Congratulations to PhD Student Alp Yildirim
Date: 13th September 2021

Alp Yildirim was recently awarded the Best Research Proposal of the APMS 2021 Conference, from out of 13 doctoral research proposal papers.

The Advances in Production Management System Conference, the Marco Garetti Doctoral Workshop provides PhD students with the opportunity to present and discuss their doctoral research and receive feedback and exchange ideas with experienced researchers and professors of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) community. 

Digital Transformation in Pharmaceutical Supply Chains
Date: 24th September 2021 - 9.45-11.00am

With the advent of Industry 4.0, several businesses are attempting to improve their supply chain performance by adopting digital technologies and developing digital capabilities. However, this journey will vary significantly depending on the level of maturity within each organisation and its associated networks.  The growing demand for vaccines to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic has underscored the performance of pharmaceutical supply chains.  In this webinar, we highlight some of the digital transformation issues and opportunities in pharmaceutical supply chains and the essential roadmap required for digitising such complex, global supply chain networks.

To find out more and register for this event, click here.

How can New Technologies Help Improve Supply Chain Resilience
Date: 23rd September 2021

Professor Emel Aktas will be presenting at the Supply Chain Insider event the 23rd September

Produced in partnership with Coupa, the event will discuss how organisations that adopt new technologies and the practice of continuous design, can reduce risk, improve resilience and turn their supply-chain challenges into a competitive advantage. 

Last Mile Delivery in Latin America - Encumex and Dr Denyse Julien Discussion
Date: 18th August 2021

Dr Denyse Julien recently joined an online discussion with Encumex and two Cranfield Alumni looking at the last mile delivery in Latin America.  Feedback from the Encumex team stated "according to our reports, this content is our most-read article of the day".  You can view the video here.

Congratulations to Emeritus Professor Martin Christopher
Awarded OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List
Date: 12th June 2021

Congratulations to Professor Martin Christopher, Emeritus Professor of Marketing and Logistics for receiving an OBE for services to Business, Academia and the UK Economy.  Professor Christopher was formerly the Head of the Marketing and Logistics Group and is still involved in the Centre for Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management work.

Webinar: Why Managing Product Returns Suddenly Became Strategic
Date: 16th July 2021

The growth of e-commerce has been exacerbated with the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, which encouraged people who don't shop online regularly to do so even more often. Customers are now taking it for granted that they can place an order for a pair of shoes or a box of chocolates in minutes using our mobile devices.

Though e-commerce brings many benefits to customers and retailers, issues like product returns appear to be more frequent compared to store sales. In this webinar we highlight the strategic importance of managing product returns and discuss the implications for your online strategy, margins and bottom line, customer value proposition and environmental sustainability.

For further information and to register for this event, click here.

Climate Action 2021: Responsible Consumption & Production
Date: 8th July 2021

Professor Emel Aktas will be presenting at 'Climate Action 2021' on Challenges and Opportunities in the World around Responsible Consumption and Production. 

Green Technologies Grand Challenge Webinar Series
Date: 2nd July 2021

Professor Emel Aktas will be presenting at the next Green Tech Webinar on the 2nd July. The theme for this event is Sustainable Supply Chain Design and Operations and Professor Aktas will be speaking about the U-Turn Project: Food Distribution on Cities.

Covid-19 UK Vaccination Programme
Date: 26th March 2021

Professor Richard Wilding comments in the Daily Express on the 26th March about the UK's vaccination programme.

Reports of a Slowing Down in the Covid-19 UK Vaccination Rate
Date: 18th March 2021

Professor Richard Wilding comments on a slowing down in the Covid-19 UK vaccination rate:

"This looks like a housekeeping exercise designed to make sure that the supply reaches the original priority list set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.  What we have seen is some areas of the country racing ahead, finishing the first nine priority groups and moving on to the under 50s. At the same time, we have other areas of the country still working through higher priority groups. A key focus is minimising wastage and ensuring all stocks are used within the 'use by date".  Read more..

Supply Chain Analytics Webinar
Date: 25th March 2021

Professor Emel Aktas recently presented at the 'Supply Chain Analytics' Webinar which was hosted by Vuealta on the 25th March. The webinar looked at the renewed focus in analytics for supply chain from the emergence of Artificial Intelligence.

Webinar - Preparing Supply Chains for Geopolitical Disruptions: what can we learn from Brexit?
Date: Friday 26th March

The Centre for Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management held a Webinar on the 26th March which looked at how geographical disruption can be mitigated using principles of supply chain management.  They also presented findings from a study on supply chain risk strategies that companies can use to manage the uncertainty from geographical disruptions like Brexit.

How to Teach Supply Chain Management using Gaming & Simulation
Date: 4th March 2021

Mike Bernon, Associate Professor in Supply Chain Leadership at Cranfield School of Management and Antony Lovell, VP, Applications at Vuealta have co-written a white paper on the successful development of moving the workshop-based supply chain management simulation game to an online remote learning simulation experience.

Keynote Address - Logistics Business Virtual Exhibition
Date: 22nd February

Dr Hendrik Reefke, Senior Lecturer within the Centre for Logistics, Procurement & Supply Chain Management was the Keynote Address for the recent online Logistics Business Virtual Exhibition, where he presented on 'Warehousing Decisions: Adapting to Change'.  Dr Reefke reflects on the combined effects of Covid, Brexit and new technologies on warehousing and the respective managerial decisions in this regard. 

Webinar:  'Supply Chain Resilience: Lessons from 2020'
Date: Friday 29th January

The Centre for Logistics, Procurement & Supply Chain Management ran a webinar on the 29th January looking at how 2020 was one of the most challenging years in the past few decades due to the Covid-19 pandemic disruption to all supply chains. 

Latest Issue of the Logistics, Procurement & Supply Chain Management Newsletter
Date: December 2020

We have just released the last issue of our Newsletter for 2020, Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for 2021.

Brexit & Covid19 - Supply Chain Challenges
Date: 5th December 2020

Professor Michael Bourlakis, Director of the Centre for Logistics, Procurement & Supply Chain Management was on BBC Radio 5 Live Saturday Breakfast show talking about 'Brexit and Covid19: Supply Chain Challenges'.

PlayStation 5 Supply Problems shows that 'Size does Matter' in Logistics
Date: 20th November 2020

Professor Richard Wilding OBE comments on issues with the supply of the latest PlayStation: 'Size does matter.  The bigger the item the more logistics capacity is consumed. A large item such as a games console consumes more space and logistics providers need to understand the size of items to optimise logistics'.  Read more...

Introduction to Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc (Executive) Webinar
Date: 8th December 2020

Join us for an interactive and informative webinar to find out how our Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc (Executive) can help progress your career in supply chain management. 

'Covid-19 Vaccination Programme will be one of the Biggest Logistical Challenges of the Century'
Date: 10th November 2020

Commenting on the news of a potential vaccine for Covid-19, Professor Richard Wilding OBE, one of the world's leading logistics and supply chain experts, said "This is likely to be one of the biggest logistical challenges we have faced this century".   Read more...

Webinar:  'The New Normal in Omnichannel Retail Operations'
Date: Friday 13th November 2020

The Centre for Logistics, Procurement & Supply Chain Management ran a webinar on the 13th November to examine the new normal in retail operations with the increasing relevance and significance of omnichannel. 

Guest Lecture at the University of Westminster
Date: 16th October 2020

Professor Emel Aktas recently delivered a guest lecture at the University of Westminster on Supply Chain Management and Analytics: Evidence from Grocery Deliveries.  This was presented to their MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management Programme, for students on the Logistics Management in a Retail Supply Chain Context Module.

Keynote for the National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management
Date: 8th October

Profesor Emel Aktas delivered a Keynote titled 'Collaboration in the Last Mile: Evidence from Grocery Deliveries' for the National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management for their international online faculty development programme on 'Green Perspectives in Food Processing Sector'.

MSc in Logistics & Supply Chain Management Ranked 2nd in the UK and 11th in the World

Our Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc programme has been ranked 2nd in the UK and 11th in the world by QS Top Universities

Contemporary & Future Challenges in the Food Supply Chain Webinar
Date: 11th September 2020

On the 11th September we held a webinar to look at how contemporary and future challenges in the food supply chain are evolving and adapting to the ongoing business challenges such as Covid-19 and Brexit. The webinar explored current challenges, analysed specific strategies to overcome these challenges and showcased current thought leadership and research in food supply chain management.

Centre Paper Among one of the most Cited Journal of Business Research Articles

A paper published by Dr Soroosh Saghiri, Professor Richard Wilding OBE, Dr Carlos Mena and Professor Michael Bourlakis is amongst one of the most cited articles published since 2017 in the Journal of Business Research. 

The article, Toward a Three-Dimensional Framework for Omni-Channel, was published in August 2017. 

Latest Issue of the Logistics, Procurement & Supply Chain Management Newsletter
Date: August 2020

We have just published the next issue of our newsletter which highlights our recent news with the centre.

Supply Chain Technologies and Supply Chain 4.0 Webinar
Date: 27th July 2020

The Centre for Logistics, Procurement & Supply Chain Management (CLPSCM) ran it's first 'Supply Chain Technologies and Supply Chain 4.0' Webinar on the 27th July.  This was the first in a series of Webinars to be run by CLPSCM to examine how contemporary supply chains are changing post Covid-19 and post Brexit as both increase business risk and disrupt business continuity.