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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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