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Productivity, Are We Giving Ourselves the Complete Picture?

Claire Walters
Unipart Group

Productivity has always been important but it is becoming increasingly so.

Achieving and setting productivity standards underpins cost budgets, whilst also informing the resource levels needed to reach service levels.

A miscalculation will nearly always have a consequence, in this scenario operations either overspend or under deliver and neither are palatable. Get it right consistently and it becomes a competitive advantage.

Productivity in warehouses is essentially all about people. Attracting and retaining staff is becoming a real challenge for operators and singularly relying on short term resource to deliver peak is now unsafe. Many businesses are increasing their core headcount to address this challenge, absorbing the additional cost, and indeed many are already planning for the Christmas peak ahead.

It is easy to see the attraction of investing in automation when faced with th

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Manage your transports more efficiently: a how-to guide for controlling large shipping volumes at bustling distribution hubs

Transports need to keep moving. But all too often, they end up stuck in traffic. That’s when time slots close, delivery deadlines are missed – and customers lose patience. Logistics hubs are flashpoints for this type of negative chain reaction: The concentration of events to be managed at such hot spots   >>

Cross Functional Teams - A Ministry of Justice Case Study (CIPS Award Winner)

Presentation to share the learnings of the Language Services contract from a commercial point of view, further to the MoJ team winning the 2018 CIPS award for Best Cross Functional Teamwork Project.     Throughout the first year of the new suite of language services contracts, the Operational a ...

You need never worry about low value spend again

Ed Cross MD of Odesma, a leading management consultancy, demonstrates how to effectively manage low value spend. Ed will give a master class in deploying state of the art tools, and techniques, to effectively manage and take cost out of your low value spend.   This event is available to CIPS members and ...

The RNLI: Saving lives at Sea & Procurement Transformation

The RNLI Is aiming to reduce domestic drowning by 50% and have a significant impact on drowning globally by 2024 - It is currently transforming Procurement to Save Lives at Sea. The event will explain the Vision, goals and strategy of the RNLI; the evolution over recent years, share some surprising stats with yo ...

Behavioural Procurement & AGM

The CIPS East Anglia Branch is delighted to have David Loseby, an experienced CPO, CIPS Fellow, previous CIPS Congress Representative for the North of England region and now appointed to the CIPS Global Board of Trustees, discusses what is meant by ‘Behavioural Procurement’.   This event is  ...


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Last update 6 Mar 2019
UK manufacturers report further survey-record stockpiling of inputs in February
   Source: Markit /CIPS UK Manufacturing PMI   -  IHS Markit
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Energy & Utilities

With increasing regulation & customer service expectations, utilities companies are redirecting their focus to improve end-to-end supply chain performance. As part of our drive to improve asset utilisation and up-time, Unipart Logistics has been at the forefront facilitating companies improved bus...

The Impact of Big Data on Logistics

Almost 85 percent of organisations using big data expect it to dramatically alter the way they do business. Let’s look at the impact of big data on logistics. Data is all around us. When we leave the house in th...

Supplier and Contract Management
Introduction to Purchasing and Procurement
Negotiating with Suppliers
Principles of Supply Chain Management
Supplier and Contract Management

Local & Regional Agenda

Tudor Rose International increases productivity through integrated SCM platform ASSIST4

Tudor Rose International is Europe’s leading export market management company specialising in building brands around the world. In business for nearly 30 years, the innovative company mastered an ambitious IT mo...

From e-marketplace to e-supply chain: re-conceptualizing the relationship between virtual and physical processes.

In this research in progress paper, we seek to understand how pervasive use of ICT based platform such as electronic marketplaces influences the evolution of novel inter-organizational relationship. We focus on selling a...

International Agenda