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Internet of Things, mass customisation, nanotech and fast delivery putting supply chain experts in ever greater demand

Internet of Things, mass customisation, nanotech and fast delivery putting supply chain experts in ever greater demand

High Wycombe - 22 July, 2015 - At a recent Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) seminar, executives from Hughenden Consulting urged a group of young professionals to consider the future of supply chain through its presentation ‘Navigating the Future’. The presentation is part of the company’s larger drive to encourage more young professionals and women to enter the supply chain profession through accreditation, professional development and internships.

Despite high youth unemployment in the UK and Europe, there remains a shortage of skilled supply chain professionals. On the flip side of this lies a huge, untapped opportunity. Last year a CBI report projected that revitalising domestic supply chains could inject £30 billion into the economy by 2025, creating more than half a million jobs across the United Kingdom.

At the CILT seminar, consultants Hazel Stansbury and Joanne Williams took delegates ‘back to the future’ by revealing Science presenter James Burke’s surprisingly accurate predictions in 1973 of a future that included ‘databanks,’ ‘citizen’s dossiers, identity cards storage of individual data that would be accepted by young people, commenting on the profound effect these have had on supply chain.

The presentation went on to explore how trends that build on Burke’s subsequent predictions, including The Internet of Things, mass customisation (including 3D printing), nanotechnology and increasingly fast delivery times, are all changing the nature and complexity of supply chain planning, requiring highly skilled professionals in the field.

According to Hughenden’s Hazel Stansbury, who has recently been promoted to client services consultant, “Supply chain combines art and science, so there’s a much wider range of career options in the field than people often realise. Indeed the classic ‘STEM’ courses form the foundation for many technical supply chain jobs, however most roles - especially those in leadership - also require ‘soft’ skills in areas like communications, negotiations and persuasion.”

Hughenden will step up its efforts to encourage more young professionals to enter supply chain through free educational presentations to groups like CILT and also through internship and skills development programmes. Hughenden also offers accreditation in supply chain disciplines through Bucks New University. Organisations or people interested in any of these, should contact Joanne Williams on email

About Hughenden Consulting

Hughenden Consulting

is a specialist international consultancy, delivering supply chain change management by focusing on People. Its consultants are experts in very specific fields of supply chain change management covering areas such as sales forecasting, inventory planning, production planning & scheduling, materials planning and sales & operations planning - all the areas that are recognised as critical contributors to the financial performance of a business. Hughenden has delivered its services in more than 35 countries around the world and is proud to include amongst its clients, companies such as Cargill, Konecranes, BDR Thermea, Knauf, Kerry Group, GSK, McCormick, Travis Perkins and Pernod-Ricard. For more information visit

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