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This Edition’s Feature Institute – Institute of Supply Chain Management (IoSCM)

The Institute of Supply Chain Management was formed as the first international institute representing the interests of the supply chain industry across the world and truly encompassing all aspects of supply chain operations from purchasing to manufacturing, logistics to general management. The institute’s key objective is to reinforce and promote best practice and exceptionally high... - Read more

Posted: December 17th 2012 in Supply Chain Management

Businesses Challenged to Increase Supply Chain and Resource Efficiency

A £4.5 million fund has been created to encourage businesses to improve their supply chains with the aim of reducing their environmental impact and reliance on certain raw materials. The Technology Strategy Board, part of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, has set up the initiative to prompt businesses to reduce their reliance on... - Read more

Posted: August 24th 2011 in Supply Chain Management

Food Supply Chain Facing Skills Gaps

A high proportion of workers in the UK food supply chain do not hold the right level of qualifications. A report published by Improve, the food and drink skills council,  looked at primary production, food and drink manufacturing and processing, food wholesale, food retail and hospitality. The report found that 79% of all employees in skilled... - Read more

Posted: June 6th 2011 in Supply Chain Management

Rail Industry Needs Supply Chain Managers

The UK rail industry needs to develop “a core of supply chain managers” to reduce inefficiencies in its operation, according to a government-backed report . The rail value for money study, chaired by Sir Roy McNulty, and out yesterday recommends a programme of training, secondments and professional development at all levels of the industry to... - Read more

Posted: May 23rd 2011 in Supply Chain Management

SME’s Can Profit From Greener Supply Chains

Small businesses are being urged to cut carbon in their supply chains to take advantage of opportunities in the green market. The Carbon Trust is encouraging smaller companies to embrace the opportunities offered by the growing green economy, which is now worth £112 billion. However, research by the Carbon Trust has found that over half... - Read more

Posted: April 18th 2011 in Supply Chain Management

Kelloggs Announce New Supply Chain Chief

Kellogg Company has announced that Steven Sterling will be joining the company as senior vice president, global supply chain. Sterling has previously spent 26 years working at PepsiCo, before which he worked at Procter and Gamble. He will serve as a member of the company’s executive leadership team and report to chief executive John Bryant. “Steve... - Read more

Posted: April 18th 2011 in Supply Chain Management

MOD Criticised for Poor Supply Chain Management

A report by the National Audit Office has criticised the Ministry of Defence’s supply chain management, identifying problems with getting equipment to troops. According to the report, the MoD is managing to make only 54% of its deliveries on time, meaning that soldiers are often kept waiting for essential supplies. The report highlighted procurement as... - Read more

Posted: April 6th 2011 in Supply Chain Management

North East Businesses Bid for Hitachi Supply Chain Contracts

A new website has been set up allowing North East businesses to bid for millions of pounds worth of supply chain contracts for the new Hitachi rail project. Businesses interested in becoming part of the Newton Aycliffe Hitachi development can register their interest at www.hitachirailproject.co.uk. Hitachi have already stated their intention to use local North... - Read more

Posted: April 4th 2011 in Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Apprenticeships Launched in North East England

Supply chain apprenticeships are being launched to businesses across the North East for the first time. Distance Learning College and Training are proud to be the first training provider in the North East to offer apprenticeships in supply chain management, as well as offering apprenticeships in warehousing and storage. Our apprenticeships are unique, enabling apprentices... - Read more

Posted: March 30th 2011 in Supply Chain Management

Supply Chains ‘Need Cross-Functional Expertise’

A lack of cross-functional expertise across departments is the biggest issue facing supply chain executives in 2011, a survey by SCM World has found. More than 400 supply directors were surveyed in the Supply Chain Predictions for 2011 survey.  47.2% said that despite an awareness among companies of the need for supply chains to be customer-focused... - Read more

Posted: February 14th 2011 in Supply Chain Management