Richard Ludlam

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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Is there a face masks cover-up?

by Richard Ludlam

PPE facemasks may be more readily available, but may not do the job you need them for. Can you tell the safe from the substandard, the fake and the dangerous?

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When the Covid-19 dust settles, what will the industrial supply chain look like?

by Richard Ludlam

The threat caused to global supply chains by the COVID-19 pandemic may be receding, but underlying challenges still remain.  As we report in our recent white paper, ‘Is the Manufacturing Supply Chain Model Broken?’ in recent years there have been growing threats to the integrity of extended global supply chains. 

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Does COVID-19 mark the return of just in case inventory management?

by Richard Ludlam

In the coming months and years, as COVID-19 hopefully becomes a progressively distant memory, we’re going to see many industrial companies take a long hard look at their supply chains.

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The growing importance of cleaning in the workplace

by Richard Ludlam

As we prepare our return to work, cleaning will take a more prevalent role in our daily activities. Many of you wouldn’t have been onsite or in the office for the past few months, but that hasn’t stopped the dust and other airborne contamination attacking your workspace.

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Personal Hygiene. The key to reducing the spread of germs

by Richard Ludlam

Throughout the week we have been discussing the important areas surrounding our return to work. For Part 4, we draw down on personal hygiene practices that will help prevent the spread of viruses in the workplace and what products are available to assist you and your employees as you prepare to head back to site safely.

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Adding a layer of protection

by Richard Ludlam

If you work in an industrial setting, our guess is that you’ve operated using some form of Personal Protective Equipment. It plays a vital role in our daily operations. Simply, it’s designed to keep us safe and reduce injury risks.

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STOP! Keep your distance

by Richard Ludlam

As humans, social interaction is something that we are accustomed too. We see and speak with people more often than we don’t. But during the lockdown period, interaction with others has been limited, especially for those working from home.

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