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UK delay checks on imports from EU

The UK government has been forced to delay the introduction of import checks by six months because the required network of 30 border posts still being built to will not have be ready on time. British customs were due to begin controlling imports of animal products, live animals and plants and products from 1 April.…
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SCM Fundamentals: RCCP

Continuing our SCM Fundamentals series of posts the next step in the process is the Rough-Cut Capacity Plan.  It takes the output from the Master Schedule and starts to analyse it in a bit more detail. It breaks it into smaller time buckets (most likely weeks) and at a more detailed level in terms of…
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Supply Chain

Secure your Supply Chain

Today, 1st March 2021 marks 1 year since Covid 19 arrived in Ireland. What a year it has been for the whole world.  Certainly, the last year has shown the fragility of supply chains. Initially there was a run-on supermarkets as people stocked up on toilet paper, pasta and pretty much anything they could get. …
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Resource Planning

SCM Fundamentals: Resource Planning:

Now from recent articles you should have good understanding of the demand you need to fulfill we will now start looking at the other side of the equation.  Supply.  As we discussed previously the constant struggle in business is the demand to balance supply and demand.  The first step when looking at supply is to…
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Getting ready for Brexit

Don’t be Brexit foolish this April 1st

On 1st April additional import controls come in for certain products being imported into the UK. This includes products such as meat, dairy, fish, products of animal origin, as well as regulated plants and plant products. If people have learned one thing from Brexit so far I hope it is that ignoring it and hoping…
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Start ups are key to the Recovery

Thanks to Scale Ireland for hosting a very interesting discussion on the role of indigenous tech start-ups & scale-up companies in the recovery today. As we emerge from Covid-19 and Brexit there will be huge opportunities for Startups and there are lots of resources out there to help you make that leap into entrepreneurship.

Production Planner

SCM Fundamentals: Demand Management

In recent articles we have spoken about the different types of demand you will see in your business how do you manage all that. Well as we looked at each part, forecasts, customer orders, stock demand, we discussed different methods for managing each one.  Demand management is how we manage all those elements into one…
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Supplier Dispute

Dispute Mediation is better than losing a key customer or supplier

Disputes are a sad reality of doing business these days. Complex contracts. Cultural differences. Conflicting objectives. There are so many pitfalls that business relationships can fall into and with the financial pressures caused by events like Covid-19 and Brexit then there is less tolerance and understanding. Litigation often seems to be the only way out.…
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Medical Consignment Stock

SCM Fundamentals: Consignment Stock

Consignment stock is similar in many ways to safety stock. But unlike it is stock that is legally owned by one party (the supplier), but held by another party (maybe the customer, possibly someone in between like a hub or distribution centre).  This means that the risk and most of the rewards for holding said…
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FarmProtect wins place on EI programme

Enterprise Ireland Competition Update! – If you read our local media, you may have learnt that a company I’m involved in FarmProtect.ie won participation in the Enterprise Ireland Funded New Frontiers Phase II programme in Waterford worth €45k in supports to help progress this new and innovative intelligent intrusion detection technology. Despite social distancing in…
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