Wing is doing its thing:
Wing is a French logistics startup that helps small to medium businesses (SMB’s) with their delivery practices. It offers the chance for SMBs to compete with Amazon and match its capabilities of one-day delivery services, which are difficult for these businesses to accomplish due to their lack of scale. The company already classes luxury brand Chanel and premium speaker company Devialet as its customers.
At the beginning of this month, it launched its services in two locations in Britain, with intentions to expand into more cities throughout France and Britain during 2017. Wing acts as an intermediary for businesses. It does not actually own its own logistics network but instead takes advantage of economies of scale to make deals with existing logistics companies for a fair price, then takes a fee for itself. However, the company does handle all of its customers’ needs- collecting and packing items, ensuring a good price and providing a dashboard to manage the deliveries. Wing is helping tackle urban logistics challenges, while keeping its costs low. Its aim is to help SMBs to be able to react more efficiently to their customers rising expectations from high-profile delivery services and to turn their logistics into a competitive advantage.
To read more on the start-up and its expansion click here.
Good news for SC salaries
Salaries for mid-level supply chain professionals are expected to increase by 11% in 2017, when compared to averages across all levels of seniority. This statistic was revealed after the Robert Walters Global Salary Survey was conducted. Employers are looking to significantly improve their supply chains, ensuring they have the most qualified professionals. This investment will help maintain efficiency and advance cost effectiveness through the expansion and implementation of top caliber ideas.
Employees with strong technical skills and the ability to develop and implement effective strategies are in high demand. Employers are looking for innovative minds to develop their existing supply chains; however, their focus is on short-term contracts in order to concentrate on specific projects. At a time of changing political and economic environments, employers will face more pressure to invest in their supply chains in order to maintain efficient practices.
Further information from the study can be found here.
In 2016, 89 companies, including BMW, Microsoft and Wal-Mart, cut 434 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions within their suppliers’ operations. It has been found that a company’s supply chain creates 4 times more emissions than that of the company itself. Because of the emissions reduction projects, suppliers have made savings of $12.4 billion. The report, which was collected by CDP, assessed more than 4,300 firms across the world.
As stated in a previous weekly wrap-up, more customers are valuing a brands environmental sustainability. It has been shown in this recent study that customer requests for climate and water-related disclosure data are on the rise, yet only 53% of suppliers adhere to these requests. It was also discovered that only 22% of the firms work with their suppliers to reduce these emissions. These results further highlight the lack of transparency and non-environmentally friendly practices that are still prominent throughout the supply chain.
Read more on the study here.
Have a great weekend!