Published Articles – Global Supply Chain Group

Supply Chain Management Articles – Monthly Review

This section has the influential and thought provoking research papers, white papers, journal articles on Supply Chain Management and Improvements. With blogs becoming a primary vehicle of communication after 2010, this section showcases many classic articles written by our people between 2000 and 2009.

March 2010Reasons Why Strategies FailThis article, published in the March/April 2010 issue of the Materials Handling and Distribution magazines talks about the strategist -implementor divide. (Download PDF)
March 2010Green Supply Chain WorkshopThis is a brochure for the green supply chain workshops held by Global Supply Chain Group from time to time. (Download PDF)
February 2010Myths Of Logistics OutsourcingThis article – published in Materials Handling and Distribution Journal in January 2010 explodes several dangerous myths prevalent in the logistics outsourcing circles. (Download PDF)
November 2009Six Reasons Why Supply Chain Strategies FailIn this published article, Vivek Sood reveals and discusses the common factors that cause supply chain strategies to fail. Despite corporations spending billions of dollars each year on strategy formulations and implementation, the shortfall in execution remains staggering. In this published article, Vivek Sood reveals and discusses the common factors that cause supply chain strategies to fail – and what to do about it. (Download PDF)
May 2009Supply Chain Leadership in Tough TimesWhat do Gandhi, Winston Churchill, FDR, Deng Xiao Ping, Bismarck, and Abraham Lincoln have in common? Despite the differences in times, places and circumstances, each of these took a large and divided group of people staring despondently into an abyss and –– with gritty determination, inspiration and pragmatism –– steered them to relative safety and prosperity. These were true leaders for tough times. In this published article Vivek Sood discusses how Supply Chain Leadership can saving corporations from the impending global financial and economic crisis. (Download PDF)
July 2008Lining up the planets in your favour – How to make supply meet demand?Vivek Sood and Tony Fedorowicz of the Global Supply Chain Group outline the basics of Intelligent Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP). No demand forecast is perfect and no supply system is capable of meeting all the demand perfectly all the time. S&OP brings together two disparate but essential mechanisms to look at an even bigger picture. (Download PDF)
May 2008Demand is from Mars, Supply is from Venus and S & OP is from PlutoThis article, published in May 2008 and written by Vivek Sood and Tony Fedorowicz looks at why the Sales and Operations Planning Process (S & OP) at most organisations is set-up for failure. In a second article in this series the authors look at what must be done to make S & OP process successful. (Download PDF)
March 2008How Green is Your Supply Chain?In this article, published in March 2008, authors Vivek Sood and Tony Fedorowicz ask five fundamental questions that every environmentally aware CEO and board need to ask about their organisation and its Supply Chain. (Download PDF)
February 2008Maximising the power of your Supply ChainIn this articles published in Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (AVSO) Journal, Tony Fedorowicz, then the General Manager of Global Supply Chain Group explains the basic fundamentals of Supply Chains as they apply to the wine industry. Further, he details how the industry can benefit immensely by maximising the power of its Supply Chain. (Download PDF)
August 2006The New Supply Chain Parameters in Europe Print VersionIn this keynote speech, Dr. Wolfgang Partsch, senior partner of Global Supply Chain Group details the emerging Supply Chain Parameters in European Supply Chains. (Download PDF)
June 2006Six Sigma Supply ChainsWe have now arrived at the time in history where Six Sigma methodology needs to be widely adapted and adopted for supply chain management. This article outlines a very detailed and rigorous approach that is required for this purpose. The benefits for end-to-end supply chains are immense. This defines the major difference between the supply chain winners and the supply chain followers. With potential savings of 3% to 12% of the total revenues the effort will prove to be highly rewarding and well worth the investment. (Download PDF)
April 2006The Next Level in Global Supply ChainsThis article discusses the three C’s of the supply chains. Removing these three C’s – Complexity, Congestion and Costs – can take any organisation to the next level in their quest for Supply Chain Excellence. (Download PDF)
March 2006Banking and Shipping – An Interesting ParallelThis article draws an interesting parallel between the banking industry of the yesteryear and the shipping industry of today. In terms of their sophistication, risk management practices and trading profile – there is tremendous amount of parallel. The outcomes may likely mirror each other too! (Download PDF)
February 2006Shipping Industry – New Money, New TunesThis articles discusses new sources of finance in the global shipping industry driving new agenda. What are the likely effects and outcomes? (Download PDF)
January 2006The Creative Tension in Global Supply ChainsInherent in the changing landscape of global supply chains are two forces driving consolidation and modularisation. What does it mean to your business? (Download PDF)
December 2005Supply Chain Tower of BabelThe language of Supply Chain Management is still being formed. It is likely to evolve more. Why is this important to you and your business? (Download PDF)
November 2005The Coming Modularisation of the Global Supply ChainsIncreasing commoditisation of supply chains services, processes, and infrastructure will lead to modularisation and rate collapse during the next crash. Search for newer sources of competitive advantage will lead greater outsourcing and further modularisation. (Download PDF)
June 2005Australian Logistics Industry – A Comprehensive ReviewA comprehensive review and survey of the Australian Logistics scene.(Download PDF)
December 2004Shipping and Strategy – Are They Poles ApartThe trader and gambling mentality in global shipping industry does not lend itself well to strategy formulation and implementation. Why this will eventually lead to a massive surplus of new ships and rate collapse? What to do about this? (Download PDF)
November 2004Seven Sins of Supply Chain TransformationsSupply Chain transformations are the flavour of the month. However, like all bandwagons, this one getting crowded too. And the people paying lip service are discovering pitfalls of not doing things well! (Download PDF)
October 2004Winning Supply ChainsWhen it comes to Supply Chains, the difference between the winners and the losers is very small. Just a handful of things make all the difference. (Download PDF)
September 2004ABC of Supply Chain TransformationsThis article – based on a Harvard Business Review published letter from the writer traces the essential primary tools required to achieve a successful transformations in Supply Chains. It cuts through the usual academic platitudes in order to go deeper into understanding business dynamics prior to effecting change. (Download PDF)
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