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Media reports yesterday highlighted a "perfect storm" for UK producers of beer (and soft drinks); where high demand due to the good weather and the World Cup has coincided with a significant fall in production of CO2.  Whilst this is a problem across Europe, the loss of production is particularly acute in the UK where [...]

It has been reported this week that thousands of Calor Gas customers have experienced delays in receiving their gas supplies; in extreme cases this has led to customers running out of gas for heating, cooking and hot water (although the number of these is not known).  Calor first announced the problem four weeks ago, blaming [...]

The BCI Supply Chain Resilience Report has become an invaluable source of information for both resilience and supply chain professionals over the last few years.  The release of the 2017 report this week brings the picture right up to date. In many ways this year's report confirms the patterns seen in previous years: 65% of [...]

Resilience of the Supply Chain continues to be a concern for businesses, as highlighted in the recent BCI/BSI Horizon Scan 2014 survey.  This article suggests some considerations to ensure resilience in your Supply Chain.

The Cost of Disruptions

How much could an operational disruption cost your organisation?  This article summarises the findings of various research studies on this topic.

Hot on the heels of the massive ransomware attack on 12 May 2017, reports are emerging of ransomware attack on Disney.  Unlike the Wannacry attack, which has impacted over 200,000 computers in 150 countries, the Disney attack has been deliberately targeted, with hackers threatening to release segments of the new Pirates of the Caribbean film [...]

The human impact of the earthquakes on Thursday and Saturday in Japan's Kumamoto Region was immediately obvious with at least 41 people dead, homes destroyed and public services severely disrupted. It is only now though, as we move into the next working week, that the business impact begins to become apparent. Sony, Honda and Toyota [...]

Thousands of homes in Derbyshire and Leicestershire were without water for much of the weekend after Severn Trent found unusually high levels of chlorine in its Castle Donnington reservoir.  A "Do not use" announcement was made on Friday, meaning customers should not use water for washing or even flushing the toilet - not just drinking. [...]

The European Court of Justice yesterday ruled that the Safe Harbour scheme “enables interference, by United States public authorities, with the fundamental rights of persons” following a privacy campaign against Facebook by Max Schrems, a campaigning Austrian law student. Is it possible that this ruling could have implications for companies with ISO27001? In Europe, personal data [...]

We have previously reported on a number of automotive industry recalls but, even if all examined together, these are eclipsed by the sheer scale of the crisis that is facing VW now following the confirmation that they have been using defeat software to pass emissions tests.  Whilst the current focus is on VW diesel cars, [...]