May 17, 2020

Creators of Supply Chain Game seek industry support

Business on the Move
Supply Chain Game
Board Game
Investm
Freddie Pierce
2 min
Following investment, the game will become self-financing
Follow @Ella_Copeland Two ex-school teachers are currently seeking business partners from the logistics community to help develop a ‘Supply Chain...

Two ex-school teachers are currently seeking business partners from the logistics community to help develop a ‘Supply Chain Board Game’, which has been devised to teach young people about logistics.

Creators Andy Page and Pat Smedley hope that their game, dubbed ‘Business on the Move’, will develop young people’s understanding of environmental, broader business and enterprise issues.

“The game is unique in that it combines the essence of succeeding in business with acting responsibly towards the environment,” says creator Andy Page in a statement to the press.

“Players must make the same decisions businesses make every day. How do I best deliver? Will I make a profit? How should I grow? How can I cut my carbon footprint?” he explains.

In the next step of their development, Page and Smedley are seeking support from the logistics community in order to provide UK schools with free copies of the board game.

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Hoping to raise enough cash to fund the production of 2,800 copies, the duo hope to use half to provide UK schools with free copies of the game, selling the other half at a reduced price. In return for their support partner companies will be able to feature their corporate branding as an actual part of the game.

The pair plan for  the game to become self-financing as it rolls out across UK, as they reinvest s

urpluses in further production runs and seek to sustain the flow of free games into schools without any further cost to business partners.

As part of their plan to bring Business on the Move to market, Page and Smedley have formed a social enterprise which means that any profits from the game will automatically be ‘locked in’ for the benefit of the community.

Page said: “By being featured in Business on the Move, our partners will be aligning their business with the education of our young people and highlighting their concern for the environment.”

He added: “The game offers a novel way to demonstrate corporate social responsibility, reinforcing business reputation with key partners and networks. By featuring our sponsors will enhance their corporate identity in 400 schools and reach 12,000 pupils within 12 months and, we estimate, over 100,000 young people over five years.”

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Jun 8, 2021

DHL Claim Multi-Sector Collaboration Key to Fighting COVID

DHL
Supplychain
COVID19
Logistics
3 min
Global logistics leader DHL’s new white paper highlights what supply chain professionals have learned one year into the pandemic

Since January, global logistics leader DHL has distributed more than 200 million doses of the COVID vaccine to 120+ countries around the globe. While the US and UK recently rolled out immunisation plans to most citizens, countries with less developed infrastructure still desperately need more doses. In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which currently has one of the highest per-capita immunisation rates, the government set up storage facilities to cover domestic and international demand. But storage, as we’ve learned, is little help if you can’t transport the goods.

 

This is where logistics leaders such as DHL make their impact. The company built over 50 new partnerships, bilateral and multilateral, to collaborate with pharmaceutical and private sector firms. With more than 350 DHL centres pressed into service, the group operated 9,000+ flights to ship the vaccine where it needed to go. 


 

Public-Private Partnerships

With new pandemic knowledge, DHL just released its “Revisiting Pandemic Resilience” white paper, which examined the role of logistics and supply chain companies in handling COVID-19. As Thomas Ellman, Head of Clinical Trials Logistics at DHL, said: “The past one year has highlighted the importance of logistics and supply chain management to manage the pandemic, ensure business continuity and protect public health. It has also shown us that together we are stronger”. 

 

Multisector partnerships, DHL said, enabled rapid, effective vaccine distribution. While international scientists developed a vaccine in record time—five times faster than any other vaccine in history—manufacturers ramped up production and logistics teams rolled out distribution three times faster than expected. When commercial routes faced backups, logistics operators worked with military officers to transport vaccines via helicopters and boats. 

 

In the UAE, the public-private HOPE Consortium distributed billions of COVID-19 doses to its civilians as well as other countries in need by partnering with commercial organisations such as DHL. For the first time, apropo for an unprecedented pandemic, logistics companies made strong connections with public health and government.

 

“While the race against the virus continues, leveraging the power of such collaborations and data analytics will be key”, said Katja Busch, Chief Commercial Officer DHL and Head of DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation. “We need to remain prepared for high patient and vaccine volumes, maintain logistics infrastructure and capacity, while planning for seasonal fluctuations by providing a stable and well-equipped platform for the years to come”. 


 

How Do We Sustain Immunisation? 

By the end of 2021, experts estimate that we need approximately 10 billion doses of vaccines—many of which will be shipped to areas of the world, such as India, South Africa, and Brazil, that lack significant infrastructure. This is perhaps the greatest divide between countries that have rolled out successful immunisation programmes and those that have not. As Busch noted, “the UAE’s significant investments in creating robust air, sea, and land infrastructure facilitated logistics and vaccine distribution, helping us keep supply chains resilient”. 

 

Neither is the novel coronavirus a one-time affair. If predictions hold, COVID will be similar to seasonal colds or the flu: here to stay. When fall comes around each year, governments will need to vaccinate the world as quickly as possible to ensure long-term immunisation against the virus. This time, logistics companies must be better prepared. 


Yet global immunisation, year after year, is no small order. To keep reinfection rates low and slow the spread of COVID, governments will likely need 7-9 billion annual doses of the vaccine to meet that mark. And if DHL’s white paper is any judge of success, multi-sector supply chain partnerships will set the gold standard.

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