Oct 2, 2020

Jewson wins the CIPS Procurement Excellence Award 2020

Jewson
Supply Chain
Procurement
Sean Galea-Pace
2 min
Jewson wins the CIPS Procurement Excellence Award 2020
Jewson has won the prestigious “Best Procurement Transformation Programme” Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) award for 2020...

Jewson is a leading builder’s merchant and part of the Saint-Gobain Group. In 2019, Jewson began on a company-wide “Transform & Grow” programme, which was aimed at accelerating the customer experience, digitalising its offerings and achieving savings in its internal operations.

As part of the programme, Jewson began to transform its purchasing function. “The transformation of our procurement function is a critical part of our growth strategy,” commented Jewson’s chief executive officer Mike Newnham. “It was underpinned with a clear link to our purpose, values and strategy, supported by distinct communications both with suppliers and internally.” 

In order to achieve the programme’s objectives, Jewson found support in Inverto, a procurement and supply chain management consultancy that is part of Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Inverto helped the programme by offering strategic procurement expertise, comprehensive programme management that covered all initiatives as well as acting as the linking pin between capability development of the Jewson team and technology adoption.

Subsequently, the joint project team designed and introduced a number of improvements, such as the digitalisation of the procurement process, rationalising the business and supplier base and driving efficiencies in sourcing and training employees to adopt a client-centric approach.

According to Newnham, the team successfully contributed to a “step change in profit and loss performance as well as a significant improvement in contribution margin for COGS both for Jewson and the Saint-Gobain Group, in a challenging environment.”

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Jun 16, 2021

EU and US agree end to Airbus-Boeing supply chain tariffs

supplychain
Boeing
Airbus
tariffs
3 min
Supply chains embroiled in Airbus-Boeing dispute will no longer be impacted by $11.5bn tariffs imposed on food and beverage, aircraft and tobacco

The EU and US have agreed to resolve a 17-year dispute over aircraft subsidies, suspending tariffs on billions of dollars' worth of goods that have plagued procurement leaders on both sides of the Atlantic. 

Under an agreement reached by European Commission Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis and US Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Tuesday, the tariffs will be halted for a period of at least five years. 

It will bring an end to punitive and disruptive levies on supply chains that have little to do with the argument, which became embroiled in the trade battle. Businesses on both sides of the dispute have been hit with more than $3.3bn in duties since they were first imposed by the US in October 2019, according the EC. 

The US imposed charges on goods upto $7.5bn in response to a World Trade Organisation ruling that judged the EU’s support of Airbus, its biggest aircraft manufacturer, unlawful. A year later in November 2020, the EU hit back. The WTO found the US had violated trade rules in its favourable treatment of Boeing, and was hit with EU duties worth $4bn. 

In all the tariffs affected $11.5bn worth of goods, including French cheese, Scotch whisky, aircraft and machinery in Europe, and sugarcane products, handbags and tobacco in America. Procurement leaders on both sides of the fence were forced to wrestle with tariffs of 15% on aircraft and components, and 25% on non-aircraft related products. 

Boeing-Airbus dispute by the numbers  

  • The dispute began in 2004
  • Tariffs suspended for 5 years 
  • $11.5bn worth of goods affected by tariffs
  • $3.3bn in duties paid by businesses to date 
  • 15% levy on aircraft and 25% on non-aircraft goods suspended

Both sides welcome end to tariffs 

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen branded the truce a “major step” in ending what is the longest running dispute in WTO history. It began in 2004.

“I am happy to see that after intensive work between the European Commission and the US administration, our transatlantic partnership is on its way to reaching cruising speed. This shows the new spirit of cooperation between the EU and the US and that we can solve the other issues to our mutual benefit,” she added.

Both aircraft manufacturers have welcomed the news. Airbus said in a statement that it will hopefully bring to an end the “lose-lose tariffs” that are affecting industries already facing “many challenges”. Boeing added that it will “fully support the U.S. Government’s efforts to ensure that the principles in this understanding are respected”. 

The US aerospace firm added: "The understanding reached today commits the EU to addressing launch aid, and leaves in place the necessary rules to ensure that the EU and United States live up to that commitment, without requiring further WTO action."

This week’s decision expands upon a short-term tariff truce announced in March this year. The EC says it will work closely with the US to try and further resolve the dispute, establishing a Working Group on Large Civil Aircraft led by each side’s trade minister.

Airbus last month signalled to suppliers that post-pandemic recovery was on the horizon, telling them to scale up to meet a return to pre-COVID manufacturing levels. “The aviation sector is beginning to recover from the COVID-19 crisis,” said Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury, adding that suppliers should prepare for a period of intensive production “when market conditions call for it.”

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