Thursday, 29 September 2016

Key criteria to select a Country for Study Abroad

a) Education systems/style- Every country has its own style of education, sometimes it is industry or practical oriented, which is more depend on the case studies and several live projects in the industry. Somewhere it is completely theoretical. So select the country accordingly to fulfil your study abroad dream.

b) Government Sponsored scholarship opportunities- Several countries like United Kingdom, Netherlands award scholarships to the International students. Similarly, your own country also offers scholarships to the students who are going to study in a particular country. Therefore, do proper research, or take any experienced abroad educational consultant’s help before selecting overseas study destination.

c)  Language – Country’s language is one of the most vital things, we should consider before starting our International education. If English is not commonly used then it is really hard to spend day to day life without knowing their local language. That is the reason why Indian students always prefer to start his/her global education in an English speaking country.

d)  Job prospects in that country- Job prospects for International Students in that country is an important aspect to look into. Do proper research or take any abroad educational consultant’s help to know about the past students.

e)  Visa after completion of course- Several countries does not provide visa after completion of courses. Therefore, International students may not get time to search the job. So be careful about that too. 

f)  Density of International students - More intensity of International students means more favourable country for you as an International student.  

g)  Cost of Living- Funding is a big issue for international students while studying abroad. Lots of talented students have to shatter their study abroad dreams due to lack of funding. Several kinds of cost are involved while studying abroad, university fees, printing stationary, books, accommodation costs, Food, Gas/Electricity, transportation, Internet etc. Do research on approximate costs or consult an experienced overseas educational consultant to get an idea about that. 

h)   Part-time job availability- It is not possible to avail full scholarship always in overseas education. In that case, students have to do part-time job inside or outside the campus. Some country allows international students to work for 20 hours a week others many not allow. So check this information beforehand, if you do not get a full international scholarship.

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Delta Consulting-solution for abroad education, Business Management & Export-Import, Kolkata: Role of Logistics in the New Product Development (...

Delta Consulting-solution for abroad education, Business Management & Export-Import, Kolkata: Role of Logistics in the New Product Development (...: Abstract- In today’s highly competitive environment, logistics plays a key role in any firm’s success. It also plays a critical role...

Role of Logistics in the New Product Development (NPD)

In today’s highly competitive environment, logistics plays a key role in any firm’s success. It also plays a critical role during new product development (NPD). There are several literatures available about the importance of different logistics activities at the time of NPD, but there is a gap of literatures to find out the most important activities during this period. This research work explores the most important logistics activities in a chemical industry specifically during NPD. The in-depth analysis and multiple case interviews enable me to identify few critical aspects of logistics during NPD in a chemical industry.

In the entire thesis, theories are presented from literature reviews, and then analysed by real-life cases from AstraZeneca, Tikkurila, and Aerosol Scandinavia. Several interviews have been conducted with the supply chain and product development professionals of these industries. A qualitative method has been employed, in order to achieve more precise and deep understanding about this topic. The finding of this thesis suggests that customer service, procurement, plant and warehouse site selection, traffic, and transportation are the most important logistics activities, on which organisation should focus to enhance the performance of a new product.

Key words: - Logistics, New Product Development (NPD), and Chemical Industry.

Brief Description-

In recent years, industrial firms are concentrating on product innovation to satiate the customer’s dynamic need, and to sustain in the increasing global competition with the ever-changing technological phenomenon (Cooper, and Kleinschmidt, 1991). For many firms, an innovative new product is an essential criterion for long-term survival (Zacharia, and Mentzer, 2007; Balbontin, et al., 2000). It gives customers an additional reason to buy their products avoiding low margins (Fisher, 1997), creates new sales and profit (Takeuchi, and Nonaka, 1986), provides sustained growth and competitive advantage (Cooper, 1990), raises industry standards, attracts human resource, exploits non-utilized R&D discoveries, and builds confidence and momentum for the management (Wheelwright, and Sasser, 1989). 

In today’s highly competitive globalised environment, NPD is one of the riskiest yet most important management challenges (Cooper, and Kleinschmidt, 1991). Firm’s market position will deteriorate without the introduction of new products for long-time (Yelkur, and Herbig, 1996). Previous research by Kellogg School of Management reveals that products less than five-years and one-year-old generate around 50 percent and 10 percent of company’s revenue respectively. According to Hanfield et al. (2002), 40 percent or more revenues come from new products introduced in the previous year. From the interviews of supply chain and production development professionals, I knew that new products (< 5 years old) in Tikkurila (paint industry) bring approximately 10-20 percent of total profit. For aerosol industry, this profit is around 25-30 percent even for the product less than 2 years old.

From the response of the professionals of AstraZeneca, Tikkurila, and Aerosol Scandinavia, I found that there are several motivational factors play key roles at the time of NPD in these chemical industries. Management also faces several challenges during this period. Management takes some primary strategies to increase the success rate of newly developed products. These several motivational factors, challenges, and primary strategies are plotted below using 'Likert' scaling technique (1-5 scale, 1-not important, 5-most important) from the ranking (average) of product development and supply chain professionals of these industries. 

In the process of NPD, Supply Chain Management (SCM), as well as Logistics plays significant roles. Here, I experimented qualitatively through case study research over fourteen logistics activities related to NPD in the three chemical industry contexts. I found critical logistics activities during NPD are customer service, procurement, plant and warehouse site selection, traffic and transportation, warehousing and storage and logistics communication (Fig. below).

Fig: Importance of fourteen logistics activities during NPD (according to industry professionals)

On the other hand, according to my opinion, sustainability issues like energy preservation and pollution reduction policies should be integrated in the innovation process to save our planet from environment’s harmful effect as well as to reduce the cost of the new product.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

New Product Development (NPD) and Supply Chain Management

NPD, a core business process (Srivastava, Shervani, and Fahey 1999), has long been an important concern of management (Nakata and Sivakumar 1996), especially with the advent of shorter product life cycles and faster product development times (Griffin 1997). The focus on improving competitive advantage through NPD in recent years has been on time-to-market, overlapping problem solving, and multifunctional teamwork (Twigg 1998). Besides that, Kellogg school of management reveals that product less than five years old generate around 50% of company’s revenue and profit and 10% of the company’s revenues generated by products less than a year old. Clearly, effective new product introduction constitute the life blood for the future of the companies. That’s why NPD has found its way to the top of the agenda at organizations around the world.

On the other hand, one of the most significant paradigm shifts of modern business management is that individual businesses no longer compete as solely autonomous entities, but rather as supply chains. Business management has entered the era of internetwork competition. Instead of brand versus brand or store versus store, it is now suppliers-brand-store versus suppliers-brand-store, or supply chain versus supply chain. In this emerging competitive environment, the ultimate success of the single business will depend on management’s ability to integrate the company’s intricate network of business relationships [Lambert, Cooper]. As told by John Kasarda (Forbes, October 18,1999) “Manufacturers now compete less on product and quality — which are often comparable – and more on inventory turns and speed to market. So supply chain Management plays a crucial role in today’s market. Wal-mart, Dell and Seven-eleven are examples of companies that have built their success on superior design of their supply chain. This is the belief that supply chain management will increasingly be the principal determinant of the ability to compete. Supply Chain Management (SCM) is "Maximizing added value and reducing total cost across the entire trading process through focusing on speed and certainty of response to the market." Due to globalization, SCM has become a tool for companies to compete effectively either at a local level or at a global scale. SCM has become a necessity especially for manufacturing industry when it comes to deliver products at a competitive cost and at a higher quality than their competitors.

Logistic as well as Supply Chain Management has been shown to play an important role in New Product Development. The role includes customer service, product availability, time advantages, low cost distribution and global manufacturing. It also interfaces with manufacturing, marketing and R&D to deal with procurement, inventory, warehousing and distribution.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Supply Chain Management & Information Technology

Information is a key supply chain driver because it serves as the glue that allows the other supply chain drivers to work together with the goal of creating an integrated, coordinated supply chain. Information is crucial to supply chain performance because it provides the foundation on which supply chain processes execute transaction and managers make decision and they must understand how information is gathered and analyzed. This is why IT comes into play. IT consists of the hardware, software, and people throughout a supply chain that gather, analyze, and execute upon information.

Now a day’s, Electronic commerce and the Internet are fundamentally changing the nature of supply chains, and redefining how consumers learn about, select, purchase, and use products and services. The result has been the emergence of new business-to business supply chains that are consumer-focused rather than product-focused. They also provide customized products and services. E-commerce impacts on supply chain management in a variety of keyways. These include cost efficiency, improve data accuracy, streamline business processes, accelerate business cycles, and enhance customer service. Besides that, E-commerce gives businesses more flexibility in managing the increasingly complex movement of products and information between businesses, their suppliers and customers. It is a vital link in the support of logistics and transportation services for both internal and external customers to give better services to their customers. E- Commerce also helps to company and its suppliers and customers in Shipment tracking, shipping notice, Freight auditing, Shipping Documentation and Labelling, online Shipping Inquiry etc.

Monday, 1 August 2016

What is Joint Replenishment Inventory Systems ?

Joint replenishment inventory systems are used whenever a number of items are involved in replenishment and it is possible to share the fixed cost associated with replenishment. This fixed cost takes the form of a manufacturing setup cost in the case of manufacturing multi-items using the same facility. In the case of pure inventory systems, the fixed cost of replenishment is that part of ordering cost which is independent of the number of items on order.

When a product is packaged into more than one type of container immediately after manufacture, there is a saving in cost if these items are manufactured jointly and then packaged individually. The economic advantage of manufacturing jointly and packaging individually is due to the fact that if items are manufactured and packaged individually, then each item is accountable for the full setup cost for each of its manufacturing and packaging setups. As a result of manufacturing the items jointly, it is possible to reduce the cost of setups required for manufacturing.

The joint replenishment problem is also similar to the inventory control problem faced by a company procuring several items from a single supplier. In this case, ordering items jointly reduces the ordering cost and may enable utilization of the same transportation facility and/or group quantity discounts. In real-life procurement processes, joint replenishment of items is the common practice used as opposed to independent replenishment of single items. On the manufacturing side, joint replenishment of multi items on single machinery is becoming more widespread through the utilization of flexible machine tools which provide product, operation and routing flexibilities.