Manufacturing logistics and procurement – August 2021

30 August 2021

Supply chain developments
According to Smithers the COVID-19 pandemic has delivered the biggest shock to packaging supply chains in recent years, forcing companies to reassess their supply chain, purchasing and logistics strategies. An infographic that you can download after filling in your details looks at the key disruptive factors and their implications on the packaging supply chain.
MIT has published the 2021 State of Supply Chain Sustainability report (7.9 MB) in which findings indicate growing momentum for sustainability efforts in the management of supply chains.
Accenture conducted cross-industry research (2.3 MB) to understand how the role of a supply chain leader is evolving with the triple mandate of relevancy, resiliency and responsibility across the supply chain function.

Labelling technology to improve quality and efficiency
According to research commissioned by NiceLabel more than three-quarters (76%) of IT directors in manufacturing across the US, UK, Germany and France admit that more than 10% of their organisation’s goods are labelled incorrectly every year. This rises to more than 25% of goods for over a quarter (26%) of organisations globally and nearly 1 in 5 (18%) in the US. You can download the research after filling in your details.
Czestochowa University of Technology research (791 kB), entitled ‘Management of packaging labeling technology in the context of improving the final product quality and work safety’, is published in the journal CzOTO 2021. University of Science and Technology in Bydgoszcz research (370 kB), entitled ‘Ecological analysis of selected stages of the food packaging production process‘, is published in this same journal.

Sustainable procurement proves key to supply chain resilience
Ecovadis has published the Sustainable Procurement Barometer 2021 which provides critical insights into the growing recognition that sustainable procurement is fundamental to building resilience throughout organisations and supply chains, mitigating risk and driving results. You can download the report after filling in your details.

Automation and digitalization
Extenda Retail has published a report that analyses warehouse robotics and automation and examines trends in warehouse robotics. In addition, it outlines how robots and automation can be introduced into any business, regardless of size, and how costs can be significantly reduced while increasing efficiency and, by extension, generating revenue. You can download the report after filling in your details.
L.E.K. Consulting has published an article identifying the factors that drive digital success for industrial firms.
Deloitte has published a report showing that those who embrace quality engineering (QE) as a catalyst for speed, agility and business performance will be better positioned in a highly competitive, fast-paced market in the future. You can download the report after filling in your details.
APQC has conducted its seventh annual Supply Chain Management Priorities and Challenges research to learn about organisations’ priorities and trends. As part of this research, APQC looked at the areas of focus for sourcing and procurement. You can download the report after filling in your details.

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