Current Issues

Regular Industry Development Updates, Opinions and Talking Points relating to Manufacturing, the Supply Chain and Logistics.

How will the Coronavirus impact businesses?
Phil Reuben
Executive Director, SCALA Consulting
How will the Coronavirus impact businesses?

Matt Quinn
Vice-President, Northern Europe, CHEP
Zero Waste World

Sian Hopwood
SVP B2B Operations, BluJay Solutions
Black Friday - Can the Supply Chain Survive?

Craig Summers
UK Managing Director, Manhattan Associates
October retail figures signal a competitive seasonal hire market


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David Griffiths
Senior Product Marketing & Strategy Manager, Adjuno
Black Friday: more than a bargain

David explains why Black Friday has to become more than just a bargain-hunting game for consumers

Hilary Rundle
Director, Bis Henderson Recruitment
Five Key Questions on Gender Diversity In The Supply Chain

The corporate world may be actively pursuing initiatives to improve gender diversity within senior management teams, but progress appears slow.

Martin Ford
Senior Vice President United Kingdom & APAC, GTT
Agility in response to uncertainty is the key for UK business competitiveness

British businesses can still prepare for the future and improve both productivity and competitiveness

Craig Summers
Managing Director, Manhattan Associates
Finding the Profit in Personalisation

Personalisation is nothing new, however, it's something that many organisations fail to get right, particularly when it comes to the basics.

Michael Meizer
Area VP, EMEA Solutions & Professional Services, E2open
How will 5G affect the supply chain?

Will faster, more responsive and agile 5G connectivity represent an upgrade or a gamechanger for supply chains?

Andy Kaye
CEO, Bis Henderson Group
Risks over Brexit raise need for skilled Interim Supply Chain Executives

"Even if the UK finally leaves the European Union on 31 October, the bad news is, that isn’t the end"

Craig Summers
UK Managing Director, Manhattan Associates
What does AI really mean for retailers?

Craig warns against falling for AI gimmicks, how to leverage AI to its full potential, promote predictability & deliver a greater customer experience

Steve Richmond
Director Logistics Systems, Jungheinrich UK
Automation is the foundation for intelligent intralogistics

From anticipatory logistics to blockchain & connectivity through to Internet of Things (IoT), Steve considers the future of intelligent intralogistics

Ian Hall
COO, Atheon Analytics
7 things to plan in September to get right in grocery retail

Pragmatic, real-world & data-driven advice to help prevent grocery retailers & suppliers from making avoidable mistakes and missed sales at Christmas

Pól Sweeney
Vice President of UK Sales and Business Management, Descartes
Taking a smart approach to dock appointment scheduling

Pól outlines the transformation in the speed and responsiveness of DC operations - critical for ‘just in time’ supply chain

Alex Saric
Smart Procurement Expert, Ivalua
The business impact of the new PM’s approach

Smart procurement expert Alex Saric warns that businesses trading with the EU need to urgently review supply chain operations ahead of Brexit

Guy Cuthbert
CEO, Atheon Analytics
Bring clarity of purpose to fixing food waste

Identifying the impact that waste has on sales margin and customer perception, and looking at the steps we can take to reduce total waste

David Griffiths
Senior Product Marketing & Strategy Manager, Adjuno
Putting your brand in the hands of AI

Entrusting data and brand values to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning could prove to be your hero, not your villain.

Andreas Koenig
CEO, ProGlove
Wearable Technology - bringing data to the user and unlocking worker potential

The rise of the machine is fuelling essential discussions about the future role of workers – not least within logistics

Mike Thornton
Head of Manufacturing , RSM
UK manufacturing downturn mirrors other developed economies

Commenting on the latest results from the Markit/CIPS PMI manufacturing survey

Johannes Panzer
Head of Industry Strategy for Ecommerce, Descartes Systems UK
Is digitisation the key to preventing cross-border landed costs from disrupting international ecommerce?

How ecommerce organisations can ride the storm of uncertainty to international retail success.

Paul Croft
Director, 3DGBIRE
Taking the Hype out of the Innovation Cycle

From disrupting supply chains to rethinking material use and ending over-engineering, innovation is gaining pace.

John Perry
Managing Director, SCALA
Companies lose millions by side-lining procurement teams, research shows

SCALA surveyed a selection of the UK’s best-known businesses and 3PLs

Richard Seel
Managing Director Supply Chain & Logistics, Delaware
Meeting the Challenge of Supply Chain Efficiency – How Manufacturers Can Achieve their Goals

The process of building efficient sustainable supply chains is becoming increasingly difficult, manufacturers must ensure they don’t fall behind.

Olivier Binet
Managing Director International Markets, InPost
How to build sustainability into last mile deliveries

Why streamlined delivery is at the heart of a green supply chain

Ron Volpe
Global Vice President Apps Business Development, Tradeshift
Under-Pressure Retailers Turn to D2C to Level the Playing Field

‘Retail apocalypse’ continues to ravage the high street - 2,700 closed UK Retailers in 2018

Craig Summers
UK Managing Director, Manhattan Associates
Margin Erosion is turning the spotlight on the Warehouse

Craig explains how the next generation of warehouse operations will not only halt margin erosion but deliver new levels of retail profitability.

Simon Runc
Principal Visual Analyst, Atheon Analytics
Unlocking the Value in Data

The Science of Visualisation

Steve Purvis
Operations Director, Bis Henderson Space
Brexit Uncertainty Highlights Need for Flexible Logistics Strategy

Reassessing the balance of risk to supply chains and the potential horrors of trying to find well-located warehouse space

Alan Gunner
Business Development Director, Adjuno
Starting at the source: achieving a sustainable supply chain

Alan outlines why the key is for organisations to take control and focus on achieving full visibility

Craig Summers
UK Managing Director, Manhattan Associates
Conquering Connected Commerce

From the omnichannel dream to the retail reality, paving the way for future prosperity

Mark Jolley
EMEA Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics Solutions Sales Lead, Zebra Technologies
Augmented Reality is becoming a Retail Reality

4 ways this advanced technology is improving the shopping experience

Craig Summers
UK Managing Director, Manhattan Associates
The Cost of Doing Nothing

Retailers that continue to innovate, listen to their customers and invest in technology will reap the rewards;

Sam Ireland
International Marketing Manager, Loftware
Are You Navigating Global UDI Compliance?

If so, you won't won't want to miss this year’s European UDI Forum, taking place in Brussels, April 24-25

Stephen Cameron
Business Development Director, SWRnewstar
How the Resource and Waste Strategy Can Empower Industry

The DEFRA’s Resource and Waste Strategy sets out to reduce waste, get businesses to place sustainability higher up the priority list

David Jinks MILT
Head of Consumer Research, ParcelHero
No more fashion victims - retailers will flock to copy ASOS’ returns clampdown

ASOS’ new crackdown on ‘wardrobing’ will be replicated by most stores, says ParcelHero

Georgia Leybourne
Senior Director International Marketing, Manhattan Associates
Are we embracing the profit potential of the over 50s?

Far more demanding in their retail habits, more likely to invest in big ticket items, much more money to spend vs the younger generation.

Jon Moody
Chief Executive Officer, SSG Insight
The Future of Supply Chain Management

SSG Insight CEO Jon Moody discusses the importance of adopting a digital supply chain in a post Brexit Britain and Industry 4.0

David Luttenberger
Global Packaging Director, Mintel
Mintel announces top global packaging trends for 2019 and beyond

Mintel, the world’s leading market intelligence agency, has today announced four trends impacting the global packaging industry in 2019 and beyond

Andrew Tavener
Head of Marketing, Descartes UK
Compliance Management – it’s time for joined up thinking

How joined-up approach to compliance data transforms the overhead & provides insight that can deliver additional efficiencies throughout the business

Stephen Cameron
Business Development Director, SWRnewstar
Primark's move to 100 per cent sustainably sourced cotton should be commended

Primark is one of the latest retailers to announce new measures to become more sustainable by launching 100% sustainably sourced cotton jeans.

Marc Corriveau
Account Manager, Loftware
Changes in packaging result in ROI for F&B products

If you work for a food and beverage company, you may have noticed something about your competitors

John Perry
Managing Director, SCALA
Why an extension is best for British businesses

It is likely that the prime minister will now have to request a long extension to article 50 at Thursday's Brussels summit

Will Broome
CEO, Ubamarket
Increasing competition in the digital age will be beneficial for the high street

Increasing competition regulation during the digital age will not only be beneficial for consumers

David Jinks MILT
Head of Consumer Research, ParcelHero
Booking a courier? No printer required, says ParcelCompare

It’s a common misconception that a printer is essential when booking a courier pick-up.

John Perry
Managing Director, SCALA
Why an extension is best for food and drink businesses

Given that the Brexit referendum was only advisory, not in any way binding, there have really always been four potential outcomes open to us

Graham Parker
CEO, Gravity Supply Chain Solutions
Mitigating The Risks Of Trade Wars And Tariffs

As trade wars heat up, businesses need to protect their profit margins from increased tariffs.

Sam Ireland
International Marketing Manager, Loftware
How Brexit Will Impact Supply Chain Labeling?

The clock is ticking for the United Kingdom and European Union to finalize plans for the UK’s departure from the EU.

Sid Holian
Managing Director, Bis Henderson Consulting
Three critical steps to a hi-tech, agile supply chain

Retailers are facing a new reality and as a consequence supply chains must change.

Manu Tyagi
Associate Partner, Retail and Consumer Goods, Infosys Consulting
M&S and Ocado have signed a £750 million deal to take M&S groceries into the home delivery market

M&S’ deal with Ocado marks the high street retailer’s continued fight for survival, as it enters into the home delivery game.

Olivier Frère
Serialisaton Expert, Zetes
Understanding the Tobacco Products Directive

In a recent report issued by KPMG it was estimated that last year, counterfeit and contraband cigarette consumption was 8.7 % of total use in the EU

Dan Brown
Corporate Sector Director, SWRnewstar
Mind the gap: how the transport sector can meet targets to reduce avoidable waste

UK train companies are forever warning us to ‘Mind the Gap’.

Paul Heiden
Senior Vice President of Product Management, Ultimaker
6 overlooked benefits of 3D printing for your supply chain

Year on year, 3D printing is becoming more capable.

Dave Locke
EMEA Chief Technology Officer, WWT
Merged pharmaceutical firms seek fast-track route to savings

The pharmaceutical industry is preparing for an accelerated pace of consolidation, with the number of mergers up 39 per cent since 2017

David Jinks MILT
Head of Consumer Research, ParcelHero
Amazon and Alibaba are creating the biggest revolution in shipping for 60 years

Global e-commerce is leading the biggest shake up in international shipping since containerization

Johannes Panzer
Head of Industry Strategy for Ecommerce, Descartes
How to make international ecommerce transparent, efficient and cost-effective

Cross-border ecommerce provides organisations with, theoretically, a low-cost opportunity to break into new markets.

Stephan Buhre
Managing Director, Implico
Standardized data communication in the downstream oil and gas sector

Today’s downstream companies do no longer just trade oil and gas.

Craig Summers
UK Managing Director, Manhattan Associates
Putting the WOW in the checkout experience

Embracing technology is a prerequisite for success in the modern retail environment.

Richard Parfect
Fund Manager, Seneca Investment Managers
The cessation of Airbus A380 production

Richard Parfect, Fund Manager at Seneca Investment Managers, comments on the cessation of A380 production in 2021

John Perry
Managing Director, SCALA
What next for British business?

John Perry comments what next for British business

Chris Jones
EVP Marketing & Services, Descartes
5 Key Logistics Trends and Technology Implications for 2019

2018 can certainly be summarised as a turbulent year in logistics and transportation management

Craig Summers
UK Managing Director, Manhattan Associates
What is the Checkout of the Future?

To keep up with consumer expectations, the in-store experience, in particular, the process of checking out, needs to transform.

Jason Chester
Director of Global Channel Programs, InfinityQS
Industry pessimism could delay digital transformation and restrict growth across the manufacturing sector

Latest CBI Survey reveals spending on plant & machinery, training and innovation all expected to be lower in the year ahead

Charlie Pool
CEO, Stowga
Five key trends shaping the supply chain in 2019

2018 was a turbulent year for most industries - logistics and supply chain was no exception.

David Jinks MILT
Head of Consumer Research, ParcelHero
DIT 'Exporting is GREAT' free webinar: ParcelHero Reveals the Secrets of Getting Your Goods to Overseas

SME retailers and manufacturers can find out everything they need to know about shipping products to new markets by joining the DIT

Max Manikian
Account Manager, Loftware
5 Tips for Building a High-Volume Global Label Printing Strategy

Supply chains that circle the globe are no longer an aberration or extreme case

Andres Richter
CEO, Priority Software
UK Manufacturing: The Productivity Conundrum

Manufacturing has long been a central pillar of the UK economy, consistently delivering quality and innovation.

Martin Meacock
Director, Product Management, Descartes
Brexit: only 10 weeks to implement if changes are ultimately needed

The EU’s position on the withdrawal agreement and request from clarity from UK parliament remains a real risk that we could face a hard Brexit

John Perry
Managing Director, SCALA
What does May's defeat mean for the supply chain?

John Perry, managing director at SCALA, a leading provider of management services for the supply chain and logistics sector, commented

Martin Meacock
Director, Product Management, Descartes
Get Ready for CDS

UK businesses undertaking international trade are, right now, understandably focused on Brexit

Ken Moir
VP Marketing, NiceLabel
Modernising manufacturing and the supply chain

The impact of cloud on the labelling process

Steve Richmond
Director – Logistics Systems, Jungheinrich UK
Lithium-ion’s Environmental Credentials Set to Play a Key Role in addressing Labour Challenge

Supply chain operations are increasingly centre stage as organisations embrace 24x7 warehousing in response to customer led demands

Don Brenchley
Director Industry Strategy, LLamasoft EMEA
Don't Let Soft Skills Be Forgotten In Your Supply Chain

As greater focus is placed on supply chain technology, essential soft skills could easily be forgotten about.

Robert Broström
Director Of Service And Support, Handheld Group
Handheld Promotes Robert Broström To Director Of Service And Support

Handheld Group Additionally, in an effort to further strengthen the Handheld customer experience and service quality

Dan Willmer
Professional Services Leader, MercuryGate
MercuryGate Hires Dan Willmer as New Professional Services Leader

Experienced software executive and leader Dan Willmer has joined MercuryGate to help grow and scale the professional services function

Bob Brown
Manufacturing Industry Specialist, Loftware
Ideal Enterprise Labeling Systems Include Support and Service

Having a reputable, modern Enterprise Labeling Solution is a necessity for those who work in manufacturing, supply chain, retail and other fields

Jason Chester
Director of Channel Programs, InfinityQS
2019 will see half of manufacturers invest in data collection technologies

Manufacturers are moving away from manual data collection, but failing to invest in process improvement technologies

Craig Summers
UK Managing Director, Manhattan Associates
Integrating Man And Machine: A Fresh Approach For Modern Grocery Warehouses

In 2017 alone the UK population spent £219bn on food, drink and catering.

Dustin Maxey
Director of Product Marketing, Ping Identity
Security from the web to the loading bay

Retailers and the wider supply chain face no shortage of fresh, innovative competitors.

Jennifer Roubaud
VP of UK and Ireland, Dataiku
Understanding the Power of Deep Learning: An Introductory Look at How this Technology Works

An overview of deep learning, what makes it so valuable, and why companies are investing in this area

David Jinks MILT
Head of Consumer Research, Parcelhero
Parcel Senders Must Face Up to Their Christmas Duties

Many Christmas parcel senders don’t know there are tariffs to be paid on gifts at Customs. ParcelHero reveals its top hacks to dodge dreaded duties.

Alex Saric
CMO, Ivalua
How procurement help organisations to innovate with their suppliers

In the face of increasing pressure to meet rising customer expectations, the need for organisations to innovate quickly has never been greater.

David Jonker
Vice President, Thought Leadership, SAP
Your Customer, the AI

It sounds like a pathetic phishing attack: Click here to make $300,000 to $500,000 a year without an advanced degree and little experience. Too good t

Kelly Feehan
Service Director, CABA
Workplace wellbeing predictions for 2019

As we think back over what’s happened in 2018, it’s clear that employee wellbeing has been one of the trends dominating the headlines

David Jinks MILT
Head of Consumer Research, Parcelhero
No-Deal Brexit Will Cause Christmas Gift Chaos Next Year, Warns International Courier

ParcelHero warns 25% of gifts could miss Christmas Day and 60% of presents be delayed at EU borders next year, following a no-deal Brexit.

Mike Thornton
Head of Manufacturing, RSM
Brexit uncertainty bites for manufacturers

Commenting on the latest results from the Markit/CIPS PMI manufacturing survey, Mike Thornton, head of manufacturing at RSM

John Perry
Managing Director, SCALA
Stockpiling decision should not be taken lightly

Following the announcement that Nestlé has joined the growing number of food and drink manufacturers stockpiling products ahead of Brexit

Tony Dobson
Managing Director, Snapfulfil
Brexit Uncertainty Boosts Sales For Synergy

David Feakins
Founder and CEO, Modus Brands
How has technology transformed the distribution industry?

At first glance, it seems as though very little in the distribution industry has changed over the years.

Nicole Hardin
Director of Product Management, Sage
The business case for reducing food waste in the supply chain

As anyone familiar with the manufacturing supply chain will know, food waste is nothing new.

Alex El-Nemer
Director, Nexus
Building a sustainable supply chain in uncertain times

One of the biggest challenges facing UK companies will be navigating the inevitable market turbulence associated with next year’s departure

David Jinks MILT
Head of Consumer Research, Parcelhero
ParcelHero Tells Brexit Forum ‘Ireland Could be Best Way Into EU Post Brexit’

The international courier expert ParcelHero tells CML’s Brexit Forum that the Irish border may ironically prove to be the best way to enter the EU

Craig Summers
UK Managing Director, Manhattan Associates
Mindful consumers: Are we reaching an ethical tipping point?

The UK is a nation addicted to fashion, buying five times more clothes today than in the 1980s.

David Jinks MILT
Head of Consumer Research, Parcelhero
Online household goods sales soar by 26.5% while High Street sales slump

Home delivery expert ParcelCompare says online sales continue to rise even as today’s ONS retail results show overall consumer spending fell 0.5%

Amir Harel
General Manager - Visibility Solutions, Zetes
Visibility - the saviour of retail operational excellence?

Bricks and mortar retailers are being challenged like never before.

Andy Kaye
CEO, Bis Henderson Group
Five critical factors in recruiting for an agile supply chain

Much of a retail business’ ability to remain competitive and relevant to a market depends upon the readiness of its supply chain

Sameena Ashraf
Business Development and Partnerships, Stowga
How can warehouses acquire customers?

Warehouses are constantly searching for new customers, as the nature of their business requirements continues to evolve

David Jinks MILT
Head of Consumer Research, Parcelhero
Singles’ Day’s move upmarket powers UK brands’ sales

Alibaba’s Singles’ Day sales topped $30 billion this year, and Chinese consumers’ strong switch towards quality imports boosted UK brands

Patrick O’Brien
UK Retail Research Director, GlobalData
Modest Christmas cheer for UK retail with £99bn ‘golden quarter’ sales forecast

GlobalData forecasts that total UK retail sales in Q4 will rise by 2.0% to £98.8bn for the three months to the end of 2018

Craig Summers
UK Managing Director, Manhattan Associates
Beware the Disruptors

With high street stalwarts dropping like flies, traditional retailers are on the wrong end of a raft of increasingly harsh criticism

David Jinks MILT
Head of Consumer Research, Parcelhero
Beware Red Friday: Chasing Black Friday Shoppers Will Push High Street Retailers into the Red

As B&Q joins the ranks of retailers blacking out Black Friday traditional stores should avoid taking on Amazon in a race to the lowest price.

Don White
VP Enterprise Solutions, Snapfulfil North America
Never too early: Three metrics to track this peak season for next year's improvements

By now, your organization is likely deep into peak season planning – which means the time has come and gone to re-evaluate your fulfillment processes

Jason Chester
Director of Channel Programs, InfinityQS
Industrial information technologies needed to boost UK’s fluctuating manufacturing sector

New report shows the worst decline the manufacturing sector have seen in two years

Jason Chester
Director of Channel Programs, InfinityQS
Manufacturers are on the verge of a digital transformation journey, but where to start?

The manufacturing shop-floor is where the real action happens - the area where production is carried out.

David Jinks MILT
Head of Consumer Research, Parcelhero
Budget comment: ParcelHero welcomes infrastructure investment and cut in High Street business rates

ParcelHero welcomes infrastructure investment, but says the Chancellor doth protest too much about the non-impact of Brexit on his plans

Patrick O’Brien
UK Retail Research Director, GlobalData
Business rates relief offers no reprieve for UK’s suffering retail chains

Following the announcement of Philip Hammond’s Budget, Patrick O’Brien, UK Retail Research Director at GlobalData, offers his view

Bob Barltrop
Strategic Development Director, SWRnewstar
Chain Reaction

The war on single-use plastic is as emotive as it is important.