UK procurement professionals ramp up for 2012 Olympics
The 2012 London Olympics may be almost a year away, but that hasn’t stopped supply chain professionals in the UK from ramping up their efforts to prepare for the games.
The Transport for London (TfL) sent out new online postal routing data to freight procurement professionals that will be responsible for deliveries during the 2012 Olympics.
The information from the TfL can be used to check whether particular postal codes will be affected by the Olympic Route Network, Central London Zone or other events that are scheduled to take place during the Game.
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Earlier this week, procurement and supply chain professionals in the UK took advantage of the resources available at the Freight Forum 2012, which featured topics covering the logistical challenges posed by the 2012 London Olympics.
“Last week’s freight forum was an invaluable source of intelligence about what those involved in making and receiving deliveries will need to keep London running during the Games,” TfL Managing Director of Surface Transportation Leon Daniels said.
The 2012 Olympics are expected to draw 5.3 million tourists to London, which will undoubtedly create transportation and logistics problems in and around the city.
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Remarkably, many businesses in London don’t view the 2012 Olympics as a challenge.
Colin Stanbridge, chief executive of the London Chamber of Commerce, warned that “businesses are going to have to wake up to the fact that London is going to be a different place (during the Olympics)."
Last month, Oracle’s Andrew Spence spoke exclusively with Supply Chain Digital, saying that many of the city’s businesses have all the information necessary to properly prepare for the Games.
“We’ve seen a couple events that have really been unpredictable with the [Chilean] ash cloud and the [Japanese] tsunami,” Spence said. “The Olympic Games is not about being reactive, it’s about being proactive.
“We know exactly where it’s going to happen. We know exactly how many people are going to be there. We know when it is; if people just use the information that’s at hand, this shouldn’t be that big of a problem.”
SAP Ariba to digitise procurement for Expo 2020 suppliers
The global trade event, this year hosted in Dubai, was rescheduled from last year and will now take place between 1 October 2021 and 31 March 2022.
As the event’s Innovative Enterprise Software Partner, SAP Ariba solutions will fully digitise and automate the procure-to-pay lifecycle, providing a streamlined experience for thousands of market leading, global suppliers and strengthening the global supply chain with enhanced transparency and efficiency. The cloud-based platforms operate through on SAP Ariba’s UAE public cloud data centre and connects to the Ariba Network.
Expo 2020 "a long-term investment"
Mohammed AlHashmi, Chief Technology Officer, Expo 2020 Dubai, said the world trade event is “a long-term investment in the future that aims to enhance opportunities for sustainable business connectivity and growth”, which stretches beyond Expo 2020’s six-month window.
“Our partnership with SAP is an example of what can be achieved with the invaluable support of our technology partners to host one of the most digitally advanced World Expos ever,” he added. “The implementation of SAP Ariba solutions has transformed our end-to-end procure-to-pay cycle and helped set new standards of procurement automation for projects of this scale.”
To date, more than AED 1bn has already been transacted by Expo 2020 suppliers through SAP Ariba. The platform promotes collaborative partnerships and allows registered users to participate in sourcing events, negotiate and initiate contracts, and centralise their invoicing and payments in real time.
Claudio Muruzabal, President of EMEA South, SAP, said: “Expo 2020 Dubai is demonstrating global best practices in digitising its procurement process with SAP Ariba solutions to help gain visibility into its spend, tighten collaboration with its suppliers, and achieve process automation, including completely paperless invoicing.”
About Expo 2020 Dubai
Expo 2020 will take place in Dubai and is the first of the long-running World Expos to be hosted in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia territory. The original World Expo, called the Great Exhibiton, was hosted in 1851 at the Crystal Palace in London, designed as a showcase for the innovations of the Industrial Revolution.
Expo 2020 was originally due to run 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021, but was last year postponed in light of COVID-19 restrictions - though some business has already taken place virtually. The event will place greater emphasis on innovation in sustainable solutions through the Sustainability District, blending technology and culture. It is expected that around 70 per cent of the 25 million attendees will be international visitors.