COVID-19

Supply Chain: Are Local Suppliers The Answer?

It is not news to anyone that global supply chains have taken several knocks as a result of the pandemic. With countries going in and out of lockdowns, manufacturers around the world have struggled to keep up with demand. With multiple countries closing their borders, the transportation of materials and components became near impossible. Here

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Find the Opportunity in the Pandemic: The Time to Invest is Now.

In a recent interview, Terry Scuoler (Chairman of the Institute of Export and International Trade) insists that the manufacturing sector needs to be “bold” as it emerges from the pandemic. He acknowledges that whilst the pandemic has posed huge challenges (in every sense), there are opportunities for businesses now beginning to emerge – and you must be ready to grasp them. His general message for businesses

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COVID-19 Remote Working: The Importance of Aligning the Scope

In the final instalment of our ‘Remote Working’ blog series we will be highlighting how the importance of aligning the scope of projects and work can result in shorter lead-times, better quality, and ultimately more output. Our previous blog posts in this series looked at how good visual management can increase output and investment from

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COVID-19 Remote Working: The Importance of Controlling Your Work-In-Process (WIP)

The UK is currently living through its third national lockdown meaning many people are back to working from home. Remote working is no longer a foreign concept to most businesses but there are still challenges in managing a company/department/team when employees are all working from different locations. Our previous article for our ‘COVID-19 Remote Working’ series looked at how

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COVID-19 Remote Working – The Importance of Good Visual Management

The UK has entered its third national lockdown in an attempt to bring the new, faster-spreading strain of coronavirus under control; this means many more people are back to working from home. It may be that you never even got the chance to return to the office after the initial lockdown last March! Regardless, remote working is here to

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COVID-19: Help Ramp Up Your Supply Chain

More and more companies are returning after lockdown and trying to get back to the new standard of ‘normal’. For most, this means trying to grow the client base again – increasing the sales to high enough levels to cover the operating expense. The situation is different for everyone; some organisations now have fewer people and some organisations are bringing all their

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COVID-19: Ensure Your Business is Ready for Rebound

How to be the best for your customers as your customers come back. Many UK businesses are facing the same dilemma: sales are down. In order to protect themselves from the fact that the majority of their order book will have disappeared, or customers have gone away, businesses feel forced to cut costs. There is

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Operating with Reduced Capacity: Maintaining Output

Following Government measures implementing social distancing in the UK, businesses have had to adapt to change at an unprecedented rate. One of the biggest challenges has been that workforces have been forced to spread out. These measures have been adhered to either by ensuring fewer people are physically at work (remote working), or by adding

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COVID-19: Dealing with Increased Demand – Quick!

These are uncertain times. Many businesses are suffering as a result of drastic, although necessary, Government measures which have seen the UK largely come to a standstill across most sectors. If your business is fortunate enough to be in demand, that can come with its own challenges – especially with the added pressure of a health crisis! People need your products/services quickly, and in

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Coronavirus: Protect your Supply Chain from Large-Scale Disruption

It’s been dominating the news – the Coronavirus. The disease that is becoming a global pandemic. Has it affected your business? If you work with suppliers from the Far East, that answer will be a resounding yes. In efforts to contain the disease China has enforced mass travel restrictions; people have been banned from leaving

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