Crisis-Hit Britain – is this as bad as the 1970s?

It seems incredible that, in the space of just a few weeks, we have stumbled from the chaos of the withdrawal from Afghanistan to national CO2 shortages and now a fuel distribution crisis.  Inevitably, comparisons are being made with the end of James Callaghan’s government and the “Winter of Discontent”. Despite the title of this […]

CO2 Outages – Did We Learn Nothing in 2018?

We blogged last week about the sharp rise in energy prices in the UK and the fact that this was leading some energy-intensive industries to shut-down production.  The situation has now escalated markedly, with the news that our main producer of fertiliser, CF Industries, has shut down production; leading to a massive shortage of CO2 […]

The New (Ab)normal: Reshaping Business and Supply Chain Strategy Beyond Covid-19

Having read Yossi Sheffi’s wonderful “The Resilient Enterprise” some years ago, I had high hopes for this book.  Sadly it didn’t quite live up to my expectations. The book is organised in six sections and, for me, the most useful content is contained in the second (“Living with Uncertainty”) and fourth (“Supply Chains for the […]

BCI Supply Chain Resilience Report Dominated by Covid-19 Disruption

Unsurprisingly, the Business Continuity Institute’s latest annual supply chain resilience report is dominated by issues arising from Covid-19.  After years where supply chain disruption was dominated by IT and information security incidents; neither of these even feature in the top 5 causes of disruption in 2020, which were: Human illness Loss of talent/skills (#4 in […]

Coronavirus, Floods and now Product Recalls!

Understandably, media attention in the UK is focused on the growing threat of Coronavirus and the two recent severe weather events. However, as well as these ongoing high-profile stories; there has also been a recent spate of food product recalls. We have been tracking the number of food product recalls on the FSA website for […]

BCI Supply Chain Resilience Report 2019 – More of the Same

The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) published their latest Supply Chain Resilience Report earlier this month.  Now in its eleventh year,  the 2019 report very much confirms the patterns seen in previous years: Excluding organisations who were not sure if they had experienced a disruption(!); 67% of respondent organisations experienced one or more supply chain disruptions in […]

BCAW Day 1 – Supply Chain Disruptions

It is the first day of Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW) 2019 and we would like to start the week by talking about supply chain disruptions. At the start of the month the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) published a review of their Supply Chain Resilience reports from 2010 through to 2018.  Despite the BCI’s headline […]

BCI Supply Chain Resilience Report 2018 Released

It’s that time of year again: bonfire night and the BCI Supply Chain Resilience Report!  The survey has now been going for ten years, and the 2018 report very much confirms the patterns seen in previous years: 56% of respondent organisations experienced one or more supply chain disruptions in the last 12 months (down slightly from […]

Beer Production hit by Shortage of CO2

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 […]

Delays to Calor Gas Deliveries Leave Customers Without Heat

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 […]