Cranfield and Network Rail launch supply chain and logistics educational partnership

Cranfield University | November 12, 2019

Network Rail and Cranfield School of Management have agreed an educational partnership between the two organisations. Network Rail is offering employees in its supply chain operations function a suite of development opportunities provided by Cranfield, including course content relevant to the railway supply chain. Network Rail owns and operates Britain’s railway infrastructure, they are responsible for 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. Cranfield School of Management is one of an elite group of schools worldwide to hold the triple accreditation of: AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), AMBA (the Association of MBAs) and EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System).

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Not only does risk come in many forms, but it is constantly evolving and growing in magnitude year-over-year. And while natural and man-made disasters often capture headlines and attention, risk in day-to-day business activities and decisions can be just as impactful to your business. Making risk management strategies a top priority is how leading companies are ensuring success both in ‘normal’ operating conditions and when faced with catastrophic supply chain disruptions.

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Not only does risk come in many forms, but it is constantly evolving and growing in magnitude year-over-year. And while natural and man-made disasters often capture headlines and attention, risk in day-to-day business activities and decisions can be just as impactful to your business. Making risk management strategies a top priority is how leading companies are ensuring success both in ‘normal’ operating conditions and when faced with catastrophic supply chain disruptions.

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Schneider | June 08, 2022

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Körber acquires enVista's omnichannel Enspire Commerce™ platform and global Freight Audit and Payment service

Körber | July 25, 2022

Körber has signed a definitive agreement to purchase enVista's Enspire Commerce™ platform and its Freight Audit and Payment (FAP) service. enVista's capabilities expand Körber's portfolio to enable businesses to deliver upon ever-increasing consumer expectations in today's highly competitive omnichannel landscape. Meeting today's consumer expectations requires digitization and integrated processes from order capture through to final delivery. With this acquisition, Kӧrber becomes a single, global provider of omnichannel commerce, fulfillment and transportation software. By combining Kӧrber's unique depth of software with enVista, organizations have a simple, compelling means of aligning and digitizing commerce and supply chain operations end-to-end. 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Nolan Transportation Group | July 29, 2022

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