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Corrie Shannon is an extraordinary Irish woman who from her beginnings in Dublin’s Marino area via college in UCD, a stint as a correspondent in Moscow and a big job with the World Bank has come to make Washington D.C. her home, where she now lives and works, running her own business and raising her son.

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Alan Weiss, the no-nonsense, straight talking New Yorker and consulting guru. Nobody in the world has written so extensively on the topic – over 60 books published and counting!

You may , and or you may not like him, personally I do, and you may or you may not agree with him, but you certainly will respect him.

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In our last post, we discussed the difference between innovation and problem-solving and why striking a balance between these two processes is crucial to maintaining the position of a business in the market. However, in order to get ahead of the competition and make a mark in the industry, a business must be able to come up with new ideas to keep their operations, products and services fresh and unique –in other words, they must innovate.

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Having state-of-the art systems, logistical infrastructure, and analytics would all be useless without an engaged and committed workforce for increased productivity in your logistics.

In order to run an efficient logistics operation, it’s is crucial to establish seamless communication within your supply chain with the goal of improving it in the long run. Complimented with continuous education and training, a logistics organisation will be able to significantly improve its processes, products, and service. This drives a high end performance driven culture ensuring significant cost-savings, higher service levels, and ultimately, more engaged and productive employees.

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Effective supply chain relationships lead to successful supply chain operations. Product design, manufacturing, transport, warehousing, inventory management, distribution and retailing – in a modern supply chain these operations cut across departmental, organizational and national boundaries.

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English has become the number one international language of business. This would appear to hand a significant advantage to those who already have English as their mother tongue. Many multinational corporations (MNCs), including some that do not have their origins in an English-speaking country, such as Nokia of Finland and SAP of Germany have even adopted English as their standard corporate language. Indeed, approximately 36% of global business in now done through English and despite the rise of China as an international trading nation, English is set to extend its dominance. According to a recent study English is moving from being a “marker of the elite” to becoming “a basic skill needed for the entire workforce”.

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Q: Why bother with developing supply chain connections?

A: Because the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

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While sustaining long term strategic relationships is critical for success, an ever more common response to the rapidly changing business environment is the formation of short term alliances designed to address specific tactical goals, projects or initiatives. In many instances these arrangements bring together people from different disciplines who may come from different cultures and ethnic backgrounds. Add in long distances and different time zones and the complexities and challenges of sustaining successful working relationships increase even more.

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Not all relationships are created equal and in business, asymmetrical power balances between supplier and customer and between different partners in strategic alliances are more the norm than the exception. We see these asymmetrical relationships all the time between manufacturers and their logistics services companies, between suppliers and their customers, and between producers and their distribution channel partners.

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