Archive: April, 2013

The weakest link

High-profile supply chain failures are becoming more common. Supermarkets in the UK are still counting the cost of the horse meat scandal. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico wiped a third off the market value of BP. And Toyota had to recall 1.66 million cars following concerns over faulty brakes which cost the firm more than $2 billion (£1.32 billion).

In an article in Supply Management called “Find your weakest link”, David Oxland and Richard Kettle use some interesting examples and research to formulate an approach to supply chain risk management. I think their greatest achievement is to help the reader see beyond the tick box culture that seems to dominate so much risk management and provide some practical steps that are achievable by most organisations and some benefits that everyone would want.


CHC is pleased to announce that it is working with the Babcock, the engineering support services organisation. Babcock is listed on the FTSE 100 with revenues of £3bn. It has four divisions and CHC is helping Defense and Security develop its procurement capability.  Employing around 7,000 people and with revenues of approximately £900 million, Defense and Security is a leading provider of infrastructure, equipment support and military training to all three Armed Services.