An evening with Megan Yeates, Monday 14 Sept 2020.


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An evening with Megan Yeates, Monday 14 Sept 2020.

11 September 2020

An evening with Megan Yeates, Monday 14 Sept 2020.

The twinning between CILT Eastern Section and CILT Thames Valley Group (TVG) over the past year has continued to blossom and grow. When TVG approached me and asked would I be interested in taking part in an event – I was thrilled and honoured. Since winning the inaugural gold medal at WorldSkills Kazan in August 2019, I have been very fortunate to have had many opportunities to share my story. This event opportunity feels a little more special due to the personal connection, being the honorary secretary for CILT Eastern Section. As it is the opening event for the CILT TVG 2020/2021 season, I feel it is even more of an honour.

Initially, the event was scheduled to take place in Reading town hall, UK. However, given the current Covid-19 conditions, it hasn’t been suitable for me to travel to Reading to deliver this event in person. I was still eager for the event to take place by any means possible! A decision was made to deliver the event digitally instead of cancelling or postponing. Adapting to change is something you need to be good at in the Logistics industry – that’s exactly what we did.

Being a young female building a career in the Logistics industry, I enjoy having the opportunity to share my story to help raise awareness of the opportunities available to young professionals in the sector. I feel I have achieved quite a bit already in the very early years of my career.

WorldSkills still does not have the awareness that it deserves. I believe it is the best kept secret. A competition as big as the Olympics, which celebrates and champions young, skilled professionals, deserves to have global awareness. Before my involvement with WorldSkills and Ireland Skills Live, I had no knowledge of the competition. I want to help raise awareness of the competition within the industry, while also encouraging more countries to take part.

I am so grateful to all those in my network who have supported me and offered kind words of encouragement. Building a network of kind, supportive people is vitally important – not just in business but in life! I have met so many great people at CILT events over the past few years. I look forward to virtually meeting more people at my event and answering any questions people may have!

Thanks again to TVG for hosting this event

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Monday 14th September at 7.30 pm. You won't want to miss this.




«September 2020»

What COVID-19 Taught Us About the Supply Chain

One hot topic that has arisen during the COVID-19 pandemic is the importance of rethinking current supply chains and the benefits enabled by both their digitalisation and the use of virtual inventories. The combination of additive manufacturing (AM) and digitisation will likely encourage industries to rethink their approach to supply chains. 

The importance of reevaluating current supply chains stems from the inherent differences between traditional manufacturing and AM solutions. Traditional manufacturing by nature requires a global supply network with physical warehouses and physical shipping/logistics. One of the key characteristics of traditional manufacturing is mass production, where the greater the production quantity, the lower the price per part

During these last few months, a chain of events led to multiple supply chain failures. The initial outbreak in China combined with the country’s increased role in the production of world goods, began a ripple effect of problems. Factory shut-downs in China caused some physical inventories to deplete and as the virus began to spread, it became a global pandemic. In terms of supply chains, the intention to limit the spread of the virus by minimising travel made it extremely difficult to move goods. The shortage and acute need for parts, especially medical parts, grew and vulnerabilities were experienced both insofar as manufacturing, as well as in supply chain logistics.

New awareness

The pandemic has shown that the risks of supply chain disruption are higher when manufacturing is centralised and transportation is widespread and the emergency brought awareness of AM as a technology and as an enabler of digital supply chains. But neither the technology nor the business models are new and the geographical and time associated benefits of AM became clear because of the way the AM ecosystem came through in times of need. 

Specifically in the medical field, AM is already widely used in pre-operative patient-specific anatomical models, such as surgical guides. Within manufacturing, AM enables localised manufacturing and is used for production tooling and high-end critical parts, as well as for maintenance and emergency spare parts. 

A recent industry webinar, in which I participated, also included Stratasys’ EMEA president, Andy Langfeld, who discussed how the PPE shortage during the pandemic uncovered the classical risk of the global supply chain today. He pointed to the AP-HP hospital network in Paris which addressed this through 3D printing and set up an internal production method within just 48 hours. Doctors can order industry-compliant parts from an internal catalog as needed, demonstrating how AM can help overcome supply chain failures.

Not just a pandemic solution

There are other reasons for supply chain failures such as geo-political issues like the tariff wars between the USA and China, and Brexit. Evaluating digital supply chain effectiveness for a company is relevant now and in the future. 

When comparing production costs, looking only at those derived from manufacturing makes sense IF the supply chain is the same for items produced by the compared manufacturing methods. While AM might be more costly per part in the manufacturing, it can save significant costs when it comes to the supply of a part. Digital supply chains, in general, have much lower costs: a digital supply chain is shorter, modular, and obviously less physical, cutting the costs related to keeping an inventory, warehouses, overpr

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CILT Skillnet launch Certificate in Customs Compliance & Trade Facilitation!

This autumn CILT Skillnet launch their new Certificate in Customs Compliance and Trade Facilitation programme accredited by IT Carlow. 

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Time for our industry to wake up to gender inequality!

Adrian Byrne, B Bus, CMILT is the General Manager at ATC Computer Transport & Logistics. He recently finished his studies at TU Dublin's programme for MSc in Supply Chain Management and for this thesis he took a look at the real issue of gender inequality within our sector. 

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Gerard Ryan Rejoins Crane Worldwide Logistics in a New Senior Commercial Role

Crane Worldwide Logistics announced that Gerard Ryan will be returning to the company as President, Global Commercial.

Regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic impact, Crane Worldwide Logistics continues to focus on future growth and customised integrated solutions for its clients. 

Ryan is an established global leader in the logistics field. His international leadership experience and his fervent ability to drive mutual strategic value for clients and 3PL organisations with proven results is a timely addition to advance and strengthen partnerships at Crane Worldwide. Formerly, Ryan played a key role in the creation and development of Crane Worldwide in the EMEA region. 

Focusing on client development and new client acquisition, the role of President, Global Commercial has been newly created to develop and nurture relationships with new and existing partners globally at Crane Worldwide. 

‘At Crane Worldwide, we are strong believers that the personal touch makes all the difference to our clients at this challenging time, people play a key role in our value proposition complementing our focus on service and technology’, comments Tim Zubradt, Chief Sales Officer. 

‘Experienced supply chain professionals make all the difference in our partnership approach and we are delighted to welcome back Gerard Ryan and his experienc

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We spoke to Stephen Farrelly and Amanda Farrelly about the future of EV charging infrastructure in Ireland.



Founded in Dublin in 2019 by a team with more than 25 years in business and electrical installation, ECAR INFRA was created to contribute to the much needed development of Ireland’s EV Charging Infrastructure.

Market Research suggests that a large number of consumers would now strongly consider an EV when purchasing their next car, with barriers to the switch being 1) cost of the EV; 2) battery range and 3) access to charging technology. 

At ECAR INFRA, our aim is to address the latter.

We believe consumers and businesses alike should have access to a range of EV Charging Solutions, with varying capabilities and at different price points.

That’s why we have created Ireland’s first EV Charging Solution store and installer!

In benefiting from partnerships with the most innovative manufacturers across the industry, expert and bespoke installation services and a constant focus on customer experience, our objective is for ECAR INFRA to become the leader and most recognisable brand across the Irish EV Charging Solution sector. 

Access to charge technology is no longer a barrier to purchasing an EV.

For At Home, At Work and On the Go EV Charging Solutions, contact ECAR INFRA today.

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