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Supply chain transparency software exhibited for the first time at RBTE

Posted by Peter Needle

28-Jan-2016 09:32:07

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Segura will be exhibiting at RBTE for the first time in 2016, introducing visitors to stand 1015 to its innovative supply chain transparency software.

Designed to help businesses to understand, monitor and control their supply chain, the system enables retailers to mitigate risk and save money. Customers can use Segura to map even the most complex supply networks and oversee all orders placed, ensuring that they know exactly who is supplying what, when and where.

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Topics: company news

Global sourcing needs more than supply chain audits

Posted by Peter Needle

26-Jan-2016 11:40:35

how-production-tracking-systems-can-benefit-the-garment-supply-chain.jpgFor many businesses, the decision on whether to implement supply chain audits is made simply in terms of financial risk. How much will a delay at one factory cost? How likely is it that orders will go unfulfilled? Are suppliers financially sound?

These are serious questions for any company but they don’t represent the whole picture. In addition, brands must consider the reputational threat involved. What happens if the quality of goods produced falls below an expected standard? Or worse still, if a supplier is exposed for improper working practices or modern slavery?

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Topics: global sourcing, supply chain management

Tackling modern slavery in Congolese cobalt mines

Posted by Peter Needle

21-Jan-2016 09:59:44

Almost_36m_people_live_in_modern_slavery_BLOG.jpgThis week it emerged that major consumer tech brands including Apple, Samsung and Sony may be implicated in a child labour scandal involving cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In its latest report, human rights charity Amnesty International has exposed links between a Chinese mineral firm, believed to supply at least 16 multinational companies, and cobalt mines exploiting child labour in the central African nation. Used within lithium-ion batteries, cobalt is a component of many consumer electronics.

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Topics: ethical sourcing, modern day slavery

Segura Systems raises £2m to bring transparency to retail supply chains

Posted by Peter Needle

21-Dec-2015 10:46:31

Octopus Ventures, one of Europe’s leading ventureBeyond_EDI_How_supply_chain_transparency_solutions.jpg capital
investors, has announced a £2m investment into Segura Systems, the innovative UK technology house delivering supply chain protection to a range of industries. The cloud-based technology creates a comprehensive audit trail that allows all businesses to track every element of their purchases, not only from direct suppliers but also throughout the extended supply network.

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Topics: company news

Bangladesh sweatshops highlight modern slavery in retail supply chains

Posted by Peter Needle

10-Dec-2015 10:00:00

Since the Rana Plaza disaster in 2013, when more than 1,100Segura_091215.jpg
factory workers were killed in a horrific building collapse, the
Bangladeshi garment industry has come under close scrutiny.
Tougher inspections have resulted in
35 factories closing, while
the recent introduction of the Modern Slavery Act means that
UK retailers are more aware than ever of the need for
greater supply chain oversight.

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Topics: global sourcing, garment industry, modern day slavery

Why the world still needs supply chain risk management

Posted by Peter Needle

08-Dec-2015 10:02:00

Despite manyWhy the world still needs supply chain risk management recent advances, it’s fair to assume that there will always be some degree of supply chain risk in global sourcing models. As the political, economic and environmental climate continues to change around the world, experts predict that the ability to innovate will be essential for any business with global operations. 

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Topics: supply chain management

Work with vendors to improve supply chain visibility

Posted by Peter Needle

24-Nov-2015 17:00:00

Work with vendors to improve supply chain visibilityDisconnect between suppliers and retailers often hampers supply chain visibility. So how can companies work with their vendors to share relevant information and build positive working relationships? 

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Topics: supply chain transparency

Modern slavery poses a supply chain risk to most UK companies

Posted by Peter Needle

09-Nov-2015 12:16:02

Modern slavery poses a supply chain risk to most UK companiesLast month, the Modern Slavery Act came into effect across the UK, signifying a huge step forward in abolishing slavery throughout Britain and beyond.

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Topics: modern day slavery

Cottoning on to modern slavery in the retail supply chain

Posted by Peter Needle

22-Oct-2015 11:00:00

Following The Rana Plaza Disaster,Cottoning on to modern slavery in the retail supply chain many fashion consumers are concerned about working conditions in the Bangladesh garment industry. However, few are aware of the conditions of modern slavery prevalent across the cotton industry in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. 

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Topics: modern day slavery

Modern slavery concerns put supply chain compliance in the spotlight

Posted by Peter Needle

20-Oct-2015 11:00:00

CompaniesModern slavery concerns put supply chain compliance in the spotlight need to take control of global supply chain compliance, especially in light of recent legislation such as the Modern Slavery act. However, how hard is it to enforce compliance measures across a diverse supplier base? 

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Topics: supply chain compliance