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Supply Chain and Fracking

Hydraulic Fracturing Hydraulic Fracturing, commonly known as fracking , hits the news again as Lancashire County Council’s planning department   recommends  that Cuadrilla can commence drilling  on four wells. But surpri...

Important English Law Terms

Important English Law Terms It can be a great surprise to businessmen outside the UK to learn that under Engliah Law agreement made orally [perhaps in a telephone conversation] are as binding as a formal written contract. This has been highlig...

Building a supply-chain society - CSR

Building a supply-chain society - CSR Reducing the risk from breaches in the supply chain that can impact upon your companies CSR [corporate social responsibility] requires all those in the supply chain to share the same values. Take the recen...

A Simple Guide To The Commissioning Process

A Simple Guide To The Commissioning Process Commissioning doesn’t need to be a complicated process, but it does need to be one you understand in order for things to be smooth-running. To understand what we mean by commissioning it is importa...

What Is Contract Management

What Is Contract Management? Contract management affects 80% of business-to-business transactions, but sadly it is inefficient in plenty of organisations. Often this is simply due to the process that is being used and a deficiency of emphasis on ...

Public Sector Procurement

What Is Public Sector Procurement?  So, what is public sector procurement? This article is here to provide you will all the information you need to understand what public sector procurement is in simple terms, what it involves and what it r...

Logistics

What is Logistics?   Logistics is a term used to describe the course of action needed to manage goods between the source and the point of consumption in order to meet certain obligations set by the consumers or corporations. There are se...

Arab Spring

Arab Spring All eyes must be watching the unfolding political instability and the millitary intervention in Egypt Presidential leadership. The current uprising which has lead to political upheaval and potentially damaging stability for access to ...

Pharmacuetical Flux in Global Supply Chains

Pharmacuetical Flux in Global Supply Chains The Pharmacuetical Industry has been thrown into a state of change and flux after decades of relative stability. This has been largely due to the recent company acquisitions, intense activity in the for...

Risk Guidelines Coca Cola Approach

Risk Guidelines - Coca Cola Approach Organisations generally look to risk management guidelines such as those set out by the International Organization for Standardization's 31000:2009 set of guidelines and standards. Accepted worldwide, they pro...

Risk Management: Making the Right Choices

Risk Management: Making the Right Choices Making the right choices in determining risk especially in the global business and extended supply chain businesses find themselves in with contricting profit margins and a squeeze of costs overall its no...

Supply Chain Risk and Contract Management

Supply Chain Risk and Contract Management When it comes to strategic sourcing, supplier management and supply chain risk programsm, Contracting and contract management is sometimes passed aside in favour of getting the signature on the contract. ...

US Shale Oil Strike Shifts Global Balance of Power

US Shale Oil Strike Shifts Global Balance of Power The recent huge finds of Shale Oil reserves has triggered a huge debate between oil production and environmentalists as to the price we should pay for the contraversial extration process known as...

Expansion of Supply Chain Footprint - Impact upon Risk

Expansion of Supply Chain Footprint - Impact upon Risk When we extend our supply chain we create a number of factors that can impact upon the delivery of goods and services as well as increasing the risk factors. When you grow your supply chai...

Global Supply Chain Finance

Global Supply Chain Finance Global supply-chain finance refers to the set of solutions available for financing specific goods and/or products as they move from origin to destination along the supply chain. With the lengthening of a business&...

Managing Supplier Networks

Managing Supplier Networks All organisations seek to improve their supplier networks and to achieve optimum cost efficiency, speed of communication and dynamic flow of information in both directions. This can only be achieved by the integratio...

Reducing Supply Chain Barriers v Removing Import Tariffs

Reducing Supply Chain Barriers v Removing Import Tariffs A recent report published by the World Bank earlier this year suggests that by removing global supply chain barriers could have a greater impact upon the growth of the Global GDP by a stagg...

Supply Chain Management 3PL Example

Supply Chain Management 3PL Example In the 1980s, the term Supply Chain Mangement [SCM] was coined to express the need to integrate the key business processes, from end user through to original suppliers. Original suppliers are those that prov...

Demand Driven Supply Chain - Agility

Demand Driven Supply Chain - Agility Until recently, manufacturing industries would measure their success in terms of their supply chains performance, efficiency, distribution network, price controls, procurement, production, quality controls, ma...

Global Supply Chains - What Are They

Global Supply Chains - What Are They? A global supply chain refers to the network created among different worldwide companies producing, handling and distributing specific goods and/or products. When did globalisation truly begin? Some worl...

NHS Commissioning

NHS Commissioning Commissioning in the NHS The new Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG's) will have the freedom to decide how to carry out their commissioning functions and what support mechanisms they use to help them. This new found freedo...

Public Sector Commissioning

Public Sector Commissioning According to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) the public sector spends over £220bn on the purchase of goods and services from the private and third sector. This equates to approximately 15% of GDP during the fina...

TAQA to invest 1bn dollars to buy oil and gas assets in UK North Sea

TAQA to invest $1bn to buy oil and gas assets in UK North Sea Abu Dhabi's National Energy Company PJSc [TAQA] are to invest in excess of $1bn to acquire oil and gas properties in the UK North Sea region from BP. TAQA has agreed to the acquisit...

The Importer Security Filing ISF

The Importer Security Filing (ISF) A new ruling has been introduced by the United States Customs & Border Protection otherwise known as [CBP] this new rule is known as the Importer Security Filing [ISF] or more commonly known as 10+2 which ...

Certified Cargo Screening Program CCSP

Certified Cargo Screening Program (CCSP) What is the Certified Cargo Screen Program? As part of the security fall out following the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, Congress passed a law in 2007 requiring ALL cargo transported to t...

What is a Supply Chain

What is a Supply Chain? In simple terms a supply chain is the series of organisations, people using mechanisms and resources to move a product or service from its origination to the customer. For example, how does an orange growing on a tree in M...

Quantam Merit

Quantum Merit [Latin, As much as is deserved.] In the law of contracts, a doctrine by which the law infers a promise to pay a reasonable amount for labor and materials furnished, even in the absence of a specific legally enforceable agreement bet...

Company Seals

Company Seals Under UK Company Law there is no requirement for documents to be signed under seal. In fact there is no requirement in law for a company to have or use a seal at all. Historically a company seal [stamp] was issued and used by compan...

Latin contracts terms and definitions glossary

Latin contracts terms and definitions glossary Here is a short list of some of the primary used latin terms and phrases Ab initio (ab init) - from the beginning. Can mean that breaking some terms in a long-running contract results in the con...

Supply Chain Breakdown The Horse Meat Scandal

Supply Chain Breakdown - The Horse Meat Scandal Nothing has demonstrated the breakdown of the supply chain moreso than the current 'horse meat' scandal The supply chain should be traceable from the 'tree to the table' the simplist supply chain...

The Supply Chain is Broken

The Supply Chain is Broken We Used to Eat Horse Meat – Why Not Now? Horse meat has been found in beefburgers and or meat products and processed foods in the UK and Irish Republic but why are people so upset? The discovery of horse DNA...

The Balanced Organisation

The Balanced Organisation Organisations that focus heavily on one part of their business are proven to suffer in the long term. For example, a strong sales focus required an effective service function to deliver its promises, a finance department...

Cold Supply Chain Vaccines & Food

Cold Supply Chain – Vaccines & Food A cold supply chain is commonly used in the food and pharmaceutical undustries where the product has to be kept under temperature control throughout the chain. Typically fresh fish would be a simpl...

Global Supply Chain Fuels Wage Inflation Divide

Global Supply Chain – Fuels Wage Inflation Divide There has been a growing trend across Asia of wage demands and social unrest directed towards the growing divide of income inequality as business owners and higher management gain financial ...

Supply Chain Influences of Climate Change

Supply Chain – Influences of Climate Change The Global supply chain has become in many cases a lengthy series of companies that are far removed from the corporate brand that delivers the marketing message and deals with the consumers. When ...

Foreign Exchange and Currency Management

Foreign Exchange and Currency Management Professor David Jessop Foreign exchange, the act of converting the currency of one country into the currency of another, is not a modern development; it has existed for as long as there have been differ...

IACCM and DPSS

DPSS are pleased to announce they are offering two brand new Contracting courses. They are both accredited by their strategic partner IACCM.  They are just the first of an innovative, comprehensive suite of courses that have been specifically d...

Practical Contract Management

DPSS are making a new chapter of Practical Contract Management available for download on a fortnightly basis.

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