In its survey entitled “Market volatility in transport and logistics”, the BME predictably noted at the end of 2013 that it is more and more difficult for forwarding and shipping companies to plan their warehouse and fleet capacities owing to the growing volatility resulting from increasing globalization.
In my opinion, the most important findings of the survey were as follows: Read more
Excel remains a popular project management tool, despite the fact that it makes it impossible to generate a shared view of the project when you work with external partners – a flaw that is particularly troublesome when projects become more complex. Is every project member working on schedule? Is everyone working with the latest project documents? More and more companies are reaching the limitations of Excel – because project documents are unstructured and not filed in a way which allows access for everyone involved, because people work with different versions of the documents and because deadlines for submission cannot be monitored in a transparent manner. Read more
Given the increasing need for manufacturing companies to take on a global orientation, supply reliability is becoming ever more important. In this context, the term “supply reliability” refers to the sound, realistic planning and coordination of demands and capacities across the entire value added network.
At the same time, it means the ability to identify and eliminate disruptions in the supply chain early on in order to avoid production downtimes and costly special measures. As globalization progresses and increasing shares of value added are shifted to suppliers, ensuring a smooth supply of components for production becomes more and more complex. Read more
Compliance is becoming an increasingly difficult challenge, in particular for large international corporations: purchasing volumes to the tune of billions of euros, thousands of contracts to be awarded every year, global purchasing organizations with hundreds of buyers, and legislators that require each purchasing decision to be traceable. Read more
More than 80 delegates, primarily decision-makers from OEMs and tier-1 suppliers, met at the 15th SpeedNews aerospace suppliers’ fair in Toulouse from September 15 to 17, 2014. The organizer, Joanna Speed, welcomed Matthias Gramolla, Head of Procurement Strategy and Services at Airbus, as keynote speaker. Similar to previous SpeedNews conferences, there was a effectual mix consisting of
- Product and forecast presentations by OEMs
- Presentations by major engine manufacturers and noted tier-1 suppliers
- Assessments of the industry’s current trends given by consultancies and banks
- Plus a panel discussion on the last day of the fair
From the various presentations and discussions I was able to discern the following trend topics: Read more