Dates for 2021

Wednesday 10th March 2021

Supply Chain Talent and Leadership for the New Normal
A growing concern of many organisations is the lack of supply chain skills in the marketplace, retention of those with the required skills and also development of supply chain capabilities in its existing employees. Critically the pandemic has resulted in the requirement for new leadership approaches, motivating and managing individuals remotely.  What are the mechanisms for developing an effective supply chain team and what is the role of leadership in achieving this?  How can companies recruit and retain talent?

Wednesday 16th June 2021

Restructuring Supply Chains for the New Normal
Supply chains are increasingly being disrupted by a range of risk factors including geopolitical events like Brexit or the US/China trade war and environmental factors like the Covid-19 pandemic. It has been observed that these events are driving long term restructuring of supply chains as they adapt to changes in demand and supply. But how are supply chains restructuring, what are the implications and how does this vary between sectors?

Wednesday 15th September 2021

The Revolution in Information Infrastructure Technologies
We are seeing a plethora of information infrastructure developments from Big Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence through to the Internet of Things, Virtualisation and Blockchain providing security, immutability, transparency. But these technologies are not easy or low cost to apply and therefore their implementation should be driven by clear business and supply chain objectives. So how do companies decide when to invest in these technologies and how should they be applied to deliver competitive advantage?

Wednesday 8th December 2021

Emerging Physical Infrastructure Technologies
A vast array of physical technologies are emerging for utilisation in the supply chain. Many of these are designed to deliver efficiency and quality improvements, such as high levels of automation, collaborative robots, augmented reality and autonomous systems and vehicles.  Hundreds of small autonomous vehicles have already been delivering packages in cities such as Milton Keynes.  With the burning platform created by the Covid19 pandemic there has been an acceleration of implementation in a drive to increase resilience Other technologies like 3D printing are aimed at delivering greater flexibility at low cost. So how can these technologies be used by companies to give them competitive advantage?