From Coronation Street to wheat genomes

The new-look Supply Management is covering a wealth of topics to inspire supply chain professionals, says editor Rebecca Ellinor Tyler

What do a new Coronation Street plotline, the wheat genome and China's transcontinental railway have in common? Answer: You’ll find articles on all three on the revamped www.supplymanagement.com website. Why? Let me explain...

A new publishing partnership between Haymarket Network and the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply aims to engage, delight and inform the profession with the goal of helping it to become even more strategic and influential.

CIPS is the world’s leading membership organisation for the procurement and supply chain profession, serving an international community of around 118,000. In the next five years, Haymarket Network aims to help expand its reach even further.

Haymarket will do this in part by broadening the types of content produced – as well as where and how it publishes them – and by making the most of the links it has to scores of other editorial brands and offices around the world. Some of which are already picking up on our articles.

Ending modern slavery

The relaunch of the magazine and website kicked off with a campaign to help end modern slavery in supply chains. More than 21m people are affected by this scourge across the globe, with around 10-13,000 modern slaves thought to be in the UK alone. Many of them work under threat of violence to produce the clothes, electronics and food we consume. 

By raising awareness of the scale of the problem and offering advice to procurement and supply professionals about how they can help prevent the use of slaves in their supply chains, it is hoped they will play a key role in ending this appalling practice. A hard-hitting storyline in UK TV soap Coronation Street is now putting this painful topic in the national spotlight.

Mapping the wheat genome

It's not just modern slavery we're tackling. Wheat is a staple food for more than 35% of the global population, but availability of new land is limited. To protect biodiversity and scarce water resources, growers must improve the yield of existing crops, and to that end, scientists have mapped a wheat genome.

Procurement and supply chain professionals are at the forefront of protecting the earth’s natural resources. Thinking about what they buy, when, how much and from whom makes a huge difference. Working together Supply Management and CIPS hope to inspire the profession to put sustainability at the heart of their concerns and help conserve the planet’s dwindling resources.

A new Silk Road

If you thought it was tricky building a high-speed rail link in the UK, look to China where a massive infrastructure project is under way that will change the way the world does business. The nation is building a new Silk Road, which will take two forms – an enormous railway and major maritime route. 

The railway extends from south east China to Madrid, while the sea route spans from Lianyungang port in the east to Venice in the west stopping at Singapore, India and Africa along the way. Those using these new corridors are expected to enjoy lower transport costs, faster freight times, more reliable transit links and new trade opportunities. Something for those managing global supply chains to consider as part of their worldwide logistics strategies.

Helping procurement chiefs exert a strategic influence, fighting modern slavery, extending the global reach of CIPS, these are not challenges that are going to be resolved with one issue of a magazine, or a few stories on the website. Yet initial feedback from readers suggests we - and CIPS - have made an encouraging start...

Rebecca Ellinor Tyler is editor of Supply Management. You can follow her on Twitter at @rebecca_ellinor