Manufacturing logistics and procurement – May 2022

03 June 2022

Localised or regionalised supply chains
K 2022 will take place from 19 to 26 October 2022 in Düsseldorf. In the period leading to the exhibition the organisation is publishing a number of articles. Recently an article was published with the title: “Trend Report Asia - Localisation and regionalisation: changing landscape of global supply chain.” To mitigate the economic impact of the pandemic, a diversification in supply and demand has occurred to make it easier to obtain essential raw materials and components, as well as faster distribution of finished goods and access to skilled labour markets or manufacturing facilities. Manufacturers worldwide have either localised or regionalised their production to reduce or even eliminate their dependence on sources that are perceived as risky.

Supply chain of the future
Evofenedex (in Dutch) has announced a cooperation with TNO on the theme 'Supply chain of the Future'. The war in Ukraine and the sanctions imposed on Russia are disrupting trade chains worldwide in an already disrupted world market. The Netherlands, with its open and export-oriented economy as the logistic hub of Europe, is very sensitive to this. As a result, trading and production companies are directly and indirectly confronted with numerous challenges in the area of logistics and international trade. At the same time, companies have to think about various long-term challenges; producing more sustainably, emitting less CO2 and shaping the corresponding energy transition.

Innovative trends in logistics
ABN AMRO (in Dutch) has published a report (in Dutch, 3.8 MB) entitled 'From Potential to Efficiency'. The report analyses distinctive innovations in six themes: sustainable transport, sustainable warehousing, smart warehousing, labour and education, supply chain management and digital platforms. The corona crisis, the rise of e-commerce and the disruption of international supply chains underline the importance of efficient logistics chains. At the same time, society is in transition, for example in the areas of energy, labour market, digitalisation and technology.

US: Guidelines for bar coding in the pharmaceutical supply chain
Healthcare Distribution Alliance has published guidelines (2.3 MB) for bar coding in the pharmaceutical supply chain. The report provides guidance on shipping case bar code label format, marking and placement, and it serves as a resource for more detailed primary and secondary sources of information on standards for bar codes to be used in the US pharmaceutical supply chain. It includes changes in terminology, information on GS1 standards, the DSCSA and suggested best practices as well as additional label examples for serialised and non-serialised products.

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