Supply Chain Visibility – What It Is and How It’s Achieved

August 23, 2019

The business world is becoming more data-driven as companies recognise the benefits of using real-time data to accurately run their operations.

Within the supply chain profession, you may have noticed that the term ‘supply chain visibility’ is increasingly being put forward as a key factor in running and managing successful supply chains and logistics operations.

But what is meant by supply chain visibility and why is it coming into greater prominence? Read more

Cyber Supply Chain Risk Examined

December 1, 2018

International supply chains are becoming increasingly complex over time. A consequence of this is that it becomes increasingly difficult to spot vulnerabilities and risk in a timely manner. This most notably applies to cyber risk, which increases as complexity does, worsened perhaps by our desire to use technology to mitigate the very complexity that is at the root of its need. Read more

Are Supply Chain Personnel Really Safe from Automation?

November 2, 2018

A question that has been skirting around the industry over recent years is: ‘are supply chain professionals really safe from automation?’ Is the constant flow of news that supply chain jobs are safe from robots really true, or is it an echo chamber of what we want to believe? Has anyone been strong enough to really look into this, without an agenda of fear? Read more

Finance Professionals See Supply Chains as a Top Risk

October 7, 2018

Supply Chains are a complex and fluid network of companies, relationships and transactions. Even minor disruptions upstream in a supply chain can have a bullwhip effect and become major issues.  Take cars for example; they’re typically comprised of 30,000 parts and it only takes one of those parts to fail to cause a recall, creating additional costs and the risk of reputational damage to the car brand. Supply chain professionals are only too aware of these risks, but now finance professionals are also taking note.

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Why EU Companies are Moving Supply Chains Away from the UK

May 10, 2018

The short answer to why EU companies are moving their supply chains away from the UK is, of course, Brexit. Since the UK vote to leave the European Union there has been lot’s of anecdotal discussion on companies that may move their supply chain out of the UK, but we’re now seeing hard facts come from some industry bodies. We know Brexit is the reason, but why? Is this a long term or short term problem? And how can we respond to it? Read more

Misconceptions and Misinterpretations in the Supply Chain

April 19, 2018

In the supply chain industry, we often make decisions based on generalised information which we take as fact. This can be a dangerous business as in reality many of these ‘truths’ are often misconceived, misinterpreted, or in the worst situations, simply untrue. In this article, we explore five misconceptions and misinterpretations and offer the actual facts to support better decision making in the supply chain. Read more