Do you have a secure supply chain? How well do you really know your suppliers?

In today's fast-paced and ever-evolving business landscape, the significance of a secure and resilient supply chain cannot be overstated. Our 4C Transformative Procurement Survey highlighted that only 38% of respondent had a very good understanding of their first-tier supply base and more worryingly only 21% had only a basic understanding- which raised the question… Do you have a...

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The Blockchain Revolution: Cutting Through the Chain of Uncertainty

In a world where transparency is of utmost importance, trust is the most valuable currency, and middlemen are becoming obsolete. It may seem utopian, but it’s happening now, and all sector and industry leaders are quickly adopting it. Blockchain is here.

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Enhancing Supply Chain Resilience: Transforming your Procurement Operating Model

We live in an increasingly interconnected, complex and uncertain global marketplace, where the significance of a resilient supply chain cannot be overstated. In this blog, we will highlight the importance of optimising your procurement and supply chain activities to develop enduring risk protocols and resilience through the fundamental transformation of your procurement operating model.

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Transforming Supply Chains: Your participation in the 4C Survey will help you think differently about your supply chains

Supply chain and logistics innovation is essential for businesses to stay competitive and succeed. It can help improve financial performance, customer satisfaction, and employee motivation. Organizations need to be able to keep up with the pace of change and implement widespread initiatives to distinguish themselves from their peers. The 4C Transformative Supply Chain Annual Survey can help businesses assess...

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Sustainability and Cost Reduction: Are They Mutually Exclusive?

In the current economic climate, procurement teams face the challenge of reconciling the push for sustainability with the need for cost reduction. Businesses are urged to adopt eco-friendly practices even if they come at higher costs, while inflation drives the demand for cost cutting. The conventional belief that sustainability drives up cost is being challenged. Strategies such as Total...

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Retail Fashion Trends 2023

As we move closer to the middle of the year, SMEs from across 4C Fashion & Luxury Goods Sub Sector have come together to share insights and explore the challenges the sector faces in 2023 and beyond…

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Why diversifying your supply chain is a commercial imperative

How can a partnership with non-traditional suppliers help your business to unleash the benefits of supply chain diversity?

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Consumer Products: The End-to-End Supply Chain

In our ever-chaotic world, supply chains are under increasing pressure from a relentless number of factors. Brexit rolled into Covid-19 which rolled into the Ukraine War, each with its own unique challenges that have a direct and indirect impact on supply chains. For consumer products, the most obvious visual of these pressures is the empty shelves in our stores.

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The three key pillars of building sustainable end-to-end retail supply chains

Oil and gas prices remain at elevated levels due to the Ukraine war. The governor of the BoE says rising global food prices are a “major worry“ with price inflation of 6.7% last month. The CEO of 2 Sisters, the chicken manufacturer said that the cost of chickens could rise by up to 15% this year as a result of the war in...

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The Historic Acquisition of Credit Suisse and Using Procurement in Acquisitions of Distressed Assets

Over the last few weeks, we have seen a number of major acquisitions. None larger than the historic ‘shotgun-acquisition’ of Credit Suisse. UBS will pay 3 billion Swiss francs (£2.644 billion) for 167-year-old Credit Suisse Group AG and assume up to $5.4 billion in losses. The acquisition makes UBS a significantly more powerful on the global stage, with a pro-forma c.$5 trillion...

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Procurement’s perfect storm: Silicon Valley Bank

This last decade has been a playground for the global technology ecosystem to flourish and enable positive disruption across every industry. The backbone and a key enabler of this has been Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), with whom many of the world’s largest VC investors bank with.

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4 Reasons Why Sustainability Is Key to Commercial Success

In the wake of Shell and BP announcing record-breaking profits for 2022 driven by the increase in wholesale gas prices following the war in Ukraine, their sustainability targets have been placed firmly in the back seat. BP announced that its profits had doubled to $28b whilst also revising its commitment to cut oil and gas production by 40% by...

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The role of procurement in making direct-to-customer successful

Direct to consumer (DTC) or Digital sales channel is the biggest growth area currently across consumer goods. Initially championed by consumer electronic companies like Dell and Apple selling directly to consumers to better manage their supply chain or provide a better brand experience, it gained popularity in household consumer products with companies like Dollar Shave Club and its subsequent...

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5 ways to make your supply chain more sustainable

In today’s world, it’s crucial for businesses to be socially responsible and accountable. Customers are becoming increasingly conscious about how companies operate, which has led to many businesses focusing on being sustainable. This has implications for supply chain management as supply chains, normally, make up most of a organisations emissions, and supply chains that are more sustainable tend to...

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How Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) can strengthen your supply chain resilience

After the recent events of the past two years, Supply Chain resilience has now become the focus of companies and markets around the world. But what does it mean to have a resilient Supply Chain in today’s world? And how can the completion of Mergers / Acquisitions strengthen that resilience.

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