No business is escaping the tentacles of technology. The supply chain industry is skilled at adapting its labour force to the pounding pace of change that technology brings, perhaps on a greater scale than any other business niche. However, artificial intelligence (AI) is a completely different ballgame. Read more
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
Companies that operate with complex machinery, robotics and technology within their supply chains know that maintenance is a must-do. Continual efficient working of machines cannot continue without it. Maintenance is frequently a juggling act, trying to balance production levels with downtime and the cost of downtime.
Therefore, it’s much more efficient and effective to plan maintenance. This ‘preventative maintenance’ is undertaken with the view to reducing downtime by giving machines regular reviews and maintenance work. Read more
For several years now it has been necessary to view UK supply chains as entirely integral with a wider concept of a global supply chain. In many ways, with global trade barriers at their historically low levels, free trade was booming and seemingly borderless. But what’s in store for 2017? Read more
CERT-UK, the UK National Computer Emergency Response Team, has published advice which aims to help businesses better understand the risks of cyber-security in supply chains. Read more