As I write this, the coronavirus is still spreading and parts of the country are under varying business restrictions. Some places are still operating near normally, but other places are under severe restrictions, hopefully to keep people from contracting and spreading the COVID-19 disease.
Today’s blog post comes from Abe Eshkenazi, the CEO of the Association for Supply Chain Management who has a lot to say about the supply chain disruptions we are all facing today.
As I am writing this, there has been a steady stream of updates on the COVID-19 coronavirus and its spread throughout the world. There have been quite a few disruptions already with travel and exhibitions cancelled, and people being quarantined around the world. But what effect does this have on a medium size business that either makes product deliveries or has service technicians making visits on a daily basis? And what can be done in the longer term to reduce the costs incurred by last minute routing and scheduling changes?
For an organization of any size, ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) is on the list of must-have applications. There is always a need to acquire data, organize it, and then make business decisions to drive the organization forward.
This week Hurricane Dorian is at the top of the news feed. The Bahamas took heavy damage, but closer to home there were lot of disruptions in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. In these places there was quite a bit of infrastructure damage, mostly electrical power and flooding.
I just got back from a trip to Taiwan and while travelling I gave some thought to how transportation is more efficient now than it was in the past. Commercial aircraft are more efficient today. Although the cruising speed of a modern Boeing 777 is just about the same as a 1959 vintage Boeing 707, the 777 can move twice the number of passengers and can fly 8,000 miles non-stop, a big improvement over the 3,000 mile range of the 707. The results, move more people, eliminate stops, and thus reduce the overall travel time.
In Wikipedia, the definition of the last mile is “Last mile is a term used in supply chain management and transportation planning to describe the movement of people and goods from a transportation hub to a final destination in the home.”