How mature are your Advanced Planning System (APS) enabled processes?

You and your peers widely deploy Advanced Planning and Scheduling Systems (APS). They look great on paper. But are you, like many leaders, still yet to see the transformational benefits you have read and heard about? APS systems have the potential to radically improve the performance ...

Why robots aren’t packing much yet

Robots are getting great at picking things up but not yet so great at putting them down… My role involves helping clients sort through emerging technology applied to the supply chain space. A lot of my work these days is focused on robots. While robots from companies like Invia, ...

The demise of formal supply chain planning… and what’s next

It’s time to pay our respects to the timely passing of an old friend. That’s right; traditional supply chain planning is crawling towards its end.  Now it’s time to prepare our supply chain planning with a lighter, more responsive touch, one that can better meet the needs of today’s ...

Crimson & Co sponsors MODEX 2020 event, Atlanta

In no time in my 30-year career has there been more innovation fighting to get into our mature but reliable supply chains. The MODEX show in Atlanta was a great way to see some of this in action and more importantly to talk to people who are developing it, using it, and assessing it. It’s

To thrive and survive, retailers need to be at the top of their game…

In a period of increased uncertainty, with Brexit and poor exchange rates unsettling both customers and investors, it’s no surprise that retail has been heavily affected. It can be suggested that the industry currently sits in a state of flux, with challenges presented on all sides. ...

In search of supple leopards…. a model for our supply chains?

Are supply chains keeping up with the dramatic impact of online retailing, ongoing trade wars, tariff issues, weather changes and political uncertainty? I think we all know the answer, and the levels of volatility are now increasing at such a rate it is impossible to keep up! Pity the ...

Point of Sale: Shaping personalised customer experiences

Madan Murphy, Director at Crimson & Co ANZ, discusses how delivering a personalised shopping experience can lead to an increase in ROI. Read the full article in APAC CIO outlook here.  Share: LinkedinTwitte

Crimson & Co partner with Kinaxis at the Singapore Supply Chain Innovation Summit

Crimson & Co held their first partnership exhibit with Kinaxis at Singapore’s Supply Chain Innovation Summit; an international conference exploring the global trends and risks that are set to face the supply chain in the future. Held on 19-20th November 2019 at the Novotel ...

Crimson & Co recognised by the Financial Times as one of the UK’s Leading Management Consultants

Crimson & Co recognised by the Financial Times as one of..

How supply chain planning is coming of age a new look, autonomous meritocracy is the key to success

It is time to forget everything you know about supply chain planning. The hierarchical roles, the linear processes, the ageing frameworks. We have been living in a 1980’s APS software paradigm time warp, and it’s time to let it go. It’s true that digitisation has ...

“Global transformation with a hard edge: transforming a supply chain in the face of new customer strategies, price pressures, a talent gap and natural disasters!”

Crimson & Co UK held its Spring Client Alumni dinner at The Goring Hotel, London on Thursday 9th May. Our 21st dinner provided an opportunity for clients from Oil, Consumer products, Packaging, the Big pharma and wider Life Sciences, FMCG and drinks industries, to network and ...

Celerity Supply Chain Awards

Ravikant Parvataneni, CEO of Crimson & Co India, was recently part of the jury panel for the Celerity Supply Chain Awards 2019 held on the 6th August in Mumbai. The awards recognised under 40 super achievers, and under 30 superstars. Ravikant was part of the jury panel alongside ...

Forecasting with a purpose – context is crucial

In Simon’s previous article he shared some of the typical areas where forecasting opportunities can be found. Before taking a deeper dive into what these are, and what to do about them, it is important to first take a moment to reflect on the purpose of a forecast. A forecast ...

Future imperfect: why forecasting still matters and what we can do to improve

For several decades’ companies have attempted to optimize procurement, manufacturing, inventory and distribution decisions using forecasts. Despite significant investments in the development of people and technology capability, results have been disappointing. In one of the few ...

The times they are a changing

Let’s face it: it’s a new dawn. Supply chain is on the brink of wholesale change. Users now expect real time knowledge, tailored solutions- delivered digitally, with structural operations simmering as a result. I have had lots of conversations with supply chain Directors and ...

Assessing flow management to increase capacity

As supply chain leaders continue to look to improve costs and agility in their operations and networks, there may be an untapped solution right under the surface of existing business practices: flow management. Flow management can unlock additional throughput and capacity in existing ...

Why supply chain planning matters

It seems like almost every day that we hear of an emerging development in the global trade environment, whether it be the fallout of US-China trade talks, United-States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) or Brexit. This is, however, only one of the key trends that is affecting the supply ...

The Ecommerce Operations Summit 2019: Summary & Sessions

The summit at a glance This year’s Ecommerce Operations Summit  three day event held April 9–11, 2019 in Columbus, OH. Joining me on the trip was Consultant Rachel Patel. There were several learning events offsite; where I spoke at a roundtable (Robotic Choices for the Warehouse: From ...

Crimson & Co nominated for two MCA Awards 2019

We had a wonderful time attending the Management Consultancies Association’s 2019 award ceremony which celebrates the best consultancy examples in the UK, in both the private and public sector. The event is always a highlight in the consultancy calendar, with over 21 award categories. ...

Don’t rage against the machine!

Last year, one of our data scientists in our Paris office trained a machine learning algorithm to play the supply chain beer game – the classic training exercise where players reenact management of the supply chain. The robot was fed thousands of different possible scenarios and ...

Supply chain in performance networking event

Michel Savini recently spoke at the SCIP (Supply Chain In Performance) Networking event..

Peak season 2019: The key stages and implementation steps to consider

Part 1: Operational assessment It is mid-February and there is one thing our consultants know happens every year: companies around the world are finishing up their analysis regarding how they performed during peak season 2018, because we all know a peak season can be 30-50% of your ...

Supply Chain Innovation Summit 2018

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 ...

Crimson & Co client alumni XXI update: The Goring Hotel

Crimson & Co client alumni XXI update: The Goring Hotel..

Express Logistics and Supply Chain Conclave

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, ...

Crimson & Co ANZ opens Brisbane office

Crimson & Co is proud to announce the opening of our Brisbane Office, located at 480 Queen Street.  Brisbane joins our existing offices in Sydney and Melbourne, providing a local service to our existing and prospective clients in the growing Queensland market. Steve van As, our ...

Crimson & Co joins the MCA

We are delighted to announce that we have recently joined the Management Consultancy Association (MCA), the representative body for the UK’s leading management consulting firms. The MCA is the voice of the consulting industry, promoting the value of consulting to business, the public ...

Crimson & Co ANZ appoints David Bissett as a Partner

Crimson & Co is delighted to announce the expansion of Crimson & Co ANZ with David Bissett joining our team. David joins us as a Partner and will lead the Sydney office while we continue to work with our clients to transform their supply chains and operations, and further ...

Crimson & Co ANZ expands practice with appointment of Steve Van As

Crimson & Co ANZ is very proud to announce the appointment of Steve van As. He will join as a Director and will focus on both client delivery as well as business development. Steve brings a wealth of knowledge to the table, with over 30 years of experience in local Australian as ...

Emerging trends in supply chain

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 ...

Science behind warehouse design

Ravikant Parvataneni, Director, Crimson & Co India..

Crimson & Co and Argon Consulting are merging to create a leading international consulting firm that specialises in operations transformation

Crimson & Co and Argon Consulting are merging to create..

Crimson & Co North America: two weeks, two events

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 ...

Meet your new supply chain co-workers

Supply chain digitalisation is everywhere. It’s changing the whole landscape, from demand-side process patterns and how people order, through to 24/7 requirements and expectations, and increasing demand volatility. Furthermore, this has had a dramatic impact on supply processes, which ...

The omni-channel journey

What should businesses focus on in their online evolution?   The retail landscape in Australia is changing, and many companies are struggling with poorly performing supply chains as the need to provide an omni-channel service via online, click and collect and retail stretches ...

“70% of business transformations fail” Urban myth or worth another look?

New report on the myths and truths to achieving business transformation

Retailers need to deliver the goods this Black Friday

Black Friday should not just be an opportunity for retailers to follow the herd – instead, they should develop their own marketing and pricing strategies focusing on delivery practises. The UK version of Black Friday does not have a Thanksgiving holiday to anchor the period allowing ...

Crimson & Co Client Alumni XIX update: Brown’s Hotel, Mayfair, London

Crimson & Co Client Alumni XIX update: Brown’s Hotel, Mayfair, London..

Crimson & Co shortlisted for the Supply Chain Excellence Awards

Crimson & Co are pleased to announce that we were shortlisted for the prestigious Supply Chain Strategy and Design award at the 21st Supply Chain Excellence Awards ceremony last night for our work with energy provider Drax. The 2017 Supply Chain Excellence Awards took place at the ...

Organisations must account for their own productivity performance, by ensuring that the right people are in the right jobs and consistently doing the right things

In the wake of ongoing concerns surrounding UK productivity levels, organisations must stop blaming external factors, and instead focus on driving effectiveness internally, by ensuring that the right people are in the right jobs and consistently doing the right things, across their ...

Crimson & Co strengthens its presence in Asia with the appointment of a regional specialist

Crimson & Co is delighted to announce the appointment of Chris Cave Jones as Director, Asia. He joins the Singapore office to address increased demand for supply chain consultancy in the region. Chris has over twenty years’ experience in Southeast Asia helping companies address ...

New research reveals that businesses aren’t ready for the 4th Industrial Revolution

New research conducted by Crimson & Co, in collaboration with Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) and Pinsent Masons, has revealed that despite senior leadership teams championing their preparedness for Industry 4, fundamental principles and practices, including business strategy, ...

Crimson & Co Client Alumni XVIII update: 1 Paliament Place, East Melbourne

Crimson & Co Client Alumni XVII update: 1 Paliament Place, East Melbourne..

Asia’s largest end-to-end logistics and supply chain conference, Mumbai

Asia's largest end-to-end supply chain conference, Mumbai..

Is your forecasting adding value?

Is your forecasting adding value?..

Real time labor balancing and other new warehouse software features that matter

Article by Steve Mulaik, Crimson & Co North America. I have been doing WMS selection projects and watching the WMS space for almost 30 years. Alas it is like watching the grass grow. Change happens slowly. However, I just got a copy of our internal 2017 review of the WMS ...

Major retail investment in Brazil is enhancing supply chain optimisation

Supply chain operations in Brazil, which have felt the impact of the major political and economic turmoil in the country, could start to see significant improvements over the next few years, largely due to the relatively recent arrivals of major retailers, such as Amazon. This is ...

Tesco chicken salad recall reinforces the need to continually review food safety practices amongst supply chains

The emergency recalling of two popular, Tesco chicken salads due to the presence of the germ campylobacter, reinforces the need for retailers to look beyond their own organisations and work with suppliers to eradicate the bacteria from within its supply chains. This is according to ...

Crimson & Co relocate

Crimson & Co are pleased to announce that we have relocated our global head office to the redeveloped business area of King’s Cross, London. This move represents another significant milestone for Crimson & Co, as we continue to invest in new global offices, new talent and an ...

Harnessing the potential of Industry 4.0; How ready are you?

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 ...

As Brexit begins to bite with lost profit at Premier Foods, organisations should take action in their supply chain to mitigate damage

Premier Foods, the owner of several of the nation’s beloved food brands including Mr Kipling, Batchelor’s, and Oxo, announced this week that its full-year trading profit dropped 9.3 per cent, from £129.1 million the year before to £117 million, whilst sales fell 1.4 per cent  to ...

Is supply chain management important for the retail sector?

In retail, supply chain management (SCM), is the management of the flow of goods and services. It involves the movement and storage of raw materials, of work-in-process inventory, and of finished goods from point of origin to point of consumption. SCM involves optimizing your ...

The Progress Group becomes Crimson & Co North America

Crimson & Co, the global management consultancy, is delighted to announce that its partner in the US, The Progress Group (TPG), has today become Crimson & Co North America. This allows the company to extend its services to its US-based clients, working with them to transform ...

United Airlines failure was not a technical issue, it was the prioritising of policy over values

The CEO of United Airlines admittance that the removal of a passenger was a ‘mistake of epic proportions’ should act as the catalyst for a major business transformation exercise across the brand. Doing so would help address deep-rooted issues, which clearly prioritise ...

Crimson & Co India launch party

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. ...

Big data, a big decision

Niels Van Hove, Principal Consultant at Crimson & Co ANZ, discusses Big data in Foresight Magazine. Every so many years, a new supply chain terminology takes the front page and dominates the conversation in magazines and conferences. In the last decade or two we’ve seen JIT (Just ...

How to shape a company culture with S&OP

PREVIEW In a 2010 Foresight article, S&OP Editor John Mello argued that successful execution of S&OP is inevitably linked to corporate culture. A culture based on silo mentality and lack of trust not only undermines S&OP effectiveness but also reduces employee engagement ...

The Progress Group (TPG) India becomes Crimson & Co India

We are delighted to announce that our partner, TPG India, is now fully integrated into the business. This allows Crimson & Co to provide comprehensive supply chain consultancy in the region with the right skills and cultural fit. In 2014 Crimson & Co started its global ...

Manufacturing Supply Chain Awards

We are pleased to announce that Crimson Co Mumbai recently won an award at the prestigious 6th Manufacturing Supply Chain Awards ..

Business leaders must maximise the chance of success when engaging in business transformation projects

Transformation is a word frequently used in business. Companies need to transform to improve performance and develop sustained competitive advantage. To do this effectively, external consultants are often used to make the desired transition happen

The need to systemise critical business processes could mean the end of the spreadsheet

The need to systemise critical business processes could mean the end of the spreadsheet..

Companies are failing to unlock business planning tool capabilities due to limited skills mix amongst staff

Companies are failing to unlock business planning tool capabilities..

Drax enlists the support of Crimson & Co to help revolutionise its planning processes

Drax enlists the support of Crimson & Co to help revolutionise its planning processes..

Amazon’s disruption of the grocery, food delivery and home-care industry could spark unlikely alliances

Amazon’s recent advances into the homecare and food delivery market, following the much vaunted expansion of its pre-existing delivery deal with Morrisons, the rumoured launch of a new housekeeping service, as well as Amazon Restaurants and Amazon Fresh services, could result in ...

Client Alumni 2016: The business of sport – London

Crimson & Co Client Alumni XVI, 34 Mayfair, London..

Crimson & Co strengthen drinks practice with the appointment of Simon Williams

Crimson & Co is delighted to announce the appointment of Simon Williams. He joins as a Principal to advise senior teams across Crimson & Co’s global client base, primarily in the drinks sector. Simon has over twenty-five years’ experience across the supply chain. During his ...

Tesco/Unilever dispute outlines the post-Brexit landscape for retailers and consumers

The Tesco/Unilever price dispute is arguably the first real example of uncertainty to hit UK consumers post-Brexit..

Supply chain planning skills are in short supply

Today, businesses expect their supply chain and procurement specialists to be delivering business strategy and integral to this is the need for competent planning processes. According to Dave Alberts, Director at global supply chain consultancy Crimson & Co, an Advanced Planning ...

The robots are coming

The idea of mechanical servants goes right back to ancient mythology, but the past few years have seen advances in the technologies that are moving from automation to robotics. Just as our children can’t picture a world without computers, it is likely that their children will ...

Reliance on outdated planning tools and processes hamstrings growth in global business environments

Not adopting flexible supply chain processes and systems cuts international competitive advantage In an increasingly complex international business environment, companies that rely on legacy approaches to planning are potentially cutting their growth prospects and erasing their ...

Crimson & Co announces strategic hire to address demand for transformation advice in the boardroom

Global supply chain consultancy Crimson & Co is pleased to announce the appointment of Stuart Williamson as a Principal to address demand for business transformation advice at board level. He joins Crimson & Co from PwC where he was a senior director. Stuart has over 20 years’ ...

Amazon drone delivery will be winging its way to you soon… but it still faces limitations

Amazon’s announcement that it is working with the British government to test deliveries via drones represents the beginning of an exciting new era for the way people receive goods, but ultimately it won’t revolutionise the retail industry just yet. This is according to Nick Miller, ...

An S&OP communication plan: The final step in support of company strategy

Over the past 30 years, S&OP has generally advanced beyond the goals of balancing supply and demand. We are seeing that mature S&OP processes now support rolling forecasts, enterprise resource reallocation, and strategy execution. In this article, however, Niels Van Hove, ...

India’s supply chain developments open up opportunities for businesses

Supply chain operations in India, which have historically been hindered by a complex tax structure and poor infrastructure, could see significant improvements over the next few years thanks to a recent government bill, says Crimson & Co. Coupled with the focus on infrastructure ...

South East Asia’s supply chain challenges have reached a turning point

In the light of economic growth, rising affluence and booming consumer demand, many international businesses are seeking to capitalise on the growth in South East Asia’s developing markets. This is according to global supply chain consultancy Crimson & Co. The supply chain ...

The possibility of Brexit leaves many businesses in the dark

Despite only being a matter of weeks until the EU referendum, a lot of UK organisations remain unsure about what a Brexit vote might mean for their businesses and supply chains..

Crimson & Co Client Alumni XV

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

How to map the supply chain

Hurricanes and floods can be planned for. Oil spills can be guarded against. Even the lure of swapping horse meat for beef can be anticipated. But what do you do about known unknowns in your supply chain? Until the Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh discovered black swans in Western ...

The business benefits of APS systems – as clear as ABC

Businesses are tying up working capital and limiting improvements to service levels by relying on dated planning tools which simply can’t account for the complex decisions and trade-offs in today’s supply chains, according to research carried out by global supply chain consultancy ...

S&OP: are you making the most of it?

Following on from our scprime® supply chain trends report published in December, we have analysed global S&OP processes to understand how tasks should be performed and how in reality they are being carried out

Rio Olympics focus on global supply chain sustainability

The Rio Olympics’ commitment to supply chain sustainability (with 100 per cent recovery, disposal and use of goods and waste) has the capacity to revolutionise supply chain sustainability worldwide as well as creating a legacy for positive change in the region, says supply chain ...

Aldi recall demonstrates the importance of supplier relationship management

Discount retailers looking to upset the monopoly held by the big four supermarket brands must have complete confidence in the robustness of their supply chain. If this can’t be guaranteed then these organisations must be prepared to re-evaluate existing relationships and in some cases ...

Mars recall demonstrates the importance of not sugar-coating the facts when it comes to ensuring an effective supply chain

Mars’ recent product recall should serve as a wake-up call to the dangers of not being able to trace your products within your supply chain. According to Nick Miller, head of FMCG, at supply chain consultancy Crimson & Co, while effective processes are likely to be in place when it ...

Late payments from supermarkets are crippling supply chain and cutting market competition

Late payments and sustained pressures from large consumer retailers is pushing small suppliers out of business and reducing competition in the marketplace, crippling the chain of suppliers supporting supermarket trade. This is according to supply chain consultancy Crimson & Co..

Crimson & Co ANZ launch party

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..

Australia based Supply Chain Cover becomes Crimson & Co

We are delighted to announce that Supply Chain Cover is now fully integrated into Crimson & Co. This is the culmination of an exceptionally strong working relationship over the past year and a half.

Sugary drinks tax likely to leave a bitter taste for drinks manufacturers unless action is taken

Recently, a report from the World Health Organisation (WHO) called for greater action to be taken in addressing childhood obesity through the introduction of a sugar tax on all soft drinks, following on-going support from health lobbyists and celebrities..

Crowd Engineering Gets the Job Done Better

Lately, we’ve been fielding lots of questions about employee turnover rates and warehouse associates’ pay rates, especially after a peak holiday season when competition for labour was at an all time level of frustration – unfilled positions and low retention. Wage pressure and ...

Cost control and consolidation will continue to dominate the consumer goods supply chain agenda in 2016

Forecasts show that 2016 will continue the trend of minimal year-on-year growth in consumer goods spending, both in the UK and across Europe; in this environment manufacturers will carry on looking for opportunities to consolidate and pare down costs, focusing on developing world ...

Warehouse Automation: The Pros and Cons

When companies contact consulting firms to help expand their distribution capacities, it is often specifically to help with Warehouse Automation. They are looking for assistance with their processes–whether for design, implementation or both. It is an inherent assumption that, once ...

Crimson & Co Client Alumni XIV update: The Connaught Hotel

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..

Nearly a third of all supply chain processes are inadequate

Poor processes are arguably the biggest issue preventing supply chain executives from transforming performance. This is according to research from global supply chain consultancy Crimson & Co. The most striking discovery is that 29% of supply chain processes are deficient. This ...

Lean and Green: Implementing Green Initiatives

Lean initiatives often include reducing one’s energy consumption, sometimes referred to as being “Green.” Being ‘green’ is a ubiquitous term to many. What does it mean? How does one know?..

Microsoft Dynamics AX Retail Training

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..

The Growing Business Awards

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.

Retailers need to be savvier and smarter to avoid feeling blue during Black Friday

Black Friday should not just be an opportunity for retailers to follow the herd – instead, they should develop their own marketing and pricing strategies. Doing this, combined with inventive delivery practices, will allow them optimise their sales and margins over the whole Christmas ...

The Global Supply Chain Debate

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 ...

VW crisis presents the opportunity to drive positive changes for the automotive industry, states Crimson & Co

The Volkswagen emissions data crisis presents a real chance to bring about positive changes to the automotive industry, with significant, long-term opportunities for automotive suppliers resulting from a heightened demand from carmakers to achieve strict emissions targets, according ...

Will Amazon Fresh mean supermarket delivery services shake-up?

Amazon’s introduction of its ‘Amazon Fresh’ service in the UK could prove to be the catalyst which forces the leading supermarket retailers to re-evaluate their delivery strategies, says Nick Miller, Head of FMCG at Crimson & Co. Amazon has quietly started to offer around 50 ...

Bromley Healthcare recruits Crimson & Co to help reduce unnecessary hospital admissions by enhancing efficiency

Community healthcare provider Bromley Healthcare has today announced it has recruited global supply chain consultancy Crimson & Co to undertake a full review of processes in order to drive greater efficiencies in its intensive at-home clinical service, the medical response team ...