Visibility, leadership and SRM in chicken sourcing – highlights from the 38th SAPICS Conference in South Africa. Earlier this month, I attend the 38th Annual SAPICS Conference, held in Sun City, South Africa. With the theme this year of “A Concert of Coordination”, the conference focused on bringing supply chain professionals together to network, and … Continue reading Leadership & Chicken – Reflections on SAPICS 2016
In the business world, organisations are waking up to the possibilities afforded to them by the Internet of Things, connectivity and Big Data. The 2015 Gartner CEO and senior business executive survey found that technology-related change was viewed as the primary tool to achieve growth in 2015 and 2016. 37 per cent of respondents to … Continue reading The Internet of Things Driving Procurement Change
In the cold light of day, and after a weekend’s reflection, a procurement professional reflects on the implications of the Brexit. Following my pre-referendum thoughts on supply chain trade and the EU, I was looking forward to the event itself. A severe weather occurrence, disrupted travel during a six hour journey from Guildford to Norwich, … Continue reading Brexit: Reflections of a Procurement Professional
As disruption is increasingly recognised as a strategic business skill, being one of the game changers is a highly coveted role. In a world increasingly recognising ‘disruption’ as a strategic business skill, where an army of highly talented and ambitious professionals are fighting their way to the front line in the war for talent, the … Continue reading Are You One of Procurement’s Game Changers?
When dealing with different or rule based cultures, it’s important to remain mindful of differences, so as to avoid misunderstandings. Last month I had an assignment in Japan. On our first night in town, five colleagues and myself met in the bar of a major hotel where we had planned to have a pre-dinner drink … Continue reading Navigating Rule Based Cultures
A turning point has been reached in the challenges facing the South East Asia supply chain, say global consultancy Crimson & Co. In the light of economic growth, rising affluence and booming consumer demand, many international businesses are seeking to capitalise on the growth in South East Asia’s developing markets. The challenges in the South … Continue reading Turning Point in SE Asia Supply Chain Challenges
The Three Laws of Robotics, as created by Asimov, don’t exist. But, as we move to a more automated world, should robots and AI fall under greater oversight? Download the latest GEP white paper on the drive to an automated world here. In my previous post on the subject of the coming era of robotic … Continue reading The Three Laws of Robotics Aren’t. So What Now?