Logistics, Procurement & Supply Chain Management Newsletter - Latest Issue
Date: June 2019

The latest issue of the Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management newsletter has just been published.  This issue reflects on our recent successes and highlights how we continue to work with industry to provide impact in the logistics and supply chain sector now and the future.

Lunchtime Research Seminar - Behavioural Dynamics of Forecasting
Date: 20th May 2019
By:  Professor Dilek Onkal of Northumbria University.

Professor Onkal from Northumbria University recently joined us at Cranfield University to present at one of our lunchtime research seminars.  She introduced her collaborative work on forecast performance and how the 'trust' in the forecast plays a key role in acting on, changing, or discarding forecasts. 

Professor Onkal presented how forecast adjustments are typical in the industry and key factors can contribute to increasing the trust of the users in the forecasts: (1) the forecast bundle, (2) forecaster competence, (3) combination of forecasts, and (4) knowledge.  This work has now been accepted in Futures and Forecast Science Journal and we were delighted to have a first-hand explanation of the state-of-the-art research into forecasting.  A further discussion took place with faculty and research students on research ideas and how to get them published. 

Professor Onkal is a world-renowned researcher, a co-editor of the International Journal of Forecasting, and a member of the Founding Editorial Board for Futures and Foresight Science.  She is currently the Professor of Business Information Systems and Analytics at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria. 

'How can Machine Learning help Co-ordinate the Supply Chain?'
Date: April 2019
Publication: The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Focus Magazine
Academic:  Professor Emel Aktas

At the 15th Annual CILT Student Conference in February, Professor Emel Aktas presented her research on 'How can Machine Learning help Co-ordinate the Supply Chain?'.  This was subsequently mentioned in the latest issue of the CILT Focus magazine

Professor Emel Aktas, Cranfield University, kicked off the conference by presenting her insightful research on ways machine learning could help co-ordinate the supply chain.  Referring to examples ranging from toothpaste and pasta demand to a popular Netflix programme, she caught the attention of the audience in an interactive and entertaining way on the bullwhip effect.  She showed that AI could offer a valuable alternative to current forecasting techniques to predict consumers' behaviours.  She concluded that critical thinking, especially when it comes to the design of AI algorithms, and a conscious split of human/machines tasks will be key for a smooth integration of AI in our systems, and our readiness to trust machines. 

'Building the Procurement Professionals of Tomorrow' - Article in Supply Chain Digital Magazine
Date: January 2019
Academic: Dr Soroosh Saghiri

Dr Soroosh Saghiri recently published an article on 'Building the Procurement Professionals of Tomorrow' in the Supply Chain Digital Magazine.  This looks to further the professionalisation of the procurement industry. 

Logistics, Procurement & Supply Chain Management Newsletter - Issue 5
Date: December 2018

The latest issue of the Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management newsletter has just been published.  This issue highlights some of our recent successes, one of them being this years full-time MSc Logistics programme having the largest group of students in our history of the programme running. 

'New' Logistics and Supply Chain Management Podcasts
Date: November 2018
Academic Contacts: Professor Richard Wilding OBE and Carl Kühl

Professor Wilding and Carl Kühl have created some new Logistics and Supply Chain Management Podcasts which can be found on either I-tunes or Soundcloud.  A few of the topics discussed are: supply chain reaction: supply chain strategies, supply chain reaction: collaboration, supply chain reaction: Brexit. 

Cranfield Executive (part-time) MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management Apprenticeship Levy
Date: 1st November 2018

The Cranfield Executive MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management can now be fully funded through the Apprentice Levy, since it now fulfils the needs of the newly developed Level 7 Senior Leader Master's Degree Apprenticeship Standard.

Under the recently launched Apprenticeship Levy scheme, employers can fund apprenticeships for any new and current staff with the right to work in the UK and whose main place of work is in England.

Efficio and Cranfield School of Management Launch Procurement Industry's First Certified Learning Academy
Date: 18th September 2018
Academic Contacts: Michael Bernon

The Efficio Academy, an innovative approach to learning and development, has been launched in partnership with Cranfield School of Management.

Michael Bernon, Director of Executive Development (Supply Chain Management) at Cranfield, said: “We are delighted to be working with Efficio and are excited about the possibilities that this partnership might bring. Together, we have developed an educational offering that will give participants access to excellent learning and development opportunities in the procurement arena.”

The academy will teach modules co-developed between Cranfield and Efficio. Participants will be offered a combination of classroom-based teaching, e-learning, on-the-job training and coaching, as well as access to the Efficio Academic Library to support self-directed learning and independent study.  For more information, take a look on 'Business Wire'.

New Podcast Episode on Supply Chain and Logistics Management I-Tunes Page
Date: 6th September 2018
Academic Contacts: Professor Richard Wilding OBE and Carl Kühl

Professor Richard Wilding OBE and Carl Kühl have published a new podcast titled 'Supply Chain Reaction - How to get Promoted to a Board Level Supply Role' on I-Tunes.  This podcast discusses the knowledge and skills needed to advance into a senior supply chain and procurement position.  They talk about the business, leadership and most importantly the soft skills that can help you advance to the next level.

Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management Newsletter - Issue 4
Date: September 2018

The latest issue of the Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management newsletter has just been published.  This issue highlights some of our recent successes and how we continue to work with industry to provide impact for the logistics and supply chain sector.

Brexit Drives Supply Chain Risk
Date: 20th August 2018
Academic Contacts: Heather Skipworth, Emel Aktas and Farooq Habib

Heather SkipworthEmel Aktas and Farooq Habib recently published an article in 'Logistics Manager' on a project with Dun & Bradstreet on 'Brexit Drives Supply Chain Risk'.  The report investigated the level of actual and perceived supply chain risk faced by European companies with international supplier relationships. 

Professor Michael Bourlakis receives Emerald Literati Award
Date: 3rd July 2018

Professor Michael Bourlakis has received an Emerald Literati Award (Highly Commended Award 2018) for his co-authored paper "To immerse or not? Experimenting with two virtual retail environments" published in Information Technology and People (CABS3*).

DHL Logistics in a New Energy Landscape Conference
Date: 14th June 2018
Academic Contact: Dr Denyse Julien

Dr Denyse Julien recently attended the DHL Energy Conference in Troisdorf, Germany and gave a presentation on a B2B report which The Centre for Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Mangement produced for DHL earlier this year. 

Professor Richard Wilding OBE named one of the UK Top100 Corporate Modern Slavery Influencers of 2018
in an Inaugural Index by BRE and Sustain Worldwide
Date: May 2018

Professor Wilding has been listed in the recently released Top100 individuals influencing the modern slavery agenda within business. The list ranks individuals on how much they have raised the awareness and led discourse on the issue through the media.

Full-Time MSc in Logistics & Supply Chain Management - Study Tours 2018
Date: April 2018

Our full-time MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management students are currently undertaking their study tours. 

The study tours are a unique opportunity for students to experience a supply chain perspective in a different economic region in Europe. They will gain first-hand experience of how supply strategies in the region are influenced by different pressures (both internal and external) and will gain a rich understanding of the differences between supply chain practices. 

Tours to Denmark, Poland, Malta and Portugal are now complete with Belgium, Germany and Bilbao taking place week commencing 23rd April. You can see pictures and follow the study tours on twitter, as well as follow their blog posts.

Muscat University and Cranfield University e-Auction Session in Muscat Oman
Date: 27th February 2018
Academic Contact: Farooq Habib

Cranfield School of Management, Oman in partnership with BravoSolution (A-JAGGAER company) hosted the e-Auction development workshop and special live demo highlighting the benefits of e-Auctions in driving real, meaningful business results.

Open to all students of MS in Supply Chain, the workshop focused on BravoSolution's e-Auction capabilities and functionality developments to help students to know about how procurement practitioners in an organisation gain productivity and visibility and transparency into day-to-day procurement negotiations and make it easier for users to get the supplies that they need in cost-effective manner.  Key learnings included the Auction Fitness Test, Format and Strategy selection as well as how to prepare and condition your suppliers prior to an auction.

Cranfield School of Management and Infor Join Forces to Help Bridge Crucial Skills Gap
Date: February 2018

Infor, a leading provider of industry-specific cloud applications, announce an agreement with Cranfield School of Management. The agreement will see the Cranfield business school integrate Infor CloudSuite Industrial Machinery, together with an expert-led teaching program, into Cranfield's MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, in an effort to facilitate real-world experience, and to help impart relevant technology skills for over 180 students.

Cranfield selected Infor as its digital partner in part to help ensure students graduated not only with the ability to secure a role in their chosen field, but also to help equip them with the necessary digital skills to innovate and help drive all-important transformation.

Students who complete these courses will also be also eligible for internships and graduate placements at Infor through the Infor EAP Scholars program.

DHL and Cranfield School of Management Report Reveals how E-Commerce is Transforming the world of B2B
Date: 28th February 2018

Academics from CSOM have released a joint white paper with DHL Express - the world's leading international express service provider - which highlights strategies for how business-to-business (B2B) companies can successfully compete in the growing area of cross-border e-commerce. 

Research suggests B2B customers are increasingly expecting an agile, scalable, B2C-like experience.  Against this background, the Cranfield/DHL white paper investigates current trends and the significant potential of the international e-commerce landscape for B2B companies.

View a copy of the infographic and the white paper.

Further information can be found at Cranfield's Media Page and DHL Express.

CSOM Academics: Professor Michael BourlakisDr Denyse Julien and Syed Imran Ali.