22 August 2014

The Blog 

Malory Davies is editor of Supply Chain Standard.
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Risk index at an 18 month low
The news is full of conflict at the moment - conflict in Gaza, in Iraq and the Ukraine. And then there is the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. So it would be reasonable to assume that supply chain risk is increasing ...

Disruption is the new normal in retail
Disruption is the new normal in retail – at least that is what the latest Forbes Insight report suggests ...

Food for thought...
The UK government feeds a lot of mouths each year people in schools, hospitals, armed forces, central and local government, government agencies, prisons and courts. The procurement budget for food and catering services is now running at £2.4bn a year ...

Grocery changes challenge supply chains
Over the next five years, the UK grocery market is to grow by 16.3 per cent to £203bn, according to a new five year forecast from the IGD. That sounds very healthy, but that basic figure conceals some trends that will be exercising minds......

Time to license supply chain professionals?
More than one in ten business leaders think modern slavery is likely to be in their supply chains, according to a poll by YouGov for the Chartered Instituted of Purchasing and Supply. And the institute is now warning that the UK could be sleepwalking...

Child labour: the supply chain scandal that keeps repeating
There’s always a bit of excitement about opening up the packaging on a new mobile phone, but for many Samsung buyers that will now be tinged with the disconcerting realisation that child labour may well have been used in the construction of their new...

Can you see the returns utopia?
Can you imagine a utopia when returns are not just a black hole for inventory and resources, but a bona fide revenue stream, adding value for customers and even cost reductions? Ian Towell, head of general merchandise returns at Tesco can... ...

Is there a spy in your supply chain?
I am a regular recipient of emails from someone in West Africa who wants to make me rich - all I have to do is provide a little assistance and my bank account details ...

Can't believe I probably won't receive my prom dress…
It hardly seems credible that anyone would say something so crass in the wake of a life-threatening disaster, but someone did actually tweet: “can't believe I probably won't receive my prom dress. Thanks alot ASOS” ...

It’ll never catch on
Revolting taxi drivers have been bringing London to a halt on a regular basis recently in protest at the arrival of Uber in the city ...

Are you going to be a winner?
What have the following companies got in common: Jaguar Land Rover, BASF, Primark, Danone Baby Nutrition and Nokia Siemens Networks? They would certainly be counted among Europe’s retailers and manufacturers: more importantly... ...

Collaboration or confrontation?
Just a couple of weeks ago the Forum of Private Business accused some of the UK’s major corporations of using supply chain finance schemes as a cover for poor payment practice...

Transport prices on the rise
Times have been tough, economically, across much of Europe for the past few years, and it is hardly surprising that many countries saw big protest votes in the elections for the European parliament which have just taken place...

Supply chain finance - long time coming
Supply chain finance came to the fore as the recession bit. Companies were concerned that suppliers were running into cash flow difficulties, which could in turn threaten the inbound supply chain ...

Supply chain ethics back in the limelight
Supply chain ethics and sustainability may appear to have slipped down the agenda recently, as other issues have come to the fore ...

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