality is difficult to quantify as it is a function of data gathered from variable client insights on the measurement process over time. The Logistics Service Quality can be defined regarding two balancing basics, i.e., Physical Distribution Service and Marketing Customer Service. Logistics Service Quality can be measured using some key factors. From the logistics provider viewpoint, the Logistics Service Quality is measured by the capacity to accomplish the clients’ orders. From the customer viewpoint, the widely […]

machine learning forecasting

5 Reasons Why Machine Learning Forecasting Is Better Than Traditional Forecasting Techniques

Machine Learning Forecasting is attracting an essential role in several significant data initiatives today. Year ago, I have mentioned machine learning as top 7 future trends in supply chain. Big retailers, Supply chain, and logistics experts are using Machine Learning Forecasting to aid improve customer engagement and produce more precise demand forecasts better than traditional forecasting techniques. They can also use Machine Learning Forecasting to expand into new sales channels, improve customer service, reduce inventory and improve productivity. There are many good reasons why demand forecasting is important. However, putting a reliable forecast for any business is collaborative efforts sharing […]

Supply Chain posts

Top 10 Most Read Supply Chain Posts of 2017 at Muddassirim

  First and Foremost Happy New Year to you all!  2018 has started with new hope, new sprite and with new goals (in some cases!). These are the days for contemplating, thankfulness and optimism about what’s ahead by looking back the best supply chain posts of 2017. As each year comes to a close, we all look back on the year that was in reflection. I would like to share with you Muddassirism’s top 10 most viewed supply chain posts over the course of 2017. These will only contain posts written in 2017. There were approximately 33 blog posts in […]

Six Sigma Books and Six Sigma Courses

Top 13 Best Six Sigma Books and Courses For 2018

Several individuals believe six sigma books are difficult to comprehend. Yet, I believe six sigma books has transformed the operations management world in countless ways. In effect, six sigma as process and product improvement methodology has proved its worth in supply chain management, operations, quality and service management. Six Sigma books offer a data-driven method that is effective in eradicating faults in any commercial process. From application growth to trading, the correct use of Six Sigma books can aid any professional advance any process by detecting and eliminating the roots of errors. In previous posts, I’ve identified the best supply […]

procure-to-pay

6 Procure-to-pay (P2P) Mistakes That Are Crippling Your Procurement Resources

When I started my career in supply chain and procurement as a buyer, one of the first tasks given to me was three-way matching – and it was tedious and painful. On the top of that, I used to chase people to process non-PO based invoices, get approvals from senior managers and deal with inquiries from suppliers regarding when they will get paid (and the threats which come with it). Despite my super enthusiasm towards procurement as profession, I didn’t like this part of the job, as I felt it was a waste of time. I am sure most of […]

cost reduction strategies

27 Uplifting Cost Reduction Strategies You Should Try

For supply chain, procurement, logistics and operations professionals one of the top goal is to reduce cost, while keeping other metrics such as on-time delivery, quality, productivity and safety at the highest possible level. Whilst the focus is there, it’s hard to find many cost reduction strategies. So, what should you do? While most business concentrate on increasing sales, reducing outlays, it is equally important to focus on cost reduction strategies when trying to attain profitability. As one of my colleagues put it “Volume is Vanity, Profit is Sanity and Cash is King” That is partially because profit margins come […]

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 […]