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  • A supply chain is only as strong as its weakest link. If there is a weak link in the chain, this can harm business. Flexibility in financial matters reduces this risk. Reverse factoring offers this mobility. But supply chain finance done right can do much more for procurement. It can take the relationship with your suppliers to the next level – toward close cooperation that benefits both sides.
  • With the UK’s default to leave the EU without a deal, there are a number of steps businesses in the life sciences sector should take to prepare. Many companies in the sector are faced with simultaneously navigating an increasingly complex regulatory environment while trying to mitigate as much as possible the significant impact of Brexit – including the effects of weak drug development pipelines, access to talent, supply chain disruption and potentially reduced research and development (R&D) funding.

  • On display in the Berlin Air Show in June 2016 was ‘Thor’ – the small Airbus marvel that is the world’s first aircraft wholly produced by additive manufacturing (AM). Windowless weighing in at just 21 kilos (46 pounds) and less than four meters (13 feet) long, the drone Thor – short for “Test of High-tech Objectives in Reality” – resembles a large, white model airplane.

  • SUPPLY chains traditionally are linear in nature, with a discrete progression of design, plan, source, make, and deliver. Today, however, many supply chains are transforming from a staid sequence to a dynamic, interconnected system that can more readily incorporate ecosystem partners and evolve to a more optimal state over time.

  • The key promise of the Industry 4.0 concept is as striking as it is fascinating: we are about to witness a new industrial revolution, fueled by the advancement of digital technologies. The fusion of the physical and the virtual world into cyberphysical systems will have a disruptive impact on every business domain of manufacturing companies.

  • Data is a new currency and thus the way it is managed and shared is becoming a critical challenge. Rising demands of data transparency, up-to-date product information, product traceability and government regulations have profound impact on companies…

  • To overcome fragmented supply planning processes and limited accountability, one global end-to-end supply planning process has been established and defined involving all relevant parties…

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