News round-up: strategic procurement partnerships

Technology continues to drive supply chain change and innovation with Voxware, cloud-based voice and analytics supply chain solutions company, announcing two new strategic partnerships. The first is with...

Technology continues to drive supply chain change and innovation with Voxware, cloud-based voice and analytics supply chain solutions company, announcing two new strategic partnerships. The first is with Ai Links Limited – a Singapore supply chain consulting firm – and the other with Onlog AS – a supply chain and logistics solutions provider in Norway.

The second part of Total Retail’s series on Tariffs and Inflation looks to the need to forward-buy inventory and the benefits and disadvantages thereof. For those who missed the first part, it can be found right here.

Another company looking to shift how its practices influence the environment and deforestation is Olam Cocoa. The company has revealed its plans to end deforestation in its cocoa supply chain and to work with farming communities that depend on cocoa for their livelihoods.

Energi Coast has declared the region’s supply chain as fit and ready for growth after an announcement of the Sector Deal for offshore wind. CEO of Tekmar Group and Chairman of Energi Coast, James Ritchie, said: “The sector deal for the offshore wind industry is a significant step forward in creating a sustainable industry and providing real value creation to our local supply chain, which is fit and ready to serve our growing sector.”

Inspecto has revealed its development of a nanoscale portable device that can detect food contaminants in the field from an early stage. It can be customised to detect contaminants per business requirement and is suited to farmers, producers, suppliers, retailers and quality assurers along the supply chain. It even provides results in real time.

ISSA’s Cleaning Management Institute has partnered with Marquette University to develop online training courses for the supply chain. The programme is designed to enhance understanding of the fundamental principles of the supply chain.

Also in the news today: Quantzig, an analytics advisory firm, has announced their new article on the Importance of Demand Analysis that highlights the objectives and helps businesses improve supply chain efficiencies; retail imports have dropped to an annual low with retailers between seasons and tariff hike on hold; the winners of the first NextGen Supply Chain Awards have been revealed; EasyJet is shoring up EU supply chain in case of no-deal Brexit; Chain Business Insights released new book entitled Blockchain in Legal Cannabis: Weeding out Supply Chain Inefficiencies; and Procter & Gamble’s supply chain to go under the microscope at Supply Chain Conference taking place towards the end of March.

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