Supply chain content round-up: This week's hottest reads

By Sean Ashcroft
Supply chain has a new hero - a schoolgirl. Elsewhere, SMEs feel the heat, the EC greens-up supply, and India looks to outdo China on freight

This week’s top supply chain content ...

Supply chain now child's play, thanks to children's author

Right, quick multiple choice. Which of the following is not a children’s picture book? 

  • Gruffalo 
  • Hungry Caterpillar
  • Cat in the Hat
  • Supply chain and operations management

Actually, it’s a trick question, because the answer is: all of them. Yes, the world of picture books has a new heroine - a pony-tailed girl called Supply Jane.

Top 10: Worst supply chain disasters in history

Walkers - the world’s largest single producer of crisps has taken out full-page adverts in national UK newspapers, to apologise for the ongoing shortage of its products, caused by an IT problem. Here are ten more wince-inducing examples of supply chain own-goals from history - some of which make Walkers’ problems seem piffling by comparison. 

5 Minutes With: Neil Ashworth non-exec strategic leader

Neil Ashworth is a senior strategic leader who specialises in delivering digital transformation. He holds four non-executive directorships at companies including healthcare supply chain specialist, 2San and also Kinaxia, a conglomerate of 13 UK logistics and warehouse companies. 

Manufacturing SMEs 'hardest hit' by supply problems

Supply chain problems are leaving many small manufacturing businesses struggling to cope, new US government figures confirm. Figures show that almost half (46.5 per cent) of such businesses in the US say they will have to identify new supply chain options in the next six months. 

Haulage buoyed by more drivers, but supply problems remain

There are signs on both sides of the Atlantic that the shortage of drivers in the haulage sector is beginning to ease. Logistics UK - which represents freight and haulage businesses - said the number of drivers leaving the profession had begun to ease. The body also said more trainee drivers are beginning to come through.

EC product passports 'will promote circular supply chains'

The European Commission is set to introduce a Digital Product Passport that will contain information about the makeup of goods. The move is designed to promote sustainability across the supply chain.

India 'can challenge China on shipping' - logistics chief

A leading logistics figure in India believes the country can challenge China as the freight capital of the world. Ashish Tiwari is chief finance officer of TCI, India’s leading end-to-end logistics provider. He says that as far as container shipping is concerned, there is evidence to suggest “a shift in sentiment, from China to India”.

Digital transformation solution is supply chain fillip

A major new initiative to drive supply chain transformation has been launched. Called Supply Chain Command Center, the enterprise solution is designed to help businesses identify and remedy supply chain bottlenecks and inefficiencies. 


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