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The new Jaguar XE is good news for the automotive supply chain

The launch of the new ‘baby’ Jaguar XE, said to be possibly the most important car in the company’s history is set to compete against the highly successful BMW 3 Series, the new Mercedes C-Class and Audi A4. The star-studded launch at Earl’s Court, London on Monday evening (8th September 2014) also marks a significant boost for the automotive supply chain both here and abroad. It’s the result of an estimated total investment of around £2bn in a purpose –...

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Happy Birthday E-commerce

It’s difficult to remember back to a time when we didn’t buy and sell online and e-commerce was a a term rarely used. Amazon also celebrated its 20th anniversary in July following its launch in 1994 in Seattle. It has grown to be a Fortune 100 company. For those interested in trivia, the first purchase online way back then was a CD by Sting. Tweet us if anyone can remember the title! Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, books and music remain top...

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Ecomm Integration – On Line and On Trend

It's buzz word time again in the world of on-line shopping and the latest example is omni-channel. Those not in the know might think that as home shopping has moved from on-line to multi-channel to omni-channel it has gone through a series of revolutions, step change improvements in the way we operate. But the reality on the ground is rather different. Instead, as home-shopping has become more accepted and mainstream it has evolved, gradually becoming a little more integrated and...

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How mobile devices are changing Supply Chain Management

Supply chain management used to be driven by the issue of discrete pieces of information against a plan and then a period of waiting notification of the result before the plan could be updated. This principle could be applied to each discrete operation such as placing orders on manufacturers, goods being eventually delivered, pickers being sent out into the warehouse with a list and completed orders returned and then delivery drivers being dispatched on the road so that ultimately the...

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Designing a Warehouse – Why it’s not as easy as it looks

So, you're thinking about designing a warehouse? It seems quite straight forward – call a racking supplier, ask them to draw you a layout, and there you have it. Well actually, in this case what exactly do you have? The answer is lots of storage capacity but not much else. That’s fine if you are just storing and moving pallets (provided you have left enough marshalling area) but if you have a case picking, or woe betide you, a singles...

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