Supply Chains in 2019: Looking Ahead – Part 1

January 31, 2019

As we begin to gain momentum in to 2019, we’re seeing an emergence of new trends and a continuation of those already underway. There’s no doubting that the word ‘uncertainty’ is hanging over us from 2018, and has no chance of abating just yet. Supply chains are used to flexing and bending like a young sapling. However, this climate of uncertainty is at the more extreme end of our experience. Read more

Is Your Supply Chain Tariff-Proof?

September 24, 2018

Globally, we’ve been experiencing far-reaching tariff changes precipitated in the US – and with Brexit on the horizon that won’t be changing any time soon. The ripples of one tariff change resulting in another are inevitable, as countries and marketplaces respond and retaliate. When tariff changes happen, there is a long ‘shaking down’ period of adjustment. However, what the world experiencing now is being described more as a tariff ‘war’. Read more

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

Should You, and Can You, Brexit-Proof Your Supply Chain?

May 3, 2018

We are, of course, still hearing a great deal of concern about Brexit and supply chain. This leads us to consider what we can be doing to Brexit-proof our business and supply chain. However, should we? If so, how? It comes down to knowing your supply chain’s strengths and weaknesses. Fundamentally Brexit is a change. With change comes opportunity. Knowing your business strengths and weaknesses equips you to capitalise on the changes ahead, quickly and profitably. Agility alone can become your greatest strength. Read more

Is Your Supply Chain Ready for GDPR?

March 16, 2018

On May 25th this year, the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) laws come into effect. GDPR will replace the current Data Protection Act 1988 and the new regulation places greater emphasis on data privacy. Even though this legislation is controlled by the European Union, the UK government has confirmed that it will be transposed into UK law as part of the Brexit process. Furthermore, it is unlikely to be amended by the UK as it will be a key requirement for any companies trading with the European Union. Read more