Over €172 million of products stolen from supply chains in EMEA
Product thefts from supply chains in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) in 2020 produced losses of more than €172 million. When governments were advising their populations to stay at home and work from home, the Transported Asset Protection Association still recorded 6,463 new cargo thefts across a record number of 56 countries in the region, and an average loss for every day of €471,432.
The high numbers, however, remain only a fraction of the losses TAPA EMEA believes are being suffered by Manufacturers/Shippers and Logistics Service Providers in EMEA. In 2020, 74.6% of all incidents recorded by TAPA EMEA involved cargo thefts in the United Kingdom and Germany, with 3,100 and 1,727 crimes respectively over the 12-month period.
At a time when most businesses were focused on a fight for survival and law enforcement agencies faced the added pressure of policing new government lockdowns, traditional channels of cargo crime data were also severely impacted. While some criminal operations would have been disrupted by lockdown measures, 2020 still saw the second-highest rate of incidents in TAPA’s 24-year history.
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Moderna cuts back COVID-19 vaccine deliveries amid European supply problems
The global COVID-19 vaccine supply is about to take another hit, this time from Moderna. The mRNA drugmaker has warned that supply problems are forcing it to cut back deliveries to a number of countries, including the UK and Canada. Moderna has pinned the reduction on deficits in its European supply chain, specifically to human and material resources needed to meet its production goals.
While the company didn’t specify how many doses would be cut and where, Canada’s Procurement Minister Anina Anand said that its shipments will contain 650,000 doses this month rather than the expected 1.2 million. Moderna also warned up to 2 million of a planned 12.3 million shots scheduled for delivery in the second quarter would be delayed until the following quarter.
The reduced estimates come as countries around the world, especially those in Europe, face crunched supply following safety concerns surrounding vaccines developed by Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca. Deliveries of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine to the EU have been paused, and the use of AstraZeneca’s vaccine remains limited among individual countries.
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Mars, PepsiCo and McCormick form coalition to guide supplier sustainability
Mars, PepsiCo and McCormick have partnered with sustainability consultancy Guidehouse to create a new Supplier Leadership on Climate Transition coalition which aims to drive emissions cuts in global supply chains. The coalition will provide supplier with resources and tools to create their own emissions-reduction plans.
The first year of the program will focus on educating companies about greenhouse gas emissions, and how to calculate their GHG footprints and create science-based targets. Manufacturers can make in-house changes around sustainability, such as switching to renewable energy sources, curbing water use and finding opportunities to upcycle ingredients, but they can have a broader impact by honing in on emissions in their supply chains.
While tackling emissions from the supply chain can have massive implications, it’s also a challenge, especially for large companies with global supply chains and countless moving parts. Walmart encountered this challenge when designing its scope 3 goals, ultimately committing to reduce its emissions by 1 billion metric tons by 2030 compared to its 2015 baseline.
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