1. Best practice report: Green Supply Chain Management

    July 18, 2014 by ahmed

    Definition

    Green supply chain management (GrSCM) integrates environmental and sustainability best practices within supply chain operations. These best practices include product design, material sourcing and selection, manufacturing, transportation, logistics, delivery of the final product to consumers, and management of products at the end of their useful life.

    The Stage

    As the public becomes increasingly educated about environmental issues and global warming, consumers are asking more questions about the products they purchase. Companies are now having to answer questions about how green their processes and supply chain are, as well as about their carbon footprint and how they recycle. Brand building and waste reduction are the biggest incentives to implement GrSCM, while cost and complexity are seen as the biggest barriers. When carefully managed, it has been shown that green supply chains generate economic, environmental, and social benefits.


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  2. Best practice report: Lean Thinking

    May 26, 2014 by ahmed

    Definition:

    Lean thinking focuses on enhancing the value of products or services for customers while, at the same time, optimising the use of resources for organisations.

    Stage:

    Lean thinking—or lean principles—benefit all types of organisations (not just manufacturers) by eliminating non-value-adding activities and processes from the workplace. Lean thinking leads to greater efficiencies, a better use of resources, the reduction of waste, lower costs, and improved productivity.


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  3. Best practice report: Social Media

    April 3, 2014 by ahmed

    Definition:

    The term “social media” refers to forms of electronic communication through which users create online communities or networks to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content.

    The Stage

    This Best Practice Report focuses on how social media has changed the way consumers use the Internet. Whereas, previously, they would simply log on to buy products or services, consumers now use social media platforms-such as Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn-to learn about these products and services, as well as to share information about them, recommend them or even criticise them. This new consumer behaviour can have a significant impact on a company’s sales, reputation and even survival. Yet, many business leaders avoid or ignore this form of media because they don’t understand what it is, the various forms it can take or how to engage with it and learn from it.


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  4. Best practice report: Collaborative Tools and Methodologies

    February 3, 2014 by ahmed

    Definition:

    Collaborative tools and methodologies assist teams—both local and remote—to communicate, manage projects, share creative ideas, and solve problems.

    The Stage

    Collaboration forms a significant part of our daily lives; it is also an indispensable component for organisations in the complex, rapidly changing world of business operations. Collaborative tools have become widely available on the Internet; these tools can be particularly powerful when used to develop and harness business relationships on a global level.


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  5. Best practice report: Customer Loyalty 2

    January 2, 2014 by ahmed

    Definition:

    Customer loyalty is when a customer continues to purchase or use a product or service over the long term, even when other similar types of products or services are available.

    The Stage

    An organisation can maximise profits by strengthening its bonds with its customers, thereby retaining them longer. Customer loyalty involves attracting the right customers and getting them to buy—often, and in increasing quantities—and then getting them to bring in even more customers. Solid customer loyalty can be established through the following:

    • customisation: shaping products and services to suit individuals
    • commitment: responding to the customer’s needs of the moment
    • collaboration: allowing customers to share their ideas, and
    • coordination: providing a happy balance between people, technology and processes. [1]

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