New forums launched to help homeware and DIY suppliers address industry challenges

October 03, 2018 by David Tran
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New forums launched to help homeware and DIY suppliers address industry challenges

Two new forums have been launched to help homeware, garden and DIY manufacturers tackle the challenges presented by ongoing retail industry woes and a looming Brexit.

Leading supply chain and logistics consultancy SCALA believes that the key to thriving in the rapidly changing market is collaboration. As such, it has launched two new forums as part of its Supply Chain Best Practice programme to encourage businesses in the homeware, and garden and DIY sectors to share best practice and enhance their understanding of customer requirements, industry developments, trends and new regulations.

As well as providing an opportunity for greater collaboration and learning, the upcoming Homeware and Garden & DIY Forums will provide invaluable advice and support for attendees looking to achieve supply chain best practice, particularly in the wake of Brexit.



The inaugural meeting will take place on 22 January 2019 at the Leicester Marriott Hotel. The formation of the Homeware and Garden & DIY Forums follows on from the success of SCALA’s renowned events in the Home Appliance and Grocery and FMCG sectors whose attendees include Dyson, Kenwood De’Longhi, Russell Hobbs, Karcher, Birds Eye, Tetley, Unilever, Dr. Oetker and Fox’s Biscuits.

Most recently, its 15th Annual Supply Chain Debate – a key highlight in the logistics calendar – saw over 150 delegates gather to discuss who is driving innovation in the supply chain. High-profile speakers came from a range of renowned companies, including Sainsbury’s, Coca-Cola European Partners and Wincanton.

John Perry, managing director of SCALA, said: “As we fast approach Brexit, there’s no better time than the present to come together and discuss the best ways forward in supply chain and logistics.

“Our Best Practice Forums offer a unique opportunity for suppliers in this sector to learn from one another through discussion and debate, and these two additional forums will further extend the offering. As many of the challenges currently being faced in the run-up to Brexit are shared by many, collaboration is key to ensuring best practice across the board.

“This will not only help manufacturers better adapt to the changes to commerce, manufacturing and distribution pre and post-Brexit, but also encourage continued innovation.”

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