Richard Ludlam

Fulfilment Centre of Expertise - exploring the anatomy of a 21st century supply chain...

by Richard Ludlam

In normal times, the subject of industrial supply chains is unlikely to set pulses racing.  But we’re no longer living in normal times...

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Tie the knot with ERIKS SupplyPartner Programme

by Richard Ludlam

Best-Selling American author, John. C. Maxwell once wrote “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” – and at ERIKS Industrial Services we truly believe that by working together, we can achieve great things.

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Brexit: predictable uncertainty. How we’re working with customers to manage the challenges of Brexit

by Richard Ludlam

After four years of uncertainty, we have now moved to a position where the terms of the future relationship with our largest trading partner are becoming clearer.  However, the devil, as the saying goes, is in the detail; much of this still remains to be worked out if we’re to return to anything close to the seamless and business-friendly model that we’ve enjoyed for the last 40 years.

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Achieving your AMIS aims

by Richard Ludlam

For over 30 years, the MCP Consulting Group has been taking businesses on the Asset Maintenance Improvement System (AMIS) journey. Helping clients to move their maintenance organisation from “Chaos”, through “Control” to “World-Class”, it’s a journey recently undertaken by a large distillery, with the help and support of ERIKS Integrated Solutions.

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Supply chain disruption is driving reshoring. But are we ready?

by Richard Ludlam

The trend towards reshoring has been growing for some time.  It was initially prompted by Brexit, combined with a decline in the value of the pound, tariff disputes, geopolitical uncertainty and climate change. The Covid-19 pandemic, however, which has caused major disruption to global supply chains, has forced many manufacturing companies to take a long hard look at how and where they produce products and systems.

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Supply Chain Globalisation v Regionalisation

by Richard Ludlam

As early as February this year, Fortune reported that the coronavirus has caused disruption to the supply chains of 94% of Fortune 1000 companies.  Since then, as the pandemic accelerated through the Spring months and then ebbed and surged around the world, we’ve seen ever greater disruption to companies large and small.

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Protectionism and Supply Chain Disruption

by Richard Ludlam

One of the positive elements to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic – yes, there have been some positives – has been the ability of large parts of the UK manufacturing and supply chain base to adapt quickly and with remarkable resilience to dramatic change.  

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The importance of hygienic design

by Richard Ludlam

Anyone working in the food industry knows that proper hygiene is an absolute must at all times. The Netherlands is a frontrunner in food safety production and hygienic design. Did you know that Dutch machine builders are responsible for 11% of the world's production of all food processing machines? On top of that, over 20% of the total Dutch production is food-related. The food industry is an important export product - the cornerstone of the Dutch industry.

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Food industry needs a wake-up call

by Richard Ludlam

Food safety is of enormous importance in the food processing industry. End users must be able to rely on it blindly. Every day, manufacturers of both food products and machines have to deal with a maze of rules, requirements and legislation. Many manufacturers are therefore increasingly leaning on the knowledge of their suppliers to deal with this complex subject. Is this fair? 

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Is there a face masks cover-up?

by Richard Ludlam

PPE facemasks may be more readily available due to increaing demand, but are they performing the job that you need them to do? So, the question is can you tell the safe from the substandard, the fake and the dangerous?

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