Articles by: Brad Wilkins

Target’s New Roadmap for Growth by Overhauling It’s SCM and Infrastructure

Target’s New Roadmap for Growth by Overhauling It’s SCM and Infrastructure

Retailers are faced with new challenges to meet the ever growing demands of the customers. New strategies are planned by the retailers with innovative initiatives to compete in the cutting edge competitive enviro. The Chief Executive Officer Brian Cornell of Target took over the reins of the reputed retail chain in July 2014. Prior to take over the Target, Brian […]

Why have a Safety Policy for Forklift Trucks?

Why have a Safety Policy for Forklift Trucks?

Forklift truck is the most important material handling equipment in the industry. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) (2012) reports that there are 855,900 Forklifts in US alone. The Forklift trucks have a history of accidents in almost every industry. OSHA‘s report suggests that about 85 fatal accidents occur every year in US. The number of serious injuries and non-serious […]

by · March 12, 2016 · Logistics, Manufacturing, Warehouse
Is the writing on the wall for marketing procurement professionals?

Is the writing on the wall for marketing procurement professionals?

In a surprise announcement made last week PepsiCo announced that they are to shut down their marketing procurement department. The question is why and in absence of an explanation from PepsiCo themselves there is plenty of conjecture about. Brand teams to take over marketing procurement What PepsiCo have said is that they are shifting the responsibility for marketing procurement back […]

by · December 21, 2015 · Procurement
STORAGE OF EXPLOSIVES – LESSONS LEARNT FROM THE EXPLOSION OF Rui Hai WAREHOUSE IN CHINA

STORAGE OF EXPLOSIVES – LESSONS LEARNT FROM THE EXPLOSION OF Rui Hai WAREHOUSE IN CHINA

Explosives are hazardous materials and need specially designed storage area for the safety of the materials stored in the store as well as the safety of people working in such areas. The storage and handling practices for explosives are different from the storage and handling practices of the normal materials. Strict safety measures are taken to avoid any mis-happening due […]

by · November 30, 2015 · Distribution, Supply Chain
Is the re-shoring activity of US supply chains a factor in the Chinese economic slowdown?

Is the re-shoring activity of US supply chains a factor in the Chinese economic slowdown?

China has been making headlines over the past few months with regard to the slowdown of its economy, and supply chain gurus are now contemplating whether or not the re-shoring of some supply chains that is taking place in the US is a significant factor that should be considered. The re-shoring trend in the US In recent years there has […]

by · September 25, 2015 · Manufacturing, Supply Chain
Will the fall in oil prices be reflected in supply chains in terms of lower fuel surcharges?

Will the fall in oil prices be reflected in supply chains in terms of lower fuel surcharges?

With the recent re-acceleration of dropping oil prices, the latest indication from the American Trucking Association is that this year’s industry diesel fuel bill will amount to $42 billion less than last year’s bill; an enormous boost for the financial well-being of the  logistics industry and the health of global supply chains too; or is it? According to their estimates […]

by · September 9, 2015 · Logistics, Transportation
Is silo thinking holding back the next stage in global supply chain growth?

Is silo thinking holding back the next stage in global supply chain growth?

Despite the fact that the latest software capabilities can now provide insights into economies of scale in end-to-end global supply chain management, most businesses are not yet prepared to embrace it. In a recent interview with Dr. Jeff Karrenbauer, the co-founder and president of Insight (a top supply chain consultancy), Dr. Karrenbauer, who is a 40 year veteran of the […]

by · September 1, 2015 · Global Supply Chain, Supply Chain
Ignorance isn’t bliss – it’s a supply chain nightmare in the making

Ignorance isn’t bliss – it’s a supply chain nightmare in the making

All supply chain managers are only too keenly aware of the fact that transporting freight around the world in this day and age is fraught with potential problems. With climate change worries constantly being broadcast, severe weather events around the globe, natural disasters such as earthquakes, eruptions and tsunamis stacking up, who knows where the next serious disruption will hit? […]

by · August 15, 2015 · Supply Chain Risk Management
Robotics versus human labor in the supply chain – how far can it go?

Robotics versus human labor in the supply chain – how far can it go?

There is a really big trend at the moment in robotics in the manufacturing industry and also in the packaging and distribution industries, in their supply chains; the ripples of which are soon to be felt on society in general. In one particular region in China a program introduced by the government has replaced factory workers with robots, and in […]

by · August 13, 2015 · Manufacturing
Will 3D-XPoint memory technology be the next step in supply chain evolution?

Will 3D-XPoint memory technology be the next step in supply chain evolution?

A report issued recently on the BBC.com website tells of an exciting new development in computer memory technology that is supposedly 1,000 times faster than the Nand flash storage that memory cards and SSDs (Solids State Drives) incorporate. As well as accelerating the speed of scientific research, it will also impact of the speed and complexity of future video games. […]

by · August 3, 2015 · Supply Chain