Supply Chain Publications

Publications, some written by Hermetica, on Supply Chain Management

Over the coming months it is intended to grow this section considerably, based on all Hermetica's experience to date. The main focus in the early part of this section is on the general published work on supply chain whilst at Ernst & Young. In particular there are a number of articles on an industry wide project for the UK offshore oil & gas sector which resulted in a £1bn challenge for the industry and led to the formation of LOGIC, an industry wide body focussing on supply chain and related improvements. The related set of "Oil & Gas" publications are also about supply chains, as is the section on Social Care, however this focussing on more general topics.

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Supply Chain Management in the Oil & Gas Sector (1998 - 99)

Around this time oil prices were below $20 a barrel and some forecasters were predicting it would go down to $5 a barrel. Offshore exploration in the UK was at a minimum (see Exploration Benchmarking study below) and a there was a lot of focus by the industry, and Government, on making the UK industry more competitive. Led by Shell, the industry invested in a study to look at how the supply chain could be improved. Ernst & Young were engaged to provide the consultancy services to execute this work. The following publications, from CRINEWatch 2000, track the history of this initiative. Over 300 companies were engaged in a supply chain survey based on an adaption of Ernst & Youngs RapidFX assessment tool. Workshops were held with 30 operators, major contractors and suppliers to evaluate opportunities for improvement. The supply chains included exploration (included drilling), capital investment and operations.

  • Growing Emphasis on Supply Chain Management

    Kerst Troost (Shell)

    CRINEWatch 2000 (1998)

    The top half of this folded publication, covered the presentation by Kerst Troost of Shell which publically launched the project. From the Shell side Tony Collins led the work. From Ernst & Young Caroline Booth led. I acted as industry expert.

  • Supply Chain Management: an Update (March 1999)


    CRINEWatch 2000 (1999)

    In March 1999 CRINEWatch provided an update on the SCM project. It briefly described the approach and the deliverables planned from the project

  • The £1 Billion Supply Chain Challenge


    CRINEWatch 2000 (1999)

    In June 1999, the conclusions from the project were published. I was heavily involved in arriving at the £1 billion challenge and developed and delivered the training referred to in the article. The "Project Deliverables" referred to in the article were also made available online.

  • LOGIC A Methodology for Supply Chain Improvement

    The Ernst & Young and Shell team

    Shell on behalf of LOGIC (1999)

    This document is ©LOGIC and is not available for download. It was developed mainly by the E&Y team. I developed and delivered the related training to LOGIC when it was first formed, this book being the handout.

Exploration Benchmarking and The Financial Times article

Ernst & Young were commissioned by the oil & gas operators to run an Oil & Gas Exploration Process Benchmarking Study. Myself and Ian Moore ran it and we had expert input from IKODA Ltd. It involved 11 operators including BP, Shell, Chevron, Phillips, etc. It was at a time when the number of new wells being drilled in the UK was next to nil as a result of low oil prices.

In September 1998, much to everyone's surprise, I had an article published in the Financial Times. At the time there were two camps: those who said oil prices would fall to $5 a barrel and those who said oil was running out. This article took a supply chain perspective on the issue, influenced heavily by Michael Porter's book "On Competition".

  • Exploration Process Benchmarking

    Mike Charnley-Fisher & IKODA

    Ernst & Young (1997)

    For similar sensitivity and copyright reasons, this full report is also not available for download. The solution for capturing the data, analysing the results and presenting to each operator (maintaining confidentiality of others) was developed by myself.

  • The crisis is confidence, not supply

    Mike Charnley-Fisher

    Financial Times (1998)

    This article led to an overnight "oil expert" with requests to appear on breakfast television and for interviews on the radio - amazing what one article in the FT can do!