Supply Chain News

Why We Need T-shaped People

T-shaped people, which means a person having depth of knowledge in one or more aspect and a breadth of knowledge across the entire process, are seen as ideal candidates for roles within the supply chain. T-shaped people are an excellent addition to any team. They are...

Business – Why Degree Apprenticeships?

Understanding what a degree apprenticeship is and what the benefits are to business and business leaders, is becoming an important consideration for attracting, developing and retaining the right talent.  Degree Apprenticeships are a new route into higher education,...

Why To Consider An Executive Course

No matter how experienced a leader, executive, director or CEO is, the constant evolution of the business world requires the need to adapt by learning new skills, new methodology and new practices. This is no more apparent than for executives involved in leading...

IMO2020 – What you need to Know

January 1st next year will mark the full implementation of the IMO 2020 regulations that enforces a new 0.5% global sulphur cap on fuel content – reducing the current 3.5% limit significantly.  The cap is part of the IMO’s response to heightening environmental...

Ambassador Supports Collaboration

Our Commercial Director – Alex Mortimer – represented the Institute of Director’s Essex Branch in Chelmsford event last night, in his role as the IoD Ambassador for Global Trade and Supply Chain.The IoD event enabled its Essex ambassadors, including Alex and other new...

Countering the Brexit Uncertainty

After the past couple of crucial weeks in Westminster, we are apparently no nearer knowing the country's fate post Brexit, or what the terms of withdrawal are likely to look like. Despite protests and constant political debate; deal, no deal, further extensions,...

No Deal Tariff Plan Announced

Following yesterday’s vote to reject Prime Minister May’s Brexit proposal, the government has confirmed that most imports into the UK will not be subject to a tariff in the event of a no-deal Brexit.It was confirmed that a temporary scheme would mean that around  87%...

Management Project Delivers Innovation

Supply Chain Academy group partners - Uniserve - held this years Management Development Project. It came to an impressive conclusion last week, when three project teams presented their innovative solutions for business challenges to the Uniserve Group Board. The...

Four More Considerations For 2019

Supply chains around the world are always transforming and adapting and at the Supply Chain Academy we ensure we stay at the forefront of current thinking on the subject.  At the start of the year we covered Ten Supply Chain Considerations for 2019 , highlighting...

Featured Courses April/May

Below is a small featured selection of CP Training’s outstanding business led courses for April and May 2019, these are just four of many running. Aimed at managers and aspiring managers, CP Training Services have been the go-to specialists for supply chain training...

General Average Declared & Explained

According to The Loadstar this week, steamship line Hapag Lloyd have declared ‘General Average’ on their vessel Yantian Express.The 7,500 TEU container ship was en-route to the port of Halifax this month, when a fire broke out onboard that forced the crew to abandon...

Leeds Trinity Agreement Signed

The Supply Chain Academy and Leeds Trinity University have signed an agreement to deliver Degree Apprenticeship in supply chain management. 25 apprentices, including employees of Uniserve, Henry Shein and Royal Mail have enrolled to study for the Supply Chain...

Senior Level Supply Chain Excellence

150 of the leading UK supply chain specialists confirm the skills needed for supply chain excellence at a senior level.For over two years the Uniserve Group, supported by the Supply Chain Academy, chaired a ‘trailblazer’ group of 150 leading supply chain organisations...

Ten Supply Chain Considerations for 2019

With 2019 now very much underway, the Supply Chain Academy looks at the main factors that are likely to impact the supply chain this year. BrexitNo surprises here. On the 29th of March, Brexit may or may not become reality. The UK cannot reach an agreement and the...

Featured Courses Feb/March

Below is a small featured selection of CP Training’s outstanding business led courses for February and March 2019, these are just four of many running. Aimed at managers and aspiring managers, CP Training Services have been the go-to specialists for supply chain...

Managing A No Deal Brexit

UK members of parliament will be voting on the government's Brexit plan for a deal with the EU next week, and it is widely predicted that they will vote against Theresa May. A 'no' majority will surely move us further towards the chance of a 'no deal' or 'hard'...

Brexit Event Video Released

The Supply Chain Academy, along with group partner Customs Insights, collaborated to deliver their most recent thought leadership event earlier this month, which covered the most topical and important issue of the millennium so far – Brexit. We have now published a...

Uniserve Win in FTA Awards

Uniserve Group have once again been announced as winners at a major awards ceremony after collecting the prize of Logistics Partner of the Year at the FTA Logistics Awards on Thursday.The trophy was collected by Uniserve HR Director and Supply Chain Managing Director...

Featured Courses for New Year

Below is a small featured selection of CP Training’s outstanding business led courses for March 2019, these are just four of many running.Aimed at managers and aspiring managers, CP Training Services have been the go-to specialists for supply chain training and...

Brexit Unwrapped At The Academy

The Supply Chain Academy and group partner Customs Insights - collaborated to deliver their most recent thought leadership event last week, which covered the most topical and important issue of the millennium so far – Brexit. The dinner event, held at our Upminster...

Seasonal Opening Hours

Christmas and New Year Opening Hours Friday 21st - Normal HoursSaturday 22nd - ClosedSunday 23rd - ClosedMonday 24th - Early Close Tuesday 25th - Closed Wednesday 26th - Closed Thursday 27th - Normal Hours Friday 28th - Normal HoursSaturday 29th - ClosedSunday 30th -...

Gwynne Richards Joins The Academy

We are pleased to announce that Gwynne Richards has joined the SCA family.Gwynne Richards has over thirty-five years' experience in warehouse management and logistics. As well as running his own successful logistics consultancy, he tutors a number of courses on...

The Future Supply Chain

The global supply chain is always changing and adapting, from increasing customer expectations to new technologies. Below we highlight three areas where forward thinking businesses are enhancing their supply chains:Blockchain TechnologyBlockchain has been gaining...

China Expo Lands $58 Billion In Deals

The first ever China International Import Expo was held last week and reports suggest that around $58 billion of deals were agreed during its six day duration.Thousands of foreign businesses joined together with Chinese buyers to attend the trade event, which was held...

And The Winner Is…

Uniserve Group were delighted to have been announced as winners at the Global Freight Awards last night in the category of Employer Of The Year 2018.The trophy was collected by Uniserve HR Director and Supply Chain Managing Director - Paul Stone - at the Royal...

Five Supply Chain Uses For A.I.

We continue to focus on the future of supply chain with a look into Artificial Intelligence (AI).  There are usually numerous components in a supply chain and often multiple parties too. This means there are many processes that can be optimised using AI.  Below are...

Robotics in the Supply Chain

According to an industry report, the automated vehicles market is expected to reach $24.61 billion by 2020, which will mean a growth of 12 percent in the five preceding years. Robotics already have a vital role in the supply chain and major e-commerce companies are...

Blockchain Remodelling Supply Chain

A recent leading industry report has suggested that by 2025 blockchain will be used worldwide by mainstream businesses, as it aims to change supply chain management with transparency, traceability and cost savings. The study claims that the distributed ledger...

Electric Container Ship Race

The electric container ship race seems to be very much on, with at least two parties having announced their innovative intentions this year. Dutch company Port Liner declared earlier in the year that they are building two giant all-electric barges, which are being...

CP Courses And Events in December

Below is a small featured selection of CP Training’s outstanding business led courses and events for December 2018, these are just three of many running. Aimed at managers and aspiring managers, CP Training Services have been the go-to specialists for supply chain...

SCA & Manufacturing Revolution!

The Supply Chain Academy is now collaborating with EEF, the representative voice of British manufacturing, to offer thought leadership seminars in supply chain best practice to manufacturing businesses. For over 120 years EEF has been keeping businesses safe,...

UK Ports Disrupt Supply Chain

Congestion at the UK’s two largest container ports continues to disrupt supply chains during the busiest time of year for retailers. The delays started at Felixstowe earlier in the year, when the introduction of a new operating system slowed the port down to around...

Global Markets Identify Fake Goods

According to the Loadstar, the world’s largest internet retailer has been identified as a notorious market for counterfeit goods, and has been blamed for being unresponsive and non-compliant in regions such as the UK, Canada and Germany. The retailer joins other major...

Low Sulphur to Increase Costs

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) are introducing new low sulphur regulations with effect from January 2020, which will effectively mean that shipping lines will have to reduce emissions by 85%. The regulation aims to reduce the environmental impact of...

SCA Launch Latest Brexit Event

The Supply Chain Academy have just confirmed their latest thought leadership event - which will be taking place in conjunction with sister company Customs Insights - and will be covering the most topical and important issue of the millennium so far - Brexit. The...

China Reply To US New Tariffs

This week America imposed new tariffs on $200 billion worth of imports from China, reigniting a trade war between the two nations, which has resulted in China announcing $60 billion worth of tariffs on US products today. The US tariffs confirmed on Monday were the...

CP Courses in November

Below is a small featured selection of CP Training’s outstanding business led courses for November 2018, these are just four of many running. Aimed at managers and aspiring managers, CP Training Services have been the go-to specialists for supply chain training and...

Storms To Disrupt Supply Chains

The strong winds of Hurricane Florence are weakening as it reaches closer to the US East Coast, but the impact of the immense storm could still be disastrous for millions of people and the US supply chain. Florence, which has now been downgraded to a Category 2...

US Driver Shortage Continues

According to the American Trucking Associations, the US is short more than 50,000 drivers, causing long-haul truck shipping rates to rise. Over the next 8 years, the shortage is expected to rise to more than 174,000 drivers. The entire Class 8 truck market, which...

America – China Trade Wars

America are preparing to impose tariffs on $200b worth of imports from China, reigniting a major trade war between the nations. The US president, Donald Trump, initially imposed tariffs on $50b worth of Chinese exports in June, after tweeting in March that “Trade wars...

Sea/Air Alternative In Peak Season?

As the Asia peak season intensifies, there has been a new focus on utilising sea/air combinations, due to seasonal ocean reliability issues and rising air freight rates. With sea/air services working through South East Asia and more commonly The Middle East, customers...

First Logistics Firm To Create Degree

Uniserve Group - the first logistics company ever to create a degree for the industry! If you’re looking for a brighter future and are keen to take your first steps into the world of business, the Uniserve Group (the largest independent logistics and freight...

New CP Training Website Launches

The Supply Chain Academy are pleased to announce the launch of our new look CP Training website, which provides an exciting range of supply chain training courses designed for managers and aspiring managers. CP Training Services have been the go-to supply chain...

SCA Welcomes Chinese Dignitaries

CHINESE PROVERB - ‘Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.’  Every day is different at the Academy. In partnership with Essex International, the SCA recently hosted a tailored ‘supply chain innovation’ day for  25 CEOs and Chairmen from...

The Effect Of Brexit On Trade

International Trade Secretary - Liam Fox - recently suggested that the chances of a deal with the European Union stood at 60/40 against, and as time goes by the reality of a hard Brexit looms large. With this in mind, UK manufacturers have identified supply chain...

It’s Madness (Not the band)

Has the world has gone mad? The country and UK parliament is in uproar about Brexit and we could be in for a round of global trade wars. We have certainly entered the unknown – a period of uncertain futures. How can business use data to predict possible outcomes,...

Courses and Events in Sep/Oct

Below is a small featured selection of CP Training’s outstanding business led courses for September 2018, these are just four of many running. We have also included a must-attend networking and thought leadership event at the Supply Chain Academy. Aimed at managers...

Great Supply Chain Collaboration

The Supply Chain Academy were delighted to collaborate with the Institute of Directors (IoD) recently at our combined ‘Impact of Supply Chain Disruption’ event. This successful event enabled the exchanging of thought provoking concepts, questions and ideas on...

The Robots Are Coming

The Supply Chain Academy were delighted to collaborate with the Institute of Directors (IoD), The EEF and the University of Essex to hear from leading experts on the use of Big Data, Block Chain, AI and Robotics now and what could happen in the future….. We’re...

First Learners Start SCM Degree

This week has been very exciting at CP Training and the Supply Chain Academy (SCA), as the first group of learners have started the much sought after Supply Chain Leadership Professional Degree Apprenticeship. The group were enrolled after the standard for the degree...

How Starbucks Plan Their Demand

The use of 'Big Data' is increasingly becoming integral to the demand and purchasing process within global organisations. Take Starbucks, the iconic Seattle coffee brand, they rely on Demand Planners and Data Scientists to influence their market share and use...

Meet The SCA Faculty

Podcast #10 – Meet The SCA Faculty: Introducing Jeremy Johnson Welcome to the tenth in our popular series of podcasts, where we regularly talk ‘all things supply chain’ with industry experts and leaders, including our very own faculty members. The podcast included...

Innovation And Productivity

Podcast #9 - Innovation And Productivity Welcome to the ninth in our popular series of podcasts, where we regularly talk ‘all things supply chain’ with industry experts and leaders, including our very own faculty members. The podcast included Professor Tazeeb Rajwani,...

CP Training Courses in July

Below is a small featured selection of CP Training’s outstanding business led courses for July 2018, these are just four of many running. Aimed at managers and aspiring managers, CP Training Services have been the go-to specialists for supply chain training and...

Big Data in the Burger Supply Chain

Big data, along with blockchain and robotics, is widely recognised to be one of three key innovations to impact supply chains over the next few years. Major organisations are already using big data in their supply chain stock management, especially for consumer...

Why Smart Executives Fail

Podcast #8 - Accelerate Innovation: Why Smart Executives Fail Welcome to the eighth in our popular series of podcasts, where we regularly talk ‘all things supply chain’ with industry experts and leaders, including our very own faculty members. The podcast included...

Blockchain in the Supply Chain

Bloomberg recently reported that South Korean electronics giant – Samsung – intend to use blockchain in their global supply chain. Samsung SDS, the company’s IT division, have been reviewing the technology and are looking to reduce supply chain costs by up to 20% by...

The Need For Supply Chain Education

Podcast #7 - The Need For Supply Chain Education Welcome to the seventh in our popular series of podcasts, where we regularly talk ‘all things supply chain’ with industry experts and leaders, including our very own faculty members. Hosted by Supply Chain Academy (SCA)...

The Impact of Supply Chain Disruption

The Supply Chain Academy recently confirmed two new thought leadership events taking place in conjunction with esteemed partners, one of which was The Impact of Supply Chain Disruption event being held at the IOD's headquarters. This conference, designed for supply...

Latest Trends in British Manufacturing

Podcast #6 - Latest Trends in British Manufacturing and the Supply Chain with the EEF Welcome to the sixth in our popular series of podcasts, where we regularly talk ‘all things supply chain’ with industry experts and leaders, including our very own faculty members....

CP Training Courses in May

Below is a small featured selection of CP Training's outstanding business led courses for May 2018, these are just four of many running. Aimed at managers and aspiring managers, CP Training Services have been the go-to specialists for supply chain training and...

Best Practice in Global Trade

Podcast #5 - Best Practice in Global Trade Welcome to the fifth in our popular series of podcasts, where we regular talk ‘all things supply chain’ with industry experts and leaders, including our very own faculty members. Hosted by Supply Chain Academy (SCA) Director,...

New Supply Chain Programme

The Supply Chain Academy have recently confirmed a new Supply Chain Director's Program masterclass, which is a must attend for executives and leaders who are looking for the latest techniques in strategic innovation. The first Accelerating Innovation with Supply Chain...

New Trends in Supply Chain

Podcast #4 - New Trends in Logistics and Supply Chain Welcome to the fourth in our popular series of podcasts, where we regular talk ‘all things supply chain’ with industry experts and leaders, including our very own faculty members. Hosted by Supply Chain Academy...

New Innovation Events Announced

The Supply Chain Academy have confirmed two new thought leadership events this week that are centred very much around innovation in the supply chain. The events, which will be held in May and June, are aimed at supply chain executives and leaders and include insights...

A View On The UK From China

Podcast #3 - A view on the UK from China. Welcome to the third in our popular series of podcasts, where we will be regularly talking ‘all things supply chain’ with industry experts and leaders, including our very own faculty members. Hosted by Supply Chain Academy...

Global Trade Webinars Announced

The Supply Chain Academy, Customs Insights Consultancy Limited, the  Institute of Export & International Trade and the North London Chamber of Commerce & Enterprise today announce a new collaboration, to provide industry with webinars on Global Trade best...

Innovation and Productivity

Podcast #2 - Innovation & Productivity Welcome to the second in our new series of podcasts, where we will be regularly talking ‘all things supply chain’ with industry experts and leaders, including our very own faculty members. Hosted by Supply Chain Academy (SCA)...

Uniserve Confirm SCM Degree

Uniserve Group have proudly announced today, that the Degree Apprenticeship in supply chain leadership has now been approved by the ‘Institute for Apprenticeships’, and will be deliverable by the middle of this year. Uniserve, supported by the Supply Chain Academy and...

Orchestrating Competitive Advantage

Podcast #1 - Strategy and orchestrating competitive advantage through the supply chain. Welcome to the first in our new series of podcasts, where we will be regularly talking ‘all things supply chain’ with industry experts and leaders, including our very own faculty...

Approved Apprenticeship Provider

The Supply Chain Academy had some exciting news this week when it was confirmed that our training and qualifications arm - CP Training Services - have now been approved as an apprenticeship training provider. The Education and Skills Funding Agency (EFSA) deemed that...

New Course Discount – Last Places

Orchestrating Competitive Advantage Course A great opportunity to secure one of the last remaining places on our exciting new masterclass in partnership with the University of Essex. A must for leaders and aspiring leaders looking to leverage their supply chain....

CP Training Courses in March

Below is a selection of CP Training's outstanding business led courses for March 2018. Aimed at managers and aspiring managers, CP Training Services have been the go-to specialists for supply chain training and qualifications for over 20 years. So, start the new year...

Alex Joins IOD Committee Board

Supply Chain Academy Commercial Director - Alex Mortimer - was recently elected to serve on the Institute of Directors (IOD) committee board, representing the Essex and Herts region. With a membership of over 30,000 leaders, the IoD is British business’s leading voice...

Marine & Supply Base Course

CP Training Services is running a five-day course from the 19th to the 23rd February, entitled Marine and Supply Base Operations for Offshore Support, which will reduce costs as soon as participants start to use these skills. This intensive, high-level course supplies...

Opportunity For Industry Trainers

Join the Supply Chain Academy faculty, to deliver supply-chain related courses & workshops, including the new Supply Chain Leadership Degree Apprenticeship. Along with our experienced faculty, deliver outstanding training and education to our clients in your...

Gaining a Competitive Advantage

The Supply Chain Academy have recently confirmed the first masterclass in partnership with the University of Essex, which is a must for executives and leaders looking to leverage their supply chain. The Orchestrating Competitive Advantage course will be hosted at...

Our Holiday Opening Times

Christmas Opening Times at The Supply Chain Academy. Merry Christmas to all of our friends and colleagues and thanks to everyone who has contributed this year. Lets hope for an equally productive 2018. [et_bloom_inline optin_id="optin_2"] Follow Us: [et_social_follow...

Collaboration is Breath of Fresh Air

The Supply Chain Academy, Customs Insights and the Institute for Export & International Trade have announced the launch of an exciting new collaboration to help promote and support best practice in international trade. Bringing together expertise from all three...

SCA supporting Ardagh with S&OP

The Supply Chain Academy recently held a successful bespoke ‘Sales & Operational Planning’ course in Norwich for manufacturing giant, Ardagh Group. The Group manufactures packaging and operates globally through two business  divisions, Glass and Metal, with a...

New Man Meets Portillo

CP Training's Neil Roll got off to an interesting start in his new role with us, as he met with former Conservative Deputy Leader Michael Portillo in his first few days. Pictured on the left, Neil met with the BBC's 'This Week' political pundit at an Institute of...

Academy Lead Apprentice Change

Uniserve Group and the Supply Chain Academy are leading the drive to change the government's approach to supply chain apprenticeships and to enable business to spend their apprenticeship levy on a single unified methodology for developing carrier paths in our sector....

Supply Chain – A Risky Business?

The Supply Chain Academy and Thomson Reuters have recently agreed a joint collaboration to offer a series of round table discussions, that educate supply chain and procurement professionals on managing supply chain risk. Thomson Reuters, ‘The Answer Company’ offer...

Academy Partners Uni of Essex

The Supply Chain Academy has this week confirmed a new partnership arrangement with the University of Essex, which will include the development and delivery of a unique new programme designed for supply chain leaders and their teams. Working in partnership, the Supply...

Major Brexit Event Success

In conjunction with the IOD (Institute of Directors), the Supply Chain Academy hosted a major Brexit focused dinner last week, which was enthusiastically attended by numerous UK supply chain leaders and experts. Speaking at the major industry event was Uniserve Group...

Miss Brexit Presents at Academy

Renowned Brexit expert, Allie Renison from the Institute of Directors (IoD,) will speak with business leaders at a thought leadership dinner to be held at the Supply Chain Academy's Headquarters, Upminster Court on Thursday 5 October. Allie Renison, fondly known as...

Group Sponsor Bath Rugby

The UK’s leading international logistics and supply chain business, Uniserve Group, have teamed up with Bath Rugby in a sponsorship agreement to coincide with the new 2017-18 season. The multi award-winning, global British group, which includes us at the Supply Chain...

SCA Delivers APICS

The world of supply chain management never stops advancing—and neither should supply chain professionals or their organisations. The Supply Chain Academy through its training and qualifications arm: CP Training,  can now offer APICS certifications, endorsements,...

Academy Holds Faculty Day

Over 500 years of SCM experience – determined to upskill the industry, worldwide.  Members of the The Supply Chain Academy faculty and its skills training development arm, CP Training Services, recently met at Upminster Court and renewed their passionate and ongoing...

Customers Enjoy The Cricket

The Supply Chain Academy (SCA) and the Uniserve Group, in collaboration with the Institute of Directors (IoD), recently hosted a client networking cricket day for customers at Chelmsford County Cricket Ground. The West Indies cricket team played a three day match...

SCA & IoD To Hold Event

As we accounced last week, the Supply Chain Academy will be collaborating with the Institute of Directors (IoD) to jointly deliver global trade themed events, using the Academy as the ‘go-to' lead on global trade and supply chain disruptions issues. The IoD have been...

SCA Collaborates with IoD

At the Supply Chain Academy (SCA), our overall purpose is to professionalise the supply chain sector. To help achieve this, we build strong partnerships with leading credible educational institutions, professional business and lobbying groups and other business...

SCA presents at Novus

The Supply Chain Academy (SCA) was invited to present alongside Aston University, Cranfield University and the University of Huddersfield at a recent NOVUS sponsors meeting. NOVUS is a higher education initiative that aims to address the skills gaps and shortfall of...

Degree Apprenticeship News

The world’s first apprenticeship route to supply chain leadership roles, which has been developed by an employer group consisting of around 25 organisations and a number of Universities, and is led by the Uniserve Group and the Supply Chain Academy – is...

Success For Mitsubishi Electric

Last month, the Supply Chain Academy (SCA) held a successful bespoke import and export training course for manufacturing and technology giant, Mitsubishi Electric, at their Hertfordshire headquarters. Michelle Coombe, General Manager for Customer Service &...

Majestic Experience Beer Game

The Supply Chain Academy (SCA) recently held a successful ‘supply chain simulation’ game for niche wine and beer company; Majestic Wine. Neil Firth, Majestic Wine’s Supply Chain Director, wanted his team to understand what the...

Logistics Awards Finalists

The 2017 Logistics Awards, organised by SHD Logistics, has announced the Uniserve Group as a finalist for the prestigious ‘Future Skills’ Award - in recognition of its work creating a first-of-its-kind Degree Apprenticeship in supply chain management. The Logistics...

Supporting Customs Agenda

The Supply Chain Academy has been invited by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) to be part of their new customs project, joining a high profile panel of Directors from businesses including Nissan, Ford, Tate & Lyle, IBM and more. The aim of this group is...

Academy Attends Forum Event

Representatives from the Supply Chain Academy and Uniserve recently spoke about intelligent vehicle monitoring / driver monitoring and behaviour at the North London Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise (NLCCE) forum event on 27th June. The Supply Chain...

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