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Are You a Leader or a Lagger?

You want your business to be able to live up to the standards of What Good Looks Like, and one of the most important standards is your safety performance. There are a number of indicators that you should be monitoring in order to improve your organization’s safety standards. You need to not only recognize the importance of measuring safety indicators, but, more importantly, you need to be sure you’re measuring the right things.It can be … [Read more...]

Supply Chain Analysis: Technology Makes the Difference

The advent of new technology is always a challenge, but it can also provide you with great opportunities if you can learn how to take advantage of it. Supply chain professionals are faced with a variety of new technologies, and if they learn how to use these technologies properly, there are many benefits to be had.Without up-to-date inventory visibility, retailers need to have extra stock in their stores to deal with both brick-and-mortar and … [Read more...]

Sustainability and Profit Can Go Hand in Hand

I firmly believe that getting to a sustainable logistics operation does not mean sacrificing profit. It does, however, mean that businesses and their partners must help each other to get there.Many businesses want 3PL operators who can reduce their carbon footprint and help the business become greener, as well as reduce costs and m­aintain service levels. But at the same time, these prospective clients are not prepared to pay any increased … [Read more...]

Supply Chain Segmentation: What You Need to Know

(First off, a disclaimer: supply chain segmentation can take a myriad of forms depending on the industry we are talking about. For the purpose of this article, I’m going to focus on FMCG (Fast-Moving Consumer Goods).The more data you can collect about your supply chain, the better equipped you will be. Studying the various areas of your supply chain can give you information about where you are excelling, and more importantly, where you can … [Read more...]

Don’t Call Me a Consultant

It used to be that I worked in industry, before I set off on my own. Particularly when I was working in manufacturing, the last thing I wanted to hear from anyone was a suggestion that we should hire a consultant. I would be very reluctant to accept this proposal, and could often be heard to say, “Over my dead body.”My impression of consultants, and one which is held by many people in industry, is that consultants swoop in at the last minute, … [Read more...]

Kamadjaja Logistics: An Example of What Good Looks Like

I am always on the lookout for real-life examples of What Good Looks Like in various businesses and industries. Finding companies who are doing things right is an inspiration and can help me translate their practices to my own consulting business. I recently had the pleasure of visiting K-LOG Park, Kamadjaja Logistics’ one-stop logistics park. Kamadjaja is a company that knows What Good Looks Like.Clear thought, good planning, and hard work … [Read more...]

DNI List Changes Look Good for Indonesia

BKPM, Indonesia's Investment Coordinating Board, has announced plans to change its negative investment list. You can read more about the proposed changes here. The current DNI regulations prevent foreign investment in a number of business sectors, and only allow for limited direct investment in many other sectors. With ASEAN now a fact and coming into operation, I agree with BKPM chairman Franky Sibarani: "relaxing the regulations will open up … [Read more...]

Showing you What Good Looks Like in your world

You want to unlock the value in your business. You want to reduce costs, improve sustainability, and sustain growth. What’s the best way to do all of this? You need to figure out What Good Looks Like for your business.Let’s say your business has a service level of 77% DIFOTA (Delivered In Full On Time). Obviously, you want to improve upon this number, but how? Most major consultancies will simply spout the World’s Best Practice numbers at … [Read more...]

The importance of the last mile

McKinsey’s Global Institute estimates that by 2020 there will be 4 billion urban dwellers worldwide, and 80% of these will be in developing nations. In Jakarta alone, the Bappenas 2010 census forecasts that the population of Greater Jakarta will reach almost 20 million by 2018, and Inner Jakarta will house 10.7 million of those people. For many of these urban dwellers, disposable income is increasing.Consumers are becoming more … [Read more...]