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Akabo Media arranged a great line-up of guest speakers at the recent Logistics & Supply Chain Conference in London. In the opening remarks, chairman Richard Wilding demonstrated how supply chain professionals could speak the language of business, and through doing so, better articulate how the relevant supply chain levers directly impact a company’s profit. For example, reduced costs and increased cash flow were far more meaningful and tangible than a metric purely for reduced inventory.Supply Chain Performance

This lead to the key theme of “Turning Knowledge into Action.” The theme focused on making supply chain projects happen and ensuring their success and the fact that innovation and creativity only provide value through the correct application of new ideas. The supporting conversations ranged from getting the best from new technology, improving supply chain visibility with social media and reducing the environmental impact on the planet. Let’s take a closer look at each of these concepts.

  • Optimizing New Technology. New technology is needed to meet ever-increasing customer demands. Many conversations centred around the shift away from Monolithic ERP systems and toward new and innovative best of breed software solutions and technologies including warehouse management, transport management, telematics, voice picking, collaborative planning and in memory processing. With so many different solutions available, collecting this data and turning it into useful information, which is easily actionable, is more important than ever before.
  • Using Social Media to Improve Visibility. The link between supply chain performance and social media gathers paces as every day passes, to the point that email is no longer considered the best way to communicate with and engage the workforce. Social platforms are beginning to dominate. With employee feedback surveys gaining more and more traction at board level, companies are realising that engaging with employees in a different way is of paramount importance.
  • Reducing Environment Impact. It is now the norm for supply chain projects to help reduce the impact many of a company’s processes have on the environment. This could be from better transport planning and running fewer empty miles, or using backhaul journeys to return waste to depots. Companies are now increasingly reporting energy usage across the estate in the form of Kilowatt-hour (kWh) with a red, amber, green traffic light system, and communicating league tables via social media.


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About the Author:

Trevor Long is a Business Development Director for Supply Chain Solutions for RMG Networks’ EMEA operations. Trevor has over 20 years’ experience in providing strategic solutions to simply compelling information for businesses. Connect with Trevor on LinkedIn.

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