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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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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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