Monthly Archives: December 2013

What can we learn from Retail?

We spend a lot of time in non- retail sectors, and when we work in retail sectors, there is one significant factor which stands out as a consideration; the importance of gross margin. Of course, GM is important in all … Continue reading

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Santa’s Supply Chain Challenge

We were engaged recently to look at the supply chain of a well known seasonally based supplier, who has some interesting logistical challenges, many of which we have seen in some businesses, but rarely with such concentration. Their particular business … Continue reading

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All Change! The economic seesaw.

In the last few years, we’ve all been watching and reacting to western economies in a dramatic slowdown,and those elsewhere maintaining a good degree of growth and development. However, indicators in a number of areas are starting to suggest that … Continue reading

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Procurement for Growth – or why working capital is important.

Here’s a challenge (besides the evident one of whether there is actually any growth): is procurement in a period of growth actually any different to purchasing in a period of significant contraction? This is worth thinking about, because a lot … Continue reading

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