Category Archives: Supply Chain

Examples from the field

Cotton, nature’s pig, and inclusive value chains…

Cotton is natures pig. Everything can be used. First off, the fibres. These soft white threads – over 80% of the world’s natural fibres – cover the seeds and are strong enough to deal with our sweat, the odd spillage of red … Continue reading

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A taste of honey. Transforming an industry from bee to bottle

Jim Brophy taught me the importance of bees. Each morning, he would look to the hives – he had up to 30 – to check the weather. If the bees were out and about there would be no rain. After … Continue reading

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Flower power transforming economies

Mayhews London Labour and the London Poor (1861) describes street folk of the fast expanding capital city with flower sellers as the “aristocracy” of the street; their elevated status due to a combination of wealthy clients and the need to … Continue reading

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Roadside communities in frontier markets

One of the greatest challenges facing logistics and supply chain efforts in frontier markets is the existence and quality of the roads. The World Bank and others have generated a number of useful Reports on spatial modelling taking into account … Continue reading

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Northern Gateways: the Humber Mersey trade corridor looking to link with other trade corridors worldwide.

The UK is suffering from a significant South North divide. Measured in health, culture as well as economic prospects, London and the South East has all the characteristics of a different – more prosperous – country. This is exacerbated by … Continue reading

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Fordlandia, Brazil and the folly of best practice

In the late 1920s Henry Ford was looking for ways to reduce operating costs and, against a backdrop of cartel price hikes for British (Malay) rubber he moved to set up a Brasilian plantation that would produce latex for tyres … Continue reading

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Food Prices are only part of the story

The cost of food is rising worldwide and food riots were a feature of the 3 F’s (Finance; Fuel and Food) in 2008, from Italy to the developing world. The benchmark food price index (FAO) rose 25 between December 2011 … Continue reading

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Reading the road from Lusaka to Livingstone, Zambia

When we drive we see a way ahead but rarely observe the life that is going on about us. Last week, I travelled by car from Lusaka to Victoria Falls near Livingstone in Zambia; a distance of 6 hours – … Continue reading

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Cold Chain in Frontier Markets, the heat is on.

For many Chinese and Vietnamese consumers, frozen food is still a foreign concept. Large retailers in China and Vietnam continue to focus on fresh food options such as live chickens and in-store fish tanks. However, consumer shopping and buying patterns … Continue reading

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Traditional supply chains mean business too

Global business is under pressure with sluggish growth or recession in the developed world and huge potential in emerging and developing markets demanding the infrastructure and skills to deliver sustainable growth. There are industries led by MNCs (Multi National Corporations) … Continue reading

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