Supply Chain Risk Management Blog


Out and about at CPhI Worldwide

Greetings from Frankfurt where we’ve been at CPhI Worldwide. We’re just returning from a successful week taking SCAIR to 36,000 pharmaceutical professionals. You don’t have to be at the conference long to appreciate the importance of technology: The event brings … Continue reading

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The thing about the hurricane season is it’s always easy to speak too soo. We noted a couple of weeks ago that Puerto Rico, a key production centre for pharma manufacturers, had escaped the worst of hurricane Irma. Yet the … Continue reading

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It’s a new year, but the problems for supply chains are much the same. Among them, increasingly, is industrial action. December drew comparisons with the Winter of Discontent with strikes or threats by Post Office staff, train and tube drivers, … Continue reading

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It may not seem it, but the deadline for company’s statements on tackling modern slavery is deadly serious. Businesses need to be sure they know what’s happening in their supply chains. Human rights is the number one corporate social responsibility … Continue reading




EU vote has brought risks, but also opportunities. It’s time for a review. Brexit is among the factors pushing supply chain risks to a three-year high, according to a new survey. The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply quarterly Risk … Continue reading

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Brexit means uncertainty and complexity for supply chains, but that shouldn’t stop us planning We know the result, but not much more. The only certain conclusion we can draw from the EU referendum vote is that we’re in for a … Continue reading

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Evidence supply chain management is increasingly critical to corporate success Money isn’t everything, but it helps, and supply chain management professionals are likely to welcome evidence of rising salaries. According to the recent Institute for Supply Management (ISM) survey average … Continue reading

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Treacherous waters

“When will we learn?” asks an article in the shipping bible Lloyd’s List, reviewing the findings of a recent report on the Hoegh Osaka. We now know the container ship, which ran aground in the Solent in January 2015, was … Continue reading




Taking the biscuit

Think you’ve got supply chain problems? Spare a thought for John Titmuss. He took up his role as group supply chain director at United Biscuits (where he was previously HR director) at the start of October. Two months later came … Continue reading




Does not compute

Changing customer demands, high levels of risk in global markets and globally dispersed partners are among the key risks facing manufacturers, according to a survey by pollsters YouGov for GTNexus. The results, published earlier this month, show four in ten … Continue reading




Are traditional supply chain methods failing when it comes to companies’ environmental social and governance (ESG) policies? It depends on what you count as success, according to a recent report by the University of Sheffield, picked up by The Guardian. … Continue reading




Keeping the lights on

Beware the black swan: That was the warning from GlaxoSmithKline quality assurance and compliance manager Stephen Mitchell at a recent conference in London. “We’ve got to refocus on areas of potential vulnerability in the supply chain,” he’s reported as saying. … Continue reading




Last week, we briefly mentioned Hedley Rees’s excellent new book Find It, File It, Flog It: Pharma’s Crippling Addiction and How to Cure it (well worth £14 of anyone’s money at Amazon). The book quotes our own Catherine Geyman saying: … Continue reading




Labour is riding up the supply chain agenda. On October 29 requirements under the Modern Slavery Act came into force obliging companies to make an annual statement on their policies for excluding slavery from their own organization and their supply … Continue reading




The cyber supply chain risk

In a digital world, cyber risks are an increasing concern for businesses – as our colleagues within the InterSys technical group are well aware. This deals with the findings of the government’s Information Security Breaches Survey 2015, which shows both the … Continue reading




Supply chain risks are once again close to all-time highs, according to the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply. The group’s Risk Index assesses risks in 132 countries across a range of categories to calculate the global supply risk score. … Continue reading




Courier group Fedex and researchers at Frost & Sullivan have published an interesting report looking at the importance of supply chains to competiveness for medical device, pharma and biotech manufacturers, among others. The study opens by noting the supply chain’s … Continue reading