Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Supply Chain Threats Examined at Annual Logistics Lecture

London Hosts CILT Event
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UK – Those wishing to remain abreast of major threats to the global supply chain will have a chance to explore their concerns at the annual Logistics Lecture sponsored by The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK (CILT). Not since the end of the Second World War have global supply chains been fraught with so much risk including environmental disaster, political turmoil, market turbulence, exchange rate fluctuations and pending regulatory changes. They all combine to create volatility and uncertainty that requires identification and management. Issues of long-term sustainability and environmental impact are returning to the market as regulators and consumers join the battle against carbon and greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2011 KPMG researched the views of 50 leading supply chain managers in order to understand what issues they were dealing with, and to assess the relative maturity of their supply chains. Their report summarises the key findings and highlights which sectors are winning in the pursuit of supply chain maturity and which still require substantial work and effort and this year’s lecture, titled ‘Supply Chain Complexity: Managing Constant Change’ will be delivered at the group’s London offices by two of their key supply chain partners, Andrew Underwood (UK) and Julian Thomas (Global).

Andrew Underwood has substantial experience in both planning and implementing major change programmes in supply chain management, and leads KPMG Europe’s Tax Efficient Supply Chain Management (TESCM) Advisory team. Julian Thomas leads the Global Supply Chain practice for KPMG, and his focus is on supporting global businesses to transform and integrate effectively.

Attendance at CILT’s Logistics Lecture costs £25 to CILT members or £50 to non-members. Those wishing to attend should contact CILT Membership Services at  or call 01536 740104 quoting booking code C241.