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Archived under "April 2020"

Improving supply chain resilience requires category business requirements to be tested and strengthened. A recent FT opinion piece highlighted the need for a rebalancing within supply chains to ensure that resilience is prioritised over short-termism and a “beggar-thy-neighbour approach that destroys the chain altogether”.

by Mark Webb

You may have noticed a change in your level of motivation at the moment – whether up or down. You may also have noticed a change in the motivation of your family, friends, colleagues and stakeholders. What worked only a few weeks ago is no longer working – and that’s not just about what motivates us. The world has radically changed and every aspect of our personal and working lives continues to change daily.

by Alison Smith

Amid the coronavirus lockdown, many of us are having to grapple with the current realities we face, at a personal and a professional level. The individual challenges will be as varied as our circumstances are, and there is a whole range of commentaries on how best to approach them and to progress.

by Mark Hubbard

In a world in which growth is an obsession, reducing demand seems to be a counterintuitive approach in most places. However, it is, perhaps, the category teams superpower when looking for additional value. For the sceptics at the back, we’ll have a look at how to account for this demand reduction in ‘savings’ reporting.

by Mark Hubbard

Third Party Management (or TPM) is the overall management of the risk, service, contract and relationship with a third party. Even in pre-Covid-19 times, some or all aspects of TPM were already highly important for many sectors.

by Mark Webb