Industry Insights
30 July 2014
If you're considering entering the construction industry there are a few things you need to consider.  
29 July 2014
Buyers need to work with suppliers to ensure compliance with carbon reduction initiatives.  
24 July 2014
The Water Act will bring benefits for both buyers and suppliers.  
23 July 2014
Achilles audits and assessment are a crucial part of validating the capability, competence and compliance of suppliers.  
22 July 2014
Finances often get prioritised over the environment, but it's possible to cultivate both.  
21 July 2014
Feedback is important for businesses to ensure they are able to continuously improve.  
18 July 2014
To tackle slavery businesses need full visibility of their supply chain.  
17 July 2014
Businesses need to understand their obligations under ESOS.  
16 July 2014
To ensure supply chain excellence consistent data is crucial.  
15 July 2014
Insurance is crucial for suppliers when trying to secure a contract.  
11 July 2014
If suppliers want to be considered for certain opportunities, they will need to complete Additional Questions.  
11 July 2014
PwC claims businesses need to better manage their risk in order to thrive.  
10 July 2014
Weather, politics, economics, compliance and reputation are five key areas of supply chain risk that need to be properly managed.  
09 July 2014
Suppliers considering moving into the utilities sector should be aware of five key industry touch-points.  
08 July 2014
Supply chain ethics are integral and businesses need to understand what they are and how to maintain them.  
07 July 2014
Suppliers need to ensure they disclose everything when filling out the Achilles questionnaire.  
04 July 2014
Becoming an Achilles-verified supplier comes with many long-term benefits.  
03 July 2014
Achilles can help supply chain businesses improve their carbon reduction and ensure their operations are sustainable.  
02 July 2014
Supply chain mapping is important for businesses to realise their corporate social responsibility policies.  
01 July 2014
Buyers need to deliver return on investment to ensure procurement adds values, so how can Achilles help?  
30 June 2014
If you decide to move into the oil and gas sector there are a few imperatives to be aware of to ensure the transition is a success.  
27 June 2014
ESOS will require businesses to report energy usage and there are four ways this can be done.  
26 June 2014
Buyers need to cut down on risk in their supply chain but how can this be balanced against rewards?  
25 June 2014
Community building is important in procurement to improve transparency, increase reach and get the best deals.  
25 June 2014
With large sums being spent in the rail sector, we need to ask if procurement professionals are protecting their investments by adequately mitigating risk?  
24 June 2014
Achilles validation and communities can help create a competitive advantage for suppliers.  
23 June 2014
The tender process can be complicated and there are a few things that must be done to ensure it runs smoothly.  
20 June 2014
Supplier management is key for an effective supply chain that is properly optimised and accountable.  
19 June 2014
M&A activity is on the up, so what should you do if your supplier is involved in consolidation?  
18 June 2014
Achilles is impartial and transparent, meaning it provides verification you can trust.  
16 June 2014
Buyers need to cut down on risk in their supply chain but how can this be balanced against rewards?  
11 June 2014
As a truly globalised industry, Pharmaceutical and Healthcare is increasingly turning to emerging markets to develop new business opportunities and reduce costs by diversifying the manufacturing supply chain.  
10 June 2014
Achilles can help buyers and suppliers conform with upcoming energy rules, while lowering carbon emissions.  
20 May 2014
After months, if not years of pressure, utilities companies will now have to prove they have tried to help SMEs win an increased share of work – as a raft of new procurement directives has just been agreed by the EU.   
20 March 2014
A gang comprising more than 1,000 people push counterfeit drugs; dozens are arrested amid claims horse meat for trials entered the food chain and a company’s sales plummet 61% almost overnight. This sounds like the plot of a thriller movie, but these are all real issues affecting the pharmaceutical industry, in terms of reputation and the bottom line.  
06 March 2014
Infrastructure bosses must act now to protect themselves from supplier challenges. It sounds like a dream come true for anyone working in regulated procurement. After the biggest shake-up in a decade, a raft of brand new EU Directives look set to speed up, simplify, and reduce the cost of utilities procurement. The new rules are also aimed at creating a level playing-field for suppliers of all sizes while clarifying ‘gaps’ in legislation.  
30 January 2014
Food manufacturers urged to ‘map’ supply chains as 40% don’t know the identity of all their suppliers.  
19 November 2013
2013 was characterised by high-profile supply chain disruptions involving suppliers at Tier 2 and below. This paper from Achilles and IFF research examines a key contributory factor – the lack of information about suppliers in lower tiers.  
04 November 2013
After months of supply chain scandals in the food sector, 31 major investment funds are quite right to call on the food industry’s 10 biggest companies to improve their supply chain policies and transparency to protect people, planet and profit.  
03 September 2013
With natural disasters, factory fires, CSR issues and health and safety failures increasingly impacting global supply chains, mapping the supply chain down through every tier is the only way to mitigate a growing burden of risk.  
31 August 2013
Read a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Achilles as deployed by a large utilities company.  
29 July 2013
In a matter of months, retail businesses across the world have been rocked by a series of supply chain disruptions, which have highlighted the true cost of ‘value’ food and clothes. The Bangladesh factory collapse and the UK horse meat scandal reinforced the fact retail is now totally globalised and that businesses must gain greater visibility of potential risks throughout their supply chains.  
23 July 2013
The agreement is a brave and important step for retailers – used to working in fierce competition - to work collaboratively to reduce risk in the industry and other sectors should follow their lead. However, this agreement should really be a first step on a long journey to making the clothing industry safer and more sustainable.  
31 May 2013
One in five (18 per cent) businesses know absolutely nothing about their suppliers' suppliers. 40 per cent of businesses procuring only in the UK have no information on Tier 2 suppliers.  
21 May 2013
How to cut complexity, effort and cost from the risk mitigation process.  
15 May 2013
The UK is undoubtedly in austere times. With the recent downgrade of the UK credit rating and confirmation that growth will remain sluggish in 2013 from the Budget, it could be tempting for businesses to push sustainability to the bottom of the agenda.  
23 April 2013
Apple recently published the findings of an audit of its supply chain, which revealed a number of human rights and environmental breaches, including the use of illegal child labour by some suppliers. At a time when businesses are increasingly under public scrutiny and facing financial constraints due to economic conditions, this was a bold but necessary step.  
10 April 2013
Chancellor George Osborne announced in his budget that UK small and medium businesses (SMEs) are set to get five times as much from government contracts in 2014-15 as they did in 2012. But will this new scheme, called the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), actually help innovative small businesses get their fair share of work in the public sector?  
20 February 2013
‘Best practice’ collaborative techniques developed within the UK oil and gas sector should be used to drive greater value in international markets.  
18 January 2013
With the UK government’s issuing of 167 new oil and gas licences to companies looking to drill in the North Sea attracting 224 applications, the industry is set to experience a period of renewed activity. Tax allowances also appear to be playing a part in unlocking billions of pounds of investment in mature fields, creating an expectation of increased business for many suppliers to the oil and gas sector in 2013 and beyond.  
01 October 2013
Around 96% of businesses in the UK are SMEs but they’re only winning around 10.5% of public sector contracts, less than half the target set by Government. These numbers present a unique opportunity for SMES to secure more work within the public sector, if the latest Government proposals can be fine-tuned.  
03 June 2014
The pressure is on businesses to shorten their supply chains and with Achilles it is possible to create strong, local networks.  
12 June 2014
 The supply chain story - in pictures. The first results of Achilles' annual survey of procurement managers from 143 companies, carried out by independent consultancy IFF.  


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