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Understanding your organisation’s IT procurement and logistics needs and planning accordingly

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Leigh Juul | Head of Business Development and Strategic Alliances | Supply Chain Services

Leigh Juul | Head of Business Development and Strategic Alliances | Supply Chain Services

Procurement and logistics processes are no longer as simple as getting goods from point A to point B. On an international scale, poor planning can make these processes extremely complex and can have catastrophic implications for your organisation if not done correctly. Supply chain and demand management play a major role in ensuring your business has the necessary tools to deliver services on time. Without these tools you could end up using valuable resources to ‘patch holes’ instead of focusing on what your business does best.

What does supply chain management entail? It’s important to understand and be able to manipulate a multitude of variables to achieve what appears to be a simple result.  Planning will enable your business to successfully deliver on time and within budget.

The key to achieving an optimal result is a detailed understanding of your organisation’s needs. An important next step is finding the right IT procurement and logistics partner, understanding how they operate and working with them to come up with a strategy that will  fulfil your business’s needs. The greater the supply chain service provider’s knowledge, the better and more consistent the results.

Inaccurate ordering and forecasting, and the delivery of incorrect quantities or products can have a major impact on your business, especially when you have project deadlines to meet. Add international miscommunication into the mix, and the problem increases and costs can pile up. You’re left floundering, squandering your resources on emergency shipments and ultimately, you’re very dissatisfied due to the impact this has on your daily business operations.

Adequate planning can help avoid unnecessary or hidden costs. Keep varying lead times in mind and communicate openly with your supply chain service providers or integration partners to ensure better and more consistent results.

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