Women in Supply Chain

By Anna Kazaeva, UK Marketing Manager

Every year we celebrate International Women’s Day on the 8th of March. With many countries making it an official holiday, the meaning of the day has somewhat shifted from celebrating the social awareness of the struggles of women to praising all females for just being a woman. Do not misunderstand me, I for one, believe that no reason is needed to celebrate us women on a daily basis. However it might be interesting to go back to the original concept and, given the nature of our blog, look at women in the supply chain.

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With the supply chain industry being traditionally dominated by males, more and more women are entering every year demonstrating that they can do just as good a job. Unfortunately, as encouraging as that is, when looking at facts and figures – particularly Gartner’s Survey Analysis: Women in Supply Chain conducted in 2016 – the key findings that emerge are that as the corporate ladder rises, the percentage of women in leadership positions decreases. According to the study, although women do represent 35% of the industry, only 5% progress and hold high posts such as CSCO’s, EVPs and SVPs.

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An Interview with Dr Bo Zhou, founder and CEO of FuturMaster

Today, in a time of declined market growth caused by macroeconomic downturn in China, enterprises are shifting their focus onto improvement and optimisation of the supply-side.This new trend will raise the requirement for Supply Chain Planning efficacy even further. Dr. Bo Zhou, founder and CEO of FuturMaster discusses current industry challenges and what drove FuturMaster to enter the China Market.

 

Key Events in Supply Chain 2016

What are the major supply chain developments this year?

New technologies keep changing consumer’s demand and requirements at the time of purchase. Today, the amount of available real-time data is greater than ever. As a result, supply chain is directly impacted and must continually adapt to the ongoing changes. However, if anything, this year has proved to us that the digital transformation of the supply chain is advancing.

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According to the recent study by Capgemini Consulting, 70% of company executives have already started implementing a digital transformation of their supply chain. However only 5% confirmed to be satisfied with the results. Most identified: cloud, data analytics tools, IoT, machine learning, 3D printing among key technologies used to achieve positive changes. But let’s have a closer look…

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Why collaboration is not efficient?

By Stéphanie Duvault-Alexandre, Senior Presales Consultant

Once upon a time some gurus began to point all of us in the right direction, i.e. collaboration.

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Indeed, individualism and lone-wolf attitudes were, and have been since, considered as non-productive practices that only created an obstacle to the process of achieving company’s goals.

For years people have tried to set up collaborative processes within their business. They started by highlighting collaboration benefits within their own department, then proceeded to spread the message to the other services and the company as a whole.

Before going further, it would be good to remind ourselves what does the word “collaboration” mean?

To collaborate (co-labour) means to work together and act as a team, in order to achieve shared objectives. All the stakeholders are invited to share their knowledge and skills, to contribute to produce or achieve something together. What a great idea!

It seems so simple, so why are companies still struggling to put it in place? Why do we hear so often that people are working on their own with no support from other services and departments?

It is actually quite straight forward…

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