The Raspberry Pi has gone from zero to two million sales in less than two years. It is a credit-card sized computer that costs just £30 – and it is not just interesting from an educational perspective,the supply chain is also turning heads. Perhaps that’s not surprising for a product that came out of the University of Cambridge’s Computer Laboratory.
Jonathan Hardie, global head of manufacturing for Raspberry Pi at Premier Farnell, will be revealing the thinking behind the strategy at the Logistics and Supply Chain Conference which takes place in London next month.
In particular, he will be considering the pros and cons of on-shoring – one of the hot topics in supply chain in recent years.
What are the key benefits to the supply chain of on-shored manufacturing – and do greater visibility and decreased lead times outweigh the disadvantages of increased costs?
Anyone choosing to manufacture in Europe has to deal with skills issues – are European countries able to provide the skilled personnel required to deliver onshore products? And is it worth it does Made in the UK increase the commercial performance of a particular product?
Supply Chain Standard’s 12th Logistics & Supply Chain Conference (formerly the Extended Supply Chain Conference) brings together supply chain leaders from around Europe to analyse latest industry developments, share ideas, and network withlike-minded professionals.
They will hear from companies including, Hughenden Consulting, Diageo, Dell, and Shop Direct, on how to drive growth and improvements across the supply chain, tackling challenges along the way.
Winners of the 2013 European Supply Chain Excellence Awards will be talking about what it takes to make world beating supply chains at the Logistics and Supply Chain Conference.
Companies entering the Awards, which are organised by Supply Chain Standard in association with PwC, have to go through a rigorous three-stage judging process, consisting of a written submission, face to face presentation and final C-Level scrutiny panel.
It’s a uniquely testing process, and makes the awards uniquely worth winning.Winning companies speaking at the conference include: GSK, Argos, Telefónica UK, and Costa Express.
Forecasting strategies will be the topic of debate between Travis Perkins, Nestlé, and Logility, during an interactive panel discussion.
Workshops hosted by Delaware Consulting, Demand Solutions, BSI, TXT e-solutions, Voiteq, and Vocollect, among others, will offer attendees an opportunity to join peers in discussing industry developments and best practice.
Pandora, Greencore Group, Premier Farnell, Cranfield University, and Philips will also be present at the conference to share their very own case studies and advice.
Supply Chain Standard’s Logistics and Supply Chain Conference takes place at ETC Dexter House in London from 2-3 April 2014.