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Supply chain

February 26, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s better to use Supply Network. The deffinition comes from:

Christopher, M. (1998), Logistics & Supply Chain Management, 2nd ed., Financial Times/Prentice-Hall, London

From Supply chain came Supply chain management:

The task of integrating organziational units along a suplluy chain and coordinating material, infomration and finacnial flows in order to fulfill customer demands with the aim of improving the competitiveness of a suppply hain as a whole (Stadtler 2004)

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Logistics definition

February 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Logistics management is that part of the supply chain management process that plans, implemenets, and controls tehe efficient, effective forward and reverse flow and storage of goods, services and related information between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet customers’ requirement

Usually people have problems planning because they usually have no time at all to plan, only to implement. They usually become firemen, thinking only on a one week timescope.

There are two important flows to manage:

  • Forward flow: Move things forward
  • Reverse flow: Move things back to the company.

The fact of having to manage two flows at the same time makes logistics more complicated.

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Microsoft as an outsourcing company

February 26, 2010 1 comment

It’s interesting the example of Microsoft as a case of outsourcing from IBM. The matter of fact is that IBM never really believed in Personal Computing as an important sector but Microsoft were really working for making it happen. Microsoft was not the best on its class but they had a vission of what could be the Personal Computing sector. After all this time  IBM was unable to adapt to the market and they finally sold to Lenovo their Personal Computer unit.

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Globalisation

February 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Why do I think that there has been such a big increasement in the world GDP?

It’s important to have in mind the time frame. We are talking about 50 years timescope. That means that there can be a lot of different things happening during last 50 years that could explain this big increasement of the GDP. For me one of the most important thing is the stability that we have lived in this region of the world. It m

After the 2nd World War United States was holding nearly all the production in the world. They needed a market to sell their products and Europe was a very attractive market. Everything needed to be rebuilt. After this period came a large period of stability in Europe, meaning that there was security allowing people to start new businesses.

Financial systems have developed quite well creating these sense of security. There financial system that more or less works.

After the Oil crisis in the 70’s, the price of the oil has gone down quite a lot, reducing a cost that is present in the whole economy.

Having infrastructures have been another key point: roads, ports, airports, railways, etc.

Standardization is an important thing that has helped on developing the world. Things have to be done in a specific way. Inside of this topic we include what could be unit load.

Among most all the countries there has been trade agreements that helped the development of the production accros the world.

Something interesting is to see how national governments have influenced in economy by injecting contingent measures during difficult times. On the following graphic we can see how the GDP has evolved during last 28 years and how governments have invested money to interact with GDP.

GDP from 1980 till 2008 and contigency measures

On this video we can see to Prof. Joseph Stiglitz explaining things about the right use of the GDP.

Interesting links:

Main concepts:

  • Infrastructure
  • Unit Load
  • Outsourcing
  • Open markets
  • Stnadardization
  • Trade agreements
  • Stability
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