Friday 15th Dec 2017 - Logistics & Supply Chain

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Global labour shortage could worsen

The shortage of logistics-related labour is a global problem that will either remain the same or worsen over the next five years, according to a new survey by The World Bank, which calls for a major expansion of training and skills development initiatives in developing countries.

IoT could cut grocery supply chain costs

The Internet of Things has a key role to play in helping food and grocery companies improve their understanding of customers and reducing supply chain costs, research by the IGD suggests.

Oracle expands functionality of SCM Cloud

Oracle has expanded its Supply Chain Management Cloud application to provide a range on new functions including supplier collaboration, quality management, maintenance, sales and operations planning, demand management, and supply planning, as well as expansions across existing solutions.

NHS expands ethical procurement programme

NHS Supply Chain has widened its ethical procurement programme following the passing of UK Modern Slavery Act. It means that more than 200 suppliers are now subject to the Labour Standards Assurance System (LSAS) conditions.

First step: admit you have a problem

Progress in raising ethical standards in global supply chains has stalled in many places, a new study by the Economist Intelligence Unit has revealed.

Maersk and JF Hillebrand form sustainability partnership

Maersk and JF Hillebrand have formed a sustainability partnership by signing the Carbon Pact. The signed document outlines the companies ambition to reduce the impact from JF Hillebrand’s shipments with Maersk Line.

Technology chief for ByBox

ByBox, the software and supply chain specialist, has appointed Simon Fahie managing director, global technology.

BSI targets risk in food supply chain

BSI Supply Chain Services and Solutions has released new food safety and fraud intelligence and assessment management modules designed to allow users to monitor and assess the threat of food contamination, food adulteration, mislabelling, recalls and otherwise deceptive food and beverage products.

SPAR signs deal for China stores

Yunnan Anning Jinfang Commercial Group (Jinfang) is to invest in converting 32 in south-east China stores to the SPAR brand in the coming months.

UK slavery referrals up by a third

The number of potential victims of labour exploitation referred as part of the framework set up to identify victims of modern slavery in the UK increased by 33 per cent from 2015 to 2016, according to analysis of National Crime Agency data by Kroll, the risk mitigation specialist.

Blockchain awareness on the increase

A study of blockchain use in the supply chain has found that one-third of respondents are already implementing the technology, while another quarter indicated they are knowledgeable about it.

Global supply chains increasingly disrupted

Lack of trust and transparency as a result of ideological and military conflicts are undermining the international supply chains, according to the CIPS Risk Index for the first quarter of 2017.

Global purchasers tackle deforestation

Eight companies including McDonald’s and L’Oréal have joined the newly-expanded supply chain platform of CDP, to tackle global deforestation.

The risk to your supply chain might not be what you think

2017 is likely to see further threats of cargo theft and drug smuggling in the Americas and Europe, protests over wage and other labour issues across Asia, and persistent risks of terrorism, including terrorist targeting of the supply chain.

DHL to double production of electric vehicles

Deutsche Post DHL Group is to double production of its electric vehicles from 10,000 to 20,000 by the end of this year. DHL is now commissioning another production location for its StreetScooter electric van in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Are you ‘multi-local’ yet?

Apparently, the concept of “global” has had it’s day – what we need to talk about now is “multi-local”. At least that is what my marketing guru tells me. The theory is that all customers are local and need to be treated as such.

Li & Fung sets out plan for supply chain of the future

Li & Fung, the Hong Kong-based supplier of supply chain services, has set out its vision of the supply chain of the future focusing on speed, innovation and digitalisation to help brands and retailers navigate the digital economy.

Amazon puts focus on robotics

Vishal Bansal, UK supply chain director of Amazon, focused on the role of robotics in in the retail giant’s logistics operations when he spoke at the Logistics & Supply Chain Conference.

Manufacture 2030 launched

“New cross-industry platform “Manufacture 2030” has been launched by 2degrees to encourage sustainability and collaboration in global supply chains.

Ionics to roll out Indigo WMS

Philippines based technology company Ionics EMS has chosen Indigo’s WMS software. Ionics is the first customer for Indigo Asia Pacific – Indigo’s subsidiary serving the region, which was launched last year.

Supply chain slavery is happening here

Last week Erwin and Krystian Markowski were each sentenced to six years in jail at Nottingham Crown Court after being convicted on charges related to trafficking people for labour exploitation.

Ford chooses WMS for Europe

Ford is deploying Infor SCE, the cloud-based warehouse management system, in seven European countries to automate the process of transferring goods at its ten cross-docking centres.

DHL and Landbell form environmental partnership

DHL Supply Chain has signed a strategic partnership with waste management specialist Landbell to provide environmental management services that are compliant with EU legislation.

High performance battery to match range of petrol

A high performance alternative to batteries is being developed that could give electric vehicles the same range as petrol engined vehicles, and could be recharged in the same time that its takes to fill a regular car with petrol.

Teijin Aramid picks Quintiq for S&OP

Teijin Aramid, which makes heat resistant aramid fibres, has selected Quintiq software planning software to improve global sales and operations planning.

Time for a chat?

How are you getting along with Siri? Or Cortana? Or Alexa? Voice controlled digital assistants seem to be all the rage…

UN releases sustainable logistics report

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s high-level advisory group, which includes a Deutsche Post DHL Group member, has published a new report on sustainability in transport and logistics.

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