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

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

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

Learning from Failure: 5 Lessons in Supply Chain Management

May 26, 2017

In supply chain management and logistics you can always learn from mistakes that others have made! Whether it is deliveries that cannot be made on time or manufacturing processes that cannot keep up with the pace of demand, there is always something that can be learnt from the issues experienced by other companies. Here we consider 5 supply chain lessons that all supply chain managers should pay attention to. Read more

The Latest Trends in Supply Chain Management

May 2, 2017

We all know that supply chains are in a constant state of flux. They have undergone, and continue to undergo, massive change. For example, not that long ago relationship management and financial management weren’t paramount tasks of supply chain managers. Now, if a supply chain manager doesn’t focus on every relationship in the chain, as well as take responsibility for financial management, they simply aren’t doing their job. Read more

Improving Customer Service in Consumer Supply Chains

March 23, 2017

Not that long ago, supply chains merely had to contend with retailers, and it was the retailers job to deal with the consumer. This model doesn’t exist in the same way anymore, and increasingly, supply chains are businesses to consumer. As such, improving customer service is pivotal to supply chains success. Read more