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Len Simmons

As Technical Director, Len heads up Altius' software business.

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Five questions you should ask yourself today on your modern slavery policy and process

Posted by Len Simmons on May 30, 2017 11:00:00 AM

The UK Government has set the turnover threshold at £36 million for companies that have to report on their supply chain modern slavery. Despite this threshold, the Government is still advising companies with smaller turnovers to analyse their supply chains to ensure they are ‘slavery free’.

Modern slavery is still a major concern in the industry, with only 30% of procurement and supply chain professionals believing their suppliers were compliant with the new legislation.

To assist you in the analysis of your current modern slavery policy and process, answer these five key questions on modern slavery:

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How we can help businesses really care about their corporate ethical footprint

Posted by Len Simmons on May 23, 2017 11:00:00 AM

In 2015, the UK Government introduced the Modern Slavery Act, which requires businesses with a turnover of £36 million or over, to release a statement outlining steps they are taking to comply with the new legislation. What many companies miss is that the statement should also reference efforts to check their supply chains too.

This is in response to a global stance to wipe out modern slavery after the International Labour Organization estimated that 30 million people are enslaved today, and the profit generated by this labour is $150 billion annually.

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How to improve your retail supply chain compliance in one working week

Posted by Len Simmons on May 16, 2017 11:00:00 AM

The retail landscape has changed dramatically over the last decade with technology and software playing an even greater role in our industry.

Not only are consumers taking advantage of this development through online stores, in-store kiosks and transactional iPads, procurement and supply chain professionals are using technology to improve their internal processes too.

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Tags: Retail

Triple transparency: Why a transparent supply chain in retail is paramount

Posted by Len Simmons on May 9, 2017 11:00:00 AM

‘Generous brands’ in the current retail climate have pioneered the information that consumers want to know about the businesses they’re buying from. Innocent Drinks, for example, have shown to be a ‘generous brand’ associated with good health, charitable causes, and tongue-in-cheek marketing campaigns that resonate with their consumers.

Christian Davies, Executive Creative Director at FITCH Design explains that it’s not just the ‘façade’ that consumers are interested in, but the actual supply chain decisions too.


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Tags: Retail

What impact 'retailtainment' in 2020 will have on a retail FM

Posted by Len Simmons on May 2, 2017 11:00:00 AM

As online retail spend continues to increase, high street retailers are under pressure to create physical spaces that are there to entertain, as well as sell. Traditional retail footprints are being challenged by pop-up stores that, according to Fung Global Retail & Technology, give brands “complete creative control of the brand experience and how their messaging is communicated to consumers”.


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Altius partners with health and safety app Work Wallet

Posted by Len Simmons on Apr 24, 2017 11:00:00 AM


Altius have announced a new strategic partnership with health and safety app, Work Wallet.

Work Wallet is a mobile app that aids connecting people, places and processes to help provide a safer working environment – an especially vital tool for those businesses in the rail, construction and logistics industries.

Speaking on the new strategic partnership, Altius COO, Len Simmons said, “Work Wallet’s intelligent approach to linking up data is where the difference lies. We’re really enthusiastic that our clients and their contractors will be able to significantly improve their processes with this platform.”

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Tags: Contractors

Three experts give their opinion on the future of retail supply chains

Posted by Len Simmons on Apr 11, 2017 11:00:00 AM

The retail supply chain is evolving rapidly. The internet has arguably been the biggest change in the industry with over £133 billion now spent online – a 16% increase on the previous year.

This remarkable level of spend has meant the supply chain of traditional retail companies has had to fundamentally change in order to meet the demands and behaviours of consumers.

In response, the industry embraced an ‘omnichannel’ strategy – an approach to align and integrate all sales channels within the same transactional and logistical infrastructure. But what else should retail FMs prepare for in their retail supply chain?

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Tags: Retail

Five benefits of investing in contractor management software

Posted by Len Simmons on Apr 4, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Contractor management software is a brilliant way of managing supply chain compliance. Far from the approach of using a dated spreadsheet to manage suppliers, smart software frees up your time, keeps processes transparent and ensures you keep control of your supply chain. 

Here we look at six key benefits that you can take advantage of by investing in contractor management software.

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Five skills required by modern retail supply chain professionals in 2020

Posted by Len Simmons on Mar 30, 2017 11:00:00 AM


Confidence in supply chain competencies in the future is set to drop to an all-time low, according to Deloitte’s latest report, Supply Chain Talent of the Future.

While 87% of supply chain leaders are confident that their organisation has the competencies required to meet demands of the job, this figure dropped to 77% when leaders were asked about their confidence in five years’ time.

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Tags: Retail

NEW REPORT - Retail 2020: A future insight of trends that will affect facility and property management

Posted by Len Simmons on Mar 27, 2017 3:30:00 PM

Altius, the UK’s leading retail supply chain compliance specialist, have unveiled their latest report, Retail 2020: A future insight of trends that will affect facility and property management.

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