Archive for March 2010

Working Capital Management at Kraft

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At Kraft, cash is king
Year: 
2010

The CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly just published their first issue for 2010. One of the articles deals with the rising interest in reducing working capital using the example of Kraft Foods.
As well as other companies Kraft already had prior cash flow initiatives, where they analyzed their WC positions: payables, receivables, inventory, and capital expenditures.

Distribution Centers in Agile Supply Chain Design

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The design and operation of distribution centres within agile supply chains
Year: 
2008

Today I want to have a look at “Design and operation of distribution centres within agile Supply Chains” by Peter Baker (2008; Cranfield University).
The main part of the article describes the results of a survey conducted with nine business units to assess challenges and measures for supply chain agility.

h5. Agility

ANZAM Conference Australia

The ANZAM Operation Management Symposium will be held in Sydney June, 6-8th 2010.Topic this year is “Managing in Challenging Times“. The focus is going to be on issues when managing supply chains under uncertainty.

Abstract submissions are due on April, 30th.
Early bird registration (until May, 17th) is 400 AUD, after that date 450. Student registration is 100 AUD less.

Job dissatisfaction and supply chain risk

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An analysis of job dissatisfaction and turnover to reduce global supply chain risk: Evidence from China
Year: 
2009

Jiang et al. (2009) wrote about job dissatisfaction of workers at suppliers in developing countries.

h5. Goal & Methodology

The goal of the study was to analyze risk in a global supply chain, especially originating from labor dissatisfaction and turnover. The results were obtained using a survey of workers in the Chinese Pearl River Delta region. The methodology is presented precisely and comprehensively.

h5. Risks & Mitigation

Dealing with Product Uncertainties in a Supply Chain

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Aligning supply chain strategies with product uncertainties
Year: 
2003

The article “Aligning Supply Chain Strategies with Product Uncertainties” by Hau L. Lee is a good starting point for SCRM, since it combines a simple, business ready framework for two major supply chain risks.Furthermore it includes many examples to reinforce the theoretical framework.