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The seasonally adjusted Markit/BME purchasing managers’ index for April 2012 has fallen by a further 2.2 points compared to March to 46.2 points. This is the lowest level since July 2009. The index has thus also fallen well below its long term average of 52.2. The Bundesverband Materialwirtschaft, Einkauf und Logistik (BME, or German Association Materials Management, Purchasing and Logistics) interprets this as a further acceleration of the downwards trend in German industry. The purchasing managers’ index reflects the result of the April survey of more than 500 companies on industrial growth in Germany in one figure.
According to the detailed results of the survey not only production but also orders received and employment are heading south. The clearest decline is in the investment goods sector, according to the Association’s information, with drastic losses in new business. As per the BME survey businesses restricted their production in April for the first time since the start of the year. They are concentrating on running down stocks, have reduced staffing slightly and are keeping inventories to a minimum. As a result of these developments delivery times had not been so short for three years, reports the BME.
Under the motto “Reshaping your supply chain to manage volatility”, the 14th European Annual Supply Chain & Logistics Summit 2012, is taking place. On the side of ConMoto Dr. Marc Heinisch and Mr. Dirk Laforet will take part in the summit.
Global supply chains, and their businesses are under enormous pressure from rising commodity prices, globalisation of clients, labour disruptions, natural disasters and constantly changing regulations.
The key challenge facing any business today is to mitigate against these industry drivers and to survive and prosper in an increasingly volatile market.
Key issues include:
- Supply chain risk management in a global economy
- Moving from S&OP to Integrated Business Planning
- Supply chain in the BRIC countries
- Supply chain as a function of a total business strategy
- Supply chain forecasting
- Greening the supply chain
September 19th, 2011 | Thema: Events
The Bundesverband Materialwirtschaft, Einkauf und Logistik (BME, or German Association Materials Management Purchasing and Logistics) has awarded Sebastian Wölfls bachelor’s degree work with the BME Trendscouting Prize for its “pioneering character and practical orientation”. The BME has rewarded innovative logistics work with this prize since 2007. In 2011 people in employment were also able to participate alongside students for the first time. The BME Trendscouting Prize is supported by the ConMoto Consulting Group. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas R. Voegele, Member of the BME Executive Board and Managing Partner of the ConMoto Consulting Group and other members of the jury presented Wölfl the prize on the occasion of the 8th Network Forum Logistics in Cologne.
The Japanese crisis is just one example of how sensitively global supply chains react to disruptions. As before, in some companies there is great indifference when dealing with risks along the supply chain. Some necessary measures are not initiated or are only done so too late. In his study “Recommendations for action in supply chain risk management”, Sebastian Wölfl (Munich University of Applied Sciences) analysed how companies and suppliers can reduce joint risks by simulating selected scenarios from the consumer goods industry. read more [...]
July 29th, 2011 | Thema: News
by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas R. Voegele
“Forecasts are difficult, especially when they’re about the future” – is a popular one-liner, originally attributed to Mark Twain. Nevertheless: knowledge of future trends and challenges in logistics decisively contributes to companies being able optimally to prepare. This does not involve exact predictions of future developments. Instead, the emphasis is on basing the necessary assessments for all decisions methodically, weighing up risks, recognising opportunities innovatively and deriving a strategic vision for best practice supply network management, which is understood to be a further development of supply chain management.
But what trends can we expect in supply network management over the next few years? In addition to the well known trends, such as global logistics, customer integration, collaboration management (including value creation partnerships), agile/flexible processes and visibility, companies have to adjust to upcoming strategic development trends. These include value based logistics, infrastructure management and financing concepts, network maturity (performance/training, product ramp-up, total cost of ownership), IT integration (logistics IT and telematics solutions) as well as knowledge management and eBusiness. read more [...]