Dates for 2020

Wednesday 11 March 2020

The acceleration in changing customer requirements: the need for highly adaptive customer centric supply chains

Customers – businesses and consumers – are increasingly demanding a faster and more convenient logistics experience. As customer expectations increase with the growth of e-commerce, solutions that offer speed, transparency, affordability and convenience (as well as frictionless returns) will become the norm. To stay competitive, companies will have to come up with new business models and customer-centric offerings, such as the existing trend of omni-channel logistics. The development of flexible fulfilment networks will be required together with inventory visibility solutions, and new last-mile delivery solutions involving smart urban logistics.

Tuesday 16 June 2020

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 16 September 2020

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.  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?

Wednesday 9 December 2020

Supply Chain Finance

Supply Chain Finance is defined as the use of financing and risk mitigation practices and techniques to optimise the management of the working capital and liquidity invested in supply chain processes and transactions. It is essential for everyone involved with an organisation to understand the importance of cash flow management and its link to financial performance. Moreover, when the economic climate goes into recession and/or access to credit is difficult to obtain, then excellent cash flow management becomes essential for any business even to survive.  So what are the key financial instruments that can be used to improve the 3 components (inventory days, accounts receivable days and accounts payable days) of its cash-to-cash cycle?