New Trends in Supply Chain

Mar 20, 2018 | Podcast

Welcome to the fourth in our popular series of podcasts, where we are regularly talking ‘all things supply chain’ with industry experts and leaders, including our very own faculty members.

Hosted by Supply Chain Academy (SCA) Director, Alex Mortimer, we continue the series by welcoming Ed Sweeney – Professor of Logistics, Director of the Aston Logistics & Systems Institute, Aston University.

Podcast #4 – New trends in logistics and supply chain


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Alex and Ed discuss the following during the podcast:

New Trends in Logistics and Supply Chain

Given the uncertainty in business, with Brexit and changing customer behaviours – Logistics and supply chain are areas that organisations are looking at to improve and help reduce operating costs. Ed gave his view on this strategy.

There seems to be 6 major trends influencing the logistics industry in the future. Ed gave pointers on what strategic leaders need to think about with regard to these:

  1. Skills
  2. Globalization
  3. A workforce that is technologically savvy
  4. How consumers behave / trends in spending
  5. Government objectives
  6. Sustainability

In our previous podcasts we’ve talked about productivity, innovation and strategy, Ed gave his thoughts on what Aston and partners like the SCA are doing to help leaders:

  • Gain clarity to deliver strategic objectives
  • Generate practical solutions to create a competitive advantage through logistics and supply chain
  • Deepen their knowledge

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