How can I ensure a timely and reliable delivery of my blog contents to each and every reader throughout the entire Internet? This is the ultimate question for the supply chain of my blog. The delivery network is as crucial to a blog as it is to any business. While it is important to have the right infrastructure, aka cables and connections, what really matters most – as in much of real-life logistics – is delivery speed. Setting up Amazon Cloudfront as a Content Delivery Network has many similarities to real-world logistics, as this post will explain.
Supplier relationships, supplier performance and supplier development are important elements of the supply chain life cycle, where supply chains are dynamic and where supply chain partners are constantly changing. Developing and honing these relationships is an integral part of every business’ supply chain management. But is supplier development always worth the effort? The answer is No, and a recent paper by Stephan Wagner tells you why. What Wagner means here is that supplier development activities must take into account at which stage or phase the relationship is, in order to be effective. Supplier development activities may even be counterproductive if forcefully applied too early or too late in the relationship.
What defines a crisis? Are there different types of crises? In an article by Stephan Gundel, crises are classified according to how predictable and influenceable they are. This generates four types of crises: Conventional, Unexpected, Intractable and Fundamental crisis. Conventional crises are predictable and influenceable. Unexpected crises are hard to predict, but can be influenced when they occur. Intractable crises can be anticipated but interference is practically impossible, making responding difficult and preparing hard. Fundamental crises represent the most dangerous class of crises, since they can be neither predicted nor influenced. Is this typology useful?
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