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from the editor a full bandwidth supply chain Sam Tulip, the new Editor of Supply Chain Europe, outlines the directions that with your help we hope to take Supply Chain Europe. P lease allow me to introduce myself. I have recently the traditional ‘trucks, sheds and boxes.’ At one end of the spectrum, I believe we must continue the uphill struggle to achieve at least a conversation, if not integration, with our colleagues in purchasing and to be ‘something in the supply chain,’ and there is little if any educational provision at first degree level. At the artisan level, training budgets are always under threat in recessions, and what training survives is been appointed as procurement (who are alleged, perhaps likely to be concentrated in so-called ‘core’ Editor of SCE, by Editorial Director Dr Kevin unfairly, obsessed with buying on lowest areas such as manufacturing — after all, the Robinson, who many of you will know. It unit price without any regard for the costs thinking goes, we can always hire temporary might be useful to explain just a little of my of actually bringing the goods to the staff, or outsource the operation, can’t we? background, and how this may influence the marketplace), and with sales and marketing, More and more, supply chains appear to be future programme for ‘Supply Chain Europe.’ who, perhaps also unfairly, are said to make staffed by an untrained, casual and polyglot I’m a failed mechanical engineer by offers in blithe disregard of the costs and workforce, led by a management team with background (the total inability to perform timescales of the supply chain. little formal education in this increasingly the integral calculus, if you must know!) complex field. and, on the basis that ‘If you can’t do The New ‘Supply Chain Europe’ To get some traction, I will be depending something, then write about it,’ I have Areas of Focus Will Include very much on our community of readers been in business journa
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