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Your Guide to Supply Chain Sustainability

Putting supply chain sustainability at the forefront is not only ethically sound, it is essential for an organisation’s value and long-term profitability.  Supply chain sustainability is the increasing practice of monitoring and guiding suppliers to ensure the business’ sustainability values are honored.  In an era where information on businesses’ ethical practices are readily available, customers are holding companies … Continue Reading

What You Need to Know for Industry 4.0 – Read Our Article on IACCM

Rosemary Coates and Sarah Rathke (authors of Legal Blacksmith: How to Avoid and Defend Supply Chain Disputes) posted an article on International Association for Contract & Commercial Management (IACCM) about Industry 4.0 and its impact on supply chain contracts.  The exchange of information and integration of machines is creating sophisticated needs, not to mention leaving an … Continue Reading

Modern Slavery – UK Update

The UK government has announced £8.5 million of funding to help tackle modern slavery, which will provide over 50 extra analysts, specialists and investigators to assist police in investigations to improve intelligence. This followed the first annual report of the Anti-Slavery Commissioner earlier this month which highlighted that failures by police to record slavery as … Continue Reading

Analysis By Our Friends at Spend Matters

This week, we wanted to give a shout out to our friends at Spend Matters, who were kind enough to review Legal Blacksmith last week.  Spend Matters has published a short paper entitled, “The Intersection of Contract ‘Invisibility’ and Risk Management: Be Afraid (Be Very Afraid).” This article reviews the potential costs associated with supply … Continue Reading

Our Interview with Buyers Meet Point

On June 8, 2016, Rosemary Coates and I (authors of Legal Blacksmith: How to Avoid and Defend Supply Chain Disputes) had a chance to catch up with Kelly Barner, editor of Buyers Meet Point, for an interview.  We talked about classic supply chain bloopers, little known legal aspects of supply chain relationships that procurement professionals … Continue Reading

Read our Article in Chief Executive Magazine!

Increasingly, companies are finding the need for increased executive monitoring of their supply chain operations.  Frequently, however, chief executives don’t know how much attention they should be giving their supply chains, or how to get relevant information.  We had the opportunity a couple weeks ago to sit down with Chief Executive magazine to discuss how … Continue Reading

Read our Article in Compliance Week Regarding Compliance with the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015

We have posted before on the newly-enacted UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 (see here and here).  We were honored recently to be interviewed by Compliance Week concerning compliance with this new law.  As the article notes, we are all still awaiting further guidance, anticipated this month, regarding what companies need to do to comply. One point … Continue Reading

Riding the Reshoring Wave

Much has been written in recent times about reshoring: the practice of bringing manufacturing and services back to the US, the UK and other originating countries for a variety of reasons after “off-shoring” and extending supply chains for decades, but primarily for the cost play, and often leading to the “hollowing out” of the local … Continue Reading
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