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Interim Management & Consultancy – What's the difference?

Michael Thompson Thu, May 25, 2017
At Enchange, we have provided many supply chain interim managers for clients over the years. I was discussing our supply chain interim management services with a client recently and she asked whether she should be hiring interim managers or…

Top 10 Times You Need Supply Chain Interim Management

Michael Thompson Fri, May 12, 2017
I have been talking to a number of supply chain executives during the last few weeks and something of a theme has emerged. The theme is the immediate need for highly skilled supply chain resource, available at short notice, with the flexibility to…

Santa & Opening Presents, S&OP & the Elves Respond

Michael Thompson Mon, Dec 12, 2016
Dear Mr Santa, I refer to the recent blog article, "Santa & Opening Presents; Why S&OP is Invaluable at Christmas". As I mentioned in the consultation process just prior to S&OP implementation, I was prepared on behalf of our members to support the…

1 Inventory Optimisation Success Story

Michael Thompson Wed, Dec 02, 2015
In my last two blogs I offered three reasons why multinationals are still struggling with inventory optimisation. I also suggested two issues that needed to be addressed before this process can commence. This is the story of how one organisation…

2 issues to address before you can optimise inventory.

Michael Thompson Wed, Nov 25, 2015
In my last post I dealt with the long-standing issue of inventory optimisation and some of the reasons that many organisations are still struggling with it. If it was just left to a technical challenge, optimising an organisation’s inventory, whilst…

3 reasons why multinationals are still struggling with inventory

Michael Thompson Wed, Nov 18, 2015
Last week I had another chat with a client about inventory.The essence of the client's problem was - "Why can't we get our stock right?  We either have too much …. or run out … and we have just spent a fortune on a new IT system …." Sound…

Integrated Supply Chain Planning – 1 Reason Why It Is Difficult

Michael Thompson Mon, Apr 14, 2014
In my previous two blogs on the subject, I outlined how producers (manufacturers) can achieve very significant improvements in the financial performance of their supply chains by a process of integration between the primary and secondary supply…

Integrated Supply Chain Planning – 4 Opportunities and 2 Quick Wins

Michael Thompson Wed, Apr 09, 2014
In my previous blog on the subject (Integrated Supply Chain Planning – The Number 1 Opportunity), I outlined how producers (manufacturers) can achieve very significant improvements in the financial performance of their supply chains by a process of…

Integrated Supply Chain Planning – The Number 1 Opportunity

Michael Thompson Mon, Apr 07, 2014
Enchange has been working with many FMCG and Pharmaceuticals multinationals for years on projects to improve their primary supply chains.   We have also been working with many of the same companies on Route to Market (RTM) projects. For the sake of…

Supply and demand in Africa - it's a sport relief

Michael Thompson Tue, Mar 25, 2014
If like me, you watched some of Sport Relief last Friday night, you may have been left with a number of emotions. For those people outside of the UK not familiar with Sport Relief, it is a biannual event involving everyday folk, sports personalities…

Supply Chain Interim Management & Consultancy – 7 Differences

Michael Thompson Mon, Mar 17, 2014
At Enchange, we have provided a many interim managers for clients over the years. I was discussing our supply chain interim management services with a client recently and she asked whether she should be hiring interim managers or consultants. We had…

10 Times You Need Supply Chain Interim Management

Michael Thompson Fri, Nov 25, 2011
I have been talking to a number of supply chain executives during the last few weeks and something of a theme has emerged. The theme is the need for highly skilled supply chain resource, available at short notice, with the flexibility to switch off…

Learn the 10 Steps to Make S&OP Work in Mobile Telecoms

Michael Thompson Fri, Jul 22, 2011
  In my blog post Reasons for establishing S&OP in Mobile Telecoms, I recounted a success story of S&OP in a mobile telecoms company.  I then went on to discuss the principles of S&OP design in the post Learn the 8 Basic Principles of S&OP in Mobile…

Learn the 8 Basic Principles of S&OP in Mobile Telecoms

Michael Thompson Fri, Jul 15, 2011
In an earlier blog Reasons for establishing S&OP in Mobile Telecoms, I recounted a success story of S&OP in a mobile telecoms company. Reasons for establishing S&OP in Mobile Telecoms. I continued my dialogue with the Senior Telecoms Executive –…

Reasons for establishing S&OP in Mobile Telecoms

Michael Thompson Fri, Jun 17, 2011
I have two recent stories to tell. Story 1 Recently I was chatting to a Senior Executive in a mobile telecommunications company. We first met about a decade ago when he was the Supply Chain Director for an FMCG multinational in Kenya. The…