Travel & Transport

Supply Chain

The 2020 global lockdowns showed the stark reality that our supply chains our fragile.

Local supply chains that are less reliant on international coordination are often more agile.

Event business supply chains include those who supply directly for events and those that supply goods and materials and miscellaneous elements.

Understanding our supply chain – i.e. where are our goods actually coming from, not just where they’re stored – helps us build a picture of where we can shorten supply chains and increase logistics efficiencies.

Is FSC wood coming from Canada or the UK? Are your staff t-shirts produced and shipped from China or the UK? These sorts of questions help us to adapt the way we source our supplies – and our suppliers – and provide an insight into where our supply chain can be optimised.

Get ideas for taking action below or benchmark your progress.

What we can do...

1. Map your suppliers

When we’ve worked with a trusted suppliers for a long time we often don’t think to question if there’s a better option.

Regularly reviewing your supply chain to ascertain where suppliers are based and if they producing their goods or materials in the UK or overseas means you can make more informed choices about how you procure and what efficiencies can be made – both environmentally and economically.

2. Local suppliers

Look at the goods and materials you purchase most and ascertain your top three purchase types. This could be anything from timber, to cables or office supplies.

Review where your suppliers and based and where goods and materials are coming from. If you’re working with a supplier based overseas could you source a domestic or local supplier? If your supplier is UK based but producing their goods  overseas, can you locate a local or domestic producer instead?

Not only does this support the UK economy, but it helps shorten supply chains to decrease emissions from transport.

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