The supply chain is experiencing a rather severe labour deficit – and it doesn’t look like it’s about to recover any time soon. In fact, according to The World Bank, the global problem is going either to remain the same, or in the worst-case scenario, deteriorate even further over the next five years.
It’s estimated that almost two million tonnes of food is wasted in the grocery supply chain every year. A study last year by WRAP, the food waste charity, calculated that action to increase prevention of waste could save businesses £300 million a year.
The UK’s Brexit negotiations have not begun well, the former head of the UK’s diplomatic service told the BBC earlier this week.
Countless millions of pounds, dollars and euros are being invested in innovative (and sometimes not so innovative) urban delivery systems. The risks in these ventures can be high – but then so can the rewards.
Supply chains in the fashion, construction and cleaning sectors are being targeted by the UK’s director of labour market enforcement, Sir David Metcalf, who has warned that he will be consulting on how to make full use of powers to jail the worst offenders.
Progress in raising ethical standards in global supply chains has stalled in many places, a new study by the Economist Intelligence Unit has revealed.
It has come to light that retail giant Amazon has patented what it calls “multi-level fulfilment centres” for drones in urban areas. These beehive shaped buildings would see drones zipping across the sky in densely populated areas.
When the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply released its Risk Index for the for the first quarter of this year, it highlighted the conflict between Ukraine and separatist rebels in the east of the country which was hindering both physical and digital supply chains.
What’s the point of procurement? Is it to get the lowest price, build strong business partnerships with suppliers, or a mixture of the two?
I suspect that you don’t really need to be told that e-commerce is booming, but a new study highlights some of the problem areas for retailers.
Neutral observers must be thinking that British prime ministers have some kind of death wish. First we had David Cameron calling a referendum that he never needed to, losing, and then having to resign.
Not so long ago they were seen as the white elephant in the retail portfolio, but, it appears, there could be a future for hypermarkets.
I must confess that I had never heard of William Lucas until today. But it turns out that Lucas is the person we must thank for the home shopping revolution. And the ramifications of his innovation are creating challenges for retail supply chains today.
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.
Can’t say I am a regular reader of the “Nikkei Asian Review”, but when it headlined a story “Toyota decides flying cars aren’t so crazy after all”, I couldn’t resist having a look.
We are being assailed by innovative technologies that the experts tell us will transform the supply chain.
All the talk about Brexit might be expected to have shaken business confidence but all the evidence so far is that demand for supply chain professionals is actually increasing.
Walmart is targeting its supply chain with a new initiative to eliminate one gigaton of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
Back from the Easter break and looking forward to settling back into work nice and gently?
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.
Last week saw the start of operations by the three new container shipping alliances (2M-HMM/HS, Ocean and THE Alliance).
Sir Tim Barrow, the UK’s permanent representative at the European Union, has handed over a letter to European council president Donald Tusk invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and starting negotiations for the UK to leave the union.
Operating a commercial vehicle is all about up-time, and MAN has come up with a radical solution to improve spare parts availability to its dealers.
The rate at which Amazon is expanding its logistics operations is something to behold.
PSA Group, which owns Peugeot and Citroen car brands, expects to make savings of some €1.7 billion a year following its takeover of Opel and Vauxhall.
Millions of times every day logistics operators get the right package to the right place at the right time. Occasionally things go wrong, but rarely so catastrophically as they did for one of the world’s biggest accountancy and consultancy partnerships, PwC.
The first inkling I had that robots were more than simply science fiction came in 1979 – it was a TV commercial (see below) for the Fiat Strada which ran for two full minutes and showed the car being assembled by these amazing machines.
The rise of economic nationalism has driven global supply chain risk to a 24-year peak, according to the CIPS Risk Index, powered by Dun & Bradstreet.
The growth of online shopping has been both an opportunity and challenge for many retailers – but is the biggest opportunity of all yet to be fully exploited?
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.
Strictly speaking, nothing much has changed. US President Trump has “withdrawn” from the Trans-Pacific Partnership – a trade agreement that encompasses about 40 per cent of global trade.
The World Economic Forum got underway in Davos this week in a political environment that appears to have turned away from the WEF vision of expanding globalisation based on public-private cooperation.
Any thoughts that the drive for consolidation in the logistics market would abate this year, have been quickly contradicted by the news that UPS has bought Freightex, the European haulage brokerage.
Just before Christmas the news emerged that Amazon has applied for a patent on an airborne fulfilment system that uses an airship floating at 45,000 feet to hold stock and a fleet of drones to handle the actual deliveries.
Earlier this month the mayors of four of the world’s biggest cities, Paris, Mexico City, Madrid and Athens committed themselves to banning all diesel vehicles by 2025.
Even for an industry used to dealing in large numbers, £4.5 billion is a lot of money. But that is what the motor industry reckons that a badly handled Brexit could cost.
The complexity of supply chains has increased over recent years alongside market globalisation and the resulting extended supply chains.
How are you getting along with Siri? Or Cortana? Or Alexa? Voice controlled digital assistants seem to be all the rage…
The Supply Chain Excellence Awards celebrated their 20th anniversary last night – and the celebration in London highlighted the way in which supply chain professionals have driven excellence in the face of a changing market – notably with globalisation.
The impact of the UK’s Brexit vote has made itself felt in global supply chains as global supply chain risk hits a three year high in the third quarter of 2016.