Pill journey along complex supply chains

New technologies, such as the cloud and artificial intelligence, have transformed pharmaceutical supply chains from materials supplier to manufacturer, wholesaler to pharmacy and on to patients

7 reasons platforms are the future of supply chain

Supply chains are moving onto cloud-hosted platforms. In these environments hundreds of thousands of partners on a supply chain can share inventory, shipping information and invoices. Here are seven reasons why platformisation could be the future for supply chain management

Supply chain agility is key for the future

goods on shelves in warehouse

Making a supply chain completely agile and adaptable is necessary in times of economic uncertainty and disruption, but this requires real-time visibility over a connected network of suppliers

Why you need a cognitive supply chain

Cognitive supply chains that are able to predict and adapt in times of uncertainty are set to revolutionise trade, and will be a key competitive advantage in the coming years

How blockchain is improving supply chain transparency

Blockchain and other digital platforms are opening up complex supply chains in agriculture, but without involvement at every level there are limitations to their success

Supply chains could lead the charge of innovation

'The bedrock of innovation is constantly to question and challenge the assumptions'

What could smart contracts do for business?

As more businesses plan to invest in blockchain, this distributed ledger looks increasingly like the link that will transform supplies chains

What does the future supply chain look like?

Gerry Walsh, chief exec Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply

The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) has recently launched The Future of Supply Management, a white paper produced in conjunction with the University of Liverpool and Aston University, Birmingham. This significant piece of academic research explores what the future holds for the procurement and supply profession