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Framework for 3 x 3 Approach to Supply Chain Management

Alba Logistics Consultants Ireland (3×3 SCM™)

International supply chain partners are myriad, and include suppliers, sister companies, carriers, service providers, distributors, agents, and brokers as well the compliance, regulatory and fiscal authorities in all the jurisdictions where the business operates. Managing this multiplicity of relationships and connections is complex and challenging, even for the largest of organizations with substantial resources at their disposal, and a one-size-fits-all approach and model is simply neither effective nor efficient – a differentiated approach is required.

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Logistics Consultant: Disruption and volatility have become the new normal in today’s world of technological innovation, societal polarization and geopolitical tensions. Rather than running in fear from this reality, I believe that businesses will do much better for themselves, their shareholders, their employees and their customers if they turn around, face this reality, and embrace it.

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In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, companies tended to conduct most, if not all, their business in-house. The Ford Motor Company famously owned the plantations to that provided the rubber needed for its car tyres as well as iron ore mines and steel making capability for its body panels and components.  (supply-chain-consultant)

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Interview with Miguel Diaz of ZAILA Logistics on Interlinks

Spain is a country Irish people know well – or at least, we think we know it well. But much more to Spain than sun, sea and sand In this episode we will be talking to Miguel Diaz who will be joining us on the line from Oviedo, a city in Northern Spain in the autonomous region of Asturias.

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In my career over the last twenty years or so as a consultant, speaker, and author, I have had the opportunity to visit and work in over twenty different countries across five continents including places as diverse as China, India, Croatia, and Uruguay. This experience has been tremendously enriching for me professionally and personally. Furthermore, it has enhanced my reputation in the eyes of my clients as a business consultant who understands and appreciates the practicalities and complexities of running business operations across international borders.

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The strong export ties between the United Kingdom and Ireland have been a major economic driver for both countries. Not  only is the United Kingdom  one of the biggest export partners of Ireland – buying a total of €15 billion worth of goods in 2016  plus 50% of the country’s exported beef and 42% of its food and drink – but UK is Ireland’s only land border in EU, and vice versa. In fact, some 80% of the Irish road freight that reaches mainland Europe passes through the UK.

Those factors alone make UK-Irish trade a unique relationship. However, looming Brexit looming, there are critical border issues and challenges that are expected to disrupt this trading relationship and force Irish exporters to rethink their supply chain operations.

Yet, despite the potential supply chain upheaval Brexit could cause, a large majority of Irish export companies are yet to develop mitigation strategies.  According to reports, two-thirds of Irish exporters are still unprepared for the impending withdrawal of the UK from EU and have not put any countermeasures in place to mitigate Brexit risks. Of these companies, 23% said the lack of information on alternative markets to the UK as the main obstacle to identifying and establishing a foothold in new markets.

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Global Trade in Fresh Produce – Challenges and Trends.
The global fresh produce market has been growing steadily. In 2016, market research provider Euromonitor International reported that the global demand for fresh food increased by nearly 3% over global demand in 2015. This was in line with Compound Annual Growth Rate of 3% achieved over the 2011-2016 review period.

The growth of this market is also supported by a separate report from Wiseguyreports.com, which forecasts that the global fresh produce market will grow at a CAGR of 3.01% from 2017 to 2021.

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Croatia’s economy has been growing steadily over the past years. In 2015, GDP had expanded modestly at 1.6% YoY, marking the end of one of the longest and deepest recessions in the EU. The recovery accelerated in 2016, at a projected rate of 2.8% — and unexpectedly grew by 3.2% at the end of the year. In the first three quarters of 2017, the Croatian economy rose about 3% on average, which indicated that its economy is gaining traction towards 2018.

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International trade is a critical economic tool that many countries – including small nations – participate to boost and support their economy. In fact, some small countries take part so much in international trade that the combined value of all their imports and exports exceeds their entire Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

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Ireland’s economy has been booming and growing more than ever, years after a series of economic setbacks. Despite the geopolitical turmoil in two of its biggest trading partners– the UK and the U.S. – in the past recent months, the economic performance of Ireland has remained solid and strong.

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