**POST EVENT UPDATE – SUMMARY FROM LOUISA HOSEGOOD:
“A great webinar to be part of – thanks to all involved. As a brief summary of topics discussed:
The inventory challenge – Stock is still coming into ports from manufacturers and can’t be switched off, its piling high in all corners of warehouses across the UK. What will happen to the seasonal stock? Who will want spring fashion if trade starts again in the summer? Visibility across the supply chain will become an important part of the future.
The grocery online challenge – How are some of the underlying capabilities of companies helping or hindering them during this time? E.g. the pick in store operation of most big grocers vs the hugely automated Ocado.
The changing customer demand challenge – How some companies are finding creative ways to get products to their customers, like the small convenience stores with no previous delivery service. And those who are finding ways to pivot by redesigning their products and services, like wholesale turned direct to consumer.
The labour challenge – How to re-deploy staff from stores and other areas to home delivery and online operations; creative solutions for “borrowing” labour between business who are booming vs closing; how will we see a much more flexible labour force in the future?
Looking ahead…and how will retail be re-invented or rebuilt after this crisis? The current trends of more online, buying less, more quality, more local, more conscious consumer are being amplified by this difficult period, but how much of it will stick? And how should businesses be adapting? What will the role of shops be?
Pleased to release...
On Wednesday 15th April our Digital and Strategy Director Louisa Hosegood joined a panel of Supply Chain experts on the IBM webinar:
From Crisis to Clarity: managing production, demand and supply in an unpredictable world
Supply chain professionals worldwide are working overtime to ensure that essential goods find their way to those who need them most. This is critical work that highlights how much we all depend on each other. The webinar poses the question: How can we utilise our skills and expertise to best support the communities we serve today – and ensure that the services we provide are there for the future?
Reasons to watch...
The webinar is now available to watch on the IBM Demand platform, where Louisa, Julian Burnett and Tom Woodham discuss how our supply chains are coping.
Discussion topics include:
- The most pressing challenges for Supply Chain
- What tactics are we employing to address the challenges – and how do we prep for the future?
- What we can do now to free stranded inventory – and cash flow?
- What we can do next to help stabilise our businesses?
- What we might plan to help our businesses recover in the months ahead?
More on Louisa Hosegood...
Louisa joined the Bis Henderson Consulting team in 2020, bringing with her 18 years’ experience in retail and eCommerce; fulfilling senior supply chain leadership roles at some of the UK’s largest retailers. Immediately prior to her appointment as Digital and Strategy Director, Louisa was Head of Logistics Network Development at Marks & Spencer, where she was responsible for developing the strategy and design for a simpler omni-channel logistics network to support in store and online sales for the retailers Clothing and Home lines.
Louisa also held senior positions at John Lewis where she was highly influential in creating the first end-to-end supply chain strategy for the retailer, underpinning ambitious online growth plans and operational efficiency at scale.
Using her wealth of experience and understanding of retail and eCommerce at a strategic level, Louisa will be responsible for developing the breadth, depth and reach of Bis Henderson Consulting’s retail and eCommerce proposition, offering our clients a much broader and heightened level of support for their supply chain and wider business objectives.
If you missed our recent whitepaper…
Preparing Supply Chains For A New Retail Landscape Post Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The Coronavirus has radically and abruptly changed the way we work and live our lives. How will this alter consumer behaviour and attitudes? And what will this mean for retail and the supply chains that support it?
Louisa Hosegood, examines what the landscape may look like, what this situation has taught us about our supply chains and what companies should be thinking about in their bid to survive and prosper.