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.

Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management Newsletter - Issue 2
Date: December 2017

The second 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.

Supply Chain Innovations
Publication: Logistics Focus
Date: December 2017

Dr Soroosh Saghiri recently published an article on Supply Chain Innovations with two CILT Outsourcing colleagues in the CILT's Logistics Focus journal. 

Fellow of Higher Education Academy
Date: November 2017

Congratulations to Dr Farooq Habib who is now a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Cranfield School of Management Collaborates with BAE Systems CORDA in Service Parts Inventory Management

Maintenance policies for multi-component and multi-equipment systems aim to meet customers' service expectations.  Inventory control of service parts, or spare parts, is essential to minimising high high holding and stock-out costs.  However, the approach is different from traditional inventory management of finished products, since the demand for service parts is intermittent, where few observations exist over a long period of time.

Dr Emel Aktas and Dr Heather Skipworth have collaborated with BAE Systems CORDA on Range and Scale Estimation of Service Parts.  The collaboration involved reviewing the existing techniques applicable to primary data analysis and validating the methodology to estimate usage rates of parts and components.  BAE Systems CORDA provides customers, across UK government and industry, with valuable insights into their business and operational problems using a range of analytical-based services to support their decision making.  It is also a centre of excellence for decision support, modelling and analysis within BAE Systems and has played a key role in the development of the UK Government's best practice guidance in this area.

Between February and April 2017, the project allowed an application of the state of the art service parts inventory management techniques involving statistical analysis and optimisation to inform decision makers about which parts and components (range), and how many of each (scale) to keep in stock.  This helped to increase the system reliability and improve customer service levels.

Blog: How Forecast Methods can Leverage Real-Time Data to Improve Retail Operations
Date: 7th November 2017

In a blog published on the website of the Institute of Grocery Distribution, Dr Emel Aktas and Professor Michael Bourlakis discuss how forecast methods can leverage real-time data to improve retail operations. Take a look at the blog.

Professor Michael Bourlakis Paper Acceptance
Date: 3rd November 2017

Professor Michael Bourlakis has had his paper on 'Natural Resource Scarcity in Supply Chains' accepted for publication into the Journal of Operations and Production Management (IJOPM), as well as joining the Editorial Review Board of IJOPM.

Agile Supply Chain Research Club
Date: 1st November 2017

The Agile Supply Chain Research Club celebrates with 2 new members which now takes the member company total to 15 members.  Any interest in the Club, please contact Dr Heather Skipworth, Club Director.

Professor Richard Wilding Presented with 'Logistics 100' Award

Professor Wilding has been presented with the 'Logistics 100' award.  This award singles out an individual from the Logistics100, the definitive list of the UK logistics industry's 100 most influential individuals, who has in the previous year created the most impact. 

The Logistics100 list is selected by a panel of experts.  Individuals are assessed on how they have driven change, influenced, engaged with, provided vision, strengthened operations and invested in the logistics sector.  Logistics100 professionals challenge traditional and outdated ways of thinking.

MSc Student Wins MSc Logistics Dissertation Award 2017 from CILT

Graham Kirkup, MSc student at Cranfield School of Management, has won the CILT MSc Logistics Dissertation of the Year Award 2017 from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).  Graham was invited to accept his award at the Logistics Research Network Conference Dinner in Southampton.

Cranfield School of Management & Michigan State University Partnership
Supply Chain Strategy Workshop - 12-14th September 2017

Two of the world's leading business schools specialising in Supply Chain have launched the new Cranfield and Michigan Supply Chain Strategy Workshop, a joint programme to enhance your organisation's supply chain strategy.

Professor Wilding OBE Honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award

Congratulations to Professor Richard Wilding OBE who was given the Lifetime Contribution to Training and Development in Logistics Award for his service to industry at the Talent in Logistics Conference last week. Read More.

Professor Wilding OBE in VIB Magazine
Date: June 2017

Professor Wilding interviewed in VIB Magazine where he talks about 'We have to use more Social Networks and Social Approaches to Become much more Effective'.  

'First' Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management Newsletter
Date: July 2017

Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management publish there 'First' and 'New' Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management Newsletter, please take a look.