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A Perfect Storm Exposes UK Retailers & Brands

High Street retailers and brands face significant headwinds in 2021 considering extended lockdowns, Brexit, demand uncertainties and rising shipping costs. Operational resilience and agility are essential to survive in the near term and grow long term. But “best-practices” of years past tied to efficiency have proven short-sighted; particularly outsourcing of key responsibilities to suppliers, 3rd party logistics providers, overseas agents and banks.

The challenges of the last 12 months have been a wake up call. As McKinsey states:

“Shocks inevitably seem to exploit the weak spots within broader value chains and specific companies. An organisation’s supply chain operations can be a source of vulnerability or resilience, depending on its effectiveness in m


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12 May 2021
Achieving Supply Chain Transparency Through Blockchain
 

Transparency is a crucial feature of any successful supply chain. As every component of the supply chain network directly affects all others, it is vital that there be clear communication channels for all parts to work cohesively. In terms of the transfer of data, all channels and parts of the syste

 
Martin Pahulje
Flexis
 
06 May 2021
Overcoming the barriers of ineffective tools to drive S&OP success
 

Sales and operations planning (S&OP) can be painful. It is additive work on top of the day-to-day activities that use most, if not all, of the available human capacity. It causes anxiety because, in addition to the sunk costs of time and energy, the potential impact of any errors and revisions g

 
Patrick Van Hull
Kinaxis
 
06 May 2021
Global pandemic roils 2020 Reshoring Index, shifting focus from reshoring to right-shoring
 

Kearney’s annual Reshoring Index tracks whether manufacturing is coming back to America from Asia, where so many jobs have been offshored over the past several decades. Our latest findings show that the US has not reclaimed manufacturing jobs in any material way.  The disruptions wroug

 
Kearney
Kearney
 
29 Apr 2021
From the Bottom to the Top – How the Supply Chain Impacts Value Streams
 

By utilizing supply chain software, companies can impact their value streams to unlock greater value from bottom to top. Value streams are the actions undertaken within a manufacturing or service company that drives customers to realize the worth of the product or service. But today, as digitizatio

 
DemandCaster
DemandCaster
 
28 Apr 2021
Deloitte’s 10th Annual Global Chief Procurement Officer Survey 2021: CPOs Harness Agility to Deliver and Protect Value Despite Uncertainty in the Wake of COVID-19
 

Key takeaways The chief procurement officer (CPO) is playing an increasingly complex, integrated and strategic role in the C-suite in light of the coronavirus pandemic and corresponding supply chain disruptions. CPOs identified “driving operational efficiency” as their top priori

 
Deloitte
Deloitte
 


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Last update 5 May 2021
Manufacturing PMI at near-record high in April but sector still beset by supply-chain disruptions
   Source: Markit /CIPS UK Manufacturing PMI ®  -  IHS Markit
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Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals

Maximum safety and reliability and reducing the costs for our customers at the same time: we are able to offer the chemical industry an extensive range of chemical logistics services that hardly any other logistics specialist can match. It is our goal to harmonise our services with your specifications in s...

Best Practices for Integrating S&OP

Most manufacturing outfits in the modern world already have some kind of S&OP—but sometimes it can feel like even your most integral processes aren’t evolving quickly enough to keep up with the times. ...


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Protective Wear Supplies safeguards product availability with Slimstock

Since 1975, Protective Wear Supplies has specialised in personal protective equipment, corporate workwear and cleaning solutions. To stay ahead in the fiercely competitive PPE market, PWS has embarked upon a major sup...

Reshaping The Interface Between Marketing And Operations In Globalizing Furniture Supply Chains

Over the past few decades, international fragmentation of production and offshore outsourcing have remarkably altered the organization of Western supply chains. Particularly in low-tech, manufacturing sectors, the fast s...