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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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Regional warehousing: the answer for e-commerce

Amazon fulfillment is something of an industry benchmark for many e-retailers. The undisputed king of e-retailers has dominated the market through its aggressive growth and impressive customer offering. It is expected that by the end of 2016 Amazon will have 12 fulfillment centres across the UK. Regional distribution has allowed Amazon to set the standard in terms of customer service, offering one hour delivery times to its prime customers. At The Logistics Business we are continually asked the question “If...

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The importance of engaging the business with the supply chain

Google 'supply chain' and you'd get the following definition; “The sequence of processes involved in the production and distribution of a commodity”. It is our belief at The Logistics Business that the supply chain goes beyond that with the name itself suggesting a linkage across the whole business. Invariably, a chain pulled on one side will in turn be pulled on the other, hence the reason supply chain goes beyond production and distribution and covers the entire business. In addition, the buying decisions...

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How Uber conquered the delivery and transportation industry

By now it’s almost impossible not to be aware of Uber, the mobile phone app which has successfully taken the road transportation market by storm and provoking considerable anxiety among traditional taxi operators. Indeed, it was only last week that Sao Paulo - Brazil saw the introduction of the Uber taxi service via helicopter, aptly named UberCopter. Uber was first founded in 2009 as UberCab by entrepreneurs Travis Kalanick and Garett Camp in San Francisco. The main attraction of the...

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