Latest Events

The Crimson & Co ANZ team were delighted to host their recent autumn Client Alumni events in Sydney and Melbourne, giving the chance to bring together supply chain executives from across Australia.

Crimson & Co Client Alumni is an invite-only network for clients and former clients aimed at fostering supply chain, operations and business leadership. With attendance from many prestigious attendees, our first autumn event was held on the 27th March at the stunning Establishment Hotel in Sydney.
The evening featured two talks; firstly from our Sydney partner David Bissett which was shortly followed by a presentation from our guest speaker Rajeev Mitroo.

David discussed how our digital teams put a high focus on the impact of digital on the performance of operations. David also shared examples of how the Argon Consulting and Crimson & Co teams’ experience has helped clients to apply the best innovations in the Internet of Things, Advanced Analytics and Robotic Process Automation to improve their competitiveness. David then went on to share three practical examples; real-time global tracking of containers for the automotive industry, robotic process automation for a customer service centre of a global drinks client and advanced demand planning and forecasting for a global grocery retailer.

Our guest speaker for the evening was Rajeev Mitroo, VP and Managing Director at Aera technologies, a cloud-based supply chain intelligence software solutions company. Rajeev shared his thoughts on how digital innovation would impact the performance of operations currently, as well as in the future, with supply chains continuing to emerge at a fast pace. We would like to thank Rajeev and all our attendees who throughout the course of the evening engaged in invaluable networking, discussions and debates.

Next up to host our event on the 28th March was the chic Royce Hotel in Melbourne where guests once again had a great opportunity to meet the broader Crimson & Co team and enjoyed the opportunity to network with industry peers and the talks alongside a three-course dinner.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our attendees and Rajeev for making these events so successful, and we look forward to hosting the next Client Alumni evening.

Michel Savini, who leads Crimson & Co’s digital offer in the UK, recently spoke at the SCIP (Supply Chain In Performance) Networking event, hosted by Prof. Jan Godsell for the Warwick Manufacturing Group. The topic of the event was ‘Supply Chain 4.0’.

Our vision of Supply Chain 4.0 rests upon 4 pillars:

  • Connectivity: to collect data from the end-to-end supply chain for increased visibility. One of the key technologies in this area is the Internet of Things, or IoT, as it allows data to be extracted in a simple and cost-effective way.
  • Automation: first, physical flows, starting with increasingly automated warehouses and extending to driverless deliveries. And second, processes, especially mundane tasks so staff can focus on added-value ones. This is made possible by Robotic Process Automation, or RPA, a key technology which is rapidly being adopted to digitise back and front-office work.
  • Predictivity: the more data we collect, the more data we need to process. Part of it can be done through automation, but part of it needs some cognitive input. This is where machine learning can help us really exploit that trove of data that many companies are sitting on today, without really using it.
  • Security: the last pillar is usually thought of it exactly in that order, the last one. Cyber security is finally becoming a big subject even if there is still a long way to go. Blockchain, is the other important technology here as it works as a shared and secured repository of all transactions and an enabler to ‘smart contracts’.

Crimson & Co then gave concrete examples of ongoing projects where these different technologies are being used by Crimson & Co’s clients to build their Supply Chain 4.0.

Crimson & Co were Gold Sponsors at the Supply Chain Innovation Summit 2018 held in Singapore on 15th & 16th November.  The event was attended by about 300 supply chain managers from Singapore, Asian and global companies.  Chris Cave Jones, Crimson & Co Partner in the Singapore office, had a key speaking slot on the morning of the first day, where he gave a talk on putting emerging digital technologies into practice in today’s supply chains.  He also chaired a panel discussion shaping the future of supply chains with panellists from Electrolux, Frost, Mondelez and the Asian Development Bank.

Crimson & Co had an exhibition stand which was well attended during the coffee breaks, where we had plenty of lively conversations and made some great contacts.  Helping Chris to man the stand were Richard Powell and Alison Walthew from Crimson & Co UK, Frans Verheij and David Bissett from Crimson & Co Australia and Judy Lau from Crimson & Co Singapore.

Speaker: Michel Savini – Managing Principal and Head of Digital at Crimson & Co in London

Discussion: “Bringing the digital revolution to operations: challenges and rewards.”

Location: The Goring Hotel, London

Crimson & Co UK held its Winter Client Alumni dinner at The Goring Hotel, London on Thursday 8th November. As usual, attendees were from a broad spectrum of sectors, including life sciences, consumer goods, drinks, packaging, global logistics and high street and on-line retail, and all engaged in invaluable networking, discussion and debate throughout the evening.

Our guest speaker was Michel Savini, Managing Principal and Head of Digital at Crimson & Co in London. Michel explored the untapped potential of Digital in operations, using leading-edge examples from our projects and initiatives to bring the subject to life. Amongst others, the Internet of Things, Robotic Process Automation and Machine Learning/AI all figured in the discussion as Michel showed how Digital advances can support Supply Chain 4.0 and the performance of operations.

A huge thank you to Michel and all our Client Alumni members for making this a wonderful evening.

Crimson & Co India sponsored the 12th edition of the Express Logistics and Supply Chain Conclave in Mumbai.

Asia’s largest end-to-end supply chain platform attracted 240 speakers and over 750 supply chain professionals representing industries such as Automotive, Pharma, Retail, eCommerce, FMCG and Chemical. Amongst the exhibitors were material handling equipment providers, warehouse automation experts, 3PL and logistics service providers, and digital service providers across Asia.

Ravi, CEO, Crimson & Co India participated in a thought leadership panel discussion and shared his insights on innovation in network and inventory optimisation for omni channel fulfilment.

Crimson & Co Mumbai recently hosted an event on ‘Emerging trends in supply chain’. Consultants from our US, UK, France, India, Singapore and Australia offices were all in attendance with a range of topics shared over the event.

Jon Gibson, Associate Director, Crimson & Co UK spoke about the readiness of multi-national corporates to embrace Industry 4.0. He discussed the changes that Industry 4.0 will bring and how corporates could leverage them as opportunities.

Steve Mulaik, Partner, Crimson & Co North America, opened with Michael Jackson’s moonwalk video to set the tone for the topic of his presentation – robotics. Steve spoke passionately about improving productivity with the use of robotics, sharing videos of robots being used in warehouse picking operations. Steve was however sceptical about robots completely replacing humans.

Nicolas Gellé, Partner, Argon Consulting France, shared a case study on a successful experiment of real time container tracking through IoT. This real time tracking enables maritime logistics to go a step further, with companies able to receive their own information, independent from that provided by sea freight companies. This allows them to better plan onward freight movements.

There was a great interaction from the audience and all in all it turned out to be a successful morning of global knowledge sharing.

Crimson & Co North America have had an exciting couple of weeks exhibiting at two events across America.

MODEX 2018 conference took place at The Georgia World Congress Centre, Atlanta, where the focus was ‘The foolproof way to futureproof your business’, looking at next-generation technology and equipment in action.

Crimson & Co also attend the eCommerce Operations Summit 2018 at the Greater Columbus Convention Centre, Ohio, where the focus was optimizing direct-to-customer and omnichannel operations and fulfillment.

Steve Mulaik, Partner at Crimson & Co North America presented at two sessions of the summit, consisting of a breakfast roundtable titled ‘WMS, WCS, WES: sorting it all out’, as well as a session on WMS 3.0 and how to benefit from the biggest changes in 20 Years. The information was well received by the guests.

Click here to read Steve’s 2018 Operations Summit Trip Report

Speaker: Timon Orlob – Sunseeker International Limited

Discussion: “Sunseeker – Navigating a luxury yacht company out of rocky waters”

Location: Brown’s Hotel, Mayfair, London

Crimson & Co UK held its Winter Client Alumni dinner at Brown’s Hotel, London on Thursday 9th November. This was our 18th dinner and provided an opportunity for our clients from the FMCG, drinks, logistics, energy and life science sectors to catch-up over pre-dinner drinks and hear more about the operational restructuring of the family owned global brand – Sunseeker.

Our guest speaker for the evening was Timon Orlob, Head of Operational Excellence at Sunseeker, which is recognised by the rich and famous for its quality and craftmanship. Timon steered us through the operational restructuring and improvement approach to the business’s recent turnaround. We learned that, regardless of the sector, to drive and make change stick you need to address culture and processes. Key factors include having a clear customer promise (not being all things to all people), understanding the real cost of goods sold and cost to serve, understanding your selling point to customers and standardising or simplifying those features that aren’t so vital, and having the right KPIs in place. These lessons are taking Sunseeker on to smoother waters.

A huge thank you to Timon and all of our Client Alumni members who made this a great evening.

Speaker: Jonathan Reeve

Discussion: How Amazon will disrupt the Australian retail and cpg market

Location: 1 Parliament Place, East Melbourne, VIC 3002

Crimson & Co ANZ held its first ever Client Alumni dinner last Thursday, 12 October 2017 in the Library of the Park Hyatt. We had 20 of our clients from various industries (drinks, retail, pharmancy, health, packaging, services and IT) attending our event.

Our guest speaker for the evening was Jonathan Reeve, E-commerce fulfilment consultant & author at Jonathan Reeve consulting. Jonathan talked us through the way Amazon has built its online business over the years, what causes Amazon to be so successful and their future ventures. We looked at the status of online business at the moment in Australia and what the impact of Amazons arrival down under might and will be. The conclusion was that the approach of setting up online retail, even within existing businesses, will (have to) change dramatically to keep up with the customer’s demands and the options Amazon has got to offer.

We thank Jonathan for an interesting hour and our guests for making this a very successful event.

The 11th edition of Express Logistics and Supply Chain Conclave took place in Mumbai, India with the theme of “Supply Chain 4.0- Digitalisation as the next horizon”.

The event saw more than 200 speakers discuss this theme across industry verticals like Food, FMCG, Automotive, Pharma and across many subjects like Procurement, Customer Centricity, Innovation, Demand Planning, Talent Management and Skilling etc. Crimson & Co India partnered as a sponsor.

The keynote speech was addressed by Crispin Mair, Director of Crimson & Co. Crispin spoke about how technology is going to drive change. He highlighted how dynamics would shape up with technology in the near future and how companies should prepare for it. While digitalisation is going to stay and play a bigger role, the importance of “sticking to basics” cannot be discounted and hence should be the focus.

Ravikant Parvataneni, Director, Crimson & Co Mumbai also spoke at the event on a panel discussion ‘Thinking About The Future: What Will Happen In 2020 in the Logistics and Supply Chain Industry?’ Joining him on the panel were senior supply chain professionals from Schindler India, AkzoNobel India, Hindustan Coca-Cola, Nokia Solutions and Bharti Airtel.

For more information on the event please visit http://www.elscconclave.com/

Our Associate Director, Jon Gibson, recently spoke at the SCIP Networking event, hosted by WMG. The topic of the event was ‘Harnessing the potential of Industry 4.0; How ready are you?’

Originating in Germany, the term Industry 4.0 refers to the high-tech strategy that their Government sought to redefine the role of manufacturing, post the global economic downturn. It suggests that we are on the cusp of the fourth Industrial Revolution: a cyber-physical age that will be realised over the next 20 years.

It is driven by a requirement for shorter time to market, increased flexibility, greater asset efficiency and improved productivity. It has the potential to enable incremental improvement of existing business processes, or a more transformational impact through the creation of new business models.

Participants were asked to take part in a short survey to help understand the readiness of industry to embrace the opportunities of the cyber-physical age. The initial study findings were discussed at this SCiP networking event, which included invited guest speakers Jonathan Gibson, Crimson and Co and Cerys Wyn Davies, Pinsent Masons LLP, who gave their views on the Strategic and Organisation and Legal Perspectives of Inudstry 4.0, respectively.

The event presentations and recordings are available to download here

 

Speaker: Adrian Mardell – Jaguar Land Rover

Discussion: Jaguar Land Rover’s approach to its root and branch 2020 transformation

Location: The Goring Hotel, Beeston Place, London

Crimson & Co UK held its Spring Client Alumni dinner at The Goring Hotel, London on Thursday 11th May. Our clients from the FMCG, drinks, logistics and life sciences sectors caught up over pre-dinner drinks in the Goring garden and then engaged in an entertaining talk on how to make large-scale change in a traditional industry a success.

Our guest speaker for the evening was Adrian Mardell, Transformation Director of Jaguar Land Rover. Adrian, with more than 25 years of automotive experience, spanning the acquisition and disposal of multi-billion-pound businesses and financial control of over £20 billion spend, shared his experiences and a plethora of approaches to transformation. This culminated in the Jaguar Land Rover approach to their 2020 transformation programme and support mechanisms, enabling the company’s growth strategy and the exciting future of Jaguar Land Rover.

Many thanks to Adrian and to our Alumni members for a great evening.

On Thursday 27 April on a warm evening in Mumbai, we celebrated The Progress Group India formally becoming Crimson & Co India. Our teams from Mumbai, London and Atlanta were joined by clients, suppliers, former colleagues and friends for cocktails and dinner at The Hilton, Mumbai.

Ravikant Parvataneni welcomed the audience. Richard Powell, in his keynote address, spoke about the Crimson & Co ethos and looking forward to providing end to end supply chain advice to the India market.

Bruce Strahan, Steve Mulaik and Kerry Pickstone spoke about best practice in supply chain transformation citing examples from client case studies and how companies can address the forthcoming supply chain challenges with the introduction of GST . The evening culminated with dinner and networking, everybody present thoroughly enjoyed the event.

We are pleased to announce that Crimson & Co Mumbai recently won an award at the prestigious 6th Manufacturing Supply Chain Awards which were held at The Westin Mumbai.

Crimson & Co India won an award for “Operational Excellence in Material Handling”, for their solution and implementation work on streamlining current processes through automation for an Indian e-commerce company.

Congratulations to the team, it was a great evening enjoyed by all.

Speakers: Colin Povey

Discussion: The business of sport – when leading major change, what can business leaders learn from sporting success?

Location: 34 Mayfair, 34 Grosvenor Square, London W1K 2HD

Crimson & Co UK held its Winter Client Alumni dinner at 34 Mayfair, London on Thursday 10th November. Our clients from the FMCG, drinks, logistics and life sciences sectors caught up over pre-dinner drinks and then engaged in a lively talk on how business leaders can learn from sporting success.

Our guest speaker for the evening was Colin Povey, Chairman of England Netball, ex Chief Executive of Edgbaston and formerly CEO of Carlsberg UK. A great background to look at the lessons industry can learn from sport about teamwork! Colin talked us through what makes a great team and how to balance values and culture with short-term creativity to generate long term benefits. We concluded that to sustain change and maintain team culture you need a combination of newcomers for reinvigoration, talent (for obvious reasons!) and the odd maverick to shake things up. For further reading on team culture Colin suggested Legacy by James Kerr.

Many thanks to Colin and to our Alumni members for a great evening.

Speakers: Andrew Potter

Discussion: The supply chain response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis – the challenge of influencing across multiple countries, cultures and stakeholders.

Location: The Goring Hotel, Beeston Place, London

Crimson & Co held its Spring Client Alumni dinner at The Goring Hotel, London on Thursday 12th May. Networking in the early evening sunshine was followed by a fascinating speech and interesting discussions over dinner with clients across the FMCG, drinks, logistics and life sciences sectors.

Our guest speaker was Andrew Potter a good friend of Crimson & Co, whose work with the UN led to an engaging and thought provoking discussion on the supply chain response to the Syrian refugee crisis. This included the pioneering work the UN is doing on its retail supply chains in countries such as, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Niger and Kenya.

Many thanks to Andrew for sharing his insights with us. Thank you also to our Alumni members who made this a wonderful evening and great networking event.

 

A huge thank you to all our guests who attended our event last week.

On Thursday, 25 February, we celebrated Supply Chain Cover formally becoming Crimson & Co. Our team from Melbourne, Sydney and London were joined by clients, friends and suppliers for a drinks reception at Jardin Tan in Melbourne’s botanical gardens. We were delighted to see so many of our clients there.

During the evening there were speeches by Peter Quine, Frans Verheij and Richard Powell on the history of Supply Chain Cover, the future of Crimson & Co and the exciting opportunities for us and our clients.

The atmosphere was lively and time seemed to fly. We received a lot of positive feedback at the end of the evening and it was a great celebration!

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Thank you to all of our guests at our client alumni event for making it such a success.

Speakers: John Sewell

Discussion: Crimson & Co best practice report: seven ways to gain competitive advantage through the supply chain

Location: The Connaught Hotel, Mayfair, London

Crimson & Co held its Winter Client Alumni at the Connaught Hotel, Mayfair on Thursday 12th November. We had great attendance at the event with clients from the FMCG, drinks and life sciences sectors to name but a few.

The session reviewed the findings generated from analysing over 1000 scprime® assessments completed in 20 countries since 2010. Led by John Sewell of Crimson & Co, the results, some of which were surprising, identified four key trends and how process performance can decay over time. Seven areas with significant opportunity to improve supply chain performance were also identified.

Thank you to John for your insights and to our Alumni members who made this a wonderful evening and great networking event.

Click here to see the full report

 

Every so often we’re asked to train Microsoft partners/retailers who install Dynamics AX in the nuances of retail warehousing. Crimson & Co USA has the skills needed to provide training on the Microsoft Dynamics AX warehouse management system. Steve Mulaik introduced attendees to new concepts to prepare them when they sell Dynamics AX. The Progress Group has taught classes in Seattle, Toronto, Amsterdam, Atlanta and this series a couple of months ago, at the MicroSoft Headquarters in Brussels.

We’re proud MicroSoft continues to ask us to train and we look forward to more collaborative learning opportunities.

 

– Steve Mulaik, Crimson & Co USA

Crimson & Co hosted a table at The Growing Business Awards 2015 at the Marriott Hotel, London on 26th November.

We were delighted to be shortlisted for the ‘Growing Business of the Year: Smaller Company’ award, which recognises world class privately owned UK companies. We were recognised for our global growth, having expanded from one office in London to six across five continents in the past year. This growth has been fuelled by our innovative approach to supply chain consulting, called scprime®.

Congratulations to Zopa who won the award. It was a great evening, thoroughly enjoyed by all.

The Growing Business Awards 2015

Crimson & Co hosted a table at The Growing Business Awards 2015 at the Marriott Hotel, London on 26th November.

We were delighted to be shortlisted for the ‘Growing Business of the Year: Smaller Company’ award, which recognises world class privately owned UK companies. We were recognised for our global growth, having expanded from one office in London to six across five continents in the past year. This growth has been fuelled by our innovative approach to supply chain consulting, called scprime®.

Congratulations to Zopa who won the award. It was a great evening, thoroughly enjoyed by all.

The Growing Business Awards 2015
The Growing Business Awards 2015
The Growing Business Awards 2015

The first Global Supply Chain Debate hosted by WMG took place this week. It brought together professionals from a range of backgrounds and specialties to discuss and debate the global supply chain, and the important role the UK can play. The event began with a workshop facilitated by Matt York and Laura Magee from Crimson & Co addressing the importance of capabilities within the supply chain.

During the official launch we were introduced to the MyChainReaction project. The project focuses on increasing public awareness and engagement of supply chains through examples they can relate to. Day two introduced influential key note speakers including Chuka Umunna (MP), Dr Richard Miller (Innovate UK), Mike Wright (JLR), Sir Michael Arthur (Boeing UK and Ireland), Dame Julie Moore (University Hospitals Birmingham), Janice Munday (Advanced Manufacturing and Services, BIS) and Gill Ringland (SAMI Consulting) with Emeritus Professor Martin Christopher as chair. The day consisted of presentations, debates and workshops concluding with a panel debate, discussing how to take the global initiative forward and what are the current barriers of the UK becoming the heart of the global supply chain.

 

The Global Supply Chain Debate 2015

The first Global Supply Chain Debate hosted by WMG took place this week. It brought together professionals from a range of backgrounds and specialties to discuss and debate the global supply chain, and the important role the UK can play. The event began with a workshop facilitated by Matt York and Laura Magee from Crimson & Co addressing the importance of capabilities within the supply chain.

During the official launch we were introduced to the MyChainReaction project. The project focuses on increasing public awareness and engagement of supply chains through examples they can relate to. Day two introduced influential key note speakers including Chuka Umunna (MP), Dr Richard Miller (Innovate UK), Mike Wright (JLR), Sir Michael Arthur (Boeing UK and Ireland), Dame Julie Moore (University Hospitals Birmingham), Janice Munday (Advanced Manufacturing and Services, BIS) and Gill Ringland (SAMI Consulting) with Emeritus Professor Martin Christopher as chair. The day consisted of presentations, debates and workshops concluding with a panel debate, discussing how to take the global initiative forward and what are the current barriers of the UK becoming the heart of the global supply chain.

 

The Global Supply Chain Debate 2015

Thank you to all of our guests at our client alumni event for making it such a success.

Speakers: Catherine McDermott and Andy Banks

Discussion: Big Data – Big Hype

Location: Browns Hotel, London

Crimson & Co held its Spring Client Alumni dinner at Brown’s Hotel on Thursday 14th May. Clients from a range of sectors attended including; drinks, FMCG, retail, healthcare and industrial.

Our pre-dinner session was a debate on the subject of Big Data – Big Hype, led by Client Alumni members Catherine McDermott, Supply chain Director at Amazon and Andy Banks, Supply Chain Vision & Planning at Waitrose. Catherine took the view that growth in the criticality of big data was inevitable with the supply chain manager’s key skill changing from managing operational issues to managing data. Andy stressed that the biggest weakness in most operations was not being able to manipulate the data already available, so the main priority should be using existing information to enhance current performance. A lively debate ensued, with many inputs from the floor. In a closely fought vote, Catherine came out just ahead, though all agreed the depth and quantity of data could only grow; but the capability to use it is struggling to keep up.

Thank you to Catherine and Andy for this interactive and entertaining debate and to our members for taking part. We look forward to seeing you at our Autumn dinner in November 2015!

 

Crimson & Co is delighted to announce the winners for the Best Supply Chain Initiatives at the Drinks Business awards 2015.

From the retail sector to importers, logistics, design, marketing campaigns and launches, the Drinks Business Awards are designed to recognise and reward top performers across the international drinks industry.

The winners were unveiled at the London Wine Fair on Tuesday 19 May in the London Room of the Olympia exhibition centre in west London.

Crimson & Co recognised outstanding achievement in a new award category for Best supplier Collaboration Project, as well as creating separate awards for Best Supply Chain Innovation in the Beer, Wine and Spirits sectors.

Crispin Mair, Founding Director at Crimson & Co, emphasises the value of drawing greater attention to this area of the industry. ‘There are some great examples of drinks companies out there where a serious investment has been made in re-configuring the supply chain. They are role models for the future of the drinks sector and we felt that they should be recognised as such.’

The winners:

Best Supply Chain Innovation – Spirits: Snow Grouse

Best Supply Chain Innovation – Beer: Meantime Brewing Company

Best Supply Chain Innovation – Wine: London City Bond

Best Supply Chain Collaboration Project: Ahold in partnership with JF Hillebrand

Full details on all of the winners can be found here.

 

Crimson & Co recently sponsored LogiPharma, Europe’s only end-to-end life science supply chain conference.

Now in its 14th year, LogiPharma brings together over 400 senior-level pharma, generics and biotech professionals to benchmark, network, share best practices and assess the latest industry approaches to optimising supply chain performance and security.

As part of the conference, Kerry Pickstone, Head of Life Sciences at Crimson & Co was interviewed on the biggest challenges currently facing the pharmaceutical industry and Crimson & Co’s global expansion.

 

Crimson & Co recently held its annual supply chain academy, dedicated to sharing worldwide best practice across the end to end supply chain.

The Academy brought together consultants from Crimson & Co’s offices in London, Atlanta, Melbourne, Mumbai and Singapore with a focus on providing clients with the same quality of best-in-class supply chain consultancy across the globe.

The two day learning event held at Parkstead House in London (April 27th and 28th) covered a mix of sessions including universal themes applicable across all supply chains, technical workshops on a range of topics, interactive business games and external keynote speakers Jan Godsell, Professor of Operations and Supply Chain, WMG at University of Warwick and Sean Mallon, Head of Global Planning, Customer Relations & Logistics, William Grant & Sons.

Richard Powell, CEO of Crimson & Co, stated: ‘The Academy provides the opportunity for Crimson & Co worldwide to leverage its global skills and experience and strengthen relationships across the business.’

‘Our clients tell us that they need an independent consultancy with a consistent level of service and approach. Thanks to the Academy, our highly talented team of consultants are able to share a common approach to consulting and a single belief that the only thing that matters is making a real difference for our clients,’ he added.

As the drinks business awards enter their 12th year, a new partnership aims to shine a spotlight on one particularly key element of this global industry. Working together with specialist supply chain consultants Crimson & Co, 2015 will see the drinks business recognise outstanding achievement in a new award category for Best supplier Collaboration Project, as well as creating separate awards for Best Supply Chain Innovation in the Beer, Wine and Spirits sectors. Crispin Mair, Founding director at Crimson & Co, emphasises the value of drawing greater attention to this area of the industry. ‘Supply chain dynamics in the drinks sector have intensified in the last few years,’ he observes. ‘The pace of product churn has increased to equal that of FMCGs and drinks supply chains have had to respond accordingly.’

While noting that ‘many have struggled with this, and continue to do so,’ Crispin adds: ‘There are some great examples of drinks companies out there where a serious investment has been made in re-configuring the supply chain. They are role models for the future of the drinks sector and we felt that they should be recognised as such.’

With expertise that has helped clients including Accolade Wines, Carlsberg and Diageo, Crimson & Co will now bring its deep understanding of this sector to the judging process. Outlining the key criteria required for success in these newly established award categories, Crispin explains: ‘The qualities we will look for in the collaboration award are partnership, mutual benefit and sustainability in cost reduction.’ In addition, he notes: ‘We would expect both the drinks company and its supplier to see collaboration as central to their supply chain strategies and be able to demonstrate this.’

Meanwhile the supply chain innovation awards will consider the specific needs of both on-and off-trade sectors of the beer industry, with similar attention being given to both wine and spirits entries.

Turning to these categories, Crispin says: ‘We are not necessarily expecting to see that brand new supply chain concepts have been implemented, but rather that a business has taken a concept which is new to them and adapted it to make a change for the better. We are interested in qualities such as awareness of new ideas, pragmatism in using them and clarity on the benefits the change has brought.’

For more information about all the categories in The Drinks Business Awards 2015, visit www.thedrinksbusiness.com.

 

Speaker: Amanda Rawstrontrailer movie Baby Driver

Discussion: How technology is changing the face of logistics and supply chain management

Event: The RMIT Logistics and Supply Chain Research and Innovation Forum, held in Melbourne, Australia, brings together prominent industry figures, policymakers and academics to discuss new approaches to meeting supply chain management challenges and forge new ways of thinking.

A number of topics were covered including:„

  • How to improve our connectivity with the Asia-Pacific region
  • Ways of more seamlessly integrating technology in Australian production and service networks
  • „How technology is changing the face of logistics and supply chain management
  • Does our current training and workforce supply framework equip Australian businesses to successfully face their next challenges?

Amanda Rawstron from Crimson & Co Australia, was one of the keynote speakers at this prestigious event, talking about how technology is changing the face of logistics and supply chain management.

To see the full presentation click here

 

A huge thank you to all of our guests who attended the launch of our office in Singapore and made it such a success!

The Crimson & Co team from London, Mumbai, Melbourne and Singapore were joined by partners, friends, suppliers and clients for a drinks reception at the LeVel33 bar and restaurant.

There was a great vibe as guests enjoyed the views from the roof top terrace and the opportunity to network with colleagues, old friends and new connections.

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Crimson & Co was delighted to host its inaugural Drinks Industry Forum at The Sanderson Hotel, London on 22nd January 2015. Guests from some of the world’s leading drinks and packaging companies joined us to explore the theme of ‘Agility and innovation through collaboration: A new era for supplier development in the drinks industry’. Some of the key insights included:

  • Selecting the right supplier to collaborate with is essential
  • Focus your efforts on a very limited number of supply chain partners each year
  • Benefits don’t have to be financial to be valuable, but will ensure continued support for the activity
  • Collaboration means different things to different people and/or functions
  • Be clear what you are looking to achieve from the outset, and overtly measure progress against that
  • Agree what is off-limits and the boundaries of what you can work within before you start
  • Established solid personal relationships are fundamental to success
  • It is a journey not a one-off exercise: aim to get some quick wins and build trust from there
  • Sponsorship needs to be from the very top, at least the Supply Chain Director but ideally the CEO
  • Procurement is a potential blocker to collaboration – its role must be handled sensitively

We would like to extend our thanks to everyone who came and especially to Steve Fisher of Avon Cosmetics and Tim Hobbs of Accolade Wines for their presentations.

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In high product churn environments, supply chains cannot be any less than highly skilled at supplier management. As the packaging supply base in the drinks sector is relatively narrow, customers don’t just need to compete for consumer attention, they need to compete for supplier support and innovation as well.

Crimson & Co is looking forward to leading the debate on 22nd January 2015 in London. With speakers from Accolade Wines, Rexam Beverage Cans and Avon Cosmetics, it promises to be a stimulating discussion!

For more information, please contact drinks@crimsonandco.com

Thank you to all of our guests at our client alumni event for making it such a success.

Speaker: Professor Michael Lewis

Discussion: In a world of cross-business processes, matrix management, category segmentation and global diversity, is functional strategy still relevant?

Location: The Goring Hotel, London

Crimson & Co held its winter Client Alumni dinner at the Goring hotel on Thursday 13th November. The event was extremely well attended by a number of clients across a variety of industry sectors. It was warming to see familiar faces as well as some new faces to this event.

Our guest speaker Professor Michael Lewis from Bath University delivered an energetic and lively discussion on the topic of functional strategy and its relevance in a world of cross-business processes, matrix management, category segmentation and global diversity. We talked triangles and T-shapes to discuss the interface with organisation, strategy and people and how these support a functional strategy.

A big thank you goes out to Mike for his enthusiasm and passion on the subject and to all those who were able to attend this event. We look forward to seeing you all next year at the spring dinner in May 2015!

If you would like to know more about this subject please start a discussion on our LinkedIn page or contact Michael Lewis by email on mal20@management.bath.ac.uk.

Crimson & Co was delighted to host a table for its clients and other business associates at the 18th annual Supply Chain Excellence Awards at the Hilton, Park Lane on 5th November.

Our client, North Middlesex University Hospital Trust achieved the shortlist for two awards ‘Public and Third Sectors’ and ‘Sourcing and Procurement’. The nominations were made following several extensive projects with the Trust including a successfully revitalised Procurement function. During one of these projects Crimson & Co supported the Trust in sourcing and commissioning its new, state-of-the-art, Maternity block in Edmonton – a tremendous achievement by our client and colleagues alike.

We thoroughly enjoyed the festivities of the evening and as one of our guests, Catherine Barns, from the North Middlesex University Hospital Trust put it: ‘Pity we didn’t win however we are proud to have been shortlisted. Thoroughly enjoyed the night.’

14th annual Supply Chain Excellence Awards
14th annual Supply Chain Excellence Awards
14th annual Supply Chain Excellence Awards
14th annual Supply Chain Excellence Awards
14th annual Supply Chain Excellence Awards
14th annual Supply Chain Excellence Awards

A huge thank you goes out to all of our guests that attended our recent Champagne and Canapés celebration for making it such a lively and successful evening!

Set in the beautiful Louis XVI Pompadour suite and pillared outdoor terrace of the Luxury Café Royal Hotel, the Crimson & Co team were joined by partners, friends, suppliers and clients as it celebrated its continued success.

Guests enjoyed an evening of sumptuous canapés, champagne, fine wine and entertainment from a magician, giant games and a brilliant 4 piece band.

Crimson & Co is delighted to announce it supported South Yorkshire CIPS members by chairing a presentation on organisational design at an event held on 18th September 2014.

Matt York, Principal at Crimson & Co shared background to a survey conducted in conjunction with the University of Manchester, and introduced the concept that successful change requires alignment with organisational design. Without this alignment, factors such as organisational structure, rewards, culture and leadership style work directly against the change being implemented – a reality which was backed up by several of the survey’s respondents. This led to a lively discussion amongst attendees, who shared their own experiences of change and the common agreement that developing capabilities for their managers is a big priority.

Matt used the survey’s conclusions to discuss the main themes – the 3Cs. He challenged the attendees to ask themselves the following questions next time they feel that a change initiative has lost momentum;

• Have we provided the right level of Clarity to all involved?
• Have we done enough to gain their Commitment to the vision/outputs?
• Do we have the right level of Capability at all levels to deliver the plan?

Overall the evening was very successful and we would like to thank everyone that attended.

Thank you to all of our guests at our client alumni event for making it such a success.

Speaker: Chris Poole

Discussion: The role that ECR continues to play in the twenty-first century

Location: The Royal Automobile Club, London

Crimson & Co’s Client Alumni dinner held on Thursday 15th May at the RAC Club on Pall Mall, was a great success; it was well attended by senior supply chain executives from 19 different sectors, and complimented by the good weather and great location of the RAC Club. There were a number of new faces this time as well as some familiar ones to this networking event.

Our guest speak Mr Chris Poole spoke passionately about his supply chain experiences and role as Co-chair of the UK grocery industry group Efficient Consumer Response (ECR). Chris explained, “ECR has been around since the mid-nineties; but its role today is as important as it was two decades ago. Its mission is focused on working together to fulfil consumer wishes better, faster, at less cost and in a sustainable way”.

As Chris bought us up to date on the Role of ECR in Europe he spoke of three key factors to support manufacturers, retailers and service providers supply chains;

  • Collaboration
  • Sharing best practice and knowledge within the team
  • Transformational change to our industry that benefits our shoppers and consumers

If you would like more information or have any specific questions which Chris didn’t get to answer before he left for the evening, please contact him directly chris.poole@musgrave.co.uk or post a discussion on our LinkedIn page.

A huge thank you to all members who were able to make this event and to Chris for entertaining us for the evening!

Our next event will be in November 2014.

 

Crimson & Co is delighted to announce it supported CIPS members by chairing the ‘Procurement – your career choice’ event in Leeds on 7th May 2014.

The event, which is aimed at procurement students at all levels, provides an update on what is happening in the world of procurement and assesses how organisations are implementing new supply chains and using new technologies to work more effectively.

Tom Woodham, Director, Crimson & Co who chaired the event on behalf of the company comments, ‘The events held by CIPS throughout the year are always very informative and insightful conferences, with the ‘procurement – your career of choice’ being no exception. It was a great event, which recognises the importance of the next generation of procurement professionals, and their development in a constantly evolving industry.’

Tom also introduced a session on ‘harnessing the power of social media from a procurement perspective’ held by, Rob Wilmot, founding exec and former CEO of Freeserve.

Tom added, ‘We are pleased to be able to be a part of the event, and support the future growth of CIPS members, ensuring that they are equipped with the right tools for their progressing roles in the modern connected world.’

Crimson & Co is pleased to announce Head of Life Science Kerry Pickstone’s interview with LogiPharma, Europe’s only end-to-end life science supply chain conference.

During the Q&A interview Kerry discusses the biggest challenges currently facing the pharmaceutical industry and Crimson & Co’s powerful scprime® approach.

Crimson & Co is delighted to announce that it is sponsoring the annual LogiPharma Europe conference, taking place on the 7th – 10th April 2014.

Now in its 13th year, LogiPharma brings together over 400 senior-level pharma, generics and biotech professionals to benchmark, network, share best practices and assess the latest industry approaches to optimising supply chain performance and security.

As part of the conference, Kerry Pickstone, Head of Life Science at Crimson & Co will present a strategy workshop entitled: ‘Driving business change through innovative organisational design.’ She will focus on changes that need to take effect around business strategy, organisational design that reflects evolving customer demands and demand planning and change management approaches, all of this against survey results from peers within the supply chain.

Visit Crimson & Co at LogiPharma at Stand Number 11.

Thank you to all of our guests at our client alumni event for making it such a success.

Speaker: Crimson & Co’s Matt York
Discussion: ‘Is your organisational design limiting success?’
Location: The Savoy Hotel, London

On Thursday 21st November, Crimson & Co held its 10th Alumni dinner. The prestigious location was the Savoy Hotel where Sir Winston Churchill entertained cabinet ministers whilst Parliament was in session. Dinner and discussions were held in the Pinafore room which housed photographs of British Prime Ministers dating back to Churchill.

Crimson & Co’s Matt York shared key insights from the client survey he conducted alongside the University of Manchester this summer, which asked ‘Is your organisational design limiting success?’ After excellent discussions across the group, Matt urged us not to forget the 4Cs when dealing with change:

  • Ensuring we give all those involved sufficient Clarity of the future through the vision
  • Considering whether existing structures and rewards are really driving people’s Commitment to this vision
  • Identifying and developing the Capability needed to achieve this vision
  • The 4th C was a reference to Jaffa Cakes

Jaffa cakes

Matt shared earlier that in his time running the Jaffa Cake factory for McVitie’s there was a long standing dispute about whether Jaffas are biscuits (which attract VAT in the UK), or cakes (which don’t). The fight was eventually won as Jaffas behave differently to all biscuits; if you leave them out of the packet they turn hard like a cake, not soft like a biscuit.

Matt used this analogy to encourage those present to think of the Jaffa Cake when considering change – proactively use organisational design to firm up future success, don’t behave like a biscuit and let your existing organisational design turn your plans soft!

A huge thank you to all members who were able to make this event and to Matt for entertaining us for the evening!

Our next event will be in May 2014. We will also be running some site tours for members during next year; if you would to host a tour, please do let us know via your Crimson contact or alison.walthew@crimsonandco.com

A huge thank you goes out to all of our guests at our recent 10th Anniversary evening for making it such a lively and successful evening!

Set at the historic Household Cavalry Museum with original 18th century stables, stunning rare artifacts and spectacular exterior views of the Admiralty buildings and St James’s Park, the Crimson & Co team was joined by partners, friends, suppliers and clients as it celebrated its continued success.

A special thanks goes to our client Accolade Wines, the largest wine company by volume in the UK and Australia, selling some of the world’s best-known brands in over 80 countries, for sponsoring a fine selection of wines.

Crimson & Co is delighted to announce sponsorship of the European Supply Chain and Logistics Summit on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th June 2013 in Berlin, Germany.

Now in its 15th Annual year, the summit focuses on next-generation supply chains; supporting growth through responsive and flexible strategies.

As part of the conference, Crimson & Co will present a workshop entitled ‘People capabilities as a driver for business improvement.’ During the workshop, Director Crispin Mair will explain how Crimson & Co successfully used the scprime® People Capabilities framework with global wine company, Accolade Wines, to identify the technical skills and knowledge required within their supply chain organisation and best alignment of people to roles. Crispin will also explain how Crimson & Co recently developed bespoke capability training which helped Accolade Wines to implement and sustain a new operating model quickly with minimal disruption. At the end of the workshop, Crimson & Co will run a wine competition in conjunction with Accolade Wines to give 2 lucky delegates the chance to win a case of Accolade’s finest wines.

To read more about the event click here: SCL Europe

Thank you to all of our guests at our client alumni event for making it such a success.

Speakers: Mike Carson
Discussion: Leadership styles, and how to cascade key messages effectively through the business
Location: The Goring Hotel, London

Following on from the success of our client alumni event in November, Crimson & Co hosted an event at The Goring Hotel on Thursday 16th May 2013 in London. Crimson & Co’s client alumni is an invite-only network for clients and former clients designed to foster supply chain leadership.

Our spring alumni dinner was very well received by a number of new and existing members. Drinks were enjoyed in The Goring’s private garden with a hint of sunshine to take the chill off as we eagerly anticipated the arrival of our guest speak Mike Carson. Mike’s introduction to leadership styles and specific relevance to some of the key premier league football managers generated keen interest among the male and female audience.

A big thank you goes out to Mike for sharing some interesting insights and making the evening interactive and to all the client alumni guests who were able to attend. We would like to thank all our guests for such positive feedback, we will be announcing the details of our next event shortly.

Crimson & Co is delighted to announce that it is sponsoring the annual LogiPharma Europe conference, taking place on the 23rd – 25th April 2013

Now in its 12th year, LogiPharma brings together over 350 senior-level pharma, generics and biotech professionals to benchmark, network, share best practices and assess the latest industry approaches to optimising supply chain performance and security.

As part of the conference, John Sewell, Principal at Crimson & Co will present a Supply chain leadership & strategy workshop entitled “A practical route to segmentation within the supply chain” on Wednesday 24th April 2013 at 2pm. The workshop will outline a new, rigorous approach to effective segmentation strategies that will have impact in your business.

Kerry Pickstone, Head of Life Science at Crimson & Co will take part in a panel discussion on ‘S&OP: Cutting through the marketing hype to make this work’ on Wednesday 24th April 2013 at 11.45am alongside Peter Smith, Director, Planning & Deployment EMEA at Baxter Healthcare.

To read more about the conference and Crimson & Co’s involvement please visit:

LogiPharma 2013

Crimson & Co is delighted to announce that it is sponsoring the LogiCon, Europe’s first and premier Retail and FMCG supply chain leaders’ event.

Over 40 industry leaders will be sharing insight at the event on a range of topics including supply chain collaboration, supply chain support and best alignment, supply chain strategies and distribution models that will support expansion in Emerging Markets as CPG manufacturers and retails seek new growth opportunities.

As part of the event, Jonathan Gibson, Head of Logistics at Crimson & Co will lead a 45 minute workshop entitled ‘Above Market Planning – market complexity is exploding, can it deliver?’ Jon discusses how the drive for tax benefits, talent management and supply chain efficiency have driven varying degrees of Above Market Planning, and the organisational disruption of this has been viewed as a price worth paying. The standardisation this requires is contradictory to the growing complexity of the commercial environment.

To read more about the event here: LogiCon

Thank you to all of our guests at our client alumni event for making it such a success.

Speakers: Phil Thornton
Discussion: The truth behind global instability, its impact on emerging markets and supply chain vulnerability
Location: Dartmouth House, Mayfair, London

Crimson & Co held its latest client alumni dinner on 22nd November at Dartmouth House in Mayfair, the grade II listed home of the English Speaking Union. Crimson & Co’s client alumni is an invite-only network for clients and former clients designed to foster supply chain leadership.

The evening was well attended by clients from 15 different companies across a variety of sectors and the pre-dinner discussion was led by our guest speaker, Phil Thornton, a renowned business journalist with the Independent and now heading up his own business, Clarity Economics.

Phil spoke knowledgeably on, “The truth behind global instability, its impact on emerging markets and supply chain vulnerability”. He provided insights on the current economic climate, its impact on emerging marketing and how the middle classes are expanding greatly in China and India, generating more and more demand and a rise in expectations. There was also much discussion around the Euro and how this might evolve in the future and its impact on day to day business.

The evening was rounded off by a fabulous dinner influenced by the great teaching chef Prue Leith. We would like to thank all our guests for such positive feedback, we will be announcing the details of our next event shortly.

A huge thank you goes out to all of our guests at our recent Champagne, Wine and Food Tasting evening for making it such a lively and successful evening!

Set at the top of the historical Shakespeare’s Globe, on the banks of the River Thames, the Crimson & Co team was joined by partners, friends, suppliers and clients as it celebrated its continued success.

The champagne and wines were decadent and enjoyable but, the highlight was the playful food show and lively band.

Thank you to all of our guests at our client alumni event for making it such a success.

Speakers: Richard Powell and John Sewell
Discussion: Supply Chain Segmentation – from academic dreams to practical action
Location: The Ritz, London

Following on from the success of our client alumni event in November, Crimson & Co hosted an alumni event at The Ritz on Thursday 21st June 2012 in London. Crimson & Co’s client alumni is an invite-only network for clients and former clients designed to foster supply chain leadership.

It was a terrific evening hosted in the sumptuous surroundings of the William Kent room at The Ritz. Principal John Sewell’s discussion on segmentation generated many interesting questions and, with the occasional use of content-rich ‘playing cards’ to expand on key points, solutions were discussed and debated within the group.

We would like to thank all our guests for such positive feedback, we will be announcing the details of our next event shortly.

Crimson & Co is proud to have sponsored The Procurement Leaders Forum which took place on Tuesday 22nd May 2012 in London.

The Procurement Leaders Forum boasts a world-class learning program with over 150 global leaders in procurement and supply chain attending. At the Forum entitled ‘Understanding value: Procurement’s impact on shareholder return’ delegates heard best practice case-studies and the latest thinking around some of the most important topics on the procurement agenda.

As part of the conference Crimson & Co led a case study presentation and interactive workshop with one of our clients, Manchester Airport Groups entitled, ‘Using process benchmarking to set strategy and drive continuous improvement.’ During the workshop delegates were introduced to scprime®, Crimson & Co’s powerful supply chain improvement approach, based on process benchmarking and taken through the practical understanding of how it can be used to drive improvement.

To hear more about the conference visit here

Crimson & Co is delighted to announce that it sponsored LogiPharma Europe which took place on Tuesday 24th – Thursday 26th April 2012 in Geneva.

LogiPharma Europe 2012 is the only end-to-end life science supply chain conference where over 300 strategic-level pharma, generics and biotech professionals meet to benchmark, network, share best practices and assess latest industry approaches to optimising supply chain performance and security.

Now in its 11th year, the event has been revamped to include only the critical issues affecting SCM VPs and senior supply chain professionals.

As part of the summit Crimson & Co led a case study presentation showing how its powerful scprime® benchmarking approach, backed up by real, deep expertise, is used to rapidly generate large and sustainable benefits for low investment, including increased capacity, improved standards, greater responsiveness and reduced working capital. Based around work at one of Merck’s major continental Europe distribution centres, and with a case study presented by Paul Rice, Merck’s Executive Director of Logistics Operations for EMEA, the workshop covered ways of dealing with some of the major issues faced by pharma companies.

Extended Supply Chain is Europe’s leading supply chain conference, attended by forward-thinking and innovative supply chain leaders from a range of industry sectors.

This year, the two day conference focused on ‘Driving supply chain visibility within your extended value chain to be more agile, responsive and competitive.’ Celebrating its tenth year, the event was insightful and thought-provoking.

Crimson & Co is delighted to announce that it sponsored the event and ran a 45 minute workshop session on ‘ From Academic Dreams To Practical Action: Supply Chain Segmentation.’

Crimson & Co is delighted to announce that it sponsored LogiCon Europe on the 7th – 9th February 2012. Now in its sixteenth year, LogiCon Europe brings together leading Supply Chain professionals from the FMCG and retail markets to discuss current supply chain issues and trends in a format that fosters high levels of interactive learning, networking and collaboration. Speakers at this prestigious event include supply chain leaders from Carrefour, ASDA, Unilever, P&G, Estee Lauder, Kraft Foods, Adidas Group and many more.

As part of the summit Crimson & Co ran a 45 minute workshop on Supply Chain Segmentation. To read more about Crimson & Co’s involvement at LogiCon and our approach to designing supply chain segmentation, please visit The Value Chain.net for a guest post from John Sewell, Principal at Crimson & Co, who led the workshop.

Thank you to all of our guests at our sixth client alumni event for making it such a success.

Speakers: Mike Rothwell, Richard Powell and Crispin Mair

Event: Client Alumni VI
Location: The Playboy Club, London
Date: Wednesday 23rd November 2011

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Following on from the success of our fifth alumni event in June, we held a sixth event in association with our client, London Clubs International, at their prestigious new venue, The Playboy Club in London. Crimson & Co’s client alumni is an invite-only network for clients and former clients designed to foster supply chain leadership.

We would like to extend a huge ‘thank you’ to our joint host Mike Rothwell, Finance Director at LCI for co-hosting the evening and for providing an entertaining insight into how Playboy aligns its global brands with local operations. This stimulated much discussion over the evening and led to an insightful debate on: “Local is the new Global; how must the supply chain respond?”

We would like to thank our guests for such positive feedback, we will be announcing the details of our next event shortly.

Dave Alberts, Director of Crimson & Co was invited to speak at the Institute of Business Forecast Planning’s Supply Chain Conference on the 18th November in Amsterdam.

Dave’s presentation discussed the ‘The role of Demand Planning in S&OP – Overcoming obstacles to consensus.’ The importance of this topic was clearly demonstrated through case studies, including PZ Cussons, Dairy Crest and Avon.

A huge thank you goes out to all of our guests at our recent Champagne, Canapés and Wine Tasting evening for making it such a lively and successful evening!

Set in the cellars of the wonderfully worn-in Berry Brothers & Rudd wine shop near St James’s Palace, the Crimson & Co team was joined by partners, friends, suppliers and clients as it celebrated its continued success.

The champagne and canapés were decadent and enjoyable but, as usual, the highlight was the walk-around wine tasting, which this year was based on ‘Old world wines with New World attitude’ featuring premium old favourite grapes now grown in new regions such as Riesling, Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Thank you to all of our guests at our fifth client alumni event for making it such a success.

Speakers: Michael Watson, Jonathan Gibson and Dave Alberts
Event: Client Alumni V
Location: Claridges Hotel, Mayfair, London
Date: Thursday 30th June 2011

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A host of Crimson and Co’s clients and former clients came together to share their thoughts on supply chain leadership and enjoy a decadent meal at Gordon Ramsay’s at Claridges, London last week for the fifth annual client alumni event.

We would like to extend an extra special ‘thank you’ to Michael Watson, Supply Chain Director at Avon Cosmetics and Jonathan Gibson, General Manager Distribution Opertational Excellence at Shell for hosting the discussion and to all our guests for their fascinating thoughts on the debate “Globalisation is dead, and the supply chain is the Board’s new competitive battleground.”

We would like to thank our guests for such positive feedback, we will be announcing details of our next event shortly.

Crimson & Co is delighted to announce that it is sponsoring the European Supply Chain and Logistics Summit on 14th – 16th June 2011.

Now in its thirteenth year, SCL Europe brings together leading Supply Chain professionals from across Europe to discuss current supply chain issues and trends. The event includes the Supply Chain Distinction Awards, celebrating excellence across the supply chain.

On Thursday 12th May Crimson & Co launched its new book entitled “scprime®: The Journey to Supply Chain Excellence” at London’s decadent Dorchester Hotel.

Speaking at the event were Richard Powell, Managing Director of Crimson & Co and Nick Miller, editor of the book who gave an introduction into how scprime® aligns supply chain strategy to business strategy and drives competitive advantage.

Whilst guests sipped on champagne and enjoyed luxury canapés, Crimson consultants introduced the company’s scprime® brand, to highlight best practice across the supply chain industry.

Richard Powell, Managing Director of Crimson & Co, explained:

“Crimson & Co’s scprime® approach ensures that performance, improvement and standardisation are inextricably aligned to the business as a whole; critically, it is done by the business, not to the business, and as such, becomes part of its core culture.”

Guest Dr. Janet Godsell, Cranfield School of Management, said:

“The principles behind Supply Chain Excellence are simple; generating step-change improvement in a supply chain to support business strategy. This book is the starting point of that journey.”

scprime® identifies performance weaknesses and prioritises improvements. It prepares the ground for major IT implementations or acquisitions, is a driver of longer-term continuous business improvements and has been used in over 20 countries and on five continents.

We would like to extend a huge ‘thank you’ to all of our guests for their participation in the evening and for such positive feedback.

For more information, to arrange a meeting or for a copy of the book, please contact: Neha Gadhvi

Extended Supply Chain is Europe’s leading supply chain conference, attended by forward-thinking and innovative supply chain leaders from a range of industry sectors. This year, the two day conference will focus on ‘Delivering Excellence throughout the end-to-end Supply Chain.’ Now in its ninth year, the event promises to be insightful and thought-provoking with speakers from Samsung, Dell, Primark and Nike amongst others.

Crimson & Co is delighted to announce that it will be sponsoring the event and will be running a seminar session in association with TATA Global Beverages on ‘Integrating a global business through S&OP; The get-rights and challenges’

Crimson & Co is delighted to announce that it will be guest speaking at the retail focused breakfast meeting ‘Exploring the challenges and opportunities in International Sourcing’ on Tuesday 18th January 2011. This event, led by Procurra Solutions, will demonstrate proven techniques for significantly decreasing the cost of procurement operations, directly impacting on an organisation’s bottom line. Crimson & Co will be speaking about different organisational approaches to international sourcing and the factors to take into consideration.

If you would like to attend please email Helen Kirkpatrick

Places are limited so an early RSVP is advisable

Crimson & Co was delighted to sponsor the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards held on Thursday 18th November at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London. The most prestigious awards in the supply chain calendar, the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards brought together leading supply chain executives from across Europe to celebrate excellence in supply chain operations.

Crimson & Co was delighted to present the award for Supply Chain Innovation, recognising the outstanding work of all the shortlisted organisations in developing innovative supply chain solutions in today’s complex environment. Congratulations to Joint Support Chain Services on winning the award.

We would also like to congratulate our client, British American Tobacco, on being shortlisted in the Consumer Products category.

‘Crimson & Co, now there’s a sexy name’ Rufus Hound

Crimson & Co’s first complimentary procurement focused breakfast meeting is taking place on Tuesday 23rd November from 8:15-10am. It will be held in the Postillion room of the Langham Hotel and will include a presentation and discussion on the different approaches to making category management work in global organisations.

The highlight of the event will be the insight provided by our special guest speakers from British American Tobacco, PZ Cussons and a senior public sector category manager.

If you would like to join us for please email helen.kirkpatrick@crimsonandco.com.

Places are limited so an early RSVP is advisable.

Thank you to all of our guests at our fourth client alumni event for making it such a success.

Speaker: Richard Powell
Event: Client Alumni IV
Location: Covent Garden Hotel, London
Date: Thursday 21st October 2010

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Following on from the success of our previous events, we held a fourth event at the Covent Garden Hotel last week. Crimson & Co’s client alumni is an invite-only network for clients and former clients designed to foster supply chain leadership.

We would like to extend a huge ‘thank you’ to all of our guests for their participation in the evening and to Cranfield School of Management for providing insightful research on supply chains and competitive advantage. The topic stimulated much discussion over the evening.

We would like to thank our guests for such positive feedback, we will be announcing the details of our next event shortly.

Thank you to all of our guests who attended our annual Champagne, Canapes and Wine Tasting evening for making it such a lively and successful event.

The Crimson & Co team was joined by partners, friends, suppliers and clients at Berry Bros & Rudd, Britain’s oldest wine merchant, to celebrate its continued success.

Set in the 300 year old cellars near St James’s Palace, the evening included a Champagne and canape reception followed by the highlight of the walk around wine tasting. This year was based on Discovering Spanish Wines and featured premium wines from Marques de Murrieta, Descendientes de J Palacios and Vega Sicilia amongst others.

Crimson & Co is delighted to announce that it is sponsoring the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards on Thursday 18th November at Grosvenor House Hotel, London. Now in their thirteenth year, the awards recognise organisations in Europe that demonstrate excellence in their supply chain operations. They are the most prestigious in the industry receiving a record number of entries. Previous winners include Dell, Sainsbury’s, Vodafone and Cisco Systems amongst others.

Crimson & Co is sponsoring the ‘Supply Chain Innovation’ Award which recognises organisations driving through change with forward thinking and innovative supply chain practices. We look forward to attending the event and celebrating supply chain success.

Tom Woodham, Director of Crimson & Co was invited to speak at the flagship Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply event held on the 22nd June at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Tom discussed the importance of managing Supply Risk in the current economic and political environment and how this is likely to have increasing significance in the next few years. The importance of this topic was clearly demonstrated through case studies, including the current BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Crimson & Co was delighted to sponsor The Supply Chain Distinction Awards 2010 held on Tuesday 8th June. Now in its third year, the event brings together the leading supply chain and logistics professionals from around the globe to embrace and celebrate excellence across the most important disciplines in supply chain management.

Crimson & Co presented the most prestigious award ‘Supply Chain Team of the Year’ to Terra Technology and Proctor & Gamble.  Richard Powell, Crimson & Co Managing Director commented:

“As a business, our prime focus is the end-to-end supply chain – whilst we have functional specialists, we do everything with a full understanding of the implications across the supply chain as a whole. This is because true excellence can only be driven by every part of a business working in sync. Over recent years, supply chain management has evolved from a loose affiliation across functions to an integrated and cross functional discipline. Supply Chain Management has come of age! Today, supply chain professionals must have:

  • Subject matter expertise and broad skills across the supply chain
  • Experience in effectively applying information technology
  • A range of leadership capabilities to drive projects and manage different stakeholder expectations
  • Global planning and operations experience to manage boundary spanning and increasingly virtual supply chain environments
  • Knowledge, breadth and experience to evaluate the competitive environment and market strategy

So, being passionate about the end-to-end supply chain, and understanding the skills required to achieve change, we were delighted to help recognise the outstanding work of supply chain teams that have achieved success across the supply chain. Such achievements are hard earned and deserve the cross industry recognition that this award represents.”

We would also like to congratulate our client Constellation for winning the ‘Green Supply Chain Award’.

The Procurement Leaders Forum is the UK’s leading conference for CPOs and senior procurement professionals. This year, it brought together the most forward thinking global procurement executives who shared their experiences and exchanged views on how to get procurement to the next level.

The forum, titled ‘From cost cutting to value creation: procurement’s role in a post-recession world’ tackled subjects such as:

  • On the road to recovery: what steps must procurement executives take to prepare?
  • Procurement everywhere: Embedding procurement throughout the organisation
  • A focus on growth: How procurement can refocus itself to maximize top-line growth
  • The simple life: From cost cutting to value creation: Procurement’s role in a post-recession world
  • Sustainable sourcing: How to step up your green procurement efforts while maintaining a business focus
  • The perfect marriage: How procurement and finance should work together
  • Procurement outsourcing management: Getting visibility into your offshore and outsourced operations

Crimson & Co would like to congratulate its current and former clients who spoke at the event on their interesting and engaging presentations.

Thank you to all of our guests at our third client alumni event for making it such a success.

Speaker: Gary Nicholson
Event: Client Alumni III
Location: BAT, Globe House, London

Date: Thursday 20th May 2010

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Following on from the success of our first and second alumni events last year, we held a third event in association with our client, British American Tobacco, at their Global Headquarters overlooking the Thames. Crimson & Co’s client alumni is an invite-only network for clients and former clients designed to foster supply chain leadership.

>We would like to extend a huge ‘thank you’ to Sean Mallon, Global Head of Planning at BAT for hosting the evening and to Gary Nicholson, Head of Innovation Development and Delivery, for his fascinating discussion on the impact of innovations on the supply chain. It provided an entertaining insight into the rationale behind some of BAT’s product development decisions and the value that creates for the whole business, reinforcing the need for a supply chain which can respond quickly and profitably. This stimulated much discussion over the evening!

We would like to thank our guests for such positive feedback, we will be announcing the details of our next event shortly.

Crimson & Co was delighted to be the guest speakers at Badenoch & Clark’s roundtable for Supply Chain leaders on Tuesday 25th May. The balance of supply and demand is central to supply chain management. In order to manage this, supply chain structures vary greatly depending on industry sector, company size, product type, supply base and complexity of product mix. Activities such as S&OP, vendor managed inventory, CPFR, new product implementation and 3rd party management are managed in very different ways from one company to another. We used our industry wide knowledge comparing and explaining these structures and differing processes to form the basis of our initial address.

The forum was then opened to the group to discuss what different supply chain structures mean to them, their organisation and the industry. We discussed issues such as:

  • How consumer needs will shape the supply chain of the future
  • The transferability of different methods
  • Structure in respect of product type
  • How the boundaries between supply chain, finance and procurement will blur in the future

View Balancing Demand Supply pdf

On the 25th of April, a team of six Crimsonites ran the Rotary Shakespeare Half Marathon in Stratford-upon-Avon for the fourth ‘Crimson Challenge’. It was a hot and sunny day and quite a hilly course but all team members completed the race, with race times ranging from 1 hour 33 mins to 2 hours 15 mins.

All funds raised went to the Shakespeare hospice to support the provision of palliative care to those in the Stratford-upon-Avon area living with a life-limiting illness.

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Crimson & Co is delighted to announce that it will be sponsoring the Process Excellence Awards and Summit on Tuesday 27th – Wednesday 28th April at Chelsea Football Club. Now in its 11th year, this prestigious event is the leading process improvement conference for business process excellence leaders.

This year the focus will be on operations turnaround and profit maximisation following the economic downturn. Business Leaders will need to re-assess their core operational processes and re-engineer a new way of working to prepare themselves for the upturn.

Crimson & Co is delighted to announce that it will be running a workshop at the Extended Supply Chain conference 2010. The ESC is Europe’s leading event for director level supply chain professionals.

The workshop will be run in association with British American Tobacco, the world’s most international tobacco group. The seminar, titled ‘Case study: Turn global strategy into reality’ will detail how BAT, with support from Crimson & Co, is undergoing a major transformation to implement a standardised global operating model.

For more information please contact Helen Kirkpatrick

The ‘Retail Supply Chain Summit’ is the main convention for the retail industry, offering strategic and practical solutions to the supply chain challenges faced by retailers now and over the next 3 – 5 – 10 years. The Retail Supply Chain Summit seeks the solutions to the CEO’s demands: beat the competition, grow profits and smash targets through best-in-class supply chain strategy, delivery and technology.

The Summit titled ‘Re-engineering the supply chain: lean for recovery, fit for growth’ tackled:

  • Practical solutions to drive profitability through working collaboratively
  • How to empower the supply chain to drive bottom-line efficiencies
  • Building flexibility and adaptability into operations to meet changing demands
  • Adapting to exploit the economic upturn
  • Innovative strategies to optimise inventory planning to  gain competitive edge

Crimson & Co would like to congratulate our current and former clients who spoke at the event on their interesting and engaging presentations.

The Supply Chain Distinction Awards bring together the leading supply chain and logistics professionals from around the globe to embrace and celebrate excellence across the most important disciplines in supply chain management.

Crimson & Co is delighted to announce that it is sponsoring the Supply Chain Distinction Awards 2010 to be held in Prague on the 8th of June. The most prestigious award at this event is the ‘Supply Chain of the Year Award’ which Crimson & Co is sponsoring. This award recognises the importance of teamwork within a business for long-term supply chain success. We look forward to attending the awards and celebrating supply chain success.

Two teams from Crimson & Co ran in 10k races on the 29th November as part of the third ‘Crimson Challenge’. Four Crimsonites (Crimson Team South) ran in the Woburn Abbey 10k in Bedfordshire and three Crimsonites (Crimson Team North) ran in the Knowsley Hall and Safari Park 10k near Liverpool. Both teams ran good races, but there can only be one winner, so congratulations to ‘Crimson Team South’ who won with a combined time of 2 hours 38 minutes. As you can see from the photo Crimson Team South didn’t waste much time in celebrating their success in the nearest pub! All funds raised went to the RNLI to help fund vital training and equipment to enable volunteer crews and lifeguards to continue to save lives.

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Crimson 10k Team North

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Crimson 10k Team South

Thank you to all of our guests at our second client alumni event for making it such a success.

Speaker: Phil Streatfield
Event: Client Alumni II
Location: Rhodes 24, Private Dining room, London
Date: Thursday 19th November 2009

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Following on from the success of our first alumni event in May, we held a second event at the Michelin-starred Rhodes 24 restaurant. Crimson & Co’s client alumni is an invite-only network for clients and former clients designed to foster supply chain leadership.

We would like to extend a huge ‘thank you’ to Phil Streatfield, former Logistics Director at Woolworths, for his fascinating presentation on the last days of Woolworth’s and the thought-provoking insight he gave us on, amongst other things, the impact of funding choices on a business. This stimulated much discussion over the evening and will, I’m sure, remain at the forefront of our minds as we continue through these challenging times.

We would like to thank our guests for such positive feedback, we will be announcing the details of our next event shortly.

Extended Supply Chain is Europe’s premier strategic forum for director level supply chain professionals.

Crimson & Co is delighted to announce that it is a Gold sponsor for this leading conference. As part of the forum Crimson & Co will be running a workshop to foster supply chain thought leadership. Speakers at this prestigious event include supply chain leaders from Pepsico, Asda, Cisco, IBM and hp amongst others.

Thanks to all of our guests at our recent Champagne, Canapés and Wine Tasting evening for making it such a lively and successful event!

Set in the cellars of the wonderfully worn-in Berry Brothers & Rudd wine shop near St James’s Palace, the Crimson & Co team was joined by partners, friends, suppliers and clients as it celebrated its continued success.

The champagne and canapés were excellent but, as usual, the highlight was the walk-around wine tasting, which this year was based on ‘Rediscovering the Classics’ featuring premium wines such as Chablis, Hermitage, Barolo and Ch. Lynch Bages, 5ème Cru Classé, Pauillac from Bordeaux.

Crimson & Co’s Dave Bennett ran a Masterclass as part of the ‘Procurement in the NHS’ event held on 17th September, at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. The aim of the event was for organisations and individuals employed within the NHS to share their knowledge with colleagues and to develop networks of professionals across the UK to assist and grow the professionalism of everyone involved.

The Masterclass, titled ‘Procurement in the NHS – fostering market forces and driving efficiencies?’ explored how procurement is expected to deliver fundamental efficiencies to the NHS. Crimson & Co examined the operating model of the NHS Supply Chain and explored issues associated with its delivery. We then investigated the extension of this procurement led logic into the world of commissioning and discussed whether the envisaged market forces will emerge and whether such forces will deliver required efficiencies in a world of tightening budgets. Attendees discussed in open forum the merits of the underlying premise – that procurement led commercial behaviour will deliver fundamental benefits to the NHS.

Dave Bennett, who ran the Masterclass, was the DHL lead in concluding the contract with the Department of Health to outsource the NHS Logistics Authority and elements of NHS PASA to create the NHS Supply Chain business.

A team from Crimson plus friends and family took part in the Dragon boat racing regatta in Marlow. Dragon boat racing has ancient Chinese origins and its history has been traced back more than 2000 years.

Today Dragon boat racing involves teams of up to twenty paddlers in a 40 foot boat with a drummer and helm, paddling frantically to beat the other teams down the course. The drums, shouting and colourful boats make it an exciting sport both to watch and to compete in. The team won four races despite being up against tough competition from various rugby clubs and made it all the way to the semi finals.

A great day was had by everyone with all proceeds going towards Wooden Spoon. Wooden Spoon is rugby’s charity supporting mentally, physically and socially disadvantaged children and young people. Spoon has committed to over £14 million in spending for projects for children and young people. It has organised over 2,000 events and has over 25,000 ties worn by its loyal members and supporters.

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Crimson & Co with Criticaleye hosted a forum at University of Chicago Booth School of Business on 9th July entitled “Achieving Competitive Advantage: Aligning Product, Marketing & Supply Strategies”.  Nick Miller, Principal, Crimson & Co was one of the speakers at the forum along with Andrew Moore, Supply Chain & Merchandising Director, George and Sean Rickard, Senior Lecturer in Economics, Cranfield School of Management. The forum was be chaired by Charlie Wagstaff, Founder & Managing Director, Criticaleye. It was an interesting discussion and people stayed for a long time afterwards debating some of the issues that were raised, which is testament to a great debate. Please see below a synopsis of the event:

Achieving Competitive Advantage: Aligning Product, Marketing & Supply Strategies. Outside M&A and product innovation, the only vehicle to achieve competitive advantage in a recession is supply chain excellence. To move into a leadership position and trigger sustained market performance when recovery comes, companies must ensure they have best-in-class alignment of their supply chain, marketing and product strategies.

In this context we consider:

  • How better to align your product and marketing strategies with your supply chain
  • The current economic climate. What options do companies have? Why do some companies thrive in this period?
  • Demand driven supply chain strategy. What is it? How is it different? What are its benefits?
  • Getting started. How to begin the transformation to a demand driven strategy
  • Enabling the process. Implications for organisational design, performance measurement and information systems

In order to give best practice advice, Nick Miller, Principal, Crimson & Co has produced the following:

View the write- up of the forum
(PDF Document – 109kb)

Thanks to everyone who sponsored Alison Walthew and Jane Powell in the Chester 5k race for life and everyone who sponsored Oliver Hale, John Keighley and Tom Lye who cycled 60 miles from London to Brighton in the British Heart Foundation bike ride.

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This year, the race took place around the city centre starting and finishing at the famous Chester Racecourse with over 6,000 women taking part in the event. Alison and Jane exceeded their targets and raised £215 for Cancer research. Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading independent organisation dedicated to cancer research. Over the past 10 years alone, thousands of lives have been saved through earlier detection and improved treatments.

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Oliver, John and Tom raised a total of £790 in sponsorship for the foundation. The British Heart Foundation undertakes pioneering research into heart disease, develops vital prevention activities and ensures quality care and support for everyone living with heart disease.

The team attempted the Yorkshire Three Peaks, climbing Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in a 12 hour period. This challenge involved a 24 mile walk over a variety of terrain and over 1,600 metres of climbing.

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The team attempted the Yorkshire Three Peaks, climbing Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in a 12 hour period. This challenge involved a 24 mile walk over a variety of terrain and over 1,600 metres of climbing. The walk can be very boggy, but we were lucky enough to have sunshine!

All Crimsonites, except those on holiday, took part. We all chose the right level of challenge, with 8 climbing all three peaks, 8 attempting two peaks, 10 scaling a single peak and two completing a six mile challenge and providing logistical support. That’s 50 peaks climbed in total!

Whilst this was a great day out for us all, we also wanted to take the opportunity to raise money for charity. Our chosen charity is Beechwood Cancer Care Centre in Stockport, which provided immense support to fellow Crimsonite Matt York, his wife Hayley and their two daughters during Hayley’s recent illness. Sadly Hayley died in May this year.

We set a target of collectively raising £1,500. We successfully raised £2,261. As we hit the target Crimson topped that money up with another £1,000, making a grand total of £3,261. We would like to thank everyone who donated. www.justgiving.com/crimsonchallenge

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The team attempted the Yorkshire Three Peaks, climbing Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in a 12 hour period. This challenge involved a 24 mile walk over a variety of terrain and over 1,600 metres of climbing.

Crimson & Co was proud to sponsor the ‘Supply Chain of the Year Award’ at the European Supply Chain & Logistics Summit 2009 held in Dusseldorf, Germany.

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Crimson & Co was proud to sponsor the ‘Supply Chain of the Year Award’ at the European Supply Chain & Logistics Summit 2009 held in Dusseldorf, Germany.

The Supply Chain of the Year Award spotlights world-class organisations that have recognised the critical role that supply chain performance plays in reaching their goals. It is often the case that supply chain excellence remains the domain of the functional specialist but true business excellence is derived where the supply chain agenda is raised to the top of the organisation and can be seen to contribute to and underpin successful market strategy.

Believing passionately in the ‘demand driven supply chain’, we were delighted to help to recognise and reward the outstanding work of companies that have achieved significant success in supply chain delivery, as well as progress in growing shareholder value. Such achievements are hard earned and deserve the cross industry recognition that this award represents.

Crimson & Co with Criticaleye recently hosted a discussion session entitled “Supply Chain Management: A Route out of Recession?” It was hosted by Nick Wilkins, Senior VP Global Manufacturing and Supply Chain EMI and chaired by Janet Godsell, Research Fellow at Cranfield School of Management. The event proved to be a great success and was the first in a series of Criticaleye events which will be hosted and/or delivered by Crimson & Co. Please see below a synopsis of the event:

“Supply Chain Management: A Route out of Recession?”

The supply chain provides an obvious area of focus for managing a response to the current economic situation. Whilst supply chain management is a well developed concept, most organisations have failed to implement it as an element of an integrated market strategy. The response therefore often takes the form of a cost-cutting exercise, rather than strategic realignment.

In this context delegates were asked to benchmark with each other on:

  • How the ‘supply chain’ is positioned within their respective companies in terms of organisation structure but also in terms of its involvement in the corporate strategy and its alignment to the marketing and product strategy.
  • How their companies are responding to the current economic downturn. Where is the focus? What lessons are being learned that will change business processes in the future?
  • How their supply chains support this sort of change.

Specifically it considered:

  • The strategic positioning of supply chain.
  • The organisational response to the downturn.
  • The role that the supply chain plays in supporting this response.
  • The opportunities to use the supply chain more strategically.

View the discussion write-up
(Supply Chain Management A Route Out of Recession – PDF document – 97kb)

Thanks to all our guests at our recent ‘Client Alumni’ event for making it such a great success.

Speaker: Janet Godsell, Research Fellow at Cranfield School of Management
Event: Client Alumni Launch Dinner
Location: The Ivy Private Room, London
Date: Tuesday 19th May 2009

Set in the private room of The Ivy, one of London’s finest restaurants, Crimson & Co hosted a launch dinner for the Client Alumni which is an invite-only network for clients and former clients aimed at fostering supply chain leadership.

For the first in the series of our networking events the topic for debate was ‘Supply chain management: a route through and out of recession?’ The discussion was informed and initiated by special guest, Janet Godsell, Research Fellow at Cranfield School of Management. We would like to thank our guests for such positive feedback and are already planning the next event!

Crimson & Co has recently exhibited at the Logistics and Distribution forum held at the Radisson Hotel, Stansted.

Our main point of focus for this event was putting logistics at the forefront of supply chain strategy. We used case studies as a basis to discuss how some of the world’s most successful companies have used logistics to deliver customer driven supply chain strategies. We would like to thank all of the delegates we met for such interesting and stimulating discussions and for such positive feedback.

Thanks to all of our guests who joined us for the CIPS Annual Dinner 2009, on Wednesday 11th March at The Dorchester Hotel.

This prestigious event provided an occasion for procurement professionals to enjoy an evening of fine dining, convivial company and networking opportunities in one of London’s finest hotels. After dinner speaker, Frank Gardner OBE, the high profile BBC security correspondent delivered an inspirational and compelling insight into his experiences and challenges working in some of the world’s most dangerous war zones.

Extended Supply Chain is Europe’s premier strategic forum for director level supply chain professionals.

As part of the forum Crimson & Co delivered a ‘Thought Leadership’ workshop to companies including Cadbury’s, Nokia, Microsoft, NAPP Pharmaceutical, 3M, Wolseley and Burger King amongst others. We would like to thank the delegates for such positive feedback and comments.

Our Head of Supply Chain Excellence, Dave Bennett hosted a workshop on ‘How to use the downturn to have a fitter, faster, stronger supply chain’. The workshop enabled attendees to assess the relative standing of their supply chains and explored ways to drive improvements. This was done in a fully interactive session, using a Supply Chain Excellence process framework which incorporates cross industry best practice. Finally, delegates saw how this approach has delivered very significant benefits to a market leading consumer good business as it has globalised its business operations.

Download the Workshop Presentation (PDF Doc 4.2mb)

The Fast Track Masterclass introduced delegates to Crimson & Co’s Red Line® method, which increases the efficiency of manufacturing plants by up to 40%, within six months, without capital expenditure.

Delegates discovered how some of the world’s most successful manufacturers have used the Red Line® method to improve their cost base, customer satisfaction, market share and employee morale.

The master class was run for senior manufacturing executives, and was led by John Keighley, senior consultant at Crimson & Co, who has extensive experience of leading the Red Line® method and delivering results of this magnitude across three continents. He shared his insights into why this is achievable and showed delegates how to apply the proven approach to their businesses.

Download the pdf

Crimson & Co was proud to present at ‘Capital Creation London’ on 11th December 2008, at the Dorchester Hotel in London.

Our Head of Operations Restructuring, Crispin Mair, presented on how to create value through operations restructuring. Crispin demonstrated how, if done effectively, such restructuring can rapidly make a business cash positive and increase enterprise value. He pinpointed where opportunities might lie within portfolio businesses and shared top tips for making a restructure successful, as well as sharing our recent experience of restructuring operations.

Download the PDF presentation on ‘Creating value from operations’

More about Operations Restructuring

Crimson & Co thoroughly enjoyed the thrills and spills of fast moving white water rafting for our team day in November when we visited a site managed by one of our clients, Leisure Connection.

Set in 270 acres of beautiful country park, Holme Pierrepont is the setting for the internationally renowned Water Sports Centre. The centre has been home to some of our greatest Olympians and has been included in London’s 2012 pre-games training camp guides.

Thanks to all of our guests at our recent Champagne, Canapés and Wine Tasting evening for making it such a lively and successful event!

Set in the cellars of the wonderfully worn-in Berry Brothers & Rudd wine shop near St James’s Palace, the Crimson & Co team was joined by partners, friends, suppliers and clients as it celebrated its continued success. The champagne and canapés were excellent but, as usual, the highlight was the walk-around wine tasting, which this year featured premium wines from the Burgundy regions of Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits.

Well done to Alison Walthew, Jane Powell and James Smith for their charitable activities for this quarter, raising a total of £1,250 for two fantastic charities.

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Thanks to everyone who sponsored James Smith, who ran the length of Hadrian’s Wall for charity! He ran 84 miles in three days, so that’s more than three back to back marathons, and he finished in Newcastle on the 3rd September. James raised over £1,000 for Get Kids Going, a charity that provides disabled children access in to the sporting arena. As someone who has gained so much from playing a wide variety of sports it seemed a most worthy cause.

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Thanks to everyone who sponsored Alison Walthew and Jane Powell, who ran 5k in The Chester Race for Life, in June. They successfully exceeded their donation targets and raised £250 for Cancer research. Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading independent organisation dedicated to cancer research. Over the past 10 years alone, thousands of lives have been saved through earlier detection and improved treatments.

Crimson & Co participated in the Battersea Park 5.6km Fun Run, which celebrates corporate fitness and camaraderie. It is a world-wide series of 5.6km running events open to groups of employees from organisations.

Congratulations to Tom Woodham who achieved a very respectable time of 26 minutes 58 seconds!

Crimson & Co participated in the Battersea Park 5.6km Fun Run, which celebrates corporate fitness and camaraderie. It is a world-wide series of 5.6km running events open to groups of employees from organisations within the business and public sectors.

In the spirit of competition and camaraderie, the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge is organised to foster company pride and teamwork; but most of all, the objective is to have fun. An unhealthy consultant is an unhappy consultant.

Crimson & Co held a breakfast meeting for recruitment specialists in order to find and recruit staff. The event was held at the Hilton Hotel in Park Lane, London, over a complimentary breakfast and was a great success.

All the directors of Crimson & Co were present and spent time with the recruiters. In an introductory presentation we outlined our growth plans for Crimson & Co and the challenges we face in finding the right calibre of staff.

The recruiters were able to take away profiles of the business, ideal candidates and a personal insight to the unique culture, drive and enthusiasm that exists within Crimson & Co.

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