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Guide for SMEs: outsourcing your internal supply chain department

first_imgWith Covid-19 causing major disruption and uncertainty in the grocery market, SMEs are increasingly looking to outsourcing as a way of managing overheads and reducing risk, according to Young Foodies.So for the latest in our Guide for SMEs series, we spoke to Young Foodies co-founder Chris Green to get his insight on outsourcing supply chain functions.Why would a brand outsource their operations?When people talk about outsourcing their supply chain, they typically refer to outsourcing the physical production and handling of their goods to third-party manufacturing partners and logistics providers, run by an internal supply chain manager.Less commonly, SMEs outsource their supply chain management function to specialist professional service providers. Brands are opting for this now more than ever to reduce their fixed costs and allow themselves the flexibility to adapt operations as sales and external factors dictate.What are the advantages of outsourcing as an SME?Supply chain is a highly specialist area and getting it wrong can be expensive and potentially damaging for the brand. Some of the many benefits include:Always-on: Small brands are experts at wearing many hats, however even an experienced, multitasking and super organised supply chain manager can only do so much. Having an outsourced team of experts provides consistent top-notch delivery without the impact of employee annual leave or sick daysFlexibility and agility: Supply chain requires quick thinking and agility in order to keep operations flexible enough to adapt to a brand’s growth and decline phases. It must balance ‘business as usual’ transactional work with highly commercial project-based initiativesCommercial benefit: By outsourcing a team, you can easily dial up or down the levels of capability you need during the year, and importantly, pay accordinglyNo employment costs: Working with an external partner means lower fixed employment costs and the associated recruitment feesIt’s good for the industry: In a recent Young Foodies survey conducted with retail buyers, third-party logistics providers and wholesalers, supply chain was cited as one of the biggest frustrations when working with challenger brands. Having to work with thousands of individual supply chain managers is difficult so they often prefer to have one touchpoint representing multiple brands.Are there specific tasks/parts of the business that are easy wins for SMEs to outsource?Lots of brands outsource all elements of the back office from finance and accounting to legal, insurance and supply chain. These tasks are less buyer-facing and therefore founders are usually more confident outsourcing them.Outsourcing production planning, materials supply and the downstream customer supply elements of the supply chain are easy wins and can take huge amounts of time off the brand teams. It also makes sense for SMEs to outsource the completion of discrete projects.What are the risks?Not treating your partner like a partner carries the risk of a relationship breakdown. It risks them missing critical pieces of information that could cause potential issues further down the line.Not giving your partner autonomy, trust and control. With such a sensitive and complex chain of events in play at any given time, it’s important that control is centralised and the partner can make the best decisions for you.Treating it as low value and transactional. Supply chain is not just about processing orders. In fact, between the costs of goods and logistics, the P&L of the supply chain team is the best part of 60% of a brand’s outgoings. It’s highly commercial and warrants investment.Treating it as a silo from the rest of the business. The supply chain team are those delivering on the promises of the sales, marketing and product teams and they feed directly into the finance agenda, so partners must be seen as an extended part of the team.What should SMEs consider before they make these changes?Is outsourcing the right approach? Some SMEs prefer their supply chain team to do a little bit of everything, from trade shows to product development, and even finance. An outsourced partner would have much clearer lines. It’s the difference between having specialist or generalist capabilities on board.Can they truly trust another party? If a brand finds it challenging to relinquish some control, it’s probably not a solution for them. Try to outline the requirements needed from a reporting and control standpoint to ensure you remain confident, comfortable and in the know at all times.Do they understand the scope of the arrangement? What is the partner doing and specifically what are they not doing? It’s important that every part of the supply chain matrix is accounted for.last_img read more

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Maxine Klump

first_imgMaxine Elisabeth Klump, 90, of New Alsace, Indiana passed Saturday November 18, 2017. She leaves her beloved children: Terry Damon of New Alsace, Michelle (Donald Jr.) Paquette of New Alsace, and Nancy (Steven) Lillie of New Alsace. She leaves her grandchildren: Stephanie (Andy) Hartman, Kathy Vidourek, Michael Damon, Lee Lillie, Kat Lillie, and Donald Paquette III. She also leaves her great grandchildren: Zachary Orndorff, Kyle Hartman, Molly Orndorff, Elizabeth Miles, Emily Vidourek. Meghan Vidourek, Peyton Hartman, Charlie Vidourek, Wyatt Hartman, and Natalie Damon. Maxine is survived by her sisters-in-law Alice Hughes and Hilda Klump.Maxine was preceded in death by her husband Michael Klump, daughter Kathleen Klump, and her brother Jerry Hughes.Maxine was born in New Alsace and was a lifelong member of St. Paul Catholic Church. She attended St. Paul Elementary School and graduated from Guilford High School as class valedictorian. Later she continued her education at Edgecliff College and received her BA in Education at Thomas More College in 1973. She earned her masters degree at Xavier University. She taught for 16 years. She loved teaching and she loved her students.Maxine was a member of the NCCW (National Council of Catholic Women) and served as Deanery President and Archdiocesan Secretary. At St. Paul’s she belonged to the Ladies Sodality, served as a religious education teacher, and sang in the choir. She and her husband started the weekly Rosary Prayer Group, and purchased the electronic bells for the Church.Maxine loved journalism and wrote for “The Beacon” – The New Alsace News. She was the editor of The History of St. Paul Parish for both the sesquicentennial in 1983 and the update for the 175th anniversary in 2008. In addition she had two poems published, and she was a contributor to the book The Longest Raid by Lester V. Horwitz.Maxine was a member of the Morgan Raiders Trail Committee, the Hillforest Historic Foundation, Literary Guild, North Dearborn Band Boosters, NDHS PTO, and program chairperson for the Cincinnati Symphony Club. She was also a charter member of the North Dearborn American Legion Post #452 Ladies Auxiliary.Visitation is Saturday, November 25, 2017at St Paul’s Church (All Saints Parish) from 10:00 – 12:45 with the Rosary at 10:00. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:00.Memorials to St. Paul Cemetery Fund (All Saints Parish), American Legion Post #452 Ladies Auxiliary, and Ripley Crossing.last_img read more

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ODM dismisses alleged secret 2022 pact with Kalonzo

first_imgThe Orange Democratic Movement has dismissed an alleged secret 2022 pact between its party leader Raila Odinga and his Wiper counterpart Kalonzo Musyoka. In a statement, ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna said no such deal existed but revealed that Musyoka had been trying to push Odinga to commit to supporting him in 2022 as part of the National Super Alliance pact.Also Read  Noordin Haji reorganizes ODPP in renewed war on graftHowever, ODM has rejected that demand. Sifuna reiterated that NASA died after Musyoka alongside ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and his Ford Kenya counterpart Moses Wetangula skipped the mock swearing-in ceremony of the coalition’s presidential candidate at Uhuru park.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 He alleged that for a whole year after the 2017 elections, ODM single-handedly financed the NASA Secretariat including paying of staff salaries.Also Read  KUPPET calls on parents to prepare for early reopeningHe said Wiper, ANC, and Ford-Kenya refused to submit the 10,000 shillings monthly contribution from their elected leaders.Also Read  2/3rd gender headache: Maraga calls for dissolution of ParliamentSifuna was responding to claims by the Wiper party leader in an interview published in a local daily that he had signed an agreement with Odinga regarding the next General Election.last_img read more

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Children injured in 4-vehicle smash-up

first_imgThree children are now patients at the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH) nursing severe head injuries after the Route 32 minibus in which they were travelling slammed into a Toyota Runx at Kastev, West Coast Demerara (WCD) on Tuesday morning.The accident occurred around 09:00h. The three children, aged six to eight, were being accompanied by their mother to school when the driver of the minibus lost control and collided with the Toyota motor car, HC 4537, which was attempting toThe mangled minibus after the accidentmake a U-Turn on the roadway.As a result of the collision, the car ended up in a nearby trench, but not before crashing into a canter truck bearing registration number GMM 5017 and a parked Toyota Spacio with plates, HC 1607.When Guyana Times arrived at the scene, the mother of the children was screaming as she held them in her arms. They were bleeding profusely from their heads.The woman and her children were picked up and taken to the Leonora Cottage Hospital where they were treated and subsequently transferred to the West Demerara Regional Hospital. Up to press time, the children were said to be in stable condition.Public-spirited citizens were seen attempting to remove the driver of the minibus from the wreckage. His feet were reportedly crushed.After being pulled out, the driver related that the driver of the Runx turned into his path and as such, he was unable to avoid hitting him.“Is he fault, he unlicensed plus he saw me coming and he still turn, I couldn’t haveThe Toyota Runx involved in the accidentdone anything, bai,” the man, whose name was given only as Tiwari, alleged to this publication.On the other hand, the driver of the Runx told the Police that he did indeed see the bus approaching him, but made a terrible misjudgement. The minibus, according to him, was speeding.“I thought that I could’ve made the turn before the man reach, but he end up hitting me…de man de speeding,” he stated. In addition, it was later learnt that the driver of the Silver Runx was unlicensed.Investigations are ongoing.last_img read more

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Mesut Ozil – from integration poster boy to racism storm

first_img0Shares0000Mesut Ozil (L) was held up as a poster-boy for integration in Germany after meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel after scoring in a 3-0 win over Turkey, where his family is from, in Berlin in 2010 © Bundesregierung/AFP/File / GUIDO BERGMANNBERLIN, Germany, Jul 23 – Once hailed as a prize-winning example of integration in Germany, Mesut Ozil has quit international duty amid bitter accusations of racism, levelled at German Football Association (DFB) chief Reinhard Grindel.“In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose,” Ozil wrote in a lengthy farewell statement on Sunday. At just 29, Ozil walks away from Germany duty in the wake of the fiasco caused by his meeting, on the eve of the World Cup, with Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.“It wasn’t about politics or elections, it was about me respecting the highest office of my family’s country,” Ozil wrote to finally break his silence over the event in London in May.He quits Germany after scoring 23 goals in 92 international appearances, having been a key component of the 2014 World Cup-winning side.His ability to split defences with a single pass singled him out as one of the most technically gifted players of his generation.Born in Gelsenkirchen to Turkish parents, Ozil’s talents were discovered by local club Schalke, whom he left for Bundesliga rivals Werder Bremen in 2008.His international breakthrough was at the 2010 World Cup as part of a bold, young German team which played eye-catching football in heavy knock-out-stage wins over England and Argentina.– Booed in Berlin –Ozil’s superb cross for Thomas Mueller to score Germany’s fourth goal in the 4-1 thrashing of England was the highlight of an outstanding display in Bloemfontein in the last 16.After the finals in South Africa, Ozil moved to Real Madrid for 18 million euros ($21m).However, the shy midfielder first found himself in the grey area between sport and politics soon after.He was booed while playing for Germany at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium in October 2010 in a European Championship qualifier against Turkey.Berlin has a large Turkish community and many in the 74,244-strong crowd were supporting the away team.There were loud whistles whenever Ozil got the ball — just because he had opted to play for Germany.Like him, three members of the Turkish team that night — Nuri Sahin, plus brothers Hamit and Halil Altintop, were born in Germany’s industrial Ruhr region.Unlike him, however, they chose to represent Turkey.Ozil, just 21 at the time, scored the second goal in an outstanding display in a 3-0 win and subdued his celebrations out of respect.Nevertheless, Angela Merkel’s press department put out a picture of the German Chancellor congratulating Ozil in the German changing room.The softly-spoken midfielder was now Germany’s integration mascot.The following month, Ozil won a Bambi award, a prestigious German media prize, as a prime example of successful integration in German society, but he has often had to cope with criticism.– Social media following –Ozil celebrates holding the World Cup trophy in 2014. The Arsenal man was a key part of the World Cup triumph in Brazil © AFP/File / Patrik STOLLARZThe subtle differences Ozil makes on the pitch often means he sometimes fails to shine in matches.Ozil quit the Bernabeu for Arsenal in 2013 and has built a large social media following with 31 million Facebook followers, 23 million on Twitter and 17 million on Instagram.He is known for his charity work, financing medical surgery for 23 Russian children after the World Cup.He did the same for sick minors in both Brazil and South Africa following the 2010 and 2014 finals.Yet on the pitch, he has frustrated both Germany and Arsenal fans in recent seasons with a series of below-par displays for club and country.In interviews, he has always avoided questions about his heritage and only once, in 2015, did he vent his anger at being referred to as a ‘German-Turk’.“Many forget that I was born in Gelsenkirchen, grew up in Germany,” he fumed.His parting shot to Grindel “I will no longer be playing for Germany … while I have this feeling of racism and disrespect” is a direct challenge to shake up the DFB.However, the rise of populism in Germany has often been echoed in some of the criticism he has been forced to endure.Ozil trudges off after the 2-0 defeat by South Korea at the World Cup which saw the holders crash out on what proved to be his last international appearance © AFP/File / Luis AcostaOzil’s statement on Sunday, over three posts on both Instagram and Twitter, was seized upon by Germany’s right-wing party Alternative for Germany (AfD) which has also criticised centre-back Jerome Boateng in the past.“With his farewell tirade #Ozil proves to be a typical example of the failed #Integration of far too many immigrants from the Turkish-Muslim culture,” tweeted AfD deputy leader Alice Weidel.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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