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11 Steps to Aligning Your Distribution Network for Competitive Advantage

Your distribution network is a key driver of your company’s competitive advantage. A effective network strategy must minimise operating costs, maximise customer service, keep capital investment and risk in check, and provide enough flexibility to adjust to changes in the business. However, choosing the best strategy is as much art as it is science. This article provides a step-by-step guide to help you understand how to develop the a distribution network strategy that your Board will approve.

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Additive manufacturing in the automotive supply chain

The Logistics Business has recently completed two projects examining future supply chains to support Additive Manufacturing (AM). This technology is currently undergoing a rapid expansion and the projects were sponsored by Innovate-UK in order to investigate the role that the method could play in various aspects of the automotive industry. Together with a group of partner companies led by HiETA, these projects looked at the whole process that will be required to introduce additively manufactured parts into the automotive supply...

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Lean vs Agile: Which supply chain strategy should your business pursue?

A lean supply chain is essentially a supply chain which produces how much is required, when it is required and where it is required. It eliminates any form of non-value added activity to ensure maximum efficiencies across the supply chain. As a concept it has developed since the introduction of Fredrick Wilson Taylor’s book The Principles of Scientific Management (1911). In more modern times, Lean has become the de facto standard for industries looking to eliminate waste and maximise efficiencies....

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Innovation in Logistics Outsourcing

Innovation in logistics outsourcing is a hot topic. When asked about logistics outsourcing challenges and opportunities at a CILT meeting earlier this year, industry specialists mentioned innovation more than any other subject.  Subsequently, innovation was used as a topic at the CILT Outsourcing Life Cycle event on the 19th May for discussion among the 60 delegates including manufacturers, logistics service providers, corporate solicitors, consultants and academics. Despite the different background and perspectives of these delegates, there was strong agreement on...

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