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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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Are drones commercially viable within the supply chain?

This time last year Amazon announced its intention for ‘Prime Air’ to become a legitimate form of parcel delivery within the supply chain, using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UVA) in place of conventional road transportation and as recently as last week, was given permission by the Civil Aviation Authority to test drones in the UK. As the latest form of disruptive technology, drones have provided the logistics and supply chain industry with both excitement and hesitation. The benefits of using drones are...

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Brexit – a supply chain view

After the initial shock has subsided and the turbulence of the stock market hopefully calmed, we should take a view on the impact of Brexit and its short and medium term impact. In the initial aftermath, the decision to leave will likely have little or no impact, as the UK will have to negotiate and clarify a mass of legislation that currently embeds us in the European Union. Even though making correct predictions is notoriously difficult, let’s try to look...

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