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Total Supply Chain Summit: All systems go for September

The Total Supply Chain Summit will take place 21st – 22nd September as either a physical or virtual event – and it’s a unique opportunity to help you plane for the ‘new normal’.

We have adapted the event layout to ensure we are abiding by the social distancing rule, and therefore ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of our event attendees and staff.

The event will have controlled numbers, prescheduled meetings and be hosted within a safe environment. 

We have increased the size of our meeting booths to allow for a 2-meter gap, and added a clear partition screen between all meeting participants. Plus, there will be clear floor markings throughout.

This Summit will go ahead either as a live or virtual event. Alongside meetings and networking, you can also enjoy a series of seminar sessions, to ensure you don’t miss out on the latest tips and challenges from leading industry experts.

You can also enjoy complimentary overnight accommodation, including all meals and refreshments throughout.

To secure your place and enjoy all the benefits of the Summit, click here to book your complimentary place.

5 Minutes With… Les Brookes, Oliver Wight

In the latest instalment of our supply chain industry executive interview series we spoke to Oliver Wight EAME CEO Les Brookes about his company, industry opportunities, the challenges presented by COVID-19 and the importance of data for running business scenarios…

Tell us about your company, products, and services.

Oliver Wight are a global organisation that works with businesses to improve their planning capabilities, enable end to end supply chain integration, shape demand, and alter the mindset of business leaders to unlock a whole new, improved way of working. And what follows is outstanding results. We are the originators of Sales & Operations Planning and industry thought leaders for Integrated Business Planning. Our philosophy is based on finding the sweet spot between process, people, and tools to enable business sustainability and success.

What really sets us apart as a business is that each of the Oliver Wight Partners who deliver education to clients, understand that client’s ambitions, challenges, and concerns because they were, themselves, once a client of Oliver Wight. They have all held senior positions in a variety of industries so understand the necessary steps businesses need to take in order to succeed. 

What have been the biggest challenges the supply chain industry has faced over the past 12 months?

Of course it’s easy to talk about the current COVID-19 related challenges and the need to re-evaluate the source of supply etc, but I would say the biggest challenge (and where the biggest opportunity lies) is gaining true end to end visibility and management of the supply chain. 

And what have been the biggest opportunities?

The opportunity could also be seen as a company threat, for example if we don’t take the opportunity to plan and manage the end to end supply chain it is likely that our costs will be higher than those of our competitors. The opportunity is in delivering the lowest cost throughout the entire supply chain – not just for what we own.

What is the biggest priority for the supply chain industry in 2020?

The integration with demand, based on the levels of volatility that we are going to continue to see and being able to run and execute multiple scenarios. 

What are the main trends you are expecting to see in the market in 2020?

I would expect organisations to re-evaluate how they are able to be flexible and agile whilst also understanding how they can adapt their process to fit the current levels of volatility. For example, how to use DDMRP – that was designed for use in a steadier state – to manage increased levels of fluctuating demand.

What technology is going to have the biggest impact on the market this year?

I think that organisations will want to extract data to run business scenarios, plan the end to end supply chain for all partners, and extract data for Integrated Business Planning. So it’s likely that new technology such as 09 or SAP IBP with its other modules will roll to the top.

In 2022 we will all be talking about…?

We will all be discussing the ongoing impact of COVID-19 re. the global recession, and hence we will be talking more about Integrated Business Planning’s capability to effectively plan and manage the integration of strategy and the latest bottom up plans.

Which person in, or associated with, the supply chain industry would you most like to meet?

I am always interested in meeting Supply Chain VPs but in this changing world I would also like to meet the Heads of Digital.

What is the most surprising thing you have learnt about the supply chain sector?

That there are still so many organisations that are average at planning albeit they have all the systems known to man. With this in mind I don’t actually think it’s the tools that are the issue.

You go to the bar at the Total Supply Chain Summit – what is your tipple of choice?

I tend to be a gin and tonic man, but since I work with some big clients in beers, spirits, and soft drinks I do feel I have to support their brands too! 

What is the most exciting thing about your job?

Working with people to realise improved performance that helps to deliver a competitive advantage.

And what is the most challenging?

Typically the most challenging aspect of the job is getting people to change what they have always done so that they can realise the opportunities that exist.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

Failing is okay providing you learn from your mistakes. 

Take the Supply Chain Briefing Industry Lockdown Survey today!

Here at Supply Chain Briefing we’re looking for the best ways to keep you connected with the industry during these difficult times, so we’ve created a short survey to gauge your views on lockdown working practices and the kind of virtual events you might be interested in attending – it’s all completely anonymous and will take less than two minutes to complete.

To take part, simply start answering the questions below – if you can’t see the questions, just click here to display them in a new browser window.

Thank you in advance for taking part – your answers will help make our content and events even more relevant to your needs.

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Do you specialise in supply chain Cost reductions? We want to hear from you!

Each month on Supply Chain Briefing we’ll be shining the spotlight on a different part of the logistics market – and in June we’ll be focussing on Cost Reduction Solutions.

It’s all part of our ‘Recommended’ editorial feature, designed to help supply chain industry buyers find the best products and services available today.

So, if you’re a Cost Reduction Solutions specialist and would like to be included as part of this exciting new shop window, we’d love to hear from you – for more info, contact Nick Stannard on n.stannard@forumevents.co.uk.

Here’s our features list in full:

Jun – Cost Reductions
Jul – Supply Chain Software
Aug – Logistics & Operations Management
Sep – Labelling & Packaging
Oct – 3PL & 4PL
Nov – Order Fulfilment
Dec – Transport Planning & Load Optimisation

An update on the Total Supply Chain Summit

We wanted to update you on how we are moving forward with the Total Supply Chain Summit – 21st – 22nd September, Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire.

We have adapted the event layout to ensure we are abiding by the social distancing rule, and therefore ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of our event attendees and staff.

The event will have controlled numbers, prescheduled meetings and be hosted within a safe environment. 

We have increased the size of our meeting booths to allow for a 2-meter gap, and added a clear partition screen between all meeting participants. Plus, there will be clear floor markings throughout.

This Summit will go ahead either as a live or virtual event. Alongside meetings and networking, you can also enjoy a series of seminar sessions, to ensure you don’t miss out on the latest tips and challenges from leading industry experts.

You can also enjoy complimentary overnight accommodation, including all meals and refreshments throughout.

To secure your place and enjoy all the benefits of the Summit, click here to book your complimentary place.

BIFA offers guidance for business life after lockdown

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has published a guidance blueprint on the steps businesses should be taking in order to facilitate a return to work once the current lockdown restrictions are eased by the Government.

BIFA says that whilst it was difficult to provide precise answers to the many questions it has received from members because there are numerous variables to consider, it has outlined a series of measures companies should consider.

It says that the safe return of all staff to work must be the primary concern of all employers, but also acknowledges that there may be some preliminary concerns.

The guidance blueprint outlines what should be reviewed, such as cargo handling procedures, the provision of PPE, and a ‘staggered’ start-up of business depending on how premises can function under social distancing and office layouts.

Robert Keen, Director General at BIFA, said: “It is likely that the post-lockdown situation will be an evolving picture and it is important that companies monitor staff feedback and ongoing government advice/regulation to adjust their initial policies and procedures as applicable. Any procedural changes will have to be promptly advised to staff and implementation monitored.

“We obviously wish all our members a successful return to work and will assist wherever we can. Salutary lessons can be learned from recent experiences, and all seem to agree that greater resilience and flexibility will have to be built into business processes, and there will have to be new realities about areas such as credit control procedures and the level of cash reserves held by businesses.”

Click here to read advisory document in full.

Veolia launches COVID-19 disinfection services

Veolia has launched a COVID-19 disinfection service designed to ensure compliant treatment for businesses that need disinfection after lockdown and prior to reopening, including warehouses and distribution centres.

Delivered by the company’s emergency response teams, the service eradicates the health and safety risks associated with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 in buildings or on sites.

Applications for this service are wide ranging and include corporate offices, control rooms, laboratories, food retailers, warehousing and distribution, as well as public spaces, transport and commercial vehicles.

Compliant with the latest UK Public Health Guidelines on infection control the service has been developed from the expertise in exposure to hazardous environments, and will make use of Defra approved biocides and virocides where people come into contact with potentially contaminated surfaces.

The solution also guarantees the safe disposal of any potentially COVID-19 contaminated waste streams through specialised Environment Agency approved clinical waste treatment facilities. Veolia’s teams can also fully disinfect air space and hard to reach areas on-site using ultra-low-volume fogging units to keep property free from damage during the deep cleansing process.

Richard Kirkman, Veolia’s Head of COVID-19 Response and Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, said: “With the pandemic posing a significant risk to health, Veolia is supporting the national effort to defeat this virus. Our new  services are based on our years of expertise dealing with hazardous environments, and  can now give the reassurance and peace of mind that the virus will be eradicated. This in turn will help businesses and other organisations ensure the safety of their employees and customers, as they seek to return to normal business operations.”

The Veolia teams delivering this specialised service provide a guaranteed response to incidents 24 hours a day, 365 days a year through a call centre that is manned 24 hours a day. The centre deploys the response teams, technical staff and specialised equipment and vehicles that are on standby at six strategically-placed depots throughout the country.

Total Supply Chain Summit: Meet with the industry again this September

Total Supply Chain Summit will take place on the 21st & 22nd September at Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire – the perfect opportunity to reconnect with your fellow professionals after lockdown.

This event is a small, niche event unlike other large, busy exhibitions and conferences.

We would love for you to join us as our guest.

This unique event is entirely complimentary for you to attend – reserve your place here

  • Meet new suppliers, based on your business requirements and upcoming projects
  • Attend a series of insightful and inspirational seminar sessions
  • Networking with like-minded peers
  • Enjoy complimentary hospitality, including overnight accommodation, plus all meals and refreshments
  • Receive an invitation to our networking dinner

If you are able to make the new dates, then please RSVP here

If your current situation changes then you are able to cancel your place up to 1 month prior to the event.

OpenText teams with Dun & Bradstreet on supply chain analytics

OpenText is integrating the data stores of decisioning data and analytics specialist Dun & Bradstreet into its Trading Grid Global Partner Directory supplier sourcing and onboarding platform.

The integration will provide enterprises a single, centralised directory to identify reliable, financially stable trading partners and suppliers, allowing them to strengthen their supply chains to mitigate risk and prevent major disruptions in supply. Businesses will also be able to prioritise ethical, sustainable operations and good corporate governance across supply chains by sourcing trading partners emphasising these core values. 

“Working with trusted suppliers to meet the highest standards of supply chain performance and corporate social responsibility has become a strategic priority for businesses today,” said Mark J. Barrenechea, OpenText CEO & CTO. “However, identifying the right business partners has also become more complex. Integrating Dun & Bradstreet’s data and insights into OpenText Trading Grid provides our customers with more effective methods of discovering, authenticating and connecting with quality trading partners.”   

The Trading Grid Global Partner Directory provides access to information on hundreds of thousands of companies doing business on OpenText Trading Grid, a cross-industry community of supply chain trading partners. OpenText will integrate D-U-N-S Numbers and metadata into the Global Partner Directory to givebusinesses a more extensive source of quality corporate data to use in making more informed sourcing decisions. Participating companies will have access to Dun & Bradstreet’s Data Cloud, which contains information on more than 355 million total businesses worldwide.

The advanced data filters of the Global Partner Directory have been expanded to allow users to search for and monitor companies according to specific attributes such as financial responsibility, fulfilment of supply chainobligations, and compliance with global regulations, including those for diversity and corporate social responsibility. Geography filters help enterprises plan for political unrest and natural disasters in key markets. 

“Now more than ever, companies must do business with organisations they can trust as any supply chain disruptions or ethical lapses by suppliers can have significant and long-lasting impacts on revenue, costs, client experiences and brand reputation,” said Brian Alster, general manager, third party risk & compliance for Dun & Bradstreet. “Dun & Bradstreet has a time-honoured tradition of providing our clients with accessible and actionable data and insights to help them turn uncertainty into confidence, risk into opportunityand potential into prosperity. We look forward to integrating our rich commercial data and insights into OpenText’s Trading Grid to make it easier for companies to build and maintain quality and productive supply chains.” 

Once enterprises identify the right suppliers, Trading Grid facilitates rapid connections and collaboration with businesses on the network through self-service capabilities.  

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