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Quarter of commercial drivers ‘breaking rest rules’

Twenty-five per cent of commercial drivers in the UK are flouting rules around rest and fatigue, according to a survey of fleet managers from Verizon Connect.

In terms of key concerns, 24 per cent of fleet managers cited compliance, 23 per cent said unsafe driving practices and 13 per cent of said drivers not taking rest.

Although two thirds of fleet managers have systems in place to help ensure their drivers take required breaks, 16 per cent leave it at the driver’s discretion to take appropriate rest. Meanwhile, 15 per cent ask their drivers about breaks and three per cent simply do not know of their drivers are following the rules.

Fleet managers also said they spend more than three hours a week correcting and following up on drivers’ tachograph mistakes – which adds up to nearly 21 working days, or more than a month, each year.

When asked how they would prefer to spend this time instead, looking for ways to reduce costs was the most popular response with 39 per cent.

Derek Bryan, vice president, EMEA at Verizon Connect, said: ““Simple systems can be put in place to cut down time spent on admin while ensuring compliance and driver safety. By integrating tachograph data with their fleet management system, organisations of any size can improve driver safety, compliance, and productivity. In doing so, managers reclaim time to focus on growing and improving the business.”

Unilever tops Gartner Supply Chain Top 25

Gartner has released the results of its annual Supply Chain Top 25, identifying supply chain leaders and highlighting their best practices.

Unilever scored the top spot for the third year in a row, followed by Inditex, Cisco, Colgate-Palmolive and Intel.

Home Depot rejoined the ranking after a three-year hiatus, while Novo Nordisk and Adidas joined the Supply Chain Top 25 for the first time.

Longtime supply chain leader and last year’s runner-up McDonald’s joined Apple, P&G and Amazon in qualifying for the “Masters” category, which Gartner introduced in 2015 to recognize sustained leadership over the last 10 years.

Along with the “Masters” category, the Supply Chain Top 25 is designed to offer a platform for insights, learning, debate and contributions to the rising influence of supply chain practices on the global economy.

Rank

Company

Peer Opinion1
(184 voters)
(25%)

Gartner Opinion1
(42
voters)
(25%)

Three-
Year Weighted ROA2
(20%)

Inventory Turns3
(10%)

Three-
Year Weighted Revenue Growth4
(10%)

CSR Component Score5
(10%)

Composite Score6

1

Unilever

2,413

667

10.3%

7.5

2.6%

10.00

6.36

2

Inditex

1,254

345

16.5%

3.9

10.9%

10.00

4.85

3

Cisco Systems

785

541

7.9%

13.1

-0.4%

10.00

4.41

4

Colgate-Palmolive

898

324

17.6%

5.1

-2.2%

10.00

4.40

5

Intel

831

499

8.9%

3.6

4.8%

10.00

4.36

6

Nike

1,349

270

17.4%

3.8

6.8%

6.00

4.25

7

Nestlé

1,326

426

6.4%

4.8

-0.2%

10.00

4.21

8

PepsiCo

1,094

391

7.3%

8.8

-0,6%

10.00

3.99

9

H&M

760

193

18.1%

2.8

7.8%

10.00

3.96

10

Starbucks

1,040

186

20.4%

11.8

9.2%

4.00

3.85

11

3M

783

198

14.0%

4.1

1.4%

10.00

3.56

12

Schneider Electric

737

410

4.8%

5.2

-0.5%

10.00

3.55

13

Novo Nordisk

121

49

37.9%

1.2

5.3%

10.00

3.37

14

HP Inc.

390

354

7.3%

8.4

0.2%

10.00

3.30

15

L’Oréal

999

210

9.6%

2.9

4.6%

8.00

3.26

16

Diageo

651

227

9.2%

1.0

7.6%

10.00

3.25

17

Samsung Electronics

907

117

10.7%

14.6

9.8%

9.00

3.22

18

Johnson & Johnson

880

322

6.2%

2.7

2.8%

6.00

3.08

19

BASF

470

281

6.9%

4.4

-0.5%

10.00

3.02

20

Walmart

1,416

256

6.2%

8.3

1.6%

3.00

2.98

21

Kimberly-Clark

619

133

13.6%

6.7

-1.6%

8.00

2.96

22

The Coca Cola Co.

1,558

221

4.6%

4.8

-10.1%

4.00

2.87

23

Home Depot

431

78

18.6%

5.1

6.7%

5.00

2.81

24

Adidas

821

115

6.8%

2.9

13.5%

7.00

2.58

25

BMW

679

118

4.1%

4.2

6.0%

10.00

2.45

“2018 is the 14th consecutive year, we are publishing the Supply Chain Top 25 ranking,” said Stan Aronow, research vice president at Gartner. “The ranking consists of an impressive group of leaders with valuable lessons to share, including three recent entrants from the life sciences, retail and consumer products sectors.

“Looking back at 2017, we experienced a year of healthy growth, despite heated trade rhetoric. Now, in 2018, protectionism is spreading in response to announced moves by the U.S. and the U.K., among others. This has led many organizations to re-evaluate the location strategy for their supply networks. We also see strong growth constraining available supply in many geographies, increasing the cost of logistics and labor. The most advanced supply chains are proactively managing these risks and continue to post solid performances.

Gartner says Unilever has a strong supply chain brand, which is reflected by its top-tier opinion poll score. It also received a perfect 10 for corporate social responsibility (CSR).

“The Dutch consumer products leader is making big bets in the digitization of its supply chain,” said Aronow. “A key initiative is robotic process automation (RPA) supporting the order-to-cash process, run from its regional service control towers. Its more than 20 ‘bots’ have already automated hundreds of processes, with a roadmap for hundreds more.”

SAVE THE DATE: Total Supply Chain Summit – Autumn 2018

The Total Supply Chain Summit will take place on November 12th & 13th 2018 at the Midland Hotel in Manchester.

It’s completely free for you to attend – are you able to join us? Simply click here and complete the form.

Benefits for attending delegates include:

  • Source innovative and budget-saving suppliers
  • Network with like-minded peers
  • Enjoy full hospitality, including lunch, all refreshments, a gala dinner and overnight accommodation

In addition, you will have the opportunity to attend a series of free seminar sessions.

To find out more about attending as a delegate, contact Jamie Higgs on 01992 374058 / j.higgs@forumevents.co.uk.

Alternatively, if you’re an industry supplier and would like to showcase your products and services at the event, contact Nick Stannard on 01992 374092 / n.stannard@forumevents.co.uk.

New research highlights extent of manufacturing productivity problem

Britain’s manufacturers are calling for the Industrial Strategy Council to be immediately created and given the urgent task of setting clear goals that will focus on solutions to boost manufacturing productivity growth.

The call from EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, comes on the back of new research showing the evolution of manufacturing sub-sector productivity growth against key international competitors before and after the financial crisis, including where the problems and opportunities for growth now sit.

Key manufacturing sector findings:

  • UK manufacturing productivity grew by 4.7% a year between 2000 and 2007, since 2008 this has flat lined at less than 1% a year
  • Prior to the 2008 financial crisis all sectors of manufacturing contributed to productivity growth, however since then there has been significant divergence across sectors
  • Since 1995 transport equipment and chemicals growth outperformed internationally and this trend continued after the financial crisis
  • Pharmaceuticals growth ran in line with international growth but went sharply into reverse after 2008
  • Food and drink, generally regarded as a weak performer in the UK, has outperformed internationally and held its lead over the past decade

The research shows that manufacturing is the engine to drive productivity growth across the whole economy having beaten whole economy and services productivity growth in the past. In addition, in the run up to the financial crisis the sector beat the manufacturing productivity growth of Italy, Spain and Germany.

However, looking under the bonnet shows that the performance of manufacturing sub-sectors has diverged since the financial crisis with productivity growth across the sector flat-lining. A focused policy response is now urgently needed from Government.
Commenting, Lee Hopley, Chief Economist at EEF, said: “We’ve known about the productivity problem for some time with various attempts made to try and fix it across the whole economy. Productivity growth matters for wages and international competitiveness yet ten years on from the start of the financial crisis these attempts have not delivered a major shift and we need to tackle the challenge in a different way.

“Manufacturing offers a good area to get gains on productivity growth. The Industrial Strategy Council should now be created urgently and put to task to identify how the overall strategy can improve productivity in those industrial sectors where it has lagged.”

According to the report, Unpacking the Puzzle, there is not one factor that can completely explain the productivity performance of all manufacturing sub-sectors so a targeted solution is needed. EEF’s initial assessment of what is needed has identified the following:

  • Size matters, with larger companies being able to exploit economies of scale, vertical integration opportunities and with it, higher levels of productivity. Our analysis shows sectors with a higher share of larger firms tend to outperform internationally.
  • Boosting capital investment is not a silver bullet solution, for some sectors significantly investing more may not bear fruit. As an example, despite Italy having higher levels of investment in capital equipment compared to Germany, productivity levels in Italy are weaker.
  • More UK manufacturing sectors undertake ancillary services as part of business operations compared to international counterparts. This suggests UK manufacturers are more likely to be at the end of value chains where the opportunities for productivity growth may be lower, but profits higher.
  • Lastly, management practices across UK manufacturing do not reflect international best practice with a long-tail of companies with poor management practices. Evidence suggests companies with better management capabilities are more likely to have higher rates of productivity growth.

Alongside the Industrial Strategy Council finally being set up, EEF is calling for four specific additional measures as part of the industrial strategy to be delivered before the Parliamentary summer recess:

  1. In response to growing frustration, provide clarity on the purpose of sector deals and better project management of those in train. This should include kick starting the promised Made Smarter Commission.
  2. Effective Local Industrial Strategies require the foundation of formal governance arrangements. We need a devolution framework setting out what is on offer, and what governance is needed to unlock it.
  3. The White Paper committed to a new strategy for export promotion and business responded to the call for evidence. Details of this new strategy should be published ahead of recess.

The Spring statement announced an upcoming call for evidence on the UK’s long tail of less productive firms. Industry wants to see a post-purdah push on where government action is needed.

Total Supply Chain Summit

Just two delegate places left for the Total Supply Chain Summit

We have just two places remaining for this month’s Total Supply Chain Summit, which takes place on May 21st & 22nd at  Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire.

It is free for you to attend – are you able to join us?

Register now as these last places will go quickly. Simply click here and complete the form.

Benefits for attending delegates include:

  • Source innovative and budget-saving suppliers
  • Network with like-minded peers
  • Enjoy full hospitality, including lunch, all refreshments, a gala dinner and overnight accommodation

In addition, you will have the opportunity to attend a series of free seminar sessions. Topics include:

  • Ensure competent staff in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – Nicole Geerkens, Executive Director, Europeans Logistics Association
  • Increasing field service efficiency – Grant Jones, Business Development Director, TVS Supply Chain Solutions
  • Procurement: Frustration or Facilitation? – Tony Morris, Procurement Consultant, Dataction
  • ISO9001:2015: The Challenges, Impacts & Benefits – Paul Hastings, Account Manager, Ideagen
  • Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles: The Procurement Conundrum – Peter Eldridge, Director, ICFM
  • Empowering your supply chain with smart technology – David Mudd, Director, IoT Business Development, BSI – British Standards Institution

To find out more about attending as a delegate, contact Jamie Higgs on 01992 374058 / j.higgs@forumevents.co.uk.

Alternatively, if you’re an industry supplier and would like to showcase your products and services at the event, contact Nick Stannard on 01992 374092 / n.stannard@forumevents.co.uk.

Trio joins ICFM Corporate Investor Programme

Three more major organisations operating in the company car and van sector have joined ICFM’s Corporate Investor Programme, which is designed to appeal to employers that provide products and services to fleets.

The organisations are: The Accident Exchange Group of companies, which offers protection and monitoring services as well appropriate replacement vehicles following non-fault accidents; Chargemaster, the UK’s leading provider of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and operator of the UK’s largest electric vehicle public charging network; and vehicle leasing and fleet management specialist Pendragon Vehicle Management.

The aim of the Corporate Investor Programme is to further raise the standards of fleet industry professionals and overcome a possible skills and knowledge shortage inside many employers. Additionally, member businesses also become more closely involved in ICFM initiatives, which include training for employees, the organisation’s annual conference and Masterclasses on key industry issues.

The ICFM, now in its 26th year, is the UK’s only independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to furthering the education and advancement of car and light commercial vehicle fleet management.

Providing services from asset protection and telematics to post-accident replacement vehicles for fleets of all sizes, Accident Exchange’s affiliation will see it participate in key ICFM events tackling issues facing the fleet sector.

Scott Hamilton-Cooper, Director of Sales and Operations at Accident Exchange, said: “The ICFM is committed to continually raising standards through the delivery of its training programmes and promoting excellence in fleet management.

“These are values we felt resonate with our own as we continually strive to deliver excellence in our operations, for the benefit of our customers and to aid our continued growth. Our Corporate Investor Programme membership of the ICFM is therefore a natural step, complementing our business aims.

“As a leading provider of services to the fleet sector, we realise that our investment in the ICFM adds credibility and value while providing an invaluable network of insights, contacts and benefits. We’re looking forward to rubbing shoulders with other leading fleet service providers who have also joined this growing Programme.”

Chargemaster was the headline sponsor of last month’s ICFM 2018 Annual National Members’ Conference, which attracted a record 250 fleet professionals.

David Martell, the company’s Chief Executive, said: “Whereas early electric vehicles were really only suitable for low-mileage private users, electric cars on the market today are proving hugely appealing to fleet operators and drivers alike. The number of electric cars available will increase dramatically over the coming years, and we predict huge demand from fleet operators as they seek to reduce their running costs and emissions.

“Joining ICFM’s Corporate Investor Programme will help us interface with the most progressive fleets in the UK, assisting them in their switch to electric vehicles. Our range of services, from workplace charging points, to company-wide access to the UK’s largest public charging network, are tailor-made for businesses looking to electrify their fleets.”

Pendragon Vehicle Management, a previous National Members’ Conference sponsor, with more than 17,000 vehicles on contract hire, said it was “excited” to support the ICFM’s mission of promoting excellence in vehicle fleet management practices and enhancing personal development and career prospects in the sector.

Neal Francis, Divisional Managing Director, Pendragon Vehicle Management, said: “The ICFM and Pendragon Vehicle Management both share a vision of excellence in the fleet management arena and we are delighted to continue our affiliation. We look forward to supporting the Institute by sharing our learnings and best practices with fleet managers, whilst making our facilities available to host masterclasses and seminars.”

ICFM sales director Peter Eldridge said: “The Corporate Investor Programme is gaining significant impetus and the decision of Accident Exchange, Chargemaster and Pendragon Vehicle Management continues that momentum.

“We hope that many other businesses will clearly see the value for money benefits of membership and the training and learning opportunities available and then enrol their employees in the various courses and attend our events, whether that be the ICFM’s annual conference or its Masterclasses tackling key fleet decision-maker issues.

“Investment in ICFM adds credibility and value to businesses and their employees and provides an invaluable network of contacts and benefits.”

Among companies that have also joined ICFM’s Corporate Investor Programme since its launch are: Ambit, Auto Windscreens, Geotab, Michelin, SG Fleet and Thrifty Car & Van Rental.

Up the revolution, says AXIT

The digital revolution is making supply chains greener – That’s the finding of the IT experts at AXIT, a Siemens company.

The ‘Green Paper’ published by the cloud specialist examines the effects of the digital revolution on logistical processes from various perspectives.

The assessment is based on the control of supply chains using AX4. The cloud-based IT platform integrates all the relevant parties in a logistics network – manufacturers, suppliers, service partners, etc. – to ensure smooth, cross-enterprise collaboration and end-to-end visibility of goods in transit.

“It’s possible to plan transports proactively and optimise the utilisation of capacities. This leads to fewer empty trucks running, which lowers CO2 emissions,” said Christian Wendt, Head of Marketing at AXIT. “Using a platform solution that connects all logistics partners also makes it much easier to integrate environmentally friendly modes of transport such as trains and barges.”

The Green Paper from AXIT provides the insights into the latest key issues of green logistics in the digital age. The various sections focus on different options that users have for deploying AX4 in the digital supply chain. Whether it’s reducing traffic at logistics hubs, making better use of transport capacities, or using less paper in the processing of orders. “Green logistics is becoming the model of success in the digital world,” added Wendt.

The AXIT Green Paper ‘Using the digital supply chain to achieve environmentally friendly, cost-efficient logistical processes’ can be downloaded for free at www.axit.de/en/green-paper.

Ideagen appoints Ian Hepworth as new CTO

UK-based quality, safety, audit, performance and risk management software developer Ideagen has appointed Ian Hepworth as its new Chief Technology Officer.

Hepworth will oversee the company’s technical function, the largest single department in the Ideagen Group, from the beginning of May. He boasts over 25 years’ experience in solutions architecture, programme management and infrastructure and software development.

In recent years, he has been working with clients such as Life Style Sports & Packt Publishing in a consultancy and non-executive CTO capacity; guiding, architecting and delivering digital transformation and cloud migration projects.

He previously served as founder and CTO of Segura Systems, an industry leader in supply chain management and transparency software for the retail sector.

Barnaby Kent, Ideagen’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “We are delighted to welcome Ian Hepworth as Ideagen’s new Chief Technology Officer. Our technical operation represents around a third of our entire workforce. For some time we have been searching for the right candidate who could drive through short-term, high-quality programs; but maintain a focus on delivering on Ideagen’s long-term technical vision.

“Ian comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience; from founding and managing the technical operations within his own start-up to working on some huge projects for some of the largest and most recognised organisations in the world.

“We are extremely pleased that he has accepted this role and we are looking forward to seeing the impact he has on our technical division. We are confident he provides the right balance of strategic thinking coupled with a practical hands-on approach to leadership.”

Hepworth added: “This is an exciting challenge and one that I am very much looking forward to. Ideagen is a rapidly growing, ambitious and successful software firm operating in a governance, risk and compliance industry filled with tremendous opportunity. I am very much looking forward to playing a key role in the future success of the company.”

Transport & Logistics: The 2018 Buying Trends

Cost Reductions (unsurprisingly), Couriers Services and 3PL are the key areas of interest for the UK’s logistics and transport professionals.

The findings come from a survey of the senior supply chain, logistics and distribution professionals attending this summer’s Total Supply Chain Summit, which takes place on May 21st & 22nd at Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire.

Other key areas of interest include Distribution Centres, Warehousing and Freight Services.

% of delegates attending the Total Supply Chain Summit sourcing certain products & solutions:

Cost Reductions – 43%

Courier Services – 38%

3PL (3rd party logistics – single source) – 36%

Distribution Centres/Warehousing – 36%

Freight Transport & Logistics Services – 30%

Freight Forwarding – 26%

The Total Supply Chain Summit is free to attend for supply chain, distribution and logistics professionals. Confirmed delegates include representatives from:

A Steadman & Son AB World Foods Atlas Genetics Aromatherapy Aspinal of London Axol Bioscience Babcock International British Sugar Cadent Gas Casual Dining Group Craster Customade Group Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Fired Earth Furniture Village Gurit Hamelin Brands Harveys Furniture Jigsaw Kiepe Electric KP Snacks Lactalis McLelland Laidlaw Mars Minerva Global Mission Foods Morrisons Owen Mumford Orca Subsea Oxford Products Pladis Global Pressac Communications Sensient Technologies Specsavers Tails.com Tesco The Wedding Shop The Works Stores Vaccuum Pump – Atlas Copco Vega Europe Walgreens Boots Alliance

To find out more about attending, contact Jamie Higgs on 01992 374058 or email j.higgs@forumevents.co.uk.

SSI Schaefer launches new labour & resource management system

SSI Schaefer has introduced the WAMAS LRM (labour and resource management) System at the recent CeMAT event.

According to the company, it brings intralogistics into a new era of optimised performance and guaranteed maximum information transparency. The intelligent system looks at everything from individual processes to the entire internal material flow in order to optimize procedures and productivity.

It is the latest addition to the range of IT services based on proprietary logistics software WAMAS developed by SSI Schaefer. Whether as a standalone system linked to an existing WMS or as a built-in component of WAMAS, the LRM system not only captures data on the total productivity of all intralogistics employees, but also the performance of the warehouse itself.

All the acquired data can be analysed individually, in groups, or by shift productivity. Following indepth analysis of the data, WAMAS LRM optimises the use of all resources to enhance the efficiency of operations for the day-to-day running of the warehouse. WAMAS LRM is already proving itself in a number of customer systems where the transparency it delivers has successfully boosted efficiency.

“WAMAS LRM provides for total transparency in all staff-related warehouse processes,” explaine Franz Bauer-Kieslinger, Executive Vice President IT Solutions at SSI Schaefer. “We anticipate that it will deliver productivity gains somewhere in the region of two percentage points. It will also add procedural and process analyses plus optimization to our stable of logistics services.”

The new model from SSI SCHAEFER calculates all distances that have to be covered and the resulting transit and lifting times in the warehouse. Depending on the transport devices used or the walking speed of the warehouse staff, the system divides every warehouse process into freely definable blocks of time. Target times for each activity are then compared with the actual times in order to calculate productivity, evaluate it in real time, and to compare and analyse value-adding and non value-adding work.

More than ever the use of efficiency-boosting workforce management systems is proving to be a decisive commercial advantage in highly competitive markets. Due to the constantly increasing volumes that have to be handled in warehouses and retrieval quantities that vary enormously due to promotional events such as Black Friday, the pressure on warehouse operators is also increasing.

“This trend makes the efficient use and swift provision of resources, as well as indepth monitoring of productivity, more important than ever. It also means that even bigger intralogistics systems and more staff are required,” added Bauer-Kieslinger.

The IT experts at SSI SCHAEFER are pursuing a long-term vision in WAMAS LRM and are already working on ways to develop the system further – by ensuring a seamless combination of automated and human performance. In future, not only will all work processes carried out by warehouse employees be captured, but those of machines too. It will then be possible to take this into account when planning the ideal combination of material handling devices and human workforce. In the next step, warehouse throughput and resulting workload forecasts will support detailed staff and workplace planning, tailored to every single warehouse.