28 July 2014

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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 ...

Supply Chain Council merger will have global impact
The Supply Chain Council has had a significant impact on supply chain thinking globally as a result of the development of the Supply Chain Operations Reference model. So the news that it is merging with APICS...

Print a house? It’s no joke for the supply chain
The first thought is that the headline must be a joke: “Giant 3D printer creates ten full sized houses in a day”. But apparently not ...

Channels - not ruts to get stuck in
Some say it started in 1993, while others argue that it was 1984 – and there is even a suggestion that it started in 1979. Whichever is correct, internet shopping has been with us for quite a long time now...

Linking growth with supply chain
A link between “superior” supply chain capabilities and revenue growth and profits has been highlighted in a new study by consultants Deloitte...

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